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Frankie and The Studs Release New Single/Video “(Not Your) Victim”

Los Angeles-based rock band, Frankie and The Studs, are unleashing their killer new single/video “(Not Your) Victim.” The new single is out everywhere today via their newly inked deal with Australian label Punktured Media.

To put it simply, Frankie and The Studs rock like hell. They’re a mix of dirty converse, and messy black hair, slender hips and big kohl eyes, sexual tension and youthful verve. Already scoring opening slots for the iconic B-52’s, Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot, and The Struts, Frankie and The Studs are defining rock n’ roll for a whole new generation of kids ready to smash culture to bits.


“NOW” comes hot on the heels of “Josslyn,” with over 70 million global audio streams. Released in March, it went viral via TikTok, landed on the Spotify U.S. Viral 50 Chart, and was added to the platform’s Pop Rising, Teen Party, Teen Beats, and Swag! playlists. Laced with the 20-year old pop singer’s signature poetic vulnerability and comedic vulgar­ity, the song mines a familiar vein, the protagonist’s discovery of her love interest’s infidelity.

Christian French releasing mesmerizing, introspective ‘good things take time’ EP on 9/18

About the EP, Christian shares, “good things take time is about the trial and error of figuring life out and finding what works best for yourself. The project encompasses both my personal life and life as a musician. I’ve realized life is going to throw you curveballs, and there’s no way to know what’s coming or how to perfectly deal with things. All you can do is your best in every situation and approach challenges optimistically. Be patient. What you’re going through will help you continuously grow and become a better version of yourself. That’s what life is about.”

LA Trio WILD Announce Debut LP ‘Goin’ Back’

Today, LA indie-folk trio WILD announces their debut full-length record, Goin’ Back, is set for release on January 15, 2021 via Nettwerk. “‘Goin’ Back’ is something we’ve been working towards for a long time,” the band says. “We feel it embodies everything we stand for as a band and shows all our growth throughout the years. We’re so happy to have made this record and can’t wait for you to hear it.”

To celebrate the upcoming release, the band shares their upbeat and heartfelt new single, “Friend Like You.” They explain, “There’s a lot of nods to our longest closest friends in here, (you got my back since 92, ride or die, made up our own language, etc). Simply, it’s just about friends that you can always count on and will be there for you no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen them last. We need our ride or die crew more than ever!”


With the release of “Amigo” Lous sends an invitation for dance, resistance and resilience. “Life is not a free ride” (“La vie ne fait pas de cadeau”) but Lous gives it a glorious celebration. This powerful track is the perfect illustration of her providential collaboration with El Guincho. With “Amigo”, Lous delivers a universal anthem to the friendship with ourselves and others.


Smith Lyle & Moore share four-song indie-folk ‘EP I’

Today, Los Angeles indie-folk trio Smith Lyle & Moore make their official debut with a four-song EP titled ‘EP I’ and clearly signifying that there is plenty more to come from this dynamic trio. The group emerged this summer with the anthemic single “Fate” which featured Dhani Harrison on backing vocals and then came the rollicking “Werewolf” penned by songwriter Tyler Lyle. Today, Glide Magazine unveils the full EP that shows off the trio’s warm harmonies and deep choruses.

ALBUM PREMIERE: Smith Lyle & Moore Marry 60s Pop and Indie Folk-Rock on Impressive Debut ‘EP I’

The Replacements Premiere New Video For Can’t Hardly Wait From Upcoming Pleased To Meet Me Reissue

In advance of the upcoming deluxe edition of The Replacements’ Pleased To Meet Me, the band has premiered a new video for their classic track from the album, “Can’t Hardly Wait.” The new clip pulls from the same vintage black and white footage from 1987, now upgraded to HD resolution, that was famously used for two other videos from the album, while using newly remastered audio from the deluxe edition. The footage was initially shot for “The Ledge,” but after this video was infamously banned from MTV for objectionable song content, the band re-used it for their follow-up video (“Alex Chilton”). With the release of the new “Can’t Hardly Wait” revisiting the footage once again, we now have a Pleased To Meet Me video trilogy.

The Love-In Release Acclaimed New EP “As It Lays”

Redefining the ‘Nashville sound,’ East Nashville rock band The Love-In is proud to share their anticipated new EP As It Lays, released today. The group teamed up with acclaimed producer Collin Pastore (Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers) to create the five-song EP that focuses on not only recognizing, but breaking down the ways that social norms and gender roles discourage individuality and the mirage that conformity is what we ought to strive to achieve. The album has been praised by a multitude of outlets including Alt Citizen, Audiofemme, Substream Magazine, The Vinyl District, and Ones To Watch, who said, “They’re a band with the aura of another era, a retro sound that hides its freshness in plain sight…[Laurel Sorenson’s] vocals drive the project well beyond its sonic shell to a superlative level.”

The Love-In Release New EP As It Lays

Soulburn Announces New Album Noa’s D’ark

“A symbiosis of the biblical tale and the mayhem of the currents inherent each present; a mirror of realities. Yes, a play of words, and even more so, a decay of births. So please indulge, feel free to dare wrapping your own mind around, for it for sure is, in the very core of its essence, a vessel in honor of the strength and the art, of chaos and freedom: NOA’S D’ARK.

Applied with the pleasure of pressure, a Satanic gesture if you wish – a clash – a crash of narratives of mundane hollowness, of empty parasites sucking on the big nothing. A lucid statement in praise of the ever-lurking darkness that surrounds us, drinking it, eating it, in triumph over boredom – to thrive. To exist through meaning brought to the surface by one’s own revelations rather than just by leaning into traps of false acceptance or flat expectations. To grow some horns that is, an existentialist beast – come feast!

Darrel William Herbert premieres “To Your Side”

“The blend of country, folk and rock ‘n roll recalls singer-songwriter greats like Tom Petty or John Mellencamp,” MXDWN’s Matt Matasci writes in their premiere. Herbert also released a video for “Side,” an “imaginative part live, part animated performance video that sees Herbert pouring his heart out in his basement while his laundry spins around in the dryer behind him” according to V13.

mxdwn PREMIERE: Darrel William Herbert Shares New Folk-Influenced Rock Song “To Your Side”

Chima releases debut EP ‘break nights’, listen to “still jaded” on Earmilk

After two years of dropping a steady stream of singles and music videos and building his name around The Bay’s underground Hip-Hop scene, Oakland rapper Chima unveils his debut EP ‘Break Nights’ today. The debut project sees Chima cultivating nighttime soundscapes perfect for late night drives around the city. Such sonic aesthetics are the backdrop to his exploration of complex emotions felt after multiple heart breaks from past relationships. Take a listen to the EP, and lead single “still jaded” on Earmilk below:

Brand New Single “Anointed Saint” from Bugle

UnoTheActivist + Holly release new single, ‘Amusement’

Portuguese producer Holly might have set records in 2017, when he released over 600 tracks, culminating in him winning the producer battle at the Goldie Awards. Fast forward to 2020, and though his frenetic output might have slowed, his impact on contemporary dance culture is growing.

Dark Skies and Holy Grail smashes together Holly’s spheres of influence to produce a singular sonic blueprint that weaves through hip-hop, bass, drum n bass, trap, breaks and noise. It’s tender, but unflinching, pitching moments of beauty next to raw power. The mixtape speaks to Holly’s feelings while producing the record, many of his dreams were coming true, but were being realized, and written, under dark and uncertain skies. It’s a sentiment that feels universal right now and a body of work that fits the yoyoing nature of our everyday life.


New York’s Brandy are back with their sophomore LP and first for TOTAL PUNK! “The Gift of Repetition” is an eight track study in just that; loud, plodding and rhythmic. It will have you bobbing your head till it breaks clean off your neck! The band share vocal duties, often chanting over each other, with lyrics that are singular in vision; bleak with a grin. There’s synth on a few tracks, with mind-melting results! When the only other bands that come to mind are A-Frames, Lamps and Mayyors, you are obviously doing something right. Pulsing, throbbing, and 100% TOTAL PUNK!!!


Leave It Beautiful was recorded in Sweden and created by Astrid alongside duo Jack & Coke (Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rita Ora). With every track co-written by Astrid herself, her debut record is a personal exploration of the 23-year-old artist’s journey so far, as she finds herself in the wake of break-ups, monumental changes and growing pains in her life. The lyrics depict a coming of age story where Astrid accepts life lessons with gratitude, depicted in the title ‘Leave It Beautiful’.

Stream the debut LP from Oakland post-punk band Body Double

Milk Fed, the debut album by Oakland five-piece Body Double, emerged from a period of intense grief and transition for singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Candace Lazarou. Her previous group, underground noise rock outfit Mansion, disbanded acrimoniously in 2016, months before the Ghost Ship fire forever changed Bay Area DIY. At the same time, Lazarou also began disentangling herself from long-term relationships both interpersonal and with drugs.


Los Angeles based songwriter and composter Elle Belle has released “Post Everything” the first single from his forthcoming third full length album Post Everything due out on November 13th via Little Record Company. At is core “Post Everything” is a fight song. A song about the internal fight against the dark nihilism that has grown inside us. It posits that fascism in America came by farce, not by force, and blood is on our keyboards and T.V. remotes. “It was written out of a frustration from being on the losing end of a battle against American apathy, “ Chris Pappas, who writes and records as Elle Belle, told Ghettoblaster Magazine. “It’s a song about giving up and rediscovering what you’re fighting for.” Sonically the song borrows heavily from 90’s era garage rock and even name checks Billy Corgan in the first verse of the song.


Jeff Carson Releases “God Save The World”

Country music standout Jeff Carson takes us back to the early 2000s with the re-release of his 2003 hit, “God Save The World.” This single is more relevant now than ever, igniting hope for the future in a world longing for change. “God Save The World” is available to stream and download on all digital platforms now!

“I was excited about the opportunity of recording this song. I have always loved ballads with meaningful lyrics, and this song, I believe, expresses the feelings of so many people in these trying times we’re all living in,” shares Carson.

German Artist LÙISA Returns With New Single “Deep Sea State Of Mind”      

Today, German indie pop artist lùisa shares “Deep Sea State of Mind,” her first new single in three years. It presents itself as a fitting anthem for our time: the song is about retreating into the mystical depths of self to find the connection to the essential again, far away from anything superficial or the pressure to perform. The track is the first taste of her long-awaited new album, coming Spring 2021.

Riveting Experimental Pop Artist CHILD Releases Sophomore Single / Visual

What if the most honest and essential parts of yourself were laid out in front of you as a dark terrain only you could traverse?

Existential, yes, but it’s a question that, Devin Coogan, otherwise known as CHILD, continually tries to answer with his craft – a hypnotic blend of alternative, indie rock, and hip-hop informally known as experimental pop. He is the consummate artist – a musical explorer – perpetually looking for undiscovered sonic territory.

Sam Roberts Band share new track and video from upcoming album

“Youth” is straightforwardly nostalgic, lamenting the inevitability of time passing while seeking to maintain the parts of ourselves that encounter the world with the wide-eyed wonder it deserves. The accompanying video takes us on an intimate journey, composed of never-before-seen images of the band’s grandparents, parents, children, and themselves in various stages of their lives. A bittersweet celebration of nostalgia, family, memories, and the feelings we all had growing up, this song perfectly closes All of Us, and it’s the last new song the band will be releasing in advance of the album release on October 16.

Namir Blade Releases Debut Mello Album

Namir Blade is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and artist from Nashville Tennessee. He started experimenting with sounds at the age of six and further developing and refining his talents from middle school well into high school while attending Nashville School of the Arts.


DEVVON TERRELL, singer, songwriter, and producer announces his upcoming album VOL. 2 DÉJÀ VU with the release of his new animated video “YOU TRIPPIN.” The track, produced by Aura Beats and FORTHENIGHT, highlights Devvon’s signature sound, a pop-oriented blend of Hip-Hop and R&B.


Hip-hop artist-to-watch Blxst returns with a brand new visual for his track “Be Alone” out today. The videofollows the recent release of his highly anticipated EP, No Love Lost, out now via Red Bull Records. No Love Lost debuted at #14 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and #8 on iTunes Top Albums for Hip-Hop/Rap.

EAST OF JUNE (ft. ex-INCUBUS bassist Dirk Lance) Release Video for “Little Bird”

While the pandemic has changed this season’s sendoff for parents witnessing their kids leave the nest for the first time – whether it’s for kindergarten or college, the inextricable intertwining of pride and fear is in full swing. Los Angeles-based power trio EAST OF JUNE immerse themselves in this annual rite of passage in their new song and video “Little Bird.” Written from a parent’s perspective as their child moves out for the first time, the song carries both the nervousness, hope and trust that all will work out for the best as their child experiences life away from the safety of their wings.


“‘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.”

Parson James Talks New Single, Lockdown, and Artistic Freedom

Vancouver Musician Quinn Pickering Releases New Single GRAPEFRUIT >> Watch Video Now!

If the pandemic has brought on feelings of nostalgia and the need for a sweet pop song with a bit of sting, Vancouver musician Quinn Pickering’s new track ‘Grapefruit’ is just what you’re looking for! Out today, ‘Grapefruit’ is the 1st single from Quinn’s new EP Supernova set for release on November 13th via producer Howard Redekopp’s new record label How Weird Sounds.

Full of nostalgic, melancholic longing, ‘Grapefruit’ explores the feeling of trying to shake special memories that over time have turned bittersweet.

ARO (Aimée Osbourne) Announces Debut Album

ARO (Aimée Osbourne) announces their debut album, Vacare Adamare and shares the single “House of Lies.” The album, Latin for “to be free and loved” is due out October 30th on Make Records. Alt Press premiered the single and shared an exclusive interview with Osbourne, where she talked about her record, her personal aesthetics, and leaving acting to pursue music — “House of Lies” proves in short, as Alt Press states, that “there really isn’t anything Aimée Osbourne can’t do.”

Aimée Osbourne learned what’s in a family name the hard way

Axel Flóvent To Release Debut Album ‘You Stay by the Sea’; Listen To “Fireworks”   

Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent calls Reykjavík home, but also the inspiration behind his upcoming full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea (out January 15 via Nettwerk Records). As if forming aural clouds from the natural elements around him, the music gathers acoustic guitar, piano, and warm electronics across the twelve songs that make up the album.

THE WHITE SWAN: Nocturnal Transmission EP

Today marks the official release of Nocturnal Transmission, the latest EP from atmospheric sludge rock unit, THE WHITE SWAN.

Spearheaded by Kittie’s Mercedes Lander alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective), Nocturnal Transmission delivers over twenty minutes of sprawling, melodic sound waves Revolver Magazine crowns, “a gauzy, atmospheric brand of sludgy doomgaze.” Elsewhere, Toilet Ov Hell hails, “a brand of passion doom that is truly captivating,” while Rock And Roll Fables champions Lander for “channeling her inner [Melissa] Auf der Maur,” and likening the EP duration to, “a spiritual experience.”

LISTEN: Mikey Lion Crafts Deep House Single for Desert Hearts

2020 has slowed down the pace of life for many, but from this new reality comes a silver lining: time. Mikey Lion has taken this in stride, using his newfound time in the studio fine tuning his craft. Now, we get a first taste of his dedicated labor via “The Way You’re Wrong”—out today on his own Desert Hearts Records.

‘The Way You’re Wrong’ sees Mikey embracing the deeper side of his musicality and paying homage to his influences. A recurring vocal glides atop a soundscape driven by a thick bassline and a foundational synth progression. Electric guitar licks are sprinkled throughout as well as subtle, yet sentimental harmonies, adding depth to the finished product. It oozes in Chicago flair, and marks the beginning of a new chapter for Mikey when it comes to his sonic aesthetic.

Midwest Crew Alexkai x Rich-Goone x Xten Deliver High Intensity Video “Menace”

Rising and unsigned artists Alexkai, Rich-Goone, and Xten are three rappers based out of Minnesota with a wide range of style and influence. They come together on their latest visual Menace directed by Fella Fellz to showcase their high energy and diverse talent. “The inspiration behind making this video for me was to show people my versatility and let them know you don’t have to stay in one lane and you can always branch out and try new things” says Xten. Be on the lookout for more great things to come from this team. Check out the video now on youtube and your preferred digital streaming provider.

Blac Chyna Gets Hyphy with Too $hort and Keak Da Sneak in “My Word” Video

Adding a touch of glamor and attitude to everything she does, Blac Chyna is proving to be a natural in the rap game. Recruiting some Bay Area rap originators to pay tribute to the Hyphy era, Chyna shares “My Word,” her new music video. Rhyming over ping-ponging synths that bring you right back to 2006, Chyna rocks a conversational flow as she promises that she’ll never cap about her finances, or anything else: “I keep a bag in my Birkin, baby/Boss so I’m never not workin’, baby.” The song features guest appearances from Bay Area veterans Too $hort and Keak Da Sneak, the latter praising Chyna with his signature raspy fast-talk, while the former reminds us that pimpin’ still ain’t easy. In the video, directed by Mark Walters/No More Heroes, Chyna, Keak, and $hort Dawg ball out in an L.A. mansion, showing off their cars–namely a cherry red McLaren and an old school boxframe Cadillac–and relaxing by the pool.