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Miesha & The Spanks – Wanna Feel Good

This song was a last minute add-on while tracking our next release with Leeroy Stagger. It was just before what would be our last session, or more importantly it was his last session in his hand-built studio, the Rebeltone Rach, before tearing it down and moving West. Deadlines were closing in and time was running out.

NC’s Mindset Turns Negative Into A Positive With New Single “Purple Acai”

Mindset is an alternative Hip Hop artist from Shelby, North Carolina. His music career began quite rapidly by landing a gig to open up for 21 Savage in 2017 after the promoter heard him freestyle before he even released any music. From there he has performed in various cities around the world including Charlotte, Atlanta, and Nassau. After recently graduating the University of South Carolina Mindset is fully focused on music and putting the finishing touches on his debut album.

Hear the title track off Jennifer Castle’s upcoming new album, Monarch Season, out October 16th on Paradise of Bachelors and Idée Fixe.

“I remember writing ‘Monarch Season’ last year this time. The monarchs were out in the sky, on the trees and in the meadows. Of course they are so inspiring. And yet the words I remember resonating with me the most are “I can’t help myself from flying away with them.” Something about that line felt so self-compassionate, the medicine of it worked first on me, and the rest came fast and easy. It gave me the permission to be the type of person that, at 43, still gets profoundly overwhelmed by nature and her cycles, and needs to stop what I’m doing to suddenly write a song about butterflies. Are you like that? Me too.”

EMEL – Shares “Something In The Way” Nirvana Cover

Today, Tunisian-born/New York-based experimental singer Emel has shared two tracks from her forthcoming project ‘The Tunis Diaries’ – a two-part album featuring a collection of newly recorded reworks from Emel’s catalog (‘Day’), and an eclectic selection of covers (‘Night’). Listen to Emel’s raw and striking cover of Nirvana classic “Something In The Way,” as well as a new stripped-down version of “Merrouh,” which originally appeared on her latest album ‘Everywhere We Looked Was Burning’ (2019).

Roxette – “Let Your Heart Dance With Me” Unreleased Single Available Digitally On October 2

Previously unreleased Roxette single “Let Your Heart Dance With Me,” – one of the last recordings Roxette ever did – to be released on October 2.

Thanks to songwriter Per Gessle’s prolific flow of tunes, classic Swedish pop group Roxette always had a surplus of material to choose between for their albums. Many of these leftover songs were strong contenders for inclusion, and their quality has made them loved among fans when they’ve popped up as bonus material on singles or compilations.

This was the case up until the release of Roxette’s final studio album Good Karma, which in the summer of 2016 yielded a couple of songs that wasn’t needed for the album. One of them was “Let Your Heart Dance With Me,” which finally sees the light of day thanks to BAG OF TRIX, Roxette’s magnificent collection of unreleased material which will be released later this year.

Hear Roxette’s Previously Unreleased “Let Your Heart Dance With Me”

LGBTQI activist and feminist Dolche shows escape from domestic abuse in the video to new single ‘Sunday Mood’

Dolche, is an Italian-French singer, songwriter, composer and record producer who boasts a 20-year music career having played more than 500 concerts in Europe and who has had many key collaborations with Grammy Award winning professionals. Her work is well-known for its distinctive musical style and the unique blending of different musical styles and genres such as folk, chanson française, world music, classical music, funk and electronic. She now releases ‘Sunday Mood’, the last single from her forthcoming album ‘Exotic Diorama’ (out 23rd October 2020.)


NEIL YOUNG is pleased to announce the release of Return To Greendale, a live album and concert film of the historic 2003 tour that brought his 25th studio album, Greendale, to life both musically and theatrically. Out November 6 via Reprise Records, the songs and performance remain topical as ever, powered by themes of environmentalism, corruption, and the destructive effects of capitalism. Featuring Young’s trusty partners Crazy Horse, the Toronto recording captures the epic experience of Young’s immersive, small-town rock opera. The multimedia exploit seamlessly blended Young’s powerful lyrics and Crazy Horse’s heavy blues thrash with musical theatre, as actors joined the band onstage to play out Greendale’s narrative as it unfolded. Like Greendale itself, the show eschews elaborate production in favor of a ragged and rough-hewn feel that does right by its source material.

Neil Young announces live concert film Return To Greendale


Singer/songwriter Forest Blakk has unveiled new single “If You Love Her” – available now via Atlantic Records. The track arrives alongside a beautifully moving James Fitzgerald-directed video, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Dublin Murders) and Caoimhe O’Malley (Dublin Murders, & The CW’s Reign).

Aretha Franklin Career-Spanning Aretha Boxed Set Available On November 20 From Rhino

To say that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest American artists of all time is an understatement. Her multi-octave voice moved millions around the world during an unrivaled career that spanned six decades and garnered the singer-songwriter every achievement and honor imaginable. Her reign as the Queen of Soul will play out across four discs on a new boxed set from Rhino that is the first to span her entire career, including songs from every label she recorded with.

Career-Spanning Aretha Franklin Box Set to Feature Hits, Unreleased Recordings

Tycho & rum.gold collaborate on new song out now

“Run Away” is a step into bold new territory for both artists, seamlessly blending the hallmarks of Tycho’s music – detailed arrangements, crisp production and skittering electronics – with rum.gold’s soulful vocals and emotionally resonant lyrics. Tycho’s first-ever collaboration with a male vocalist, the track showcases the two musicians’ obvious chemistry, despite having never worked together in person thus far (the former is based in San Francisco, the latter in Brooklyn).

Zach Heckendorf Releases “Waves” Music Video – New Album ‘HAWK TALK’ Out Now

Today, Zach Heckendorf released his video for “Waves” taken from his recently released album HAWK TALK — produced by Grammy winner John Fields (Jonas Brothers, Ben Rector, Cory Wong), the album was just released on September 25th via Missing Piece Records / Organically Elevated. So far, HAWK TALK has been acclaimed by by Ones to Watch, Parade, Pollstar, 303 Magazine, and Westword, who said it “falls into the Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi school of pop — the stuff of earnest young men with big feelings, singing danceable songs with catchy hooks.”

INGRINA: post-metal sextet premiere new single “Now” on Invisible Oranges!

French post-metal thunderstorm INGRINA share a relentless and tormented first single taken from their upcoming sophomore album “Siste Lys”, out November 27th on Medication Time Records (world) and A Tant Rêver Du Roi (France). Stream “Now” over at Invisible Oranges website!

“Now” is the first excerpt from INGRINA’s upcoming sophomore album “Siste Lys”. The French sextet creates highly evocative and apocalyptic soundscapes with a strong sense of storytelling, in the vein of bands like Year Of No Light, Rosetta, Aussitôt Mort or Alcest. The five elements collide in a blast of post-metal, post-hardcore and shoegaze for an overall mind-boggling sensory experience.

Imrat Guitarist Todd Mosby Releases New Album, ‘Aerial Views’

If the music on guitarist and composer Todd Mosby’s newest release, Aerial Views, seems to take flight and soar, that’s not coincidental. Aerial Views is the third in a series of concept albums which highlight the natural elements; this set of recordings embraces air and early childhood experiences piloting his father’s plane.

Produced by the legendary Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton team, Aerial Views features a cast of world-class musicians: violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Tony Levin, drummer Jerry Marotta, bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Jeff Haynes, multi-instrumentalist Premik Tubbs on soprano and lap steel, Lola Kristine on piano and vocals to name a few.

Imrat Guitarist Todd Mosby Releases New Album Aerial Views

Raissa debuts Mura Masa remix of “GO FAST BABY”

The original version of “GO FAST BABY,” the first offering from HEROGIRL, arrived alongside a video directed by UK-based duo bedroom (beabadoobee, The 1975).

The narrative arc of the HEROGIRL EP chronicles a hero’s journey, a classic story telling device wherein the protagonist crosses the threshold into another realm to learn a critical lesson that can then be applied to the normal world. Heavily influenced by Raissa’s fascination with sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics, the HEROGIRL EP positions Raissa as the hero of the story, but the EP’s embrace of child-like naivety, a complete lack of cynicism and finding strength in what you love—rather than focusing on what makes you miserable—extends far beyond the music to her audience.

Beloved band Lake Street Dive debuts new song/video “Making Do” today!

“‘Making Do’ is about the world that future generations are inheriting. We are all concerned about what is happening to our planet, so the song explores what arises when we consider both our role in it and our responsibility to address it. Hopefully it comes through as a rallying cry to do the best you can with what you have.” – Lake Street Dive

Philly Indie Rockers GOINGS Sign with Know Hope Records

Philly-based GOINGS have signed with Know Hope Records and will release their upcoming full-length ‘It’s For You’ on November 13, 2020. The band is giving a preview of the new album with the release of the first single “Phone Numbers.”

Seminal Punk Band CRASS Reveals Never-Before-Heard Track from Upcoming Crassical Collection

Seminal avant-punk collective CRASS has revealed a new video for “Sheep Farming 3,” a previously unreleased track available on the Best Before 1984 (Crassical Collection) reissue, out October 30 in North America via One Little Independent Records.

Drive-By Truckers drop surprise record this Friday; first song out today

Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of their second album of 2020. The band’s new full-length second LP of 2020, THE NEW OK arrives via ATO Records at all DSPs and streaming services on Friday, October 2; CD and red vinyl arrive on Friday, December 18. THE NEW OK is preceded by today’s premiere of the powerful new title track, “The New Ok,” available for streaming and download now.


“Babygirl” turns the typical love song on its head – instead of focusing on romantic love, Watkins wrote the song as an ode to her best girlfriends. “When I thought of the purest love I know, these relationships were the first to come to mind,” she says. “In romance, I’ve always been very confused- but love was so clear, magic, and eternal with my best friends, those I called babygirl – who have danced with me in the early morning rain, laughing through the confusion.” She continues, “This is an album meant for other women to hear — with songs that are vulnerable and powerful.”

Based in Brooklyn for the past nine years, Watkins’ Americana-pop style embodies the influences of her North Carolina roots. Performing since the age of fourteen, she has shared the stage with acts like Langhorne Slim, Future Birds, Chatham County Line, Wilder Maker, Lowland Hum, and Alpenglow. Her 2016 debut release, I Am New, as well as the single, “Frances and Jack,” were produced by Daniel Goans of Lowland Hum at White Star Studios.

MICKO & THE MELLOTRONICS – Announce ‘‘½ dove – ½ pigeon’ Album

A twisting tale that beggars belief, Imelda’s story is one of corruption, subterfuge and extravagance; a beauty pageant queen turned political mastermind and tyrant. An unscrupulous politician, Marcos is committed to the Guinness Book of World Records for the Greatest Robbery of a Government. And despite a notoriously lavish and illegally-funded lifestyle, Marcos sustained a lifelong career in government. Eventually caught-out on corruption charges just two years ago, Marcos is alive to this day (aged 91) and remains a divisive public figure.

Touché Amoré Share New Track/Video “Reminders”

Today, Los Angeles post hardcore band Touché Amoré share their new song and video for “Reminders” off their forthcoming Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At the Drive-In) produced album, Lament due out next Friday, October 9.

The track was born out of the overwhelming anxiety that came from the controversial end result of Trump’s impeachment trial. The verses scream of political distress while the chorus is a peak at vocalist Jeremy Bolm’s attempt to calm himself down. “I think when we are all panicking, we need to have those reminders that there’s love out there for us whether we believe it or not and that’s all that we can really trust to save us,” explains Bolm.

Serena Sun – Everyone I Run From—out now

I feel that in today’s world, there are so many people who push away their personal pains by seeking daily distractions; whether that be through unhealthy relationships, obsessions with social media, or substance abuse. I confess to doing just that in my own life.

The song I am sharing with you, “Everyone I Run From,” was written in the wake of realizing I had been dealing with lingering trauma from a past relationship. I craved a cleanse from my past hurt, which I was only able to achieve through self-reflection and a desire for change.

Honduran-Canadian artist, Daniela Andrade (Billboard, Remezcla, Fader) – Shares New EP, ‘Nothing Much Has Changed…’

Nothing much has changed… comes co-produced by Daniela and Gray Rowan (also Charlotte Day Wilson) throughout the pandemic as a way of staving off malaise – it’s a very intimate, personal collection of songs for Andrade that explore ideas of escape, harking back to the memories of her childhood (as with ‘Puddles’) whilst paying tribute once again to her Honduran heritage and the narratives that went with that. Personal highlights from the new collection include ‘Deseo’, ‘K.L.F.G’ and first single, ‘Puddles’ – these three in particular highlight Daniela’s brilliant way of fusing electronica, soul and R&B with ‘Deseo’ highlighting her Spanish language once again.

Emmy The Great Shares New Track “Chang-E”

Of the track Emmy says: “It begins with this. Chang-E, the wife of the tyrant Hou Yi, drinks the elixir of immortality to save China from his eternal reign. She ascends to the moon, and lives there with the Jade Rabbit, its original inhabitant. In Mid-Autumn, we celebrate Chang-E’s sacrifice with a festival of lanterns and lights. Many centuries later, NASA tells the moon-bound Apollo 11 astronauts to look out for the Chinese queen and her rabbit. Michael Collins replies, ‘We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.’”

Roddy Ricch Hops On Remix for Internet Money’s Smash Hit “Lemonade”

After years of crafting hits and breaking artists, Internet Money notched a top ten album with their debut B4 The Storm. Coming through with a remix to the album’s biggest hit, Internet Money shares “Lemonade” (Remix) ft. Don Toliver & Roddy Ricch. Already responsible for the world-beating hook, Don Toliver adds a verse of his own to the “Lemonade” remix, while Roddy Ricch adds his impeccable melodic instincts to the remix’s anchor verse.

BrokenRail Release New Single, “The Hate”!

Birmingham, AL based , Hard Rock / Metal band BrokenRail has released the official music music video for their new single, “The Hate.” Written and recorded during the lockdowns, “The Hate” not only introduces an all new era of BrokenRail, but captures the raw emotion of being left behind in a world trapped with panic, chaos, unrest, uncertainty, and anxiety, reflecting the current state of the world facing lockdown, financial insecurity, social unrest, and the overall experience of living through a global pandemic. We must come together and accept our differences and find the common ground amongst us. United we are strong, divided we fall.

Ginger Root shares new single “Why Try” | ‘Rikki’ LP out 10/23

Today, Orange County’s Ginger Root shares his new single, “Why Try,” from his forthcoming album Rikki due out October 23 via Acrophase Records. Using innovative synths, “Why Try” sonically shapeshifts into a lo-fi, modern disco track with a melody that grooves into a burst of production. Ginger Root truly embodies DIY to its core; writing, producing, mixing, and playing all instruments on Rikki.

BLEEDING OUT: “Perpetually Finite” Now Streaming

BLEEDING OUT is a deathgrind band from Toronto, Ontario. And yet behind this seemingly banal statement lurks a far more seething and violent musical truth. Yes, BLEEDING OUT is a band with a relentless array of face-melting riffs; everything from blasting early-Earache buzzsaws to reptile brain, slow-motion skull smashers. A band that is possessed by power, fury, and a violent need to explode on stage and on record rather than wallow in tepid genre identification and weak posturing. Utilizing grindcore and death metal as a musical lens to stare long and hard at this pus filled, ingrown world as it burns and falls apart, worldview begets musical conviction, and this ouroboros of violent sounds and negative outlook exists at the very heart of the band.

French indie bedroom producer Oscar Anton is offering a sensual journey in “bye bye”

Signed at 20 years old with Polydor-Universal, the young songwriter-producer chose a few months ago to quit his former label and create his own.

Since the beginning of the year, he’s releasing one pack (2 songs + 1 bonus) every month, 100% written, recorded and produced from his parisian bedroom turned into a studio.

8 months into this project, Oscar already gained over 2M streams, 3M views on Youtube and over 180k monthly listeners on Spotify.

Whatsapp? Red Rum Club’s are what’s up with ‘The Elevation’

The ticks turn blue for Red Rum Club as they message fans with the signal to party once more, releasing The Elevation – OUT NOW on Modern Sky – paving the way to the release of The Hollow Of Humdrum, their hotly-anticipated second album. Grabbing the essence of modern love and condensing it to a three-and-a-half-minute tornado of joyful pop, the fleet-footed festival favourites unleash an irresistible, earworm of a single – yet again!

MISSIO Drops “Vagabond” Ft. Esoteric of CZARFACE | New LP Out 10/23 via 2B/BMG

Austin’s genre-bending duo MISSIO has released their new anthemic single “Vagabond” today, which features Esoteric of hip-hop supergroup CZARFACE. Taken from the band’s forthcoming studio album – Can You Feel The Sun – due out October 23rd via 2B Recordings/BMG, the track is accompanied by a post-apocalyptic music video that the duo shot at a limestone quarry outside of Austin on a 102-degree day –