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Phoenix Alt-Rockers This Modern Debut New Song “Next Time Around”

Of the new single, vocalist Marcus Reardon says, “The lyrics are designed to be more sad and reflective, while the instrumental is there to uplift you and make you move- it’s a style of writing that we’ve worked a long time to nail down. The goal was to create something anthemic, but beautiful.”

Drummer Sean Whiteman adds, “The instrumental was inspired by a Cemetery Sun song, “Piece of Shit.” We’ve been listening to a lot of their music in the studio lately.”

Portland Punks OLD CROSS Releasing Debut Full-Length ‘Daggers’ on November 13

Old Cross is a three-piece melodic punk band from Portland, Oregon. Drawing influences ranging from the 90’s/00’s CA punk scene with fast single kick punk beats and anthem choruses to dark, progressive riffs with a modern spin. Prior to COVID, Old Cross toured about three to four times a year and they plan to resume when the world returns to some sort of normalcy.

Old Cross has one self-titled EP that came out on No Pants Records in December of 2018 and is planning to release their debut full length “Daggers” 11/13 on Zomie! Media Records.

Kurt Baker (Kurt Baker Combo, The Leftovers, etc) Drops New Track (“I Like Her A Lot”)

Of the track, Kurt says, “A lot of the topics on this record came out of conversations I would have with my co-writer and producer Wyatt Funderburk. I’m sure I said, “I like her a lot” in passing and then was like, “Wait…it’s so simple, but why not make that the title!” I love the line “Monday night she goes down to Amigos, never afraid to get up and dance,” mostly because of the Amigos name-drop. I’ve talked about this bar in Portland, Maine a lot, but the place really is an important spot in the making of After Party. They say it’s a Mexican restaurant but to be perfectly honest, I’ve never eaten the food there. One of my favorite choruses on the record, Wyatt suggested a few variations of the melody line that really made it pop in the end. This definitely captures our sound during a live show.”

Keegan Powell – ‘Rock N Roll Kind Of Night’ out now

After watching a hand full of documentaries one night on the tumultuous lives of Miles Davis & Elvis, the spark was lit for the initial inspiration for my new song, “Rock N Roll Kind Of Night,” I started writing the song as a tongue and cheek take on the emotional rollercoaster these great artists put themselves through while attempting to climb the ladder of the entertainment industry. It always seemed no matter how well they were doing at any given point they were always trying to run away from something, to something else. That journey they were taking inspired me to pick up the guitar, because at the time of writing, I felt I was on quite the journey myself.

New Signing TIM ATLAS Shares DIY Animated Video For “Cold Shoulder” (Out Now Via Nettwerk Records) 

Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Oakland-born, LA-based DIY writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tim Atlas. Atlas joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, which includes artists like Mallrat, LEISURE, Neil Frances, Hermitude, Miami Horror, Cehryl, The Veils, and Vök.

With a brilliant network of R&B-infused indie-pop and woozy atmospherics, Atlas skillfully blends analog and digital sounds with steady grooves. Citing influences from Rex Orange County to Toro y Moi to Omar Apollo, Atlas creates nostalgic, bedroom vibes that effortlessly combine musical genres and histories into one dynamic soundscape.


Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne is ringing in football season with a new single “NFL” feat. Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby released via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Produced by Boi-1da and !llmind, the track will serve as the soundtrack for Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video this season, which kicks off Thursday Oct. 8 between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

MÖRK GRYNING Shares New Song, “Infernal”

Legendary Swedish black metal formation MÖRK GRYNING has shared “Infernal,” the latest single from their upcoming album, ‘Hinsides Vrede.’ The offering is the band’s first new full-length since 2005 and will be released on October 23 via Season of Mist, making it their debut to the label.

Video: Rah Swish – “50 Bars Pt. 4”

With an authoritative mic presence and a solider’s mentality, rapper Rah Swish crafts booming bangers for New York City streets. Continuing his longest running series of hard-hitting heaters, Rah Swish shares “50 Bars Pt. 4,” a relentless single-verse drill cut. With an apocalyptic beat courtesy of H2O, Rah dances between sliding 808s and syncopated handclaps as he comes through with colorfully aggressive bars: “I’ll make a funeral, shoot up the service/I’m tryna help ’em see Jesus in person.” In the video, directed by GucciTutz, Rah and his WOO associates take over Los Angeles, sipping syrup and mobbing outside the Staples Center, where the Lakers and Clippers play. “50 Bars Pt. 4” is Rah’s first video since the release of “Feel Like Pop,” the Canarsie native’s tribute to his late friend Pop Smoke.

The Mystic Underground Announce Their Third Album “Wrapped In Riddles”

Synthpop/New Wave upstarts The Mystic Underground announce their new album Wrapped in Riddles.

Moody. Driving. Buoyant. Synth and sass. Brooklyn synthpop outfit The Mystic Underground return to prove that electronic music can be thought-provoking, immensely compelling and seductively danceable thus creating an intoxicating sound.

Ayron Jones releases video for ‘Take Me Away’

Rock singer-guitarist Ayron Jones has upped the intensity of his Top 20 US hit ‘Take Me Away'(Big Machine/John Varvatos Records), from the top of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, the legendary London Bridge Studio, Dicks Drive In and Gold Creek Pond.

Ayron Jones releases video for ‘Take Me Away’

Laura Groves Shares New Track “Infinite Wisdom”

Of the 6-track EP Groves says: “This record, made mostly on my own, became both a channel for the expression of an inner world and an imagined soundtrack to my physical journeys through the city. It is rooted in the stories, atmospheres, mistakes and wrong turns, desires and layers of meaning that run through and play out in the landscapes we inhabit. The songs are snapshots of late night journeys across the river, the sparks of love that transform us and keep us going, the dead ends that the mind can lead us down, the erotic; the visible and invisible places we pass through as they merge and are erased and overwritten. The ability and opportunity to create and connect through music is a gift and I’m so happy to be able to share these new explorations with you.”

Chilean Band CAF Returned With New Video For Single “Hemos Vuelto Del Abismo”

The release of CAF’S first single is accompanied by 2 remixes “Hemos Vuelto del Abismo” (Mixhell Remix -featuring Laima Leyton and Sepultura’s founding member Iggor Cavalera) and; the second remix “Hemos Vuelto del Abismo Dub” is a dubmix by iconic Jamaican dub producer, Scientist.

Fully fledged soul belter Nathalie Miranda drops new single ‘Catch-22’ with Bond inspired video

Nathalie Miranda is a fully-fledged soul belter; a power-house vocalist with a stunning 4-octave range. This emerging artist is a force to be reckoned with. Notable for her unique, soulful voice and high energy performances, Nathalie delights in engaging her numerous fans on Patreon with special live streams and exclusive online performances. Hot on the heels of her single ‘Poltergeist’ earlier this year, new single ‘Catch-22’ is out now and available on all major download and streaming platforms.


Making a welcome return, New York City/ Berlin based duo Refs release new music in stunning new offering Run. Showcasing their winning combination of the stellar vocals of Rich Saunders and wonderful production of Zach Lipkins, Run once again displays a darker sound from Refs, following well-received recent single Nice ft. Jonah Mutono. With the world struggling to find its feet amidst a backdrop of turmoil, Run was born of feelings that most of us prefer to keep within.

The Suitcase Junket Releases Searing New Track and Video “Black Holes and Overdoses”

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist The Suitcase Junket releases the “Black Holes and Overdoses” track and video from his upcoming album The End is New, out November 20 via Renew Records/BMG. The Suitcase Junket is the moniker for one-man-band Matt Lorenz. “Black Holes and Overdoses” captures the eventual detachment that comes from a never ending news cycle, driven by a fierce, rocking blues beat.

Chart-Topping Folk Rock/Americana Trio Gathering Time Unveil Video For “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

Chart-topping folk-rock/Americana harmony trio Gathering Time have unveiled their inspirational new video for their rendition of Pete Seeger’s iconic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” today.

Describing the video as both “reassuring and energizing,” the band says they decided to release the video today, just after the Jewish New Year high holidays and at the beginning of the festival of Sukkot, when Ecclesiastes is traditionally read (the song is based on the words from the Book of Ecclesiastes).

Precocious Rock Singer/Songwriter Griffin Holtby Brings the Heat on Emotive Video “The Fire”

Experiencing more in his lifetime than people twice his age, precocious and passionate, 20 year-old, Dallas, Texas-based rock/pop/blues artist Griffin Holtby announces his single, “The Fire” from new EP, The Hell Series, due out early 2021. Adopted by an American couple at just eight months old from Russia, Holtby has since lived in southern locales, such as San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Dallas, Texas and has more to tell than his average peer. He first learned about the transformative power of music at the age of seven after hearing seminal rockers Cream, courtesy of his father. Holtby embraced his destiny in making it as a musician and songwriter early on, writing original music throughout middle and high school, creating material with sensibilities far ahead of the typical purview of young adults.

42 Dugg & Stunna 4 Vegas Remix Rae Rae’s “Crash Flow”

After his unfortunate passing earlier this summer, the legacy of 18 year-old rising hip-hop star Rae Rae continues to live on through his music. Building on the momentum of Rae Rae’s breakout single “Crash Flow (Ain’t Trippin)” featuring Taeman which garnered over 35 million streams in addition to inspiring a viral TikTok dance, Rae Rae’s posthumous remix featuring 42 Dugg & Stunna 4 Vegas picks up where the young teen left off. On the record which is produced by Rae Rae himself, 42 Dugg & Stunna 4 Vegas are in rare form as they lend their unique vocal stylings to the gritty street anthem, blending perfectly with Rae Rae’s signature southern flow.

GRAFVITNIR: Swedish occult black metal entity announces new album details and unveils new track

Harbingers of the Serpent Fire, carriers of the emerald of Urkaos and torchbearers of the Luciferian Flame.

With their seventh album, legendary Occult Black Metal band Grafvitnir unleashes stormwinds of the Otherworld.

Ten tempestuous anthems of pitch-black malevolence sounding the alarm of the Apocalypse.

Manic Rockers’ The Wild Stares Announce First Album in 28 Years

“Inscrutable, dense, manic, bizarre, intense, aloof, schizophrenic,” once wrote Option magazine.

Back when Mission of Burma ruled the roost and artists like Thalia Zedek and Christmas/Combustible Edison were getting their start, The Wild Stares were formed in Boston, MA by former Connecticut high school mates Justin Burrill (guitar, vocals) and Steve Gregororpoulos (vocals, guitar) – San Francisco transplant Fran Miller joined on bass soon after.

Deeper (Fire Talk) share “Helena’s Flowers” video via FLOOD

Deeper released their critically-lauded sophomore LP Auto-Pain in late March of this year, just before the world shut down. Heralded by outlets like VICE, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Paste and FLOOD as a release that is “bigger, more ambitious and more direct in just about every way” than the band’s “already excellent” debut (Stereogum), the album was a highlight of what has been (pandemic notwithstanding) a banner year for their label Fire Talk Records (Dehd, Pure X).

Deeper Show What’s Wrong With Capitalism on “Helena’s Flowers”