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US artist Butterfly Ali releases the video for new single ‘5 Minutes’ (you might know him as actor Titus Makin from his roles in Pretty Little Liars, The Rookie & Glee

Following on from the huge success of his Velly-produced single ‘5 Minutes’, which landed near the end of September, and was premiered by Wonderland before before being hailed as ‘Track Of The Day’ on Clash Magazine, Butterfly Ali has now returned to share the official video for his latest hit.

With strong nods to the sounds of Rick James and Funkadelic, ‘5 Minutes’ sees the artist move away from the conventional soul sound with something far more funk-focused. Bringing the fun and exciting feel of the track to the forefront, this new video pays homage to those retro influences with its bright and colourful aesthetic throughout.

Thorobred Boo – “Ball”

Thorobred Hustlaz Muzic’s very own Thorobred Boo; born in Memphis, TN; but established in Atlanta is currently in the final stages of preparation for his forthcoming project “Thoro Since Birth”, alongside Think It’s A Game A&R, Bigga Rankin. In preparation for this full project release, today we drop his second single,”Ball”. Thorobred Boo addresses all the haters and the doubters, balling out for all those who don’t want to see him shine.

FRANK TURNER + JON SNODGRASS – Announce ‘Buddies II: Still Buddies’ || Listen to single now

Ten years ago, the two acclaimed musicians hung out, drank whisky and wrote & recorded an album together called Buddies – a lighthearted hang between friends that became a hit with fans of both artists. Fast forward a decade and the pair are still buddies, so they decided to write a follow-up.

As with the original, Buddies II: Still Buddies was written in just one day, although this time, however, Turner and Snodgrass had to do it over the Internet due to lockdown. With more time on their hands than usual, they were able to flesh out the album, musically, and recruit other buddies – Stephen Egerton (Descendents/ALL) on drums and Todd Beene (Lucero, Chuck Ragan, Glossary) on pedal steel – for added instrumentation. The result is a funny, warm and at times poignant album that’s part talk show, part music.

Frank Turner, Jon Snodgrass Preview ‘Buddies II’ With Lockdown Anthem ‘Bad Times, Good Vibes’

The Antlers Share 1st New Music In Six Years, Listen to “Wheels Roll Home” Now

“Wheels Roll Home” is a simple song about the hopeful promise of reunion after a long time gone,” lead singer and songwriter Peter Silberman explains. “It’s that feeling of finding home in someone, eager and impatient to build a life together. It’s the experience of waiting out tumultuous times, longing for stability someday.”

Olivia Rox the Vote with “GO VOTE” Music Video

Singer/songwriter/pop star Olivia Rox has released the music video to her original song, “GO VOTE,” which she recently wrote to spread the word to her young fans to vote. Being a first-time voter, Olivia wants to reach her generation and help inspire them to stand up and make voices heard.

Palberta Share New Single – ‘Before I Got Here’

Their new LP really delivers on the promise that their last album’s direction implied, upping the production and reconciling their sound with more traditional pop forms while sacrificing absolutely none of the Palberta-ness that has endeared them to people over their catalog to date. The band opened for Bikini Kill on some of their US dates last year and were supposed to tour the UK and Europe for the first time earlier this year before COVID hit – hopefully, these dates will now come next year.

Nashville Psych Rockers De3ra Unveil Heavy and Dark Video via Broken 8 Records Ahead of October Album Release

Of the new single, DE3RA said that “the song is basically part two of a story arc. Part 1 is Billy Black, which is the song directly before ‘Old Scratch’ on the album and has already been released. ‘Billy Black’ is about a guy named Billy who asks the demon Asteroth for guidance, because his life is so messed up. Billy Black ends with an almost trance-like, flamenco inspired, riff. This movement of the song is supposed represent what happens when something answers Billy’s request (something like dancing with the Devil, as it were). Then, Old Scratch picks up from that point and continues the conversation between Billy and whatever the thing is that has answered his macabre request. The inspiration comes from the feeling of desperation that we’ve all felt. The idea that we would almost do anything just to make things better.

Wreck-Defy (ex-Annihilator, Testament): Canada’s Thrash Metal Machine Releases Lyric Video Freedomless Speech

Canada’s thrash metal machine Wreck-Defy has released their second single Freedomless Speech as a lyric video. Watch the video on the SubLevel Records’ YouTube Channel. The album will be released digitally on October 9th and as vinyl via Doc Gator Records in Switzerland. Physical copies will be released on November 27th via Italian record label Punishment 18. Pre-order the album in digital format at the SubLevel Bandcamp site or where digital music is sold.

BLOOD OF ANGELS Rally Against The ‘Failure Of Faith’

Inspired by the burgeoning local metal scene of Tampa, Florida USA, Blood Of Angels are making their mark on the genre that has guided them through the darkest of times. With local town heroes such as Cannibal Corpse and Nasty Savage inspiring down that path, Blood Of Angels blend death, black, thrash and lashings of power metal into a high-octane frenzy. Above all, the band combines their musical prowess and instrumental talents to make social commentary on public mistruths and the atrocities committed against humanity.

Blanketman share new single “Beach Body” | Out now via [PIAS]

Blanketman return today with new single “Beach Body”. Produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Petite Noir, LIFE), it arrives as the follow-up to their much-heralded debut single “Taking You With Me”, which cruelly arrived right after the band performed sold-out live shows just before Lockdown took hold.

Swedish dream-pop artist Rebecka Reinhard releases new single ‘Stamford Hill’ & video today

While desperation and romanticism are a consistent theme of her latest EP, ‘Stamford Hill’ stands out as one of the more direct offerings and this new video looks to showcase that even more. Filmed in one shot while sitting in the bath, the new video was inspired by the 90s monochromatic aesthetic, giving the visuals a retro yet self-referential tone that is brought forward in the track’s own solemn lyrics.

Wings Of Desire (members of InHeaven) share majestic and euphoric new single “Runnin'”

This quote from Dorian Corey, taken from the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, rings out through the opening of new Wings Of Desire single Runnin’. It sets the tone for a single that unfurls to reveal a band quietly and confidently demonstrating themselves as masters of the majestic, euphoric slow-burn.

Stephen Becker debuts new single/video “Slurpee” via The FADER

New York singer-songwriter, Stephen Becker, today debuted his new single “Slurpee” alongside a Santi Slade-directed video via The FADER, which they described as “a sweet song about relentless horrors.” Of the poetic track, Becker says: “‘Slurpee’ juxtaposes springtime euphoria with social anxiety, icees and sandcastles with middle child syndrome and political turmoil. The pervasive kick drum represents an existential anxiety about the state of things, a brain freeze in the sun that prevents you from really enjoying the sunshine.”

L’UOMO NERO: get bluesy with new single “Walk Away”!

Albuquerque’s bluesy hard rock trio L’uomo Nero release the second track taken from their exciting thriller-inspired new EP ‘Andiamo Nel Deserto’, due out November 6th, 2020 on Desert Records. Listen to new single “Walk Away” now courtesy of Shindig Magazine and Rock Hard Italy!

L’uomo Nero’s hard-boiled new EP ‘Andiamo Nel Deserto’ is the first chapter of a three EP series based on a Lovecraftian murder investigation inspired by true events. Paranormal phenomenons and a fantastic scenery sprinkle the story, with each EP’s gatefold revealing missing elements of the investigation.

Shindig! Premiere: L’uomo Nero – Walk Away


Where on earth has Aby Coulibaly been all our lives? She is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Dublin and if you don’t know, you need to get to know. She started recording the summer of 2019 with her friends and eventually ended up starting their own independent record label ‘Chamomile Records’.

Aby hasn’t always been the confident person portrayed in her music – at first, she was too shy to sing but gradually Aby started to gain more confidence and find her sound as she recorded in her room over YouTube beats. These demos would later be uploaded onto Soundcloud gaining her a bit of a cult following. The name Aby Coulibaly stirred up a buzz and she started performing shows in her hometown Dublin.

Sunset Rollercoaster share “soothing” (Hypebeast) “Candlelight (feat. OHHYUK)”

Opening with plucked guitars that sound at once laidback and world-weary, “Candlelight” simmers along patiently, building with outsized synths and pulsating chords until the percussion enters and the intertwining vocals of OHHYUK and lead singer Kuo Kuo puncture the tension towards the second half of the track. Featuring South Korean musician OHHYUK, frontman of indie rock group Hyukoh, “Candlelight” represents the meeting point of two groups currently at the forefront of Asia’s booming independent music scene.

Carmanah – Check out the music video for ‘Bang Bang’

“Bang Bang,” which features on our brand new album, Iris, released today, is such a powerhouse of a tune. While we give a big nod to Sonny Bono and Cher’s original version, our interpretation of this song was most influenced by Nancy Sinatra’s take on it.

Watch Loma’s “Elliptical Days” video from Don’t Shy Away

Loma has delivered an official video for “Elliptical Days,” a new track offering from their soon-to-be-released and highly anticipated album Don’t Shy Away. Band member Emily Cross dances and manipulates floodlights in the remote darkness of a rural Texas night, playing on the song’s lyrical themes of death and rebirth (“Light gathering/In the open spaces;” “Look at the difference you made/small as a star in the evening”) to deliver yet another arresting visual to the album’s uniquely lush and panoramic sound. “Elliptical Days” was directed and edited by Cross and fellow Loman Dan Duszynski in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Introducing MAY-A with new single “Apricots”

19-year-old Sydney-based artist, MAY-A, today shares her latest single, “Apricots.” The polished, left-leaning pop track, premiered by tastemaker Australian radio station triple j overnight, is an earworm and a deeply-felt rush of emotion, its twinkling guitar line giving way to the crunch of the chorus as MAY-A surveys the inner and real-life terrain of coming to terms with one’s sexuality, counterbalancing questions of identity against a blossoming queer relationship.

Pimpton releases new music video for Don’t Stare At The Light produced by HearonTrackz El

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced most musicians to a grinding halt, Regina rapper Pimpton has ramped up his output releasing a brand new music video for the first single “Don’t Stare At The Light” from his upcoming new visual album “TUNNELZ”.

Eve Owen Shares “Tudor” Video

Eve Owen today shared the video for “Tudor,” directed by her sister Hannah Owen. “I’m so excited to share the ‘Tudor’ video, it involves a group of dancers from The Place (London Contemporary Dance School), who are hugely talented and some of my closest friends,” explains Eve Owen. “It was shot in one day and made extra special by my sister who directed it.” The song is off her acclaimed debut, Aaron Dessner-produced album, Don’t Let The Ink Dry, released on May 8th, 2020, via 37d03d Records.

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX Streams New Album in Full

Several prominent guest vocalists lend their considerable talents to Ellengæst: ANATHEMA’s Vincent Cavanagh, GAAHLS WYRD’s Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal, COLISEUM/FOTOCRIME/one-time Crippled Black Phoenix touring bassist Ryan Patterson, up-and-coming U.K. solo artist Suzie Stapleton and TRIBULATION’s Jonathan Hultén.


Rising independent star Simpson shares her fourth new track of the year, “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”, out today on all streaming platforms. Initially recorded as a freestyle in her bedroom, Simpson knew she was meant to give this song shape and meaning connected to a bigger purpose in 2020. Produced by James Dring (Gorillaz, Blur), Emily Lazar (Beck, Vampire Weekend), and saxophone elements by David Winograd. Elements of jazz and neo-soul production set the mood to the dreamy and introspective tone felt throughout this song. Taking inspiration from Nikki Giovanni’s Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, this free-spirited track is written as an ode to the care we show ourselves even when the surrounding world seems bleak.

NYC collective MICHELLE release “UNBOUND”

NYC collective MICHELLE announces the release of “UNBOUND,” following the track’s debut as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World yesterday on BBC Radio 1. The official video for the new single also premiered yesterday via The FADER, with the outlet praising the band’s “plush R&B pop that feels wholly indebted to the flexuous city that surrounds them.”

Ricky Reed’s animated video for “Fav Boy” with Alessia Cara & John-Robert premieres

Of the video, Reed explains, “This video encompasses so much of what this album is about: using love and hope to turn your little world into a big beautiful one.” John-Robert furthers, “I start things on a somber note by highlighting how little I grieved the loss of my great uncle and how little joy my partner at the time had for her sister’s holy matrimony. How being related by blood requires this almost arbitrary obligation to care/love a person. I think the song highlights the privilege of choosing who you care for. The music video is refreshingly cute and positive in tone. Showing the beauty in companionship and nature.”

Thirsty Curses/Fire Star Pro Wresting Collaborate on New Music Video

The Raleigh, NC-based band THIRSTY CURSES, in association with Fire Star Pro Wrestling, will be releasing a new music video on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 for their song “Smash/Hit”. The music video features ten professional wrestlers from across North Carolina, including wrestling royalty Samantha Starr (Jake the Snake, Sam Houston), and the upstart wrestler Kaiden “The Pink Prince” Pierre.

The White Stripes announce greatest hits album

Third Man Records and Columbia Records will release The White Stripes Greatest Hits on December 4. The first-ever official anthology of recordings from the iconic rock duo, Jack and Meg White, is an essential career-spanning collection highlighting 26 previously released songs – from late Nineties flashes of brilliance through early 2000s underground anthems, masterful MTV Moon Man moments, Grammy-grabbing greatness, and worldwide stadium chants…the songs here are as wide-ranging as you can imagine

Jay Kinser (EXP) Refuses To Lose With New Video “So Close” Feat Rite Hook

Jay Kinser (formerly JK) of EXP The Expendables returns with a visual for his latest anthem So Close feat. Rite Hook. Directed by Myster DL and produced by The Arcitype, its shot in Haverhill MA mostly in an old burned down mill. ” I feel like I’m so close to reaching the next level in my music career. In the video I’m lost in an abandoned building, which is a metaphor for the music business. By the end of the video I finally find a way out, and to me it’s like finally “making it”. It’s a powerful track with a positive message that I am really proud of” says Jay. Check it out now on youtube and your preferred digital streaming provider.

The Dirty Nil Drop New Single “Blunt Force Concussion”

Along with the previous releases of pop-punk gem “Done With Drugs” and the hardcore basement rock ode to young love “Doom Boy,” “Blunt Force Concussion” teases what is sure to be The Dirty Nil’s most eclectic collection of irreverently exhilarating and fully indulgent rock n roll to date.

The Dirty Nil tried to keep their girlfriends from hearing this song