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London/LA popstar LAUREL shares new single “Best I Ever Had”

“I really loved the songs on Dogviolet, but they were very heavy,” explains LAUREL. “At one point in my life I was in a pretty dark place and it was really comforting to sing about it, but it was hard to revisit those emotions every night.”

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY New Song “S.O.S.” Featuring New Vocalist Out Now + Watch The Official Video

“We are legitimately pissed. Frustrations are high for musicians, as well as most people around the world, and we use our music as an outlet. That’s why it really sounds angry – because we are! We’ve also come to realize who we are as a band during this unwanted time off, so we went deep and heavy! It’s fast, lean and mean – perfect for the times” says the band’s drummer, OPUS.

He continues, “‘S.O.S.’ also shows brotherhood among different races. It has a strong message. I believe this tune will not only attract a whole new audience, but I also feel like this will please some of the old school DEAD BY WEDNESDAY fans as well.”

GARMARNA Unveils New Song, “Dagen Flyr,” via Folk N Rock

GARMARNA comments, “This song goes way back. We’ve played it live for nearly twenty years or so, and to finally release it feels less like a reveal and more as if we are putting something right. Being a choral from the Swedish speaking parts of Estonia, the lyrics concern old age, a goodbye to life and a welcome of sorts to the inevitable death. Obviously, we didn’t really treat it as something as sombre. Rather, Stefan came up with a very catchy violin-tune and once we paired the vocal part with the instrumental, everything else pretty much played out by itself. Arranging a Garmarna tune can often be a painful and stretched out process but not in this instance. Bass riff, drums, some acoustic guitars – done and dusted!”

NEW RELEASE: “Frankenstein” by Mei

Following his first release under a new name, Mei (formerly known as Brandt Orange) has just released his second and final song of the year. The single “Frankenstein” is a change in pace following the groove of “Rudimental.” Mei opts for a “less is more” approach, resulting in his best vocal performance yet. Additionally, the song features thoughtfully placed synth pads and effects to create a lush and emotive soundscape.

Jason Mraz Joins Accomplished Singer REBECCA JADE in Call to Action on New Single, Also Featuring Appearances by Miki Vale and Veronica May

Multi-platinum, two-time Grammy Award winning and Billboard chart topping artist Jason Mraz has collaborated with REBECCA JADE, Miki Vale and Veronica May to release the single “Bad Wolves” ahead of the November 2020 election.

“Bad Wolves” is a dark yet inspiring protest song about how the country is literally being run by “Bad Wolves,” furthering a system of systematic racism and oppression. The lyrics encourage action and change. The song, by Pacific Records artist REBECCA JADE, and accompanying video prominently feature Jason Mraz, alongside fellow recording artists Miki Vale and Veronica May.

Jason Mraz Joins Rebecca Jade To Fight Racism With ‘Bad Wolves’ Video Premiere

Small Town Titans “Rufflin’ Feathers” Music VIdeo

Zero 7 release live-performance video of new song

Zero 7 have released a beautiful live-performance video of their new song “Outline.” The song is the latest from the acclaimed British group’s eagerly awaited new SHADOWS EP – their first collection in more than half a decade. SHADOWS arrives via Make Records/BMG on Friday, October 23.

Lowdown Makes His New Noise Debut With “Move Ya”

In an ever-growing scene of creators, Brisbane-based Lowdown dares to be different. Known for his deep frequencies and tight-knit grooves, the DJ and producer’s sheer creativity and studio prowess has led to releases on labels such as Confession and This Ain’t Bristol, and radio play on SiriusXM, BBC Radio 1 (Diplo and Friends) and Triple J. In 2018, he made waves via an official remix of Tchami and Malaa’s “The Sermon,” which brought him on the Brisbane leg of their tour that year. On “Move Ya,” Lowdown brings the same focused energy and fearless sounds that have established him beyond ‘one-to-watch’ status. With rhythmic low-end vibrations and unrivaled adrenaline, Lowdown’s pioneering sound is set to soundtrack the house music movement for many years to come.

OF FEATHER AND BONE: “Consecrated And Consumed” Now Playing

“Consecrated And Consumed” is the scathing new single from Denver, Colorado’s harsh death metal trio OF FEATHER AND BONE. The track is now streaming in advance of the cruel album from which it was spawned, Sulfuric Disintegration, nearing its release in mid-November via Profound Lore.

SAME Announces “Gum Stand” Single on Lauren Records

Lauren Records recently released Plastic Western, the debut LP from SAME, and now the band is back with a new single! The single features the new song “Gum Stand” backed with a demo version of the track “Landlady”, which appeared on the band’s debut full length.

Shane Owens’ Latest Single “Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives”

Alabama-bred, neo-traditional country singer, Shane Owens releases his latest single, “Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives” from his current album ‘Thankful For Country Music.’ This single proclaims exactly what the title states. Dying is irrelevant, but living to the fullest each day is a choice. Reminding all of the brevity of life, this single stands to lift those carrying the weight of tomorrow’s uncertainty, allowing them to drop tensions to see that living for the day and releasing that which is out of our control is the only option. The single places itself at the forefront of optimism, at a time where listeners all over the world can relate and find comfort in the message. “Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives” was the #1 most added song to country radio for Music Row and has moved up thirteen spots.

Unveil The Strength “The End Of Heartache”

Lauv Joins Forces With Conan Gray For New Single “Fake”

Today, PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv joins forces with rising global pop superstar Conan Gray on new single “Fake.” The single, which mark’s Conan’s first ever collaboration, also cover’s Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist. The music video, directed by Jason Lester (Madison Beer, Galantis, Quinn XCII), sees Lauv and Conan struggling to remain authentically themselves while being shuttled through increasingly more outrageous pop star settings. The US broadcast premiere of the video is on MTV Live, mtvU and at the Times Square Viacom billboard.

LA Alt-Pop Duo KidEyes Release Hopeful New Single “Don’t Hold Back”

KidEyes, alternative pop rock duo from Los Angeles, shines light directly into a dark modern world with humble hooks, richly warm guitar melodies, shiny synths, and rock steady grooves. The duo, Greg Cahn and Ben Epand, communicate their music as honest pop through a lens of everlasting youth and optimism.

Their newest single “Don’t Hold Back,” out now, delivers an urgent message of hope and not wasting another breath. Cahn explains, “Given the weight of the world right now, music can certainly heal, and as artists, this song is our way to help do just that.” The track is the kickoff to their upcoming EP, slated for Spring 2021.


Today, Live Nation Urban announces The Black Tour Directory, the most comprehensive industry resource developed to bolster inclusivity and expand opportunities for black professionals and black-owned companies in the world of live music.

This one-stop portal lists hundreds of qualified, experienced, and trusted black tour managers, production managers, sound engineers, lighting experts, stage and set designers, stage managers, techs, travel agents, caterers, tour accountants, bus companies, security staff, and more. They may be found and contacted through the official site.

POLYPHOZIA: Wenzhou, China-Based Grunge/Post-Rock Trio To Release Suitcase Of Voices Through Nefarious Industries In November

POLYPHOZIA is a grunge/post-rock trio uniting guitarist/vocalist Christopher Henry (also of Fuck Your Birthday, Humans Etcetera), bassist Zim Chen, and drummer Logan Long. The still fairly new band is already known throughout China, having performed live throughout the past few years, including several major festivals and more. Locally, the band is known as Pàfánzá (pinyin), which translates to, “afraid of complication.” However, there has been no attempts to keep it simple. POLYPHOZIA’s sprawling song structures are filled with lavish high points, roomy lows, unhurried build-ups, sudden halts, garage-rock clamor, and moments of ethereal wonder. As a band of American and Chinese nationals, having conflicting cultures and languages plays a prominent role in songwriting and stylistic sensibility.

Suitcase of Voices

Cassidy – “The Devil”

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada but now based in Berlin, singer-songwriter Cassidy creates stunning emotive indie pop. Embracing vulnerability, she finds influence in raw emotional experiences including heartbreak and existential life crises among other dark moments. Cassidy is known for her undeniable catchy melodies and addictively relatable lyrics, speaking directly to the listener like the words coming from their own minds. Her signature soulful vocals intertwine with moody, bass-filled beats creating a unique mix that is refreshingly new yet feels familiar.

Smith & Burrows Share New Track “Old TV Shows”

Celebrated artists in their own right and friends for the past fifteen years or so, the pair have finally managed to coordinate diaries and almost a decade on from their debut, 2011’s Funny Looking Angels, have emerged with Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough.

Jarina De Marco x Dylan Brady “Ilegales”

Today, Los Angeles-based artist collective label, Pop Can Records, has announced the Sound The Alarm, vol. 1: Louder Feelings compilation of political and social protest songs, due out exclusively via Bandcamp this Thursday, October 15. All proceeds from Bandcamp sales will go to Street Watch LA, an actions-oriented coalition of organizers who fight and protest tenant’s rights and homelessness in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the announcement, The Fader has premiered “Ilegales” by Jarina De Marco ft. Dylan Brady and “Black Boy,” by DWY, exclusively here. Sound The Alarm, vol. 1 will arrive on all digital platforms on October 21, with a limited-edition cassette available October 23.

Skope / Burry (NS) reflects on parents’ divorce with “3 Birthdays”

“3 Birthdays is about dealing with your parents divorce, and its effects, at any age,” said Burry (she/they). “It’s about spending every birthday and holiday trying to navigate your parents’ separate plans, while wanting to make your own. Being nostalgic for a time when everyone was together.”

beabadoobee Releases “Together” Single & Video

Bea says, “This song is about the dependency you have with someone and missing that when you’re away and learning to be by yourself. It’s written from that point when you’re feeling alone and thinking everything is better when you’re with that other person.”

Stepford Wives New Single, “Living In The Shadows” Released 30th October On A1M Records

Stepford Wives new single, “Living in the Shadows” Released 30th October on A1M records.

Living in the shadows, snarling drums, furious guitars, and intense vocals explore the bridge between life and beyond. A positive song borne from the band’s personal experiences, suggesting that there may be something in that grey area, existing between truth and fiction, living in the shadows.

Yachtclub101 Shares the Anthemic “This Too Will Pass”

After four years of owning a bar in Oakland, CA and turning it into a profitable business, Covid brought it all to a grinding halt. The RIC was home to big drag shows, jazz groups, live band karaoke and a huge Skee-Ball league (SO FUN!). All has now been shut down for good. Scott moved from Bennington, VT to Oakland, CA in 1996 where he started several different bands to various degrees of success, the biggest of which was The Lovemakers who released a record on Interscope in 2005. The Lovemakers had a big regional hit, “Prepare for the Fight.” But after a big upswing came a big downswing and the band, although still having a solid fan base, released only one full length and a handful of singles in the last ten years. During that ten year period Scott played on several different projects. He played drums for a Gun Club tribute with Debbie Harry and Nick Cave, co-wrote a song with Chris Stein of Blondie, did a mashup with 50-Cent and played on countless Bay Area records.


Internet Money’s breakout single “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver, NAV, and Gunna has been scaling the charts since its release on 8/14 via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records. The artist/producer collective released their debut album, B4 The Storm, at the end of August and a Roddy Ricch remix of “Lemonade” last month. Today, “Lemonade” hit #1 on Spotify’s Top 200 chart. See below for an update on all chart positions for “Lemonade.”

KennyHoopla x Jesse of The Neighbourhood Release New Version of “lost cause//”

Today, groundbreaking alternative artist KennyHoopla releases another version of his 2019 single “lost cause//” with special feature, Jesse of The Neighbourhood. Both trailblazers, their collaboration results in an entirely reimagined track, with the addition of the meaningful lyric, “don’t shoot / hands up.” The duet was released today via Arista Records with support from Zane Lowe’s ‘World First’ on Beats 1/Apple Music. Fans can expect a music video featuring both Jesse and KennyHoopla to be released soon.

Estereomance “Dung Ding Dang” Official Music Video

Estereomance is happy to present the official video for “Dung Ding Dang,” their fourth single written by all three members and Eric Coughanour. Dung Ding Dang is the band’s most popular song at the moment with the most streams. It has been featured in popular playlists like H&M’s in-store playlist and LatinX Indie Classics, helping the song capture the attention of listeners from Mexico City to London. This love song is filled with many pages of detailed happiness that describe how bandmates Adria and Manuel fell instantly in love. The recording and production is inspired by French pop duo “Air.”

Uni Share “Predator’s Ball” Mini Film Via Flaunt

Today, NYC-based glam rock trio Uni shares “Predator’s Ball,” the new music video/mini-film just in time for Halloween. Directed by member Charlotte Kemp Muhl, “Predator’s Ball” features Kemp Muhl finding herself at a mystifying, eerily glamourous costume party hosted by the intimidating and flamboyant Lizard King (member Jack James) and friends.


Old time Classic Rock, Modern Day Indie Pop, and Contemporary R&B is the blend that smoothly delivers from the enticing sultry vocals of songstress Natalie Dean. Her latest release “Damaged Parts” is the fashionable single to hit the rhythm and melody she continues to develop. For songwriters and poets, it is living life that brings their art to life. Natalie Dean understands where the words of her heart lie and she weaves them into beautiful vocals that say without a doubt: star. She is able to handle the complexities of her genre blends skillfully and without fault. “Damaged Parts” is now available via TLG Entertainment/INgrooves.