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London-based electro-pop, Stats (Dua Lipa, Elton John, Phoebe Waller-Bridge) – Share New Single, ‘Old Flames’ / Album out Nov 13

The first Stats record, Other People’s Lives, found fans in Elton and also Phoebe Waller-Bridge who considers Seed’s single ‘Lose It’ to be the unofficial soundtrack for Fleabag – the album found critical acclaim from the NME (making 2019’s Album of the Year list), The Line of Best Fit, BBC 6 Music, Sunday Times, PopMatters, etc with it being recorded over the space of two days whilst Seed was on a break from touring duties with Dua Lipa. The new LP from Stats delivers on all the gleaming pop and disco-funk promises that Other People’s Lives hinted at – boisterous synths, cosmic aesthetics – perhaps best demonstrated in the first single ‘Naturalise Me’ and this new one, ‘Old Flames’.

VHS Collection Share New Track “Searching For The Light” || Out Now On Tiger Tone Records

Of the track the band comment: “We wrote and recorded “Searching for the Light” in northern Manhattan in February of 2020, a few weeks before COVID-19 hit. We love the high-energy and optimistic tone of the instrumental, the core sample at the beginning and the blend of guitars and synths of the tracks. The idea of ‘searching for the light’ naturally came out as a reflection of the human condition, the search for meaning, the discovery process. It was a relatable phrase that we felt had depth, it had meaning – but not too heavy. The phrase just came out in the writing process. We didn’t overthink it. Perhaps as a projection of internal thoughts or feelings. The verse lyrics describe the desire to isolate, to block out things, to do things alone, to avoid help. Sometimes you need to step away to find your way.”

Mamalarky (Fire Talk) premiere “You Make Me Smile” on Apple Music 1

In September, Mamalarky announced their debut full length with the single “Schism Trek,” a buoyant first cut from an album of “indie rock that summons an easy and pure joy” (NYLON), that Uproxx claimed “is definitely not a record to sleep on as the leaves turn and the fall sets in” in a feature timed to the album’s announce. The band, who have recently re-located to Atlanta after stints in Austin and LA, have been the subject of a rare mid-pandemic buzz on the back of two one off singles for their new label Fire Talk (Dehd, Pure X, Corey Flood), “Fury” and May’s “How To Say,” earning early praise from outlets like NPR, Billboard, Bandcamp, The Grey Estates, Pond Magazine, Refinery29, Alt Citizen, and The Line of Best Fit. Today Mamalarky are sharing the album stand out “You Make Me Smile” following a premiere on Matt Wilkinson’s Apple Music 1 show.

Judson Claiborne Share New Single: “The Trimmergrant”

Briefly recapping, Chris is previously known for his work as a founding member and frontperson of the Pitchfork-tipped “apocalyptic desert rock” band, Low Skies (signed to Flamethrower Records, also Russian Circles, Mannequin Men) who supported the likes of Explosions in the Sky, Neko Case and Band of Horses in their time. This new EP comes off the back of four previous releases – earlier material included a slew of noteworthy guests: members of Mute Duo, Tal National, Roommate, and Drag City Records signees – as Judson Claiborne which found the band opening for Bill Callahan, John Grant and Lower Dens. As Judson Claiborne, Christopher dials down the apocalyptic murder ballads and desert dirges of Low Skies to find something more reflective and in-tune with his storytelling nature (earlier tracks reference tree-dwelling bank robbers, a self-immolating anti-war activist, a disappeared marijuana trimmer amongst other characters).

GLASS HELIX Releases Self-Directed Music Video for New Single, “Control”!

Colorado Springs, CO Hard Rock / Nu Metal band GLASS HELIX has released a visually intense, self-produced music video for their politically charged single, “Control.”


Today, the post-punk five piece, Portland’s Soft Kill share their second single “Pretty Face” from their forthcoming November 20th album release Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, their long awaited follow up to 2018’s ‘Savior’. Says the band’s Tobias Grave, “‘Pretty Face’ was written immediately after finding out about the loss of our friend Zachary Delong. It recounts some time we spent together on the edge of oblivion, late 2011 into the first weeks of 2012. Survivors guilt pouring out into song form” – ‘Relax your pretty face boy, the pain has left you.’

Kupid aka Q – Melody feat Skipavibe – 100,000 Views On Youtube Melody

Bad Religion Release New Track “What Are We Standing For”

Preeminent Los Angeles band Bad Religion have just released “What Are We Standing For,” an outtake from the band’s critically acclaimed 2019 album Age Of Unreason. The song is one of support and compassion for professional athletes, and others, whom have taken a knee to protest police brutality and racism. Bad Religion have always advocated for humanism, reason, and individualism, which in our current political climate is a message that has never been more essential. “In this time of tribal nationalism, dissent, as a form of political speech, is vital to democracy,” says co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz.

Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws shares new political single

Today, Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws shares a new political song, “When History Comes,” via Barsuk Records. Recorded and produced by Caws himself at his home studio, the song was created for the Rough Trade Publishing compilation Talk – Action = Zero, Vol. 2, which enlisted artists to write songs relevant to the current state of the world. Profits from the single will be donated to the ACLU.

Jacob Banks Shares New Single and Video “Devil That I Know”

The stripped-down production of “Devil That I Know” highlights Banks’ emotive vocals. His rich baritone trembles over delicate piano lines and wordless hums as he sings: “We can’t get any higher / We can’t get past messiah.” His songwriting is always captivating, but he shines brightest when he’s singing about the knotty complexities of love, as he does here. The video captures something similar, as Banks and his new bride drive through the countryside tailing cans from their sedan as small elements of doubt, doom, and danger appear and subside.

Indie, R&B, Soul, Pop Songwriter Selfdrou9ht Drops Relatable Single/Visualizer About Discovering Self-Worth via V13.net

Central songwriter James Fasulo states, “This is a song about being a placeholder for someone who needs their emotional needs met, and the feeling one has when looking at the situation retrospectively as you’re left behind when you are no longer useful to them. This is an unfortunately universal experience these days: going from wishing you could have been kept to realizing the user is the one who is losing out. This realization is what sets the song tonally; it’s about self-ownership and restoration of value. The song has tinges of 80’s synth pop with Human League style melody changes, but littered through out are moments reminiscent of *NSYNC, The Weeknd, bedroom pop, and EDM.”

SEISMIC: The Sleeping Shaman Premieres “Haunter Of The Dark” By Philadelphia Instrumental Doom Metal Trio

Formed by former members of Eaten Alive, Combat Crisis, and other bands from across Philly’s vast underground heavy music scene, SEISMIC arrives with monolithic force on their maiden recording, channeling the ominous and existential horrors of our time and forging them into a lumbering, dynamic landscape of slow-motion sludge/doom metal without vocals or lyrics guiding the way. Immersive, heady, and thunderous, the three tracks on Seismic consume nearly twenty-six minutes, calling to mind the works of Ufomammut, Sleep, Bongripper, and Electric Wizard.

Track Premiere: Seismic ‘Haunter Of The Dark’ – Debut Self-Titled EP Lands 13th November

VOGUES shares soulful pop single “Tony & Moses”

London based artist Vogues today (14/10/20) releases his second single “Tony & Moses”. A soulful, laser-focused example of modern alternative pop, “Tony & Moses” deals with the idea of losing someone.

Written from the perspective of the one left behind, it succinctly captures the emotions of the character reckoning with loss.

Michael Brun Releases 2nd single with Shirazee – Love Me, Suffa

In spite of the global pandemic, 2020 has been a busy year for Haitian artist Michael Brun. He’s earned three Latin Grammy nominations for his contributions to J. Balvin’s Colores album, spearheaded a music-industry first geofenced digital live tour in three cities, and collabed with Nigerian vocalist and producer Kah-Lo for their buzzing single Melanin.

Now, Michael Brun returns for his second single with longtime friend, Shirazee, on ‘Love Me, Suffa,’releasing October 14th on AWAL.


Rising singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae teamed up with fellow Canadian rapper/singer Ali Gatie for “Lie To Me” (click here to listen/watch the music video) via RCA Records. The Kid Studio (The Weeknd, Drake) directed video was shot in the new Calgary Central Library and features both artists as well as subtle dance movements from Tate herself. The video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and MTVU.

Molly Moore Releases New Single “I Do”

“This song is important to me because it’s the first time that I found a way to make a song that makes me feel awesome and less angry when I listen back, though I still embraced all of the anger I was feeling in the moment when making it,” shares Molly. “I was feeling super vulnerable at the time and just didn’t want to feel more of that, I wanted to be authentic to how I felt while empowering myself to feel stronger through my music.”


New York based, Chicago born anti-popstar, artist & producer Knox Fortune has shared his newest single and video “Gemini”. The third track from his forthcoming album is a funk-pop anthem that puts Knox’s eclectic influences on showcase as he finds a thumping balance of quick disco string stabs, house beats, hip-hop risers and his signature falsetto vocals. The video is a grid of nine kaleidoscopic and fish-eyed circles, where Knox and his crew weave in and out of frame, wandering their way through the looking glass. With cameos from cowboys, football players, dancers, dogs and more, the video is eccentric and unpredictable with quick cuts that crack like a whip.

Lil Romo Releases New Music Video “Tippy Toes” Today

Chicago rapper Lil Romo released his highly anticipated new visual for “Tippy Toes” today via The Programm/EMPIRE. The run-and-gun video, shot by Chicago street shooter MoneyStrongTV, finds Romo hanging on the block with all of his guys. “Growing up as a kid was taught its different strokes for different folks,” Lil Romo raps on the Kid Wond3r and AllDay-produced track. “Tippy Toes” is the latest visual released from Lil Romo’s debut project, King Without A Crown, available everywhere now –


LA-based fast-rising duo Emotional Oranges make their hotly anticipated return with the reveal of All That, the first track taken from their upcoming project, JUICEBOX. Featuring the stunning vocals of EO members A and V complemented by the distinctive flow of Channel Tres, the track serves as a welcome comeback from a duo who have captured the imagination since bursting onto the scene a couple of years back.

Keegan Powell Shares Delightful New Single + Video “Rock N Roll Kind of Night”

Keegan Powell is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter/guitarist. He’s currently the guitarist and co-songwriter for Dine Alone Records/Captured Tracks band Chastity, Powell has also released several singles and EPs under his own name.

BANGLADEAFY: Treble Premieres “Harvest” Video

New York City’s avant technical/progressive metal duo BANGLADEAFY has issued a new video for the succinct and explosive single “Harvest,” which sees its premiere through Treble. The song comes by way of the band’s fourth album, Housefly, which saw release through Nefarious Industries in September.

Watch the distorted, disorienting video for Bangladeafy’s “Harvest”

Rid of Me (Low Dose, Fight Amp, Soul Glo) stream Broke Shit Demos at New Noise Magazine

Philly-based heavy melodic noise punk act Rid of Me are set to release their Broke Shit Demos on October 16 via Knife Hits Records. Formed in early 2020, the band features Members of Low Dose, Fight Amp and Soul Glo and is sure to appeal to fans of Unwound, Hot Snakes, PJ Harvey and the like.

Album Stream: Rid of Me, Broke Shit Demos

Kharma announces ‘Most Dangerous Game’ EP with new track via Flatspot Records

Rising from Chicago’s heavy music scene, KHARMA recently announced their signing to the influential hardcore label, Flatspot Records, and today the band has announced their debut release for the label titled Most Dangerous Game, due out November 20th, 2020. The announcement was accompanied by the premiere of the bulldozing first single and music video for “Most Dangerous Game” via BrooklynVegan.


On the heels of his latest single “All White,” Atlanta’s very own Young Nudy releases today a new track, “Never” via Young Nudy, LLC/RCA Records.

Produced by Nudy’s frequent collaborator Coupe, “Never” continues to show Nudy’s lyrical dexterity over futuristic beats.

Young Nudy Releases New Track “Never”

Kennen shares new video for ‘Timothée Chalamet’

“Timothée has a lot of admirers in my generation, so I think a lot of people could relate to the story of having a crush on Timothée-lookalike, or even just someone who has that celebrity-like aura. That person’s image would probably come to the mind of the listener.” – Kennen

Brooks Hudgins Announces Debut LP Via Under The Radar

On the tracks, Hudgins told Under The Radar, “these songs are fictionalized to an extent, but blooming out of a kind of sad truth and sonder. That there’s all these people out there living intricate and complicated and interesting lives that you’ll never see again.” A bedroom rock groover highlighted by loose guitars and flippant ad libs, “Only Fans” is a fleeting tragicomedy on the cam girl hustle. On the other side is “Gas Station Viagra,” a bittersweet tale of desperation seasoned with electronic components and acoustic guitars — a song with urgency and humor that belies the dark reality it chronicles, it hits close to home in more ways than just one

Cinematic Post-Pop Quintet Talk In Colour Triumphant Return With New Single “One By One”

Waves of warm analogue synths, interlocking polyrhythmic drums, cascades of swirling guitar and a full size concert harp, UK based five-piece, Talk in Colour, dazzle with a combination of electronica, indie, folk and post-rock. Over their trademark sound of richly layered instrumentation, lead singer Mary Erskine’s crystalline vocals describe thoughtful and expansive ideas that reveal more and more with every listen.

Formed in 2012 the group have developed a considerable live reputation, with shows in London, Bristol and beyond, including the Union Chapel, Jazz Café, Cargo, Thekla, Sunrise and Bestival, and have received regular radio play from Radio 6 Music, Amazing Radio, and Radio 1. Previous releases, including 2014’s The Cell, and 2013’s Rushes EP, garnered universally positive reviews on the independent music scene and showcased the skill each member has for making genuinely beautiful music together as a group.

THE WHITE SWAN: Metal Injection Debuts “Tell It To The Sky” Video

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,” New Noise Magazine lauds, “a heroic swell of atmospheric sludge and gothic cascades that will chill you to the bone and leave a patch of frost lingering between your toes,” while Rock And Roll Fables champions Lander for “channeling her inner [Melissa] Auf der Maur,” and likening the EP duration to, “a spiritual experience.”

THE WHITE SWAN (KITTIE) Get Creatively Moody With TRACY BONHAM's "Tell it To The Sky"

World Premiere Music Video – “Seek Jah First” – RasMoses

Produced by Mic D productions, the video was filmed on his Imperial Majestiy’s earthstrong, showing mulitple shots of RasMoses traveling through nature giving thanks to Jah and praising him for all he has done. Also shown are shots of RasMoses performing his song at the Colorado House of Rastafari being backed by the Colorado Binghistra and legendary Malory Williams on piano.


John-Robert wrote “Healthy Baby Boy” about his big move from his small-town in Virginia to Los Angeles to pursue his dream as a musician. A natural storyteller, the 20-year-old artist creates a stream-of-consciousness coming-of-age tale rich with personal detail and relatable emotion.

There’s juxtaposition as we go from an opening line that refers to him receiving a guitar from hitmaking producer Ricky Reed—“Ricky gifted me a Silvertone / Mom and Dad are proud that I am out and on my own”—to lyrics about lives ending and beginning back in Edinburg, VA.

New music: Swedish dream-pop trio ViVii unveil spellbinding new single ‘Rendevouz’ today

After returning with their comeback single ‘Summer Of 99’ in late August this year – the first release since their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album in March 2019, which has since been streamed more than 13 million times and culminated in a major headline tour across the United States last Autumn – Swedish dream-pop outfit ViVii now return to continue their positive ascent as they share their latest offering ‘Rendevouz’, taken from their forthcoming sophomore full-length.


Juicy J drops a visual to “Load It Up” feat. Memphis native NLE Choppa; the latest offering from his album The Hustle Continues which is coming November 27 via EOne. The Edgar Daniel directed video is another mockumentary style for Juicy, following “Gah Damn High” feat. Wiz Khalifa which dropped this summer and received praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Forbes, and more. “Load It Up” is a contagious anthem, showing the artists shooting a music video through a vintage fisheye lense.

Cherryade release lockdown DIY double single ‘Only Fan’ / ‘Sick!’

Written and recorded during COVID lockdown, London DIY duo Cherryade have released their new double single ‘Only Fan’ / ‘Sick!’, part of their upcoming self-produced mixtape set for release later this year. Working remotely with mix engineer Alan Emptage (RAYE, àB), the project explores an array of emotions and themes faced during isolation, ranging from mental health and sex, to politics and social media.

Chubby and the Gang sign to Partisan / Share new single ‘Union Dues’ + new video & debut album reissue

Today, rising London punk five-piece Chubby and the Gang have announced their signing to Partisan Records (Fontaines DC, Laura Marling, Fela Kuti, IDLES) and shared a new song ‘Union Dues’, originally written/recorded alongside their acclaimed 2020 debut LP Speed Kills. In addition, the group has shared a new Looney Tunes-meets-West London video for Speed Kills highlight ‘All Along the Uxbridge Road’. Eagle-eyed viewers will clock famed West London venue Bush Hall in the video and the band are thrilled today to announce a live show there for May 15th 2021. Listen/watch below and feel free to share.

Ida Mae Release New Track “Raining For You”

Today, the americana duo Ida Mae have released “Raining For You,” the title track from their upcoming EP. The track is currently streaming on Wide Open Country who writes, “It’s yet another well-crafted country-blues cut, driven by married couple Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean’s tight, wistful harmonies. The pair gets rightful credit for chasing the magic of Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and other Delta blues greats, but they deserve just as much credit for channeling the Deep South’s literary voices through such poetic statements as this retelling of a friends’ romantic past.” Raining For You will be released on November 20th via Thirty Tigers.

Premiere: Ida Mae Tease New EP With Wistful, Harmonious ‘Raining For You’