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Dead Soft’s share EP on anniversary of their Arts & Crafts debut LP Big Blue

It’s been a year almost to the day since Dead Soft released Big Blue, their debut LP on Arts & Crafts, a celebrated first full length on the revered Canadian indie that earned them praise from outlets like Stereogum, Kerrang, BrooklynVegan, Exclaim and FLOOD who called the album “a tidy reconstruction of the best of ’90s alternative rock.” Today, to mark the anniversary of the release, the band are sharing an EP entitled Baby Blue, that is made up of re-imagined versions of some of the album’s highlights and is available today on Bandcamp ahead of a release on DSPs this Friday.


Brooklyn-based artist/producer Laura Jinn shares her second single, “I’m Driving to Target.” Synth-pop escapism meets riot grrrl rage, “I’m Driving to Target” is full of shimmering synths and verbed out vocals creating a dreamy atmosphere of a suburban enclave before boiling over into a pulsing mania punctuated by a list of items for purchase. On the track, Jinn fantasizes about a department store shopping spree as if she’s just one eyeshadow brush away from salvation. EARMILK praises, “the intoxicating experience of entering the consumer heaven flooded with pounding synth pads, high-tempo drumming and Laura’s playful vocals. The joking tone self-reflexively criticises our obsessive and compulsive habits while basking in the pleasure of abundance of choice.”

New video with NUCLEAR “Abusados”

Nuclear present their second single off their long-awaited full-length “Murder Of Crows”. The song – entirely written in Spanish – talks about the reasons behind the Chilean social outburst and how excessive and inhuman was the response from the Chilean Government.

Shorty World | “For You” Official Music Video | @iamshortyworld

Super Charge Ent rapper and recording artist Shorty World shows his dedication to his lady in the smash single “For You”. Whether it’s running up a check at the mall, or riding for her in the streets, New Orleans native Shorty World let’s his lady know that he does it all for her.

Official Video: HOKI complete mesmerising trilogy with ‘The Walls Can Talk’

‘The Walls Can Talk’ is the third and final single from the upcoming HOKI album ‘Today’. The Montreal indie electronic duo have teed up an exhilarating album release through a storied Summer of captivating songs in ‘Water’, ‘Crash’ and now ‘The Walls Can Talk’.

The thrilling official video is presented by Canadian Filmmaker, Photographer and Visual Designer Marco Iammatteo, known for his independent film ‘My name is Sandy’, which was presented at the revered Cannes Film Festival. The clip completes an emotive trilogy that accentuates the touching soul behind HOKI’s sound.

Lapis – Possy (Official Music Video)

This video has been a really special journey and epitomizes the energy of the track in a profound way. This was all envisioned by Lapis and her friends (the ‘Possy’). A mystical and ethereal ballad that creates ascension in the most effortless of ways. We are so excited to share this with you all.

ERRATUM : Taiwan MC – “Special Request” out now

Tout en conservant son style unique, Taiwan MC s’aventure avec audace vers des sonorités inédites. Pour ce nouveau projet, le MC s’est une fois encore entouré d’artistes de talent comme le chanteur colombien Landa Freak, ou le rappeur Miscellaneous du groupe Chill Bump, mais aussi Jamalski, Davojah, Dapatch et Mr Williamz, Mc londonien présent sur “Nah Leave Me Corner”. Pour compléter le tableau, Paloma Pradal et Anouk Aïata apportent une touche féminine dans «Colombian Gyal» et «One Last Dance».

TiaCorine – ‘Mine’ – Fastest Growing Song on Hip Hop Radio

TiaCorine’s trap-anime rap style and Sonny Digital produced hit song, Mine, is the third fastest growing song on all Hip Hop Radio Airplay. She is bringing not only her Winston-Salem beats, but a different archetype for female rappers, it’s very cool.

Doley Bernays Heads to a Legendary Rap Neighborhood in “Sugar Hill” Video

Telling harrowing stories through his detail-rich reality raps, Doley Bernays emphasizes the desperation of day-to-day neighborhood life. Heading to one of hip-hop’s most historic neighborhoods, Doley shares the video for “Sugar Hill,” premiered by HotNewHipHop. Produced by L.A. sound architect Beat Boy, “Sugar Hill” layers sinister synth stabs with ominous pianos and crisp handclaps, “Sugar Hill” finds Doley expressing his desire to earn enough money to make his homies rich and “turn the block to Sugar Hill.” In the video, Doley and a friend share a deep conversation about escaping the hood–his friend was a talented basketball player who couldn’t put it all together–before taking his Benz to an enclosed basketball court to sip Moet and count cash. “Sugar Hill” is a standout single from The Lobby Tape (Side A), Doley’s acclaimed new project.

Alberta & The Dead Eyes Drop Single “mhm” in Advance of LP

Alberta & The Dead Eyes began in late 2019, when David Boone returned for a trip to Detroit to visit friends Erik Washington and Michael Snyder. With all of them being musicians, of course they had to try out some music together, and the result was a brand new take on Boone’s solo “Alberta” project that inspired the group to make a short tour run together over the month of August, 2019.

Premiere: Alberta & The Dead Eyes “mhm”

PSYCHOSOMATIC: No Clean Singing Premieres “Personality Agenda” Video

Unloading twelve tracks of classic California thrash metal, including a cover of Vio-lence’s “Serial Killer,” PSYCHOSOMATIC’s The Invisible Prison was produced, engineered, and mixed by David Sanchez (Havok) at Riffs Or Die Recordings, and mastered by Mark Lewis (Chimaira, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) at MRL Studios. The record is completed with art by the band’s founding bassist/vocalist Jeff Salgado, coloring by Vincent Pizarro, layout by Greg Meisenberg, and photography by Michael Alvarez.


Phantom Atlantic Share Energetic New Single “No Way to Live”

The band’s new single, “No Way to Live,” is the band at its most energetic, fusing lead singer Kyle Brunet’s primal vocals to a backbone of driving rhythm and pounding steam-engine-guitar grit.

Maggie Szabo’s Electro Laced “Worth The Weight”

Hailing from Canada but currently based in Los Angeles, electro-pop artist Maggie Szabo has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Today sees the release of her newest single “Worth The Weight,” which has premiered via Rolling Stone India. The track accentuates the bold, yet mainstream pop, sound that Maggie carries throughout her music. With an enchanting and danceable rhythm, her vocals bring the track to life, making it another Maggie Szabo hit.

MF DOOM Announces Augmented Reality Blockchain Auction

Today, hip-hop anti-hero MF DOOM and Rhymesayers Entertainment announce an innovative partnership with Illust Space to deliver augmented reality masks just in time for Halloween. The enigmatic rapper is stepping into the realm of digital collectibles, teaming up with Illust Space to make a splash in the decentralized finance and art market with a collection of augmented reality masks minted on the blockchain.

Chart-topping Singer-Songwriter PORCELAN Announces The Release of Her Debut Album, MOOD RING – Available Globally on October 30th

“MOOD RING” will make its global debut on all streaming and download platforms on Friday, October 30th, via the Made In Memphis Entertainment/Beat Root label imprint. “”MOOD RING”” is available for pre-orders now and fans will receive three songs (Act Out, Grimey and Switch Up) as free download with their pre-order of the album.

For most of 2020 and while quarantined due to the pandemic, PORCELAN has been able to increase her buzz with the releases of her singles Act Out and Grimey. Porcelan in partnership with youtube also hosted and performed at the first-ever intimate Youtube concert appropriately titled, “Club Mood”.

BLACKSTARKIDS Release New Single “ACTING NORMAL” – Album Out Thursday

BLACKSTARKIDS – Ty, Deoindre and The Babe Gabe – have released “ACTING NORMAL” – the latest single from their new album Whatever, Man out this Thursday, October 22 via Dirty Hit. Riding a wave of lackadaisical rap positioned over videogame-like synths and slacker drum patterns, the new single uses a rapid-fire style canter to romanticize aspirations of living a rockstar life and escaping the suffocating walls of a classroom or nine to five job – a nod back to their post-high school days in Kansas City, pretending to be considering their career options or future education, when deep down they knew they only wanted to make music.

Loose Fang Unveil the Ambitious “On and On”

“On and On,” the first single off of Live Wires, is dynamic, loud, and bittersweet; tackling the passage of time and how that sometimes leaves us forgetting what happens if we sleep too long. The accompanying music video was edited from full colour, found home videos of a family holidaying in San Diego in the 1940s.

Fretland announce sophomore album, release new single “Could Have Loved You”

FRETLAND, founded by Hillary Grace Fretland is set to release their sophomore LP, Could Have Loved You, via Soundly Music on March 26, 2021. The album’s essence comes into focus with its lead single and title track, “Could Have Loved You,” which exclusively premiered on Kelly McCartney’s Southern Craft Radio on Apple Music Sunday, October, 18.

Aided by the production skills of Nich Wilbur (Angel Olsen, Black Belt Eagle Scout) and Trevor Spencer (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty), “Could Have Loved You,” adds an even richer, more poignant depth to FRETLAND’S repertoire. Hillary’s songwriting prowess is highlighted on the heels of their critically acclaimed May 2020 debut, self-titled Fretland, demonstrating they’ve only scratched the surface of a long career ahead already earning the attention of publications like No Depression, Billboard, and American Songwriter.

Gary Barlow, Michael Bublé and Sebastián Yatra Reveal Official Music Video For ‘Elita.’ Forthcoming Album, ‘Music Played By Humans’ Out November 27

Gary Barlow, Michael Bublé and Sebastián Yatra today unveil the brand new video for ‘Elita’ – the ferociously catchy Latin-pop fusion track that sees three of the biggest names in pop collaborate for the first time.

Directed by Vaughan Arnell (Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Pet Shop Boys, Spice Girls) the video was filmed remotely with Gary in London, Michael in Vancouver, and Sebastián in Miami. Despite thousands of miles between them all, Gary, Michael and Sebastián have come together perfectly in a fun and vibrant video which is destined to have the viewer dancing to the beat of ‘Elita’.

Flawless Tha Don ft. Jag – “Dead Inside”

Flawless Tha Don is seeing ghosts in his dreams on the track “Dead Inside”. The Kansas rapper pops his shit with fellow artist Jag on this record, taking turns delivering bars about their gritty lifestyles.

Etsy to Gamble & Huff: ‘You Got What I Need’!

Legendary Philadelphia International Records (PIR) co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff have a new commercial placement from their massive song catalogue. “YOU GOT WHAT I NEED,” which Gamble & Huff wrote and produced in 1968 for Freddie Scott – three years before launching PIR – is currently getting massive TV exposure in a new ETSY.COM commercial. Philadelphia International Records was home to The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and many other acts that defined the Philadelphia soul sound of the ’70s.

New Film is a Call to Action to Save Black Lives

Amid heightened awareness of unequal health outcomes for Black people in the U.S., a new film by rapper and lyricist Terrell “Trizzy” Myles, in partnership with Gift of Life Marrow Registry, has launched to encourage others to join the fight against blood cancer and save lives.

The short film, “Blood is Thicker,” features an original poem and music by Myles, who was inspired to bring a message of hope and a resounding call to action that reminds us how one selfless act can positively change the outcome of a life, a family and an entire community.

New release: Chateau Chateau – Hey There (single)

Hey There is a melancholic ballad about the struggles of giving into short-term comfort over long-term consequences. The single starts off calm as the narrator recognizes the flaws in his actions and knowingly makes the wrong decision before the chorus explodes into pleading desperation and eventually giving into an uplifting bridge upon accepting his lack of free will. This sisyphean narrative will have you asking your inner demons “Hey there, how’re doin?”

Chateau Chateau is an evolving community of musicians led by power couple Alex and Rachel. With beginnings in an abandoned aerospace warehouse in 2018, Chateau Chateau has grown into Tucson’s favorite self-deprecating-glam-rock band – dusty and sparkly at the same time.

Boy Pablo shares “rest up” video

Norweigian bedroom pop star Boy Pablo today shares his new video for “rest up” today. You can watch it here. The video is directed by duo Bedroom (photographer Blackksocks and illustrator Soren Harrison). Today he has also announced that he will be releasing two additional videos (both directed by Bedroom). Both videos will be premiered later this week on YouTube. His debut album ‘Wachito Rico’ (out October 23, 2020 on 777 Music).

GUIDED BY VOICES Announce New Album, Share “Mr. Child” via Rolling Stone, ‘Styles We Paid For’ Out December 11

Pandemic be damned, Guided By Voices have recorded their 3rd (!) album of 2020. This tremendous pace has kept the band in the news constantly this year, including 5 features in Rolling Stone, this time announcing their upcoming album Styles We Paid For, due out December 11th. They also have shared the first single, “Mr. Child” via Rolling Stone.

Guided By Voices Announce Third Album of 2020, Drop New Song ‘Mr. Child’

PULCHRA MORTE: Decibel Magazine Premieres “The Archer & The Noose”

Death doom collective PULCHRA MORTE – featuring within their ranks past/current members of Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer, Eulogy, and more – will unleash their anticipated Ex Rosa Ceremonia full-length next month via Transcending Records. In advance of the record’s release, Decibel Magazine is pleased to unveil “The Archer & The Noose,” featuring the stunning guest vocals of returning collaborator Heather Dykstra and cellist Naarah Strokosch, for public feasting.

Track Premiere: Pulchra Morte – “The Archer & The Noose”

Carley Arrowood releases “Goin’ Home Comin’ On” video

“This music video is the first one I’ve ever done as a solo artist, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. It is absolutely stunning thanks to Bob Peck of Mountainwater Films; he made it such a fun and easy experience! Man what a day that was! A lot of prayer went into it, and God gets all the glory for it. We literally just sat back and watched Him work out every detail,” Arrowood told Bluegrass Today. “Special thanks to Ken and Karen Lampe for allowing us to film this video at their home. It’s a beautiful cabin (as you’ll see) that my dad and brother Ethan built in Gilkey, NC, and it greatly encapsulates where I grew up in the foothills. I’m also thankful that my whole studio band could be there: Wayne and Kristin Benson, and my producer Jon Weisberger were able to come be a part of it, and my sister Autumn, and my boyfriend Daniel were able to be there and be a huge part of it as well. I’m especially tickled that my parents each got a little scene in the video, too! Such a memorable time. It was a whole family event, and I just can’t wait for y’all to see it!”

NITESOIL Premiere New Track “Odio” feat. Jessica Pimentel (OITNB) via Loudwire

NITESOIL have unveiled another new offering from their forthcoming studio EP. The group has partnered with Loudwire to premiere the track “Odio”, which features Orange Is The New Black star and Brujeria + Alekhine’s Gun frontwoman Jessica Pimentel on vocals. Fans can check out “Odio”, as well as an exclusive interview from the band here. Nitesoil’s debut effort, ‘Abusement Park’, will be independently released on November 6th.


U.S. pop sensation MAX and acclaimed British producer/songwriter Jonas Blue have reached the No.1 spot on the US Dance Radio chart with their hit single, “Naked.”

Blacc Zacc Announces New Album ‘803 Legend’

Blacc Zacc aims to finish strong after an excellent 2020 campaign with his upcoming album 803 Legend. Slated to drop Oct. 23, the Carolina Narcos MC looks to tighten his grip on the trap world with his 13-track collection with features by Kevin Gates, 42 Dugg, Foogiano, Fat Loc, and more. To warm fans up, Zacc rewards listeners with his opulent single “Tennis,” where he skewers haters trying to downplay his status as a certified trap star. The celebratory ode oozes with soul, solidifying Zacc’s legendary position in his hometown of South Carolina.

House Gospel Choir drop official video for Todd Terry-produced single ‘My Zulu’

Fresh off performing on the season launch of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on BBC 1 on Saturday, the visual for ‘My Zulu’ drops at an exciting time for the choir, with the single appearing on the forthcoming debut album and previously being crowned as ‘Hottest Record’ by Mistajam on BBC Radio 1. The official video gives a fascinating, behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of the House Gospel Choir, as those from all generations come together in a mutual show of appreciation for their love of house music, whilst the choir rehearse and perform together on the streets of their native South East London.

Caravãna Sun release video to their lastest single “Afterlife”

Aussie surf-rockers, Caravãna Sun will have you contemplating the answer to this philosophical question with their launch of their upcoming single, Afterlife due for release across all music platforms, Friday 16 October 2020.

The three-minute track balances cosmetic duality between sorrowed darkness to an uplifting realm led by whaling guitar riffs and cryptic lyrics. Afterlife raises questions and thoughts the band found themselves battling with over the last year as they experienced personal grief, national states of emergencies and the global pandemic.

HAYLEY ROSS – Announces new EP: ‘Moving All Around’ || Listen to title-track now

HAYLEY ROSS, will return with a new EP this Autumn: ‘Moving All Around’.

Comprising the title-track, plus two previously-unreleased songs, the EP sees Hayley trading her dreamy south-coast trademarks for a darker, rootsier palette of sounds. The collection will be released via Barracuda recordings on 9th November 2020.

Ready for a Whole Lotta “Little Sista”? – Evandale New Single ROCKS!

Out of the heartland, comes Evandale’s next rocking single/video: “Little Sista”. The hard-driving guitar work and three-part harmonizing vocals speed your ears down the dirt roads of the grittiest, wickedest backdoor rock. A taste of what you need and an injection of what you demand. “Little Sista” is the next single being released with TLG ENTERTAINMENT and distributed via INgrooves. Evandale continues to produce lust-filled ‘get-your-rocks-off’ music. This song has a solid hook and a bite that will continue to play on in your brain.

Oceanator signs to Polyvinyl Record Co. with debut LP ‘Things I Never Said’!

From Elise: “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Polyvinyl family, they’ve been one of my favorite labels for a while! We filmed this video in DC. I got to wear a full green suit and everything! Baby Pony Foods filmed and edited it and did all the special effects. The idea was to represent that feeling of being stuck in an anxiety spiral, and the way your body and mind feels when you’re in one.”

After Earth – “Before It Awakes” – (Swedish Death Metal)

The band was founded in 2017 by Marcus Rydstedt (vocals), A nton Vehkaperä (drums) and Victor Lundblad (guitars) in Skövde, Sweden .

Shortly thereafter during 2018 Oscar Lindberg (bass) and Rob Olsson (guitars) joined the band. During 2018 and early 2019 they developed their own sound.

Musician Vincent Poag’s Style Personifies Singer Songwriter Tradition – His New Single “America” Offers a Crooning Love-Song to our Deeply Divided Nation

Native New Yorker Vincent Poag (https://vincentpoag.com/) announced the release of his latest single and music video, “America,” written and sung in the rich tradition of Paul Simon, Randy Newman, and Bob Dylan. “America” is a gentle but firm wake-up call to a nation sorely divided by politics, race, and a deadly pandemic that threatens to drag on through a dark and interminable winter. Having recorded dozens of songs and released three albums to date, Poag’s discography is already long and diverse. The video for “America” is available on YouTube.