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Keeana Kee Releases Music Video for “Sweet Heaven”

The visually stunning video, filmed at Joshua Tree in the California desert, tells the story of a Latin American native father being reunited with his daughter, offering a spirituality in the guise of three tribesman who are accompanied by Keeana in the form of a guardian angel, who provides guidance as she oversees those making the pilgrimage. Through the choir-like chorus, Keeana wants listeners to know that someone is always with you, encouraging you not to give up. Keeana has proven an unlikely immigrant success story since her arrival here in 2016 after leaving university in London while still a teenager to pursue her modeling career, living in Milan and Paris before settling in New York.

Rising UK Artist TAYO SOUND Releases “Someone New” Today With Official Music Video

The track, produced by Rob Milton (Easy Life, Holly Humberstone), builds upon Tayo’s accomplished singles to date and slides effortlessly into a more mature sound; taking minimal funk & soul influences and melding it into a distinctly fresh sound that marks him as one of the most exciting new artists on the rise at the moment.

Out now: ‘ALL OF US’ by Sam Roberts Band

Since 2002, Sam Roberts Band have dominated the airwaves, selling out shows, and sharing the stage with legendary bands like AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Known for their energetic live shows, this legendary band have earned spots performing everywhere from Letterman and Conan to Bonnaroo, ACL, Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot. While it’s been a few years since the last Sam Roberts Band full-length album, that doesn’t mean Roberts hasn’t been keeping busy. He, alongside Chris Murphy (Sloan), Menno Versteeg (Hollerado) and Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club) joined forces to create Canadian indie supergroup Anyway Gang and released their self-titled debut album last year. The release earned a #1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Charts and the #1 Socan award for the track “Big Night” (written by Roberts). Early in the pandemic, Roberts and his kids, under the name “The Isolation Jubilation Sensation” created a performance of “We’re All In This Together” online to celebrate front line workers.

FELIVAND releases lush & dreamy neo-soul project ‘Nerve’

Throughout Nerve, FELIVAND layers her soul-tinged music with slinkier, darker shades of pop, hiding somber depths beneath warm and earthy exteriors. A sonic study in duplicity and contradictions, Nerve is music for the spaces in between moods, those inexpressible moments in life where language fails you. It is a duplicity that is embedded in the title: Nerve. Audacity, fortitude, apprehension, and unease; all meanings coexisting within the one word.


Austin shares a bit more info on his new music video and single “Drive”: “I initially had other arrangements for the making of this video, which fell through quite last minute. In the end, by some amazing coincidence, my friend and wonderful filmmaker – Patrick Jankowski, wrote a message offering to make a video. In earnest, I organized some of my dearest friends in Berlin and we set about making a video that is a celebration of friendship and love. The song goes out to anyone escaping horrible situations at home, in order to live as their truest and most authentic selves. For the video, I chose the setting of a cab, where various folks are moving about a city, while being watched out for by a benevolent punk cab driver. In so many ways, I really think it encapsulates much of the essence of the song and my experiences in life. As someone who grew up in the world of hardcore punk, I’ve long benefited from the love, tenderness and care that my chosen family have for all people. This is the essence of why I believe in the power of alternative subcultures and radical communities. For all of their potential flaws, they affect more positive change than they get credit for and certainly have always made my world a better place to live.”

VIDEO PREMIERE: Austin Lucas Revels in Punk Subculture with Alt-country Rocker “Drive”

Musician/Composer Zach Tabori’s latest single “Divine Insanity”

“‘Divine Insanity’ is a song about being sick of normalcy. Your mind reaches its breaking point and you feel a mixture of anxiety, fear, the desire to scream and the desperate need to create Beatles-derived music. I felt it was another ‘Pandemic appropriate song.’ COVID circumstances have destroyed normalcy for millions of people and forced them to reach this breaking point, whether they want to or not. I think music and humor can oftentimes be the best way to reflect the horrors of our society in a way that’s more enjoyable to process,” explains Tabori.


Boasting fans in the likes of Wonderland, American Songwriter, IDOLATOR and 7 million streams across his tracks already, few artists have caught lightning in a bottle as effectively as mehro, amassing an army of fans soon after debuting with perfume. In a world dominated by social media, mehro has captured attention with only the power of his voice, the depth of songwriting and the strength of his musicianship. Recalling greats like Jeff Buckley and Conor Oberst, all signs point to mehro having a huge year.

Framingham MA’s Ajax Lo Welcomes You To His World With New Video “Open House”

Underground rapper and Lolife Polorican Ajax Lo was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Framingham MA. Influenced heavily by his cousins in the Bronx and 1993 Hip Hop, he became dedicated to the culture. Salsa singers like Tito Rojas, Frankie Ruiz and Ruben Blades taught him how to incorporate his Puerto Rican heritage into his music and style. He is currently one of the founding members of Havok House and one half of Getz Productions.


The Vamps are back with Cherry Blossom. An album title that is a reflection of the theme of rebirth that runs throughout.

And a rebirth of The Vamps it is. Their most personal and fully-formed to date – the album was aided by the enforced rest, with the band having the time and space to meticulously plan exactly what they wanted it to be and say.


Steep Canyon Rangers’ New Album Arm In Arm Out Today

GRAMMY Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers’ highly anticipated thirteenth album, Arm In Arm, is out today on Yep Roc Records: stream/buy here.

Brooklyn Vegan premiered the video for “Take My Mind” shot live in-studio during the recording session at the iconic Southern Ground Studios in Nashville and features Oliver Wood and Michael Bearden.

Aesop Rock shares hallucinatory “Pizza Alley” video

Aesop Rock, one of underground hip-hop’s most enduring and illuminating talents, has just shared a second video/single leading into the release of his new album Spirit World Field Guide (set for release on November 13 via Rhymesayers). “Pizza Alley” picks up right where previous video “The Gates” left off, pulling viewers deeper into a broadening narrative that is rife with increasingly unhinged and hallucinatory imagery and animations, an apt parallel to the song’s lyrically labyrinthian paean to the album’s titular world. The visual was directed by Aesop’s longtime collaborator Rob Shaw, with illustrations by Justin “Coro” Kaufman, who also designed the album’s vivid artwork and packaging.

LIL KEED & OT GENASIS Link Up For “Show Me What You Got”

Today, Young Stoner Life Records’ signee Lil Keed releases a new single and music video for “Show Me What You Got” featuring O.T. Genasis. Clad in contrasting red and blue varsity jackets, the two rappers turn a school upside down with the high energy track against the backdrop of a Divine 9 Greek Step Show. Lil Keed, the self proclaimed “Prince Slime”, also pairs the new single with the announcement of the deluxe version of Trapped On Cleveland 3 to be released Friday, October 30th. With a new roster of guest appearances, alongside previously released album cuts the deluxe of TOC3 is destined to be a movie.

OUT TODAY: Heavy New Album from Nashville Psych Rockers De3ra

“DE3RA have created a sound that is unique, distinct, and perfectly layered, combining four different personalities into one comprehensive sound…stunning new single in the form of ‘Billy Black’, a true-to-form rock release that comes complete with its own music video. Offering a dark, atmospheric glimpse into upcoming album ‘Old Scratch’, ‘Billy Black’ brings to life timeless sound that will impress and entertain in equal measure.” (Broken 8 Records)

Album Premiere: De3ra – ‘Old Scratch’

Fast rising melodic rapper KEVO MUNEY & the Mult.-Platinum KEVIN GATES release “Amen” video, out today

On the release, Kevin Gates says, “Yes Lord…Amen!” The single follows Kevo Muney’s “4 A.M. Remix” featuring fellow Memphis rapper Jucee Froot and Kevin Gates’ most recent single, “No Security” with Fredo Bang.

Sarah Barrios Releases “Help” ft. RENCE Today Via Visionary/Arista Records

Rising artist Sarah Barrios taps fellow singer-songwriter, Rence, for a new collaboration out today titled “Help” via Visionary Records/Arista Records. The poignant duet will be followed by an official music video, starring both Sarah and Rence out next week. Stay tuned!

Of the new song, Sarah says: “This song is about reminding yourself that it’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay to ask for help. It’s about learning that sharing your struggles does not make you weak.”

Duck Sauce shares new track and video “Mesmerize”

Duck Sauce—the fun-loving, extraterrestrial-spotting, zoo-frequenting, tamale-eating, bargain-shopping, prank-calling Grammy nominated duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden—is back doing what they do best: reinventing the music video.

OUT TODAY: Jake Allen Releases His 4th Studio Album “Affirmation Day”

The multi-instrumentalist and fingerstyle guitar artist, Jake Allen releases his 4th studio album “Affirmation Day” out now on his label, Jake Allen Music, and being distributed in conjunction with Six Degrees Records. The new album beautifully captures Allen’s existential thoughts juxtaposed with his transcendent perspectives encased in a blend of prog-pop, folk and alt-rock sensibilities. It is an impressive album with technical guitar stylings under simple melodies and strikingly deep lyricism.

Swiss experimental duo, Cyril Cyril, release their new album, Yallah Mickey Mouse

Swiss duo Cyril Cyril, featuring Cyril Yeterian, Bongo Joe Records owner and his fellow Geneva resident Cyril Bondi, return this October with their new album Yallah Mickey Mouse. Famed for their electric live show, equally at home on a big festival stage as they are in small, sweaty club, their music mixes tough plucking and rhythmical patterns and percussion from Lebanon, The Levant and North Africa.

Homeboy Sandman and Quelle Chris (New Album & Video Out!)

Homeboy Sandman’s new album Don’t Feed The Monster, is a collaboration with producer/MC Quelle Chris. It’s also his most vulnerable & poignant work to date. Having grown up in Queens, New York, hip-hop was part of everything in life. This deep-rooted connection to the culture is evident when listening to his style of rhyming- bold, classic & deeply respectful. On Don’t Feed The Monster, he pulls back any pretense to show his most honest truth – a process that he needed both artistically and spiritually. “I was having a hard time and this record saved me thank Quelle and thank God and shout to Gabor Maté,” he said about the new album.

davey shares second track ‘N.I.4.N.I.’

The release of ‘N.I.4.N.I.’ follows the release of debut single ‘Not Me (feat. Sol)’ which garnered praise from Billboard, Red Bull Music, NME Magazine, American Songwriter, a live production class on Future Classic’s Twitch channel showcasing unreleased music, a Dublab set, and more.

‘N.I.4.N.I’ is another display of bare-bones musical potency from the producer, who this time turns his attention towards metastasized, blown-out, big room electronic music. Opening with huge buzzsaw bass, clanging percussion, and blaring, siren-like synths before shattering into a rapid-fire drop, ‘N.I.4.N.I.’ is two minutes of sheer, gnarled intensity.

NEW RELEASE: Ulises Hadjis Releases “Despiértame Cuando Llegues (ft. Gaby Moreno)”

Venezuelan alternative pop artist and multi-instrumentalist Ulises Hadjis just released his latest single today. Titled “Despiertame Cuando Llegues,” the sweet single features Guatemalan singer-songwriter/guitarist Gaby Moreno and is available now on digital streaming services (via Cosmica Artists).


The album includes previously released tracks “Hypochondriac” which The Interns declared “a writing masterclass” and “Is It Just Me?” which was featured on The New York Times Playlist column and is full of Sasha’s candid and witty observations and brilliantly sharp and relatable lyrics that her fans relish. As well as the poignant and brutally honest self-reflective track “House With No Mirrors” which Idolator called “…stunning…” and the critically praised first single “Lie” which has been called a “…bittersweet bop…” by Idolator and declared a “…straight up radio hit…” by Billboard.

CALVA LOUISE Sign To FRKST Records & Drop Turbulent New Track / Video “Trial”    

Kaleidoscopic alt-trio CALVA LOUISE announce their signing to FRKST – an imprint of 300 Entertainment (Megan Thee Stallion, The Hunna, Young Thug) and created by Highly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens. In addition, they’ve shared a taste of what’s to come in the form of new single Trial – an anthemic and oscillating three-minute exploration of self-identity.

Bear Grillz & Dion Timmer Captivate on “Scumbag (feat. Atarii)”

In their menacing collaboration “Scumbag (feat. Atarii),” Bear Grillz and Dion Timmer stack razorblade synths and ground-thumping beats below Atarii’s relentless braggadocio to achieve a thunderous fusion of dubstep and trap.

Although “Scumbag” is Bear Grillz and Dion Timmer’s first official collaboration, the two have shared many festival lineups, and most recently performed together at Montreal’s Bass Ship 5. It was only a matter of time before they joined forces on a track of their own. Once “Scumbag” came together, the two producers locked in Atarii—the vocal star of Bear Grillz’s Ground Zero EP—to add some angst into the fold.