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‘I’VE COME TO TELL YOU I’M GOING AWAY’ – Single Released: 16th October

French /Australian music artist, producer, poet and video creator Benedict Sinister’s third single, “I’ve Come to Tell You I’m Going Away” was released on 16th October via the label Music For Sapiosexuals. The single, a translation of the 1973 track by French musical legend Serge Gainsbourg written whilst he was recovering from his first heart attack, is Benedict’s homage to the great break-up songs.

The Gainsbourg song references romantic poet Paul Verlaine, and in turn Sinister has added a new spoken word part which name checks 10 artists who have memorably addressed break-ups, from Hemingway to Lana del Rey. The accompanying video shows Gainsbourg’s house in Paris over the course of a decade, showing as each year passes a new covering of graffiti replaces the artworks underneath – a visual testimony to the impermanence addressed by the song.

Los Angeles Band Ænly Release Official Music Video for Single “Up In Smoke” on BraveWords.com!

“Up In Smoke is a depiction of ones internal anger, frustration and feeling of suffocating in the midst of a chaotic world filled with tension and uncertainty. The song touches on a lack of control in our current situation and the ability to renew our selves, bounce back and settle with our past” says the band.

Tee Sexy Chest Davis “Hate Tee” New Single!

Watch Lunchbox’s new “Over Way Too Soon” video via Austin Town Hall

Watch Lunchbox’s new music video for “Over Way Too Soon” via Austin Town Hall. Check out the premiere here. After School Special is out next Friday, October 30, 2020 via Slumberland Records.

Regarding the single/video, Lunchbox stated: “‘Over Way Too Soon’ plays with themes of love, death and impermanence against the backdrop of the ever-changing Oakland cityscape. Singer/ghost Donna McKean haunts guitarist Tim Brown across the sites of their shared personal past and the gentrifying public present. At once love letter to Oakland and requiem for lost love, the song and video are a pop meditation on how nothing, from favorite bars to sites of first dates, can ever stay the same. “Over Way Too Soon” is about all that’s lost, and what remains.”

Bei Ru shares Custom Made Life; Listen to “Day Dreaming feat. Peyton”

Born to Armenian parents from Lebanon and growing up in Los Angeles, Bei Ru’s sound is marked by a melding of airy, syrupy electronic, funk, soul, and psych influences. Since the release of his debut LP, Little Armenia, he has honed a sound that sits at the nexus of neo-soul and left-field instrumental electronic music. Evolving and flourishing over the course of multiple projects since, Custom Made Life presents a lush, dreamy interplay of samples found from obscure records and the live instrumentation and energies of jazz, electronic and psychedelic music.

Peruvian experimental artist Ale Hop shares ‘Jungle Depredation’ video from upcoming LP on Buh Records

Ale Hop is an artist, researcher, and experimental instrumentalist. She composes electronic and electroacoustic music, by blending strains of noise, pop, avant-garde, ambient and a complex repertoire of extended techniques for electric guitar and real-time sampling devices which she uses as her sound vocabulary to craft a performance of astonishing physical intensity, saturated of layers of distortion and stunning atmospheres.


The video, directed by Adriaan Louw (Major Lazer, Mabel), see Stefflon and her Dons dancing and making glamour look bad-ass cool.

Stefflon Don said of her inspiration for the single, “For this track, I wanted to lean into my natural singing voice and also experiment with doing some of the melodies in Yoruba. The overall vibe of the track is underpinned by a sultry Afro Beats sound. I always love to fuse all of my cultural influences into my work, because I am very much inspired by different parts of the world”.

Nilüfer Yanya Announces New EP “Feeling Lucky?”

London-based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya announces her new EP Feeling Lucky? today. The EP is the follow-up to Yanya’s critically acclaimed 2019 debut album Miss Universe and is due out December 11 on ATO Records. Today she shares Feeling Lucky?’s mesmerizing first single “Crash,” a track co-written and produced by ATO labelmate Nick Hakim, and its accompanying video. “The video for ‘Crash’ takes place on a flight,” says Yanya. “Last year, doing a lot of touring I found myself becoming more and more anxious each time I boarded a plane, something which was new for me as I’ve never had a fear of flying. With each flight we took it felt like the turbulence was getting worse and I was convinced my luck was due to run out. I didn’t write ‘Crash’ about being on an aeroplane but I really like it visually as an embodiment of the song.”

FEARSORE: CVLT Nation Premieres “Incubation” Video

Created between Horse-Drawn Studios and Deadworld Studios, Wetworks sees FEARSORE creator Wiley Wells handling engineering, sound design, programming, field recordings, manipulation, guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals. John E. Bomher Jr. (Theyrgy, Yakuza) shared co-mixing and co-production duties, and additional guitars were provided by Jim Bresnahan (Cianide, Contagion) on “Dissent 2020” and Joe Starita on “Incubation.”

Watch the Bloody Avant-Doom Industrial of FEARSORE “Incubation”

Sé que a veces, the latest single by X Alfonso, is a meditation on the things we leave unsaid

Without any doubt, the music composed by Cuban artist X Alfonso gives voice to things that are often kept silent: the denunciation of inequality, the power of the downtrodden, as well as some thoughts about our own humanity. Sé que a veces (I know that sometimes), the latest track released on October 16 by X Alfonso on the main music streaming platforms and on his web site, is no exception.

The powerful rap lyrics and the electronic beat comprise this meditation made song, which seems to be a thought-provoking list of things that shouldn’t take place, but which do happen right before our eyes.

Power Pop Maven Kurt Baker (Kurt Baker Combo, The Leftovers, etc) Reveals Another Song (“Outta Sight”)

American musician, songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Baker is streaming “Outta Site” another track off of his upcoming solo album ‘After Party’ set for release this Friday October 23 via Wicked Cool Records.

Producer Steve Spiro (Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk) | new video

Frequent Traveller – a 360 degree binaural project from producer Steve Spiro (Talk Talk, Pet Shop Boys) – today releases a disquieting new video to accompany latest single, ‘The Devil’s Trying To Break Us Down’. The track is lifted from forthcoming album ‘Real Life’, due out November 6, which transports the listener around the world in 360-degree binaural sound (similar to 8D audio, only more responsive to depth and height positioning). Utilising technology which enabled him to record sounds just as the human ear would have heard them at the time, Spiro has spent the last couple of years travelling around the world capturing surround-sound field recordings of his encounters & incorporating them into music.

Skope | Nick Waterhouse ft. The Sensational Barnes Bros.

LA’s Nick Waterhouse has returned with a vibrant, psych-rock cover of “Pushing Too Hard” (The Seeds) featuring Memphis gospel group The Sensational Barnes Bros. and Little Willie G of Chicano-rock group, Thee Midniters. Best known for his riffage rooted in rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul, Waterhouse delivers his signature nostalgic crush between soaring, raspy vocals and funky key solos on the new track

Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Radhika Vekaria explores her Indian roots with new album SAPTA

Radhika Vekaria is no stranger to capturing purpose & a higher calling within her music – her namesake “Radha” is the Vedic goddess of love and devotion; two concepts that are synonymous with Vekaria’s pursuit of the arts. A classically trained musician who has performed in an impressive number of situations; from the lead in multi-faceted stage production INDIA INDIA to a member of bands fronted by luminaries like Prince and Eddie Palmieri, Vekaria’s latest album SAPTA, The Seven Ways is an homage to her journey as an artist as much as it is an offering of healing through art.

Josh Blake Announces Pre Order for New Album Unemployment Benefits

GRAMMY-nominated musician, producer and engineer Josh Blake is proud to announce the pre order for his forthcoming record, Unemployment Benefits, out next Tuesday, October 27. Today, JamBase premiered the video for the track “Benefits,” featuring GRAMMY-winning emcee Agent 23 and animated by Derrick Lee Johnson of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Josh Blake Announces New Album ‘Unemployment Benefits’ & Shares Single: Exclusive Video Premiere

The Alex Leach Band releases video for “October Fall”

“I was hanging in Georgia with a fellow musician and good friend of mine, Evan Rose, about 11 or 12 years ago when he sang a song for me that he was working on,” Leach says of the song. “I could tell it had a deep meaning with him, but wasn’t sure of the whole story behind it. I carried the words and melody with me for many years before I brought it back out and added another verse to it. The writing of this song spans over a decade, and I hope it will hit home to listeners who may have dealt with losing a close friend in their adolescence.”

Video Premiere: October Fall from Alex Leach Band

Stolen Wheelchairs Release New Single From State Line Records LP

Stolen Wheelchairs are authentic teenage punk rock. You can’t fake the energy that they emit. Straight from the depths of Hostile City, they play fast, angsty, anthemic hardcore punk with an authenticity that has been lacking in today’s scene.

Stolen Wheelchairs are the latest in a series of forebearers of the punk banner in the Philadelphia area. Violent Society and The Boils come to mind. Stolen Wheelchairs draw from all these and more. Their debut album – The America – Was recorded DIY BY Osc4r and the band at the family home with a new band since the debut EP/7” of Oscar, Lou and Milo. Mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, MA. Mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording. The America is a record lathered with traditional punk influences and sprinkled with much, much more.

DARK MARK vs SKELETON JOE (feat Mark Lanegan and Joe Cardamone) Preview New Music

“The project is called Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe (DMvsSJ) because we both have assumed these alter egos over the years,” says former The Icarus Line frontman Joe Cardamone to Rolling Stone about his new band which also features Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan. “The material we wanted to do together seemed to take well to the idea that our personas here are as if we’re now outcasts to our own creative selves.” Premiering a preview to their debut single “Dark Mark Theme” which Rolling Stone calls a “moody introductory track,” DMvsSJ will be releasing their limited edition 12″ vinyl single (b/w “Skeleton Joe Manifesto”) on March 12, 2021 via Rare Bird / Kitten Robot Records.

‘Dark Mark’ Lanegan Teams With Icarus Line’s ‘Skeleton Joe’ for New Project

Melbourne rockers, The Grogans, release kickass surf-rock jam ‘Got A Girl’ from forthcoming album Day / To / Day

Returning with their second release for 2020, The Grogans unleash new single ‘Got A Girl’.

Continuing to fuse a shared love for fiery punk, surf-rock and indie sounds together, the Melbourne trio have executed a melodic and tight track that, just over two minutes, gives listeners a charged up dose of Grogans-esque mischief.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald Shares Bold New Single + LP

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald has collected an audience of fans across North America drawn to simple honest words and a genuine smile. Coupling unique and innovative ideas with his inherent warmth, MBF engages with people in a way that always leaves them meaningfully connected.

Stunna Gambino Links w Bizzy Banks In New Visual

New York’s buzzy newcomer, Stunna Gambino comes out the gate with “Rockstar From the Trenches” featuring Bizzy Banks and produced by Jabari, VVS Melody and AriaBeats. The upbeat bop is layered with emo melodic verses talking of Stunna’s rockstar lifestyle. The 19 year old delivers anecdotes of being conflicted while Bizzy adds a guttural Brooklyn flair.

BEASTIE BOYS – ‘Beastie Boys Music’

On October 23, 2020, UMe will release Beastie Boys Music, a 20-song collection covering the GRAMMY® Award winning and multi-platinum selling Beastie Boys’ recording career. The collection is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story, currently nominated for 5 Emmys®, and the group’s best seller Beastie Boys Book, which ascended to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List-topping both the Nonfiction Print Hardcover and Nonfiction Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers charts.


Today, CLAVVS share their new song “Dance In Place” via Under the Radar. Infectious and radically joyous, the video features the electro-pop duo dancing across their neighborhood in Brooklyn, ultimately meeting up together to dance it out. “Dance In Place” is an exercise in unbridled happiness and self-acceptance, an upbeat anthem in the face of an often joyless culture.

Christian Singles (Blues Lawyer, Mall Walk) shares video for “Collapse”

Every generation has had their moment that felt like the world was coming to an end, but it’d be hard to argue that 2020 hasn’t distilled that feeling into history’s most potent dose of despair. Though the new Christian Singles album was written during the early days of quarantine, it wasn’t the pandemic, the looming election, or impending climate change that caused Rob I. Miller to take stock. News that his father’s cancer had returned dredged up unresolved pain and brought a new sense of urgency to issues that had long lain dormant. Maybe Another Time, the nine-song debut under Miller’s solo moniker, confronts the difficult questions about family and forgiveness, and aging in a desperate world.

Video Premiere: Christian Singles – “Collapse”

Miranda Writes Teams Up With DJ Mary Mac to Produce “The Don” Club Royale Remix

“The opening line of “The Don” is a true treasure as Writes raps, “I don’t trust nobody if their words don’t match their labor!” Writes calls out haters on the track in ways only she can, “love me or hate me, which spot you felt first?” It is that approach to lyrics and hip-hop that drew DJ Mary Mac’s attention and desire to work with the New York City rapper.

Miranda Writes Teams Up With DJ Mary Mac to Produce “The Don” Club Royale Remix


Following on from the anthemic, angst-driven, previously released single “Grow Up”, dynamic pop-punk quartet Octopus Montage now presents “Right Here With Me” – the latest installment of the group’s creative activity! Embracing a variety of musical influences, this single supplies interesting grooves and developments throughout its entirety, keeping the movement intriguing and enticing by utilizing atmospherically layered guitar work and emotionally charged and staggering vocal lines. “Right Here With Me” clearly brings a certain poignancy establishing the Octopus Montage’s sound by raising, channeling and maintaining an impressive amount of sincerity through a roller coaster of verses and choruses, based on the melancholic instrumentation, which only further outlines the personal and lyrical nature of the song, as does its visual representation as well.

Dublin’s For Those I Love shares new track & visual essay in “Top Scheme”

Today, Irish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist For Those I Love, born David Balfe, shares a new song and video. Self-directed by Balfe, “Top Scheme” is a powerful and poignant visual essay that uninhibitedly tackles various social issues in Ireland, such as sexism, classism, and the prison industrial complex. The song follows For Those I Love’s debut single “I Have a Love,” which also arrived alongside a moving, self-directed video

HELL:ON – Release Official Music Video For “My Testament”

Ukraine’s leading Death Metal band Hell:on will release long-awaited 6th full-length album “Scythian Stamm” on November 1st, 2020 via Hell Serpent Music, now the band released the second Single and Videoclip for “My Testament”!

New EP from London’s Treasure. Nostalgia: The Prelude

Born in North West London, Treasure’s family relocated to the Countryside in the early 2000’s trading the busy city life for the suburban serenity, a feeling present throughout his catalogue. Inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, Choker, HOMESHAKE, The Internet and D’Angelo, his laidback production and genre-merging tendencies provide a nostalgia based backdrop for his lush soulful harmonies. Treasure, a.k.a Kelvin Beyioku, wears his emotions on his sleeve. He transverses his musical world with this heightened sense of vulnerability, creating a space where he and the listener can rest at ease with no fear of judgement.

FINNEAS Releases New Song ‘Can’t Wait To Be Dead.’

Today, six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, songwriter and producer FINNEAS returns with a bold and fiery new song, “Can’t Wait To Be Dead,” a testament to the times we’re living in. Speaking about the track, FINNEAS reveals, “I’m happy for this song to mean anything to anyone who listens to it but to me, it’s a song about my relationship with the Internet,” he explains. “Especially in an election year. Especially during a pandemic. Sometimes, the internet makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me cry, sometimes it makes me hopeful. But sometimes, it really makes me wanna be dead.”

Valley Maker shares new single “Mockingbird”

Valley Maker (Austin Crane) has released “Mockingbird”, his first new music since last year’s “Supernatural” single. The track is out via Frenchkiss Records and of it he notes, “I wrote Mockingbird within a week of moving to Columbia, SC, having just left my home of seven years in Seattle to return to the area and community I grew up in. It’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled. My wife, Megan, and I had just bought a small, historic house that needed (still needs!) a lot of work, and wanting to do something tangible and forward looking, I planted my favorite tree in the yard: a Japanese Maple. There’s a line in the song that acknowledges how I’ll “sit for a while and watch it grow,” as a way of accepting that season of uncertainty and transition. I guess when I wrote the song, I didn’t know how long I would be doing just that. So while Mockingbird was written a few months before the pandemic upended life as we knew it, the song resonates deeply, for me, with this strange season of life. Both the song and video meditate on memory, time and aging; they both try to embrace the uncertainty, absurdity and beauty of life; and they reflect a feeling of being in-between places and communities.”

Call Me Spinster Announces Debut Self-Titled EP Releasing December 11 // Infectious First Single “Here You Are” Out Now

Chattanooga trio Call Me Spinster has announced the December 11 release of their self-titled EP via Strolling Bones Records. The debut release from sisters Amelia, Rachel and Rosalie, Call Me Spinster is an extraordinary example of the transcendent musical bond only siblings can share. Along with the announcement, the band has released their dreamy first single “Here You Are” and a quirky, dance-filled music video. Filtering Debbie Harry energy through a bouncy ‘60s girl group chord progression, the song opens up into walls of unexpected slide guitar and vocal harmonies with catchy lyrics that celebrate the strange and electrifying moment of meeting your child for the first time. MXDWN featured “Here You Are” yesterday, calling it “an excellent blend of retro rock that is a perfect pick-me-up during a global pandemic.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Call Me Spinster Announces New Self-Titled Debut and Shares Adorable Video for “Here You Are”

Sam Williams Honors His Late Sister With Powerful New Song “The World: Alone”

Today, country singer/songwriter Sam Williams shares “The World: Alone” in honor of his late sister Katie Williams’ 28th birthday. Reflecting on the fragility of life, “The World: Alone” was written a year ago but has taken on a new meaning for Williams in the wake of Katie’s passing. Sam will share the new song in an upcoming interview with Apple Music’s ‎Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen, which airs tomorrow, October 22.

Kim Harris premieres new video for “Keeper” via CBC Music

Premiering today via CBC Music, the clip embraces a decidedly analogue aesthetic that beautifully frames the track’s wistful lyrics. “I would keep you / If it were up to me,” Harris sings from an old TV precariously placed throughout the Newfoundland wilderness. “Transitioning between shots of Harris in different times of her life — and different haircuts — the video makes you question whether she’s trying to keep a part of herself, or someone else,” CBC Music writes.