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Stockholm art-pop artist yearns for human connection

Stockholm based producer and writer Alec Baker’s debut long player was written in a different time – when creatives could travel from place to place, absorbing the musical and cultural influences they came across on their way.

Circumstances have changed, but the desire to connect and collaborate with other humans remains a part of Baker’s mission. Songs influenced by the everyday and the unusual, elements of hip hop beats meeting pop sensibilities.

Video: Taylor C’Mone – Reckless

Taylor C’Mone presents her debut single and video “Reckless”, off of her upcoming album entitled “WOMAN”. Feeling the need to take her singing to the next level, the Neo Soul artist started writing her own music in the beginning of 2020.

adam brian paul Shares Debut Single “Moving On” Via Indie88

Today, adam brian paul announces his EP and shares the dreamy lead single “Moving On.” Hailing from Vancouver, the Hong Kong-born now Montreal-based bedroom pop artist starts his career on a strong footing with the washed out, nostalgic track. Indie88 premiered the track, praising how “the nostalgic new track comes packed with dreamy, textured instrumental lines, as adam brian paul’s silky vocals take the lead.” His debut EP wait, the path never ends? is due out December 4th.

kurt.riley+praxis Releases Gothic Cyberpunk Single & Darkly Futuristic Music Video, “Free”!

New York based Metapop band kurt.riley+praxis has released the official music video for their darkly synth pop infused new single, “Free.” The fourth track from their upcoming, science fiction themed opus, Chrome Empire, “Free” was preceded by the releases “FTR SHK,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Evergreen.” Using the story of an android that has gained self-awareness, the Chrome Empire album addresses topics such as climate change, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality by way of a sci-fi narrative and hook-laden songwriting.


Today just got BETTER! Fresh off the heels of his appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020, Deante’ Hitchcock, the Grammy-nominated Atlanta native, drops BETTER Deluxe, available everywhere via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

SHYGIRL – New EP ‘Alias’ out 20 Nov || Listen to “Slime” Now

This November, SHYGIRL will release her forthcoming EP ALIAS alongside new single “SLIME.”

Produced by SOPHIE, Kai Whiston and Sega Bodega, the single is available now on all platforms, with the full EP being released on November 20th. “SLIME” comes alongside a lyric video starring Shy’s closest friends, including Sega Bodega, Arca, SOPHIE, Mowalola, Ms Carrie Stacks and more, available to watch now on YouTube.

OVTLIER New Single “Who We Are” Out Now + Watch The Official Lyric Video!

Ovtlier has grown into a roaring rock band of stadium ambitions. Led by the enigmatic frontman Joey Arena, Ovlier has already captured the hearts of more than 60K daily followers online, more than 2.1 million views of fan-curated content on YouTube, over half a million streams Spotify, appearing in Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, Loudwire, ABC News and has been selling out shows around the Northeast. Drawing influences from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Periphery and others, Ovtlier brings the rock and metal edge to a new height of intensity.

New Video Alert: BSF x Benny the Butcher – “Grams in the Water”

Today, Benny The Butcher’s Black Soprano Family release a new video, “Grams in the Water.” The dark visual was directed by The Wizard and features Rick Hyde, Loveboat Luciano, Benny The Butcher, Dwayne Collins and Heem. The track is featured on the most recent project Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which was released this summer.


Savannah, GA’s own Quando Rondo is on fire, continuing his release of creative new visuals to celebrate the tracks featured on his most recent mixtape, Diary of a Lost Child. Following this month’s official video for “Beneficial Love,” today Quando introduced the cinematic visual for “Way Up.” The video for “Way Up,” directed by MoneyHillCasino and AuphTopek, depicts a cryptic runaway love story, plagued by crime;

MICKO & THE MELLOTRONICS – “Psychedelic Shirt” – Watch Animated Video || New Album: 27 Nov

In a true coming-of-age tale that unfolds like an episode of The Inbetweeners set in the 1980s, Psychedelic Shirt takes us back to an era where the culturally cool was at loggerheads with Thatcherite careerism. An era where tribalism was rife, and no-less-so than on the dancefloors of the local disco.


“I remember posting the snippet for “Hell Bent” on Instagram and asking my supporters who they think would be the perfect fit on the song. In the back of my mind I already had a feeling that Laroi would fit the vibe but when the overwhelming amount of comments came in requesting him, and him only, I knew that we had to make it happen.” — Tokyo’s Revenge

R.I.P. Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver, the Texas singer-songwriter who was a key player in the Outlaw Country movement, died this morning, October 28, 2020, following an illness.

Shaver’s songs are better known than he was. The author of such acclaimed country tunes as “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “I’ve Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “Ride Me Down Easy,” Shaver had his songs covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, and Elvis Presley. He was honored with the first Americana Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting in 2002, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Billy Joe Shaver, Seminal Outlaw-Country Songwriter, Dead at 81

Polish Rockers MEMOCRASHER Release New Video for “Sold Before Was Born” Single

Polish rockers MEMOCRASHER have revealed an elaborate new video for the single “Sold Before Was Born,” featured on the Humanity segment of the band’s upcoming Humanity & Revenant double album release.

Filmed at Woolton Hall, an abandoned country house in a suburb of Liverpool, England, the video is a lavishly beautiful piece full of lush colors and stark images of reality.

keshi releases official music video for “B.Y.S.” from his new ep, always

keshi (born casey luong) found his muse at age 12 from his grandfather, who possessed a “fat classical guitar” and a music book in vietnamese. he taught himself to play and developed a deep passion for music, “sitting in front of the computer for hours on end every day and soaking it all up.” influences ranged from all time low and john mayer to frank ocean, the 1975, drake, and bryson tiller. meanwhile, keshi was learning production on garageband. after high school, keshi honed a keen sense of empathy and intuition on his job as a registered nurse tending to patients diagnosed with cancer. (over delicate strumming and stark production, “skeletons” shared his “exhaustion with my routine as a nurse and wanting some­thing more.”)

Easy Life Reveal Official Music Video For ‘Daydreams’

‘Daydreams’ is the first taste from the band’s hugely-anticipated debut album to be released on Interscope Records in North American in 2021, and follows their widely acclaimed mixtape ‘Junk Food’ (which went Top 10 in the UK), and crowning as ‘Best New British Act’ at this year’s NME Awards. This year, their track ‘Nightmares’ was also featured in a pivotal scene in Michaela Coel’s hit BBC/HBO drama, ‘I May Destroy You.’

Crash The Calm (Long Island, NY) Releasing New Single “Devils” On October 30

Long Island, NY Alternative/Post-Rock/Ambient 5-piece Crash The Calm will release the new single “Devils” on October 30.

ROMASA: Invisible Oranges Premieres Insufferable Cave Of Rotting Aspiration From New Orleans Sludge/Crust/Death Trio

Invisible Oranges is currently streaming Insufferable Cave Of Rotting Aspiration from Louisiana sludge/crust/death trio, ROMASA, in its entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the EP’s release this Friday, October 30th, via Hand Of Death Records.

Disgorging three tracks of sonic nihilism, Insufferable Cave Of Rotting Aspiration was produced by James Whitten (Thou, The Body, Ossacrux) at High Tower Recording, mastered by Jack Control (Hot Graves, The Wraith, Cavity) at Enormous Door, and comes swathed in the cover renderings of Coffincrux.


The band also announced today that they will tour New Zealand in March 2021 on their “To the Island” tour.

The tour and new music feature founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and drummer Elroy Finn.

“We are thrilled and highly energised to be touring NZ in March. The shows will be a joyous occasion for us, with all the songs from our history that still resonate, some new music to unveil and our home crowds to share all that with…feeling truly blessed,” said Neil Finn.

Seba Kaapstad & Oddisee – “I’m Scared”

I’m Scared is a record that looks into the vulnerability of sharing the things we most fear. It is a song that humanizes us and though fear is a low frequency emotion, it can be acknowledged for one to work towards a better emotion. – Zoë Modiga

Today, the multi-national quartet Seba Kaapstad debuted their new song I’m Scared with Sudanese/American rapper Oddisee with The Quietus. Singer Zoe Modiga says the new single is “a record that looks into the vulnerability of sharing the things we most fear. It is a song that humanizes us and though fear is a low frequency emotion, it can be acknowledged for one to work towards a better emotion.” Rapper Oddisee joins the jazz ensemble for a piece that reaches towards something essential and human- a way for us to examine ourselves & become better.

Introducing: PAYDAY. New Video, ‘Guts’

16-year-old California-born and based, (by-way-of Louisiana, Texas and Seattle) artist PAYDAY has dropped the official music video for her track ‘Guts,’ as well as a 10-track mixtape titled ‘It’s Just Music,’ penned entirely by the teenage lyricist, rapper and singer. ‘It’s Just Music’ is available now exclusively on Soundcloud. Listen HERE.


Today, singer-songwriter Alec Wigdahl releases the music video for his latest single “The Word,” available now via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records. The music video arrives at the end of an explosive year for the artist. With his breakout indie pop single “Cologne” (3.2M+ on Spotify) and his writing credit on Internet Money’s current Billboard #10 hit “Lemonade,” Alec Wigdahl has quickly become one of the industry’s most versatile new musicians. In the music video for “The Word,” directed by Boni Mata, Alec is seen reliving the moments of a relationship lost as he sings “Tell me what you need, oh baby please don’t tease me / just say the word.”


Inhaler Release Video for New Single “When It Breaks”

Following the release of their new single earlier this month, Dublin-quartet Inhaler have shared the trippy video for their anthemic track “When It Breaks.” The video was directed by former Jesus & Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart (Paul Weller, The Horrors, My Bloody Valentine) and Antony Genn. A searing indie-rock anthem, “When It Breaks” was recorded over the summer and its lyrical themes chime with the unease and disquiet of the world in 2020.

SHEPHERD’s New Single “Chariot” is Out Now – Debut EP ‘First Hand’ out November 20th

Denver-based Doom rock band SHEPHERD are gearing up for the release of their debut studio EP, ‘First Hand’, which is out November 20th on Destruent Records. Fans can get their first taste of the upcoming record by checking out the band’s new single “Chariot”, which is out now and available on the major streaming platforms. Shepherd’s lineup consists of Holden Sims (vocals/bass), Austin Garrett (guitar/backing vox), and Nathan Bilodeau (drums), with the three-piece drawing inspiration from alt-metal pioneers like Deftones, Mastodon, and Torche, along with elements of outlaw country and folkloric chanting. The end result is something that’s sonically engrossing, unrepentantly loud, and bound to take hold of listeners and not let go.

JT Wilde – WWG1WGA (dedicated to our Armed Forces) censors, removes patriotic song promoting unity, leaves ‘Fuck Tha Police’ online

A popular singer-songwriter in the Tampa Bay area has become the latest victim of big-tech censorship after the music platform SoundCloud removed his popular song “Where We Go One (We Go All),” because some of the words in the chorus were linked to a similar slogan for QAnon.

Though the song doesn’t specifically mention anything about QAnon, the online audio distribution platform removed the song this morning for allegedly violating their “Terms of Use.”

New > Myd single ft. Mac De Marco > “Moving Men” > watch video here

Myd and Mac DeMarco are an unlikely pairing, coming from opposite sides of the world and opposite sides of the musical spectrum. But the two have long admired each other’s music & they eventually met backstage at one of Mac’s Paris shows several years back, introduced by mutual friends Gaspard Augé (of Justice) & Ed Banger label head, Busy P.


“Force of nature” (PAPER Magazine) Bea Miller has released the official video for “making bad decisions” today from her new EP, ‘elated!’ out now. Reuniting with director Gina Gizella Manning, the video finds Bea alone at home as she performs the sparse but playful song which reveals Miller’s burning desire to be destructive, sometimes to help her art and other times out of boredom.


Having racked up millions of streams, a whole lot of hype and legions of fans (including the likes of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda who remixed her massive single ‘i drive me mad’), the 18-year-old prodigy showcased another side to her “tastefully weird” art-pop with the emotive acoustic noir of ‘afterthoughts’ – directly inspired the new musical drama directed by Justin Baldoni and based on the memoir Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way, about the life and death of singer-songwriter Zach Sobiech.


“I feel as though this song is a sort of career rebirth for me, and Clyde and I really wanted to carry that interpretation into the visuals – what the world would look like with fresh eyes, without any preconceived attachments and capturing that enamoredness, naïveté and adrenaline of experiencing anything – a feeling, a thing, an action, or a person – for the first time,” Daya says of the video.


It’s been two years since The Knocks teamed up with Foster the People on “Ride or Die,” their unforgettable first collaboration which wound up being 2018’s undisputed Song of the Summer and streaming over 100 million times. The Knocks are thrilled to follow it up with the release of “All About You” feat. Foster the People, their second single off their yet to be named third full length LP. The single, out today through Big Beat Records, features The Knocks’ warm feel-good production and effortless, sleek vocals from Foster the People’s Mark Foster. “All About You” also utilizes an epic, soulful sample of Pastor T.L. Barrett’s “Like a Ship” in the chorus that takes it over the top to give the track one final divine, ethereal touch for good measure –

ARO (Aimée Osbourne) Shares Debut Album Via Consequence Of Sound

On the sound of the album Osbourne said “I would get those kinds of feelings when I listened to a Kate Bush album or some of the earlier Goldfrapp albums. It would kind of transport you to another world. And I remember growing up, I felt like I was always on an airplane, we all traveled so much all the time, and I would kind of get my little Walkman out and be listening to all of those types of albums that I just mentioned. And you would just kind of feel like you could create these little vignettes in your mind of what you kind of visually imagined these songs being connected to, and just that sense of the creativity that those kinds of cinematic songs would ignite. I just found it so inspiring. It really drew me in creatively. So I really wanted to try and have that quality for people when they were listening to my music as well.”

Aimée Osbourne (ARO) Breaks Down New Album Vacare Adamaré Track by Track: Stream + Q&A


Rebecca Garton is at a pivotal point in her career, armed with a new EP of songs that span R&B, Pop and Afrian influence soon to be released via 3Beat. Annie Mac recently named Rebecca her New Name feature on BBC Radio 1 and she has also been the subject of ‘One To Watch’ features across renowned publications such as Music Weeks ‘On The Radar,’ CLASH Magazine, MTV and The Independent.

Pauli The PSM releases ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath Remix’ ft. Tawiah (Kindness edit)

LA & London based artist Pauli The PSM releases his new single ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath Remix’ ft. Tawiah (Kindness edit).

A multi-faceted creator, Pauli came onto the scene as music director for Jamie XX and FKA Twigs, then collaborating with an assortment of transatlantic outfits, including Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz Sound System.