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Fresh off the release of features on Gucci Mane’s SO ICY GANG, VOL. 1, Foogiano is returning to pave the way for his own upcoming GUTTA BABY mixtape release, due Thanksgiving day. SO ICY GANG, VOL. 1 features fresh tracks from Foogiano alongside The New 1017 label boss Gucci Mane, and fellow The New 1017 signees Pooh Shiesty, Big Scarr, Roboy, K Shiday, and Enchanting. Highlights include the brand-new music video for Gucci Mane’s “Meeting (Feat. Foogiano & Mulatto), and Foogiano’s “Lightning (Feat. Pooh Shiesty).”

Funk Hip-Hop Collective Downtown Mischief Release New Single FALL INTO THE SKY

West Coast funk hip-hop collective Downtown Mischief are floating and vibing their way through the pandemic with ‘Fall Into The Sky’, the 2nd single from their upcoming album release Galactic Mantis, which will be out on November 13th.

Drawing inspiration from the Douglas Adams book Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, ‘Fall Into The Sky’ is a posse cut featuring Downtown Mischief members: Old King Sundry, Krontokes, Wishbone Jenkins and Poppa Phat Smile

Xdrian shares new single “Adventure Is Gone”

Arlington singer, songwriter, and storyteller Andrew Delaney shares his new single “Feels Like It’s True”. Underneath fuzzy, reverbed guitars and plucky drums lies a song addressing differences between natural death and conscious death. The track describes a place of content juxtaposed with another place where one doesn’t feel connected to.


Multi-Platinum selling rapper Trippie Redd has released the music video for the song “Love Scars 4” from his latest album, Pegasus, out now via 10K Projects/Caroline. Directed by Aidan Cullen, the “Love Scars 4” music video shows Trippie Redd controlled by a voodoo doll as he struggles to recover from a love gone wrong.

His new album Pegasus, released today, is an ambitious 26-track project from the Canton, OH native, featuring previously released singles “Excitement” with PARTYNEXTDOOR and “I Got You” with Busta Rhymes. The album also includes guest features from Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future, Quavo and more!


“So Sick” arrived earlier this month with Kiiara’s debut album lil kiiwi and received instant wide spread acclaim. Entertainment Weekly stated, “[‘So Sick,’] is a bittersweet breakup song that gives the ‘Gold’ singer’s usual blend of electropop and trap a breezy twist” while Pitchfork labeled the project “a promising reintroduction that shows her emotional and melodic strengths.”

The High Plains Drifters Release Holiday Single “Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!”

Inspired by a boozy and drama-filled Christmas dinner, the track features an array of instrumentation marrying traditional and contemporary sounds including upbeat marimbas, acoustic guitar chords, and horns reminiscent of everyone’s favorite holiday classics. After waking up the next morning and trying to remember the prior night’s holiday debacle, Larry Studnicky (HPD’s front man) was inspired to put pen to paper and craft the holiday tune after the melodies kept ringing in his head like a hangover.

Exclusive Premiere: Stream The High Plains Drifters’ New Track “Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!”

Josh Kelley Releases Powerful “Hold Me My Lord” Video

The central line running through Josh Kelley’s upcoming album, My Baby & The Band, set for Nov. 13 release, is his family. It’s fitting that the video for his gospel-soaked next single, “Hold Me My Lord,” was made with them in mind. The song was co-produced by Grammy, Emmy and Dove award-winner Shannon Sanders and includes the addition of the 30-member All Voices choir.

Return of DJ Harvey’s Locussolus – new video ‘Zombie Sex Dream’

Directed by filmmaker and fellow Locussolus band member Sam Fox, the video showcases Fox and Harvey immersed in a sensory courtship, and the result is an eccentric love story told through an engaging visual feast


Breaking a silence of decades, ‘Punk Professor’ Vivien Goldman is set to return with a new single on Youth Sounds / Cadiz Music on the 30th of October 2020.

Coinciding with the forthcoming US Presidential election, the haunting ‘I Have A Voice’ is an elemental call to vote and a primal reminder of our own individual power. Released on twelve- inch vinyl and available digitally, Goldman’s ethereal vocal and crisp British enunciation compellingly floats over the yearning, emotional ripple of the music by producers Toby Andersen (keyboards) and Youth (Killing Joke, The Orb, Paul McCartney).

THE HAUNT Premiere ‘Twisted Dream’ w/ BLOODY DISGUSTING (Video by Jawbreaker Director Darren Stein)

The third single from the band’s forthcoming Social Intercourse transmission,”Twisted Dream” is not a metaphor, it’s a living, breathing being.

Written by vocalist Anastasia Grace, she vividly recalls its inception, “It’s an actual dream about a fleeting relationship I had my freshman year of high school. I just couldn’t get this dream out of my head. My grandfather has a beach house not far from where I live and for a while I was going over there to be by myself and write. And I kept thinking about this dream. It was probably just an anxiety dream about being 15 and trying to figure out what I wanted but it was kind of gory and disturbing, so of course I immediately thought to make it into a song.”

Watch The Haunt’s “Twisted Dream” Music Video from the Director of ‘Jawbreaker’ [Exclusive]

Small Bills (ELUCID & THE LASSO) Release New Album

The new album stars E L U C I D on the mic and THE LASSO on production but the record which took over a year to complete is the creation of so much more including vocalist KAYANA who appears on five tracks and musician Malachi Mabson who contributes heavily throughout. Add features from billy woods, Fielded, Moor Mother, Koncept Jackson, and Nosaj to the mix as well. Then the additional instrumentation laid by Saxsquatch, the bass by Deep Greasy aka Christopher Pierce, Jaws That Bite, and Jordan Hamilton, not to mention Paul “Willie Green” Womack’s incredible mix and master, all add to the sonic vision this album offers. Don’t Play It Straight is unlike any Hiphop album before.

VALDEZ Releases Spirited New Single “GHOST”

Today, VALDEZ (aka Nate Valdez), a self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has released the perfect track for your Halloween weekend playlist, “Ghost.” The second single from his forthcoming album, the track features a vocal that channels The Cure’s Robert Smith and serves as an ode to spirits who need real people to validate their existence – a nod to some “mysterious occurrences” the artist experienced while working in his grandfather’s mortuary as a teenager.

VALDEZ Releases Spirited New Single “GHOST”

UPSAHL’S Young Life Crisis EP Out Today Via Arista Records

After racking up over 100 million streams and building anticipation to a boiling point, UPSAHL unveils her sophomore EP, Young Life Crisis, today.

With self-aware wit and no holds-barred, the five-track project details the ups and downs of hookups, heartbreak, and hope in the post-millennial multiverse. (Think of it like an Instagram-era Reality Bites!) The EP has its fair share of snappy riffs, quotable observations, and ear worm hooks.


Today sees rising singer-songwriter Claudia Valentina release her self-titled debut EP, that includes her new single “4:15,” which I-D calls “an absolute smash.”

The EP, released via Republic Records, explores Claudia rewriting the narrative force-fed to young women. Her piercing lyrics for “4:15” and “Obsessed” show Claudia as brazen, while her delicate vocals on her debut track “Seven” and “If I’m Being Honest” highlight her vulnerable side.

Skope | Brye “Apocalypse” single (teen pov, quarantine/election)

With daylight savings time and cold weather rapidly approaching, pandemic depression is about to collide with seasonal depression. Brye’s fiery, angst-ridden track fiercely calls attention to the mental health crisis during quarantine and the pending election as she pleads, “my formative years are wasted even if the president won’t face it”.

Halloween Vibes From Courtney Paige Nelson, Video For “Saved Myself” Out Today

San Francisco born singer, songwriter, and mental health advocate, Courtney Paige Nelson, continues to use her music to both reveal herself and empower others.

This summer, Nelson released her single, “Saved Myself,” during which she describes her experience on the other side of treatment for attempting to take her own life. “Saved Myself” was the final song in a three-part story about Nelson’s journey. The first two parts – “Sorry I’m Not Perfect” and “Better Now” – were released earlier in the year.


Irish pop newcomer Robert Grace releases “Fake Fine” feat. gnash via Sony Music Germany/RCA Records.

On this brand new version, Robert Grace is getting vocal support from multi-platinum selling US shooting star gnash, who, with his feature, is giving this get-well hit that has been streamed millions of times already a brand new polish!

New Dilemma Premieres Music Video for “Bury My Demons”

Alt metal band New Dilemma premieres their music video for “Bury My Demons.” The track comes from their debut EP, Is Your Story Over, out now via Pavement Entertainment. “Bury My Demons” invokes the spirit of Halloween with haunting imagery and lyrics. The music features heavy percussion and driving guitars.

The song takes on a personal meaning for vocalist Joey Factor. He says, “‘Bury My Demons’ is a song where I live in the lyrics everyday. These words are my life.”

Papa Rosko Drops New Video ‘NooZies’ from his newly released self-titled album

The new video first debuted with Tattoo.com who said, “”NooZies” opens on a cool drum shuffle rolling into searing guitar licks riding a fat, popping bassline. The melody interlaces flavors of country, rock, and reggae with chanting, rap-lite vocals backed by reggae-laced harmonies, imbuing the lyrics with chiding redress. Following the bridge, a deliciously braying saxophone wails with gusto, injecting the harmonics with burnished zest…The video is a trip, depicting the exploitative agenda of news programs and reporters, who inflate, distort, and amplify the news to gargantuan dimensions, playing on the fear and anxiety of their viewers…”NooZies” confronts the news media, challenging them to convey the facts rather than inflammatory innuendo, and does it with potent, swashbuckling music”


Today, Orlando’s latest breakout rapper Hotboii releases new track and video “Dim”; the second single to emerge from highly-anticipated forthcoming project ‘Double O Baby’. The track is a triumphant showcase of his dynamic flow and high-impact delivery which has become synonymous with any Hotboii record. “Dim” arrives on the heels of Hotboii’s debut project ‘Kut Da Fan On’ whose instant success catapulted him onto the music scene as one of the top artists to watch out of Orlando.

UNTIL I WAKE RELEASES Official Music Video for “Foundations”

Buffalo, NY based Hard-Rock / Metal-core band UNTIL I WAKE has released the official music video for their new single, “Foundations.” The band’s fifth single since their debut release in early 2020, “Foundations” was produced by Nick Matzkows with the music video directed by Alex Kouvatsos at Blackwolf Imagining.

Paper Idol Shares Single “Clouds” Via Atwood Magazine, New Single Out Now Via CloudKid

Today, LA-based pop project Paper Idol shares “Clouds”, the latest installment in a series of singles released this year. Atwood Magazine premiered the track, praising how they’re “taken aback when the song shapeshifts into something more industrial, as though we’re suddenly transported onto a warehouse dancefloor — its raindrop-like pluckings and dark, buzzing bass drops would echo in our minds long after the song ends.”

Premiere: Paper Idol’s “Clouds” Invites Us Into a Universe of Quirky, Carousing Dance-Pop

New York alt. r&b artist An Only Child shares effortlessly cool “Pick Me Up After Work”

an only child on “Pick Me Up After Work”:

“Pick Me Up After Work was inspired by a recurring fantasy I had when I worked my corporate 9-5. I have a thing for motorcycles and pickup trucks so whenever I felt unfulfilled or bored at my job, I imagined some bad boy waiting for me with his bike outside the office lobby.

PMAUW is my personal favorite because it’s so playful. I’m very used to writing from a place of deep pain or intensity. Although I was effectively depressed when I wrote it, this song is one of the only tracks on the record that doesn’t remind me of my pain. It’s sensual, whimsical even, and feels like my higher self. It was a lot of fun to record as well. I played the chords and sang for my Producer, Crow, who later brought in the drum sample. Somehow we both knew a saxophone had to be involved. Crow plays bass for an amazing musician called Sonny Step who basically did the part in one take. We were shook.”

Vancouver Indie Rocker Terence Jack Releases New Single AVALANCHE >> Watch Video Now!

Vancouver musician Terence Jack has taken his time releasing the singles from his new album Bloom (the 1st single ‘Found It’ was released in July 2019) and just 2 weeks ahead of the album’s release, he’s continuing his slow roll with the launch of the 4th single and video ‘Avalanche’. Watch the video here.

Cowritten with Greg Bevis from Vancouver band Bear Mountain and drawing inspiration from Terence’s recent move to a new city, ‘Avalanche’ is a song about change and the excitement and fear that comes with it.

For Skope: CAMARDA & Almero’s bold tech-house single “Good Old Days” out now on Protocol

CAMARDA & Almero are back on Protocol with “Good Old Days,” a high-energy track with a distinctive tech-house influence. Opening with a driving four-on-the-floor beat, the dynamic producers quickly employ a kickdrum-driven frenzy complete with funky, growling synths and distorted vocals; the track’s name is a nod to days gone by when packed dark dancefloors and crowded festival stages were every reveler’s weekend reality. “Good Old Days” will bring you right back to being under the lights of your favorite venue, dancing the night away; just press play. The track follows their “They Don’t Know” single and CAMARDA’s remix of Nicky Romero & Florian Picasso’s “Only For Your Love.”

UPSAHL’S Young Life Crisis EP Out Today Via Arista Records

Regarding the project, she confessed, “I had a young life crisis this year. As I was gaining clarity and getting hype to grab life by the balls, I was sent home after Day 1 of a 3-month tour and started quarantining. Since then, I temporarily moved back in with my parents, went through a shitty breakup, moved back to LA, gained and lost friends, and have discovered new problems that we all go through as I crossed over from 20 to 21. The constant breaking down and repairing made me see the world differently—and it lowkey freaked me out. I know it’s all a part of ‘growing up,’ but no one could prepare you for the growing pains of life during a global pandemic lol. The one flip side is that I got into writing songs over Zoom. It afforded me the ability to write multiple songs with multiple people every day instead of spending hours driving in LA traffic! This EP is the result of all those sessions, narrating my young life crisis. I’ve learned more about myself this year; I’ve grown more as a person than ever before. 2020 has sparked an existential crisis for all of us, so here’s mine. 21-years-old, trying to figure out what the fuck I’m doing, and raging through it all.”

Sir Sly Releases Acoustic Version Of “Material Boy”

Sir Sly lead singer and guitarist Landon Jacobs said of the track, “When I lost my faith at 22, I figured it was the end of any kind of spiritual life for me. I now believe spirituality to simply be a process of becoming comfortable with unknowing. I wrote the lyrics to “Material Boy” about feeling free to explore spirituality outside of the bounds of my childhood faith. I stopped drinking 2 years ago, and this song is about how I’ve learned to cope with life without the familiar escape of getting drunk. I hope it can give others a sense of relief the way it has for me.”

Folk Singer-Songwriter Sadie Gustafson-Zook to Release ‘Vol. 1’

Boston-based, Indiana-raised Sadie Gustafson-Zook investigates closeness, uncertainties, and deep relationships within her music, and “Lean In More,” out today via Bandcamp, is no exception. It’s a declaration of sorts for the singer-songwriter, written during her first gay relationship when, she says, the pieces of herself were finally coming together. It’s the first single from Vol. 1, set for Jan. 15 release.

“I think it’s my most wholesome song,” Gustafson-Zook says. “Because being in love with a woman made so much more sense than anything I had felt before. I just had to lean into uncertainty to figure it out.”

Nashville Rockers True Villains Release Blistering New Video via Pancakes and Whiskey

True Villains introduce a fresh take on rock n’ roll,melding the raw energy and excitement of a bygone era with a voice, sound, and songwriting that is completely their own. With notable national tours under their belts, True Villains have also charmed their hometown, gracing notable Nashville stages including Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge, The Basement East and Exit/IN to name a few, and were recently featured on Spotify’s ‘New Noise’ rock playlist.


AC/DC are one of the most influential rock bands in history with over 200 million albums sold worldwide and 71.5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone. The double-diamond Back in Black stands out as “bestselling album by any band ever” and “third bestselling album by any artist” with global sales of 50 million and counting. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® in 2003. The band also garnered their first GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “War Machine” during 2010. They continue to sell out stadiums on multiple continents, sell millions of albums annually, and generate streams in the billions. AC/DC return with POWER UP in 2020.

LA-Based Indie Rock Trio Share Raucous New Single “Inside Out” & Release Debut EP

LA-based indie rock trio Blame Baby are on the eve of releasing their debut EP Honest Answers to Your Most Private Questions and are sharing their new single, “Inside Out,” to celebrate. Over the course of the last year, the band, consisting of singer/guitarist Jesse Johnson, bassist Omar D Brancato and drummer Matt Tucci, have been putting out a steady stream of singles reflecting the exhilarating highs and frustrating lows of relationships. They’ve perfected punk-inflected power pop, angst-ridden indie gems and shoe-gazing whimsical confections—and are now ready to simply tear it up with their fourth single, “Inside Out.” The band have never sounded so stripped down and raw which suits the new song’s half wistful, half regretful “lost the girl” vignette perfectly. Johnson’s wordplay is at its sharpest and the 2:41 song wastes no time hitting your emotional gut with a poignant, swift kick.

Honey Made Releases Title Track “Brand New” Today

The Austin based funk and soul band Honey Made follows up their recent EP, Couple Few, with their debut studio full length album Brand New. For Honey Made, the new album is an ode to looking forward, finding that newness in life that can make it so interesting, from love, to a journey, to a new musical venture, Brand New takes on so many meanings. Today they kick off the new records with the release of the title track, out now and available everywhere you stream music.


Alternative metal quintet Destroy Planets unleashes the group’s brand new demolishing single – “Burn In Hell”! Utilizing an impressive level of technicality and undeniably catchy, yet intricate instrumentation, this single manages to maintain the listener’s attention throughout the track’s entirety with its dynamic nature, showcased through a variety of presented components, all establishing the overall, cohesive structure of the track. Further emphasized by the punchy, infectious guitar lines and the uncompromising vocal work, the atmosphere that “Burn In Hell” is generating is certainly a strong indicator about Destroy Planet’s noticeable talent to create and perform interesting, yet easily comprehensible heavy music at the highest possible level!