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Colossus Of Destiny premied new song A Song From My Ex-Girlfriend’s Mixtape (feat. “secret” vocal guest)

A few weeks after unveilling the song “Bittersweet And Pathetic”, French sludgecore/rock/metal practioners Colossus Of Destiny shared another audio/video excerpt from their forthcoming album with “A Song From My Ex-Girlfriend’s Mixtape” (featuring a “secret” guest) and available right now on YouTube.

Both tracks will feature on ‘Last Call’ planned for a worldwide release on November 30th & CD/Digital through all legal platforms.

Sweetwater and Gibson Report Theft of Limited-Edition Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitars

A pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars has been stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN on October 30, 2020. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound.

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when.”

ManDancing drop new climatic emo-tinged music video for “Wall Spot”

Take This to Heart Records will be releasing the sophomore LP from ManDancing entitled The Good Sweat on November 20th. Following up 2018’s LP Everyone Else & EP Hands On 3, ManDancing return with their most ambitious album yet. Their new music video for “Wall Spot” is streaming right now over at Brooklyn Vegan.

War le Fäy playing live at Hear No Evil Studios “Embers”

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets reveal twisted new music video for their blistering new single ‘Tally-Ho’!

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have today returned with a new set of brilliantly warped visuals to match their latest single, ‘Tally-Ho!’. Taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound, ‘Tally-Ho!’ has proven a massive and successful return from the West Australian psych heroes.

NITESOIL Partner w/ New Noise Magazine for ‘Abusement Park’ EP Stream – Debut EP Out TOMORROW

Death metal outfit NITESOIL will release their debut effort, ‘Abusement Park’, tomorrow (Nov. 6). To culminate the build up leading into the EP release, the band has partnered with New Noise Magazine to premiere an exclusive stream of the record a day earlier.

EP Premiere: Nitesoil – ‘Abusement Park’

Yusuf / Cat Stevens Shares Unearthed Video For “Lady D’Arbanville”

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ classic album Mona Bone Jackon, a video recorded to promote the opening track “Lady D’Arbanville” has been rediscovered while delving deep in his vaults. Recorded in 1970, the video combines newly remastered audio with footage which features the song’s muse Patti D’Arbanville herself, supporting the song’s somber yet romantic mood.

Amid Record Breaking Voter Turnout, Election Defenders’ Joy to the Polls Officially the Largest Music Activation in American History

As final results continue to come in to conclude the election of 2020, Joy to the Polls emerged as the biggest, most wide-spread music activation in American history. Between the Spotify playlist series and live performances, Joy to the Polls launched a movement comprising all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

“What started as an idea turned into the largest music activation in American history,” said Election Defenders campaign director Nelini Stamp. “We collaborated with approximately one thousand artists and performers to show up for communities in the face of violence and rampant voter suppression and intimidation. Our movement will continue the work to go from Joy to the Polls to Joy to the People.”

NEW MUSIC: Singer & Artist Ramiro Fauve Releases “The Song We Left Behind” – Out Nov 6

The multifaceted artist Ramiro Fauve is back at it again with the release of his new single “The Song We Left Behind” out November 6th. By inviting his listeners into the share a song of love written for someone you can no longer be with, but dearly loved. “The Song We Left Behind” is Fauve’s latest single off of his new album “Where Rivers Cross, Vols. 1 & 2”.

The Bonnie Doons return with new single ‘The Betweeners’ from forthcoming EP

Following on from the release of ‘Fred’ in September, we’re getting a new look at the music The Bonnie Doons are taking fans into summer with in announcing their new EP, The Betweeners.

The four track release from the Brisbane roots group comes rich in groove and rhythm, positioning the young band as formidable champions of this sound out on the East Coast. From the EP, The Bonnie Doons also release a new single, also the EP’s title track, ‘The Betweeners’. A hit of laidback goodness, The Bonnie Doons remind fans of the strength they’ve got behind them as a band and for newcomers, it’s a perfect introduction.


Almost eighteen months to the day from the first studio sessions, Ninajirachi and Kota Banks’ full length project True North has well and truly arrived. From the cryptic announcement of the project’s first single in September, to back to back sold out shows, the road to True North has been paved with surprise, success and social media extravagance.

With the EP’s first singles ‘True North’ and ‘Opus’ already becoming firm fan favourites, Nina and Kota double down on their undeniable pop chemistry with the focus track ‘Middle Of The Night’. Dripping with luxury and melody, “Middle Of The Night” is the wonderpop peak of True North, a frenzied, feel good party anthem. The track premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed this week.

LYKANTROPI: BrooklynVegan Streams Tales To Be Told From Swedish Psychedelic Folk Rock Collective As LP Nears Release Via Despotz Records

BrooklynVegan is currently streaming Tales To Be Told, the latest full-length fromSwedish psychedelic folk rock collective LYKANTROPI, in its spellbinding entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release, this Friday, November 6th via Despotz Records.

Writes BrooklynVegan, “Sweden’s LYKANTROPI make dark, psychedelic folk rock that shares musical DNA with ’60s/’70s bands like Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, and Jethro Tull as well as newer bands like Hexvessel and Hällas, and they capture the essence of that sound so well that you could easily mistake their new album Tales To Be Told for a lost album from half a century ago if you didn’t know any better. They do it all — the haunting melodies, the soaring vocals, the hypnotic grooves, the airy flutes — and they play this kind of music like they invented it.”

Sydney hip-hop artist Ban Micah releases new single ‘I Can’t Even’

Taking the spotlight and putting it on a relationship that once was, Sydney rapper Ban Micah presents his new single, ‘I Can’t Even’. As his second track for 2020, ‘I Can’t Even’ is a song that is wrapped up in its feelings, presented with classic grooves and upbeat tempo.

With flow that sits in that sweet pocket of R&B melodies and cutting rhyme capability, Ban Micah is a fresh name on the scene. ‘I Can’t Even’ is a strong introduction to many and for those who have been following his journey ’til this point, Ban Micah is definitely looking toward a bright 2021.

Premiere: The Cut Losses Return from 4-year Hiatus

Vancouver’s Patrick McWilliams first solo-return as “The Cut Losses” since 2016’s hiatus and the viral Lightning Dolphin EP, amassing hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify, is here titled “I Wanna Live on the Sun” via PMPR! Records. The song follows a series of publicity stunts (i.e. search ‘Patrick McWilliams party bus’) and is a bratty dream-pop anthem for getting away, distraction and escapism- something we all need a little of right now. The new song, out November 6th, is the precursor to a full-length album out in 2021, and follows a live stream show at Little Mountain Studios where AC/DC, Metallica and others have recorded albums.

FRED ABONG presents ‘Invisible Man’ single

Self-recorded and produced, Abong’s solo music has alternately been described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”. This new album was jointly mixed and mastered at Stable Sounds in Portsmouth, RI by Abong and producer Steve Rizzo, renowned for his work with Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses and Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s.

Psych/Pop Duo Sports Release “Baby Baby” Video

Sports make funk-laden electro-pop music in a similar vein to bands like Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra or Mild High Club. With the release of their debut full-length album Everyone’s Invited in 2018, the band received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and Ones To Watch, and earned plays on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Spotify’s New Indie Mix playlist. “Baby Baby” will be featured on the group’s recently-announced two-part LP to be released in the coming months.

Ultra Dude makes debut with indie rock tune ‘New Haircut’

Gold Coast based indie rock artist, Ultra Dude bursts onto the scene with debut track ‘New Haircut’, a story of alienation and hopelessness juxtaposed by humorous overtones.

The Japanese-Australian artist has created a track Taking inspiration from artists such as fellow Brisbane favourites Last Dinosaurs, Ultra Dude has developed a song filled with catchy melodies and crisp guitar riffs synonymous with indie-rock. To create his artist name, he reminisces about his childhood: “Ultra Dude is a play on words. There is a Japanese superhero named “Ultra Man” that I loved as a kid and collected all the action figures. Changed the “Man” to “dude” because I’m a surfer from the gold coast,” Ultra Dude explains.


Brooding and enigmatic, Thomas Keating has today announced his yearner of a new single, Cold Night, out today November 6. Inspired by distance, a cold Melbourne winter, and dreary early mornings, Cold Night is an exciting addition to Thomas’s glowing discography. The track is also accompanied by a stunning clip, directed by Kieran Gilfeather.


Carmen DeLeon is joined by acclaimed Colombian artist FEID on her new single, “Juegas,” a playful, romantic ode to the start of a new relationship. Paired with a pop-infused beat, the song’s lyrics evoke the “butterflies in the stomach” feeling that are a hallmark of infatuation. Listen to “Juegas,” which was released today by Capitol Music Group and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

Country-Pop crossover artist, Brock Colley, releases ‘One Kind Of Beautiful’

Hailing from the New South Wales mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie, Brock Colley is releasing his first new material in fifteen years with the single “One Kind Of Beautiful”.

Originally written for the Country Music capital that is Nashville, Tennessee, “One Kind Of Beautiful” infuses an eclectic mix of Country, Pop and RnB. It’s this mix of the three genres that gives Brock an exciting and innovative style to the Country Music genre.

Reaver: Release Video Broken Smoker From Their Upcoming Split EP The Nobody Crowd

Broken Smoker addresses the topic of cannabis. Reaver’s drummer Phil McDermott says about the song: “Broken Smoker acknowledges the reality of ‘too much of a good thing’. Smoking cannabis can be an awesome way to relax, relieve stress, chill with your mates or even just pass the time, everyone uses it in different ways, but it’s quite easy to get carried away in it’s comfy blanket of a high. It can control you if you let it, like all good things it has a darker side of the coin.” Phil further explains the musical aspects of Broken Smoker: “With a definite Black Sabbath feel to the music coupling with Zac’s gruff, harsh vocals and Danny’s guitar work drifting between the melodic leads and the gritty, riff driven rhythms, a dark and fascinating image is painted in sound”


Florida-born rapper Lil Boom brings the heat on his new single “an evil witches love spell,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. “an evil witches love spell” comes on the heels of Lil Boom’s summer releases “Kill Sephiroth” and “Caught Simpin’,” the latter with over 1.4 million streams on Spotify to date. In “an evil witches love spell,” Lil Boom tells the story of a disastrous relationship, comparing his ex to an evil witch. Lil Boom continues to forge his own path as a hip hop artist, characterizing his flow with wild allusions and puns.


California based rapper/songwriter Phora has just released his new album With Love II via his own imprint Yours Truly Records, now an independent artist after spending a chunk of his career with Warner Records. The album features many of the biggest names in today’s R&B including Kehlani, Jhene Aiko, and Ty Dolla $ign, as well as buzzy acts DaniLeigh, Tyla Yaweh, and Toosii.


Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy have been working on the album for the last year, perfecting a collection of thirteen solid gold pop songs that showcase their sensational talent for creating music that crosses generations.

Confetti sees the band team up with the cream of current pop creators including Ariana Grande’s songwriter Tayla Parx, No.1 hitmaker MNEK, pop supremos TMS and long-time collaborator Kamille.


San Francisco rapper/singer 24kGoldn’s massive #1 hit single “Mood” ft. Iann Dior has been given the ultimate remix treatment by superstars Justin Bieber and J Balvin. The Platinum single has a whole new flare with Bieber and Balvin adding their signature touches, and it also includes a brand-new verse from Goldn –


Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Allen has teamed up with acclaimed R&B sensation Pink Sweat$ for her new song “What a Time To Be Alive,” out today on Warner Records. On the particularly prescient track, co-written with Tyler Johnson (Harry Styles, Taylor Swift), Amy ponders the world we live in and our responsibility to leave it better than we found it.


On October 31st, Reilly released “Act of Love,” the first single from ‘Prince of the Night.’ “Adamantine” is the second and final single ahead of the EP’s full 5-track release on November 13th. Underscored by cinematic production and ethereal synth-work, “Adamantine” sees Reilly sing of a love so strong that it feels almost controlling. “It’s my response to a lover who is trying too hard to be a good boyfriend, and ultimately suffocates the relationship,” he explains. “During quarantine I’ve lived with my partner and we’ve both had to figure out how we can have our own space during this time while also not being able to leave one another’s side. Through some tough conversations, we found a way to honor each other’s individuality, which gave breath to it so we can flow again.”

Second Sun release NWOBHM- influenced concept album

“Kampen Går Vidare” (“The Struggle Continues”) is the third full-length album from the Stockholm-based group Second Sun. The album addresses the political convictions of an adult human being, from a blissful rebel, through phases of clarity of mind, uprising, eagerness in the spirit of change; to the hardened cynic, ridden with doubts of indifference and weariness of the world. These states of mind are familiar to most people, and sometimes these conflicting sensations can even have their firm grip on your body and mind, all at the same time.

System Of A Down + 2 New Songs To Benefit Artsakh, Armenia Attacks

It’s been 15 years since the GRAMMY®-winning, multi-Platinum-selling SYSTEM OF A DOWN, one of the most beloved rock bands in the world, released new music. For years, fans and press speculated about this, and of late, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive hypothesizing when the band might return to the studio. Today, motivated by the recently-erupted conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the greatest violence the region has endured in 26 years, System Of A Down – Daron Malakian/guitars, vocals, Serj Tankian/vocals, Shavo Odadjian/bass, and John Dolmayan/drums – announces the release of its first new songs in 15 years: “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz.”

Sorrow Enthroned (USA) “Thelemic Grimoires” @ Black/Death Metal

Sorrow Enthroned is a one man extreme metal act birthed from woods of New England which takes elements of melodic black metal, death metal, and brutal death metal to create a sound unnerving and hostile to the enemies of free spirits.

out today: Dark Awake (Gre) “Hekateion” @ Martial Industrial

Dark Awake is a Martial Industrial / Neoclassical / Neofolk / Ritual / Dark Ambient act from Greece. Formed in 2002 by Shelmerdine to express his philosophy and magical experiences.

The line-up is completed by Sekte (female vocals). Their music is inspired by occult subjects and has a strong philosophical and alchemist context.


Julius Black’s ‘Mirrors’ made a huge impact for a self-released debut track. It picked up playlist support including Majestic Casual, Chilled Afternoon and Study Zone as it raced to 100,000 streams in just two months. Further tastemaker media interest soon followed, including DIY who hailed it as, “A stunning debut, keep your eyes peeled for what he conjures up next.”

And what he has conjured up is just as essential. His new track ‘Summer’ is a heart-wrenching second chapter to the story that he commenced with his debut. His existential art pop puts a teenage twist on the reflection of Villagers and the experimental soul of James Blake to create a statement that’s just as powerful.