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DC The Don Unleashes His Inner Rock Star with “Wait Your Turn”

A multifaceted talent who can craft soaring melodies as well as fast-paced rhymes, DC The Don uses his music to stress the importance of always being yourself. Indulging his inner rock star, DC The Don shares “Wait Your Turn,” his latest single. Built around a ferocious guitar riff that would feel at home on a Blink 182 album, “Wait Your Turn” wears DC’s emo and alt-rock influences on his sleeves, as he forgoes his lightning quick rhymes in favor of emotional wails. The song mixes the guitar riff with a swinging trap-adjacent instrumental, as DC The Don works through relationship woes with a woman who is moving too fast for his liking: “Baby it’s no rush, you gotta wait your turn, yeah/Baby when you cut it burns ya/Where you at, I’m still concerned, yeah/I’m goin’ back I guess I never learn, yeah.” Produced by Trademark, “Wait Your Turn” proves that DC makes as convincing a rock star as he does a rap star.

Emily James Debuts Sunny New Video for BACK IN THE SUMMER

Emily James began her musical journey growing up just north of New York City in a household where she remembers records – by Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to musicals and folk music – always playing. The youngest of five kids, she would set up her karaoke machine in the kitchen and perform for her family. “I took it very seriously,” she recalls with a laugh. She began taking piano lessons when she was five years old, and later added voice and guitar lessons. By the time she was ten, she was writing her own songs.

Emily James Switches Gears In Songwriting For “Back in the Summer”

Palberta (prev. supports for Bikini Kill, Wharf Cat Records-signed) | Share new single “Corner Stone”

Although new to the UK, Palberta have developed a combination of a really devoted cult audience and critical acclaim over the last few years stateside, earning comparisons to some of the legends of left-field music like Captain Beefheart (Rolling Stone), ESG (Pitchfork), CAN and Yoko Ono (FADER), and Pitchfork called their last LP, 2018’s Roach Going Down “a leap to another level…[that] suggests even higher peaks to come.” Their new LP, which is called Palberta5000 (out Jan 22nd, 2021 on Wharf Cat), really delivers on the promise that their last album’s direction implied, upping the production and reconciling their sound with more traditional pop forms while sacrificing absolutely none of the Palberta-ness that has endeared them to people over their catalog to date. The band opened for Bikini Kill on some of their US dates last year and were supposed to tour the UK and Europe for the first time earlier this year before COVID hit.

Anjimile shares video for ‘Baby No More’

In the new video, Anjimile appears as the single guest at a party. Alone but not lonely, they entertain themselves with cake, party horns, and a bit of freestyle dancing. Much like the song, the video is playful and upbeat, and uses those qualities to soften the blow of losing a connection with someone else.

Young Dolph & Key Glock Reunite for Stylish “No Sense” Video

Few rap duos have the charisma and chemistry of Young Dolph and Key Glock. Today, the two Paper Route EMPIRE rappers reunite for “No Sense,” a colorful new music video. Re-kindling the connection that powered their Billboard Top 10-peaking joint album Dum & Dummer, Dolph and Glock dive headfirst into a beat by Supah Mario & Cassius Jay, rhyming about their ever-growing bankrolls and their unassailable street reputations: “Everybody know that he a big sh*t popper/Smokin’ ice cream, rollin’ on some peach cobbler,” spits Dolph. In the video, D&G defy the feds by retreating to a colorful soundstage where they luxuriate amidst a few of their favorite things: bands of cash, camo-wrapped sports cars, and more. “No Sense” is the latest video from Rich Slave, Dolph’s deeply personal and highly successful new album, following the searing political statement of “The Land” (1.7 million views).

Prismatics premiere new single “Every Smiling Thing” on The Big Takeover

Earlier today, Missouri-based four-piece Prismatics announced “Every Smiling Thing,” the second single from their upcoming EP Endlessly, with a premiere on The Big Takeover.

“Lead single ‘Outside Looking’ charged out of the gate as an all-too-relevant post-punk anthem about craving escapism after a period of isolation; now “Every Smiling Thing” takes the band’s ability to write effortless dream pop and looks into the everyday supernatural,” The Big Takeover writes.
Recorded at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prismatics was forced to individually record from each members’ living space in the weeks following stay-at-home orders, although it’s hard to discern any disconnection in their motorik rhythm section or the synthesizing of new wave greats. For “Every Smiling Thing” though, the band looked beyond the painful realities of 2020, delving into the unexplainable and potentially magic moments of life.

Belmont Boys Bring a Breezy Latin Vibe to IN / ROTATION with New Single “De Nada” – Out Now

The house music duo, powered by the pairing of plumpy and Tres Mortimer, were first introduced to the world by way of a piano-led jam called PJ at the Rotate Vol 3 compilation. It was a smooth number, which arrived after they first brought their solo efforts together on their “BAMBU” collab that blew up after Diplo dropped it in his Burning Man set in 2018 and subsequently signed it to Mad Decent. Now, they’re ready to make their second appearance on IN/RO with a breezy house cut that is surely going to catch some air.

Boondox Teams Up With Hard Rock Heavyweights Saving Abel On New Single “K7-Lethal”

“It was really cool to team up with Saving Abel for this song. They really added an edge to it, and made this track special,” said Boondox about the collaboration. “The song itself is very loosely based on the character Spawn, mainly K7-Leetha, the neural parasite that is attached to Spawn. If I could be anyone out of a comic book, it’d probably be Spawn. He basically destroyed heaven and hell. Now that’s power! Well, I thought about what I would do with that power, and started writing. It eventually turned into something a little different, but that influence was still there.”

SHEPHERD Premiere New Track “Persephone” via Decibel Magazine – ‘First Hand’ EP Out November 20th

Denver Doom-rock outfit SHEPHERD will unleash their debut studio EP, ‘First Hand’, next Friday (November 20th) on Destruent Records. In anticipation of the record, the band partnered with Decibel Magazine to premiere a new track, titled “Persephone”. Fans can check out the new song from the group’s upcoming EP –

Track Premiere: Shepherd – “Persephone”


The band DEATH DEALER lead by ROSS THE BOSS has issued a new lyric video, ‘EVERY NATION,” off their forthcoming 3rd record, CONQUERED LANDS – to be released worldwide November 13, 2020, through STEEL CARTEL.

The all-star heavy metal roster of DEATH DEALER features the aforementioned ROSS THE BOSS (ex-MANOWAR), Sean Peck: vocals (CAGE, THE THREE TREMORS, DENNER/SHERMANN), Stu Marshall: guitar (DUNGEON, NIGHT LEGION), Steve Bolognese: drums (ROSS THE BOSS BAND, INTO ETERNITY), and newly added bass player extraordinaire Mike Lepond (SYMPHONY-X, ROSS THE BOSS BAND).

SCARD: Rusted Lock Full-Length From Portland Dark Ambient/Industrial Noise Project Out Now And Streaming Via Scry Recordings

Rusted Lock, the latest full-length from Portland-based dark ambient/industrial noise project SCARD, is out now and streaming via Scry Recordings.

SCARD – led by one J. Huston – began in 2001 in Seattle before relocating to Portland a year later. Drawing from dark ambient, power electronics, death industrial, and black noise, SCARD unites personal origins in the forested regions of Oregon with the filth and chaos of city life to create a harsh, layered, and multi-faceted sound.

MICHIGANDER Releases Acoustic Version of “Let Down”

“It’s always cool to strip my songs back to just acoustic guitar and hear them at their simplest form,” shares Singer. “Most of my songs are written on just a guitar and I think this gives people the chance to experience the song for what it is at its core.”


Jazmin Bean is a multidisciplinary artist, specializing in music and film, who’s spent much of their life in London. While the musician and creative knows their appearance may be considered intense, there is a complexity to Jazmin Bean as both a person and a performer that the artist themself (Jazmin is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns) is still reckoning with. Jazmin Bean is truly a genuine soul who showcases an empowering sense of individualism, self-integrity, and independence simply by being who Jazmin Bean wants to be.

JUSTIN LLAMAS – Releases song in Tagalog “IMAHE”

Justin Llamas releases an acapella arrangement of “Imahe,” a heart-felt, vocals-only song about not being able to be with your lover, even though you are made for each other.

Performed completely in Tagalog (Filipino language).


El salsero del momento David Kada estrena hoy el video oficial del tema producido por Jay Lugo, “Amigo Con Derechos”. Este es la tercera canción y video que lanza este año, todas se han posicionado en las carteleras de Billboard, y en su país han disfrutado de la posición #1 durante meses. Los sencillos anteriores fueron “El Amor De Su Vida”, y “Tu Eres La Mia” y ahora con “Amigo con Derechos”, el cantante sigue triunfando.

BAD WOLVES releases video for “Learn To Walk Again”

The music video contains footage from the film, in which members of Bad Wolves, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and a lot more, are featured. THE RETALIATORS, reaching theatres in Spring 2021, is a high-octane horror-thriller in which a Pastor and father has to choose between turning the other cheek and taking bloody revenge.

Until I Wake “Foundations” Music Video

Ola Village announces himself with swaying indie-pop debut “A OK”

Growing up in a small town had a big impact on Ola Village. Everything moves a little slower out of the city. Everyone knows everyone. There’s space to explore and roam free. There’s time to work out the type of person you want to become. It was in those early years that he began to experiment with instruments and his voice, the former introduced to him initially by his grandmother.

Now, with the release of debut single “A OK” today (11/11/20), Ola Village arrives fully fledged, uniting the playful pop of Rex Orange County with the finest of naughties indie a la Tune-Yards, Dirty Projectors, Phoenix etc.

NEW VIDEO ALERT! Neal Morse “Madman Of The Gadarenes”

As previously announced, acclaimed prog rocker Neal Morse will return with a new live set, “Jesus Christ The Exorcist (Live At Morsefest 2018)” on December 4, 2020. As the title suggests, this new live album and DVD/Blu-ray was captured at the annual Morsefest in 2018, where Neal and band performed his then new album, “Jesus Christ The Exorcist” in its entirety with a stunning cast of supporting musicians.


‘Tis the season! As Santa and his elves prepare for the holidays, families & children across the world – for the first time ever – can now visit Santa from the comfort of their own homes by traveling to The North Pole with SANTA – THE EXPERIENCE! Each virtual experience will take place via Zoom and can be shared with other family members, allowing for grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and more to safely join in on the treasured memory of visiting Santa.

j. pastel return with chilled-out, bedroom pop single ‘Strawberry Lemonade’

Bedroom pop duo j. pastel fuse 80s synths and dreamy guitars with pop-inspired songwriting. Formed in Chicago in the summer of 2019, Chase Durrett and Casey Bruce joined forces when they realized they shared a vision for how they want to leave their mark in music. In 2020, they plan to release their highly anticipated debut EP.

VIDEO: VALNTNA – Black Kingz

The audio premiered across BBC Radio 1Xtra with DJ Ace last month making it’s poignant debut during Black History Month. The visuals explore the obstacles, the pain and suppression of black men.

New Noise: VALNTNA

Indie-duo ‘Febueder’ share the haunting ‘Nea Kameni’

The new single follows the band’s standout performances of Réseau and Morning Yawn on COLORS last month. Known for their unique and expressive style, Febueder walk the listener into another world with this intricately crafted, mature new track – born from an extended vacation in Greece which sparked metaphorical inspiration.

Brighton alt-poppers CIEL share atmospheric single ‘All My Life’ | released November 11th

Brighton-based alt-pop outfit CIEL share atmospheric new single ‘All My Life’, set for release November 11th.

Primed to capitalise on the success of acclaimed debut EP ‘Movement’ earlier this year, ‘All My Life’ marks the next stage in the band’s development and finds a compelling balance between electronic synths and more conventional instrumentalization, with glazy guitar sounds and pensive pop vocals adding to its alluring anthemic tendencies.

DRAGONY Announces New Album, “Viribus Unitis”

Founded in 2007 and after releasing three studio records, Austrian symphonic power metal heroes DRAGONY return to their rock opera roots on their brand new album, Viribus Unitis, out January 15, 2021 via Napalm Records. Following up on the conceptual approach of their debut album, Legends, on the new album, the band unveils the true history of their home country. We return to the days when Austria was ruled by emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, empress Sisi – but forget everything you’ve heard and read so far!

EADES release slacker-rock belter ‘Forgive My Mind’

With one of the most exhilarating and rounded debut EPs of the year in ‘Microcosmic Things’ under their belts, Leeds quintet Eades add wonky, slacker-indebted new tune ‘Forgive My Mind’ to their armoury – out via Bam Bam Records today.

Following anthemic proto-punk stirrer ‘I Want More’ it reveals yet another side to the band, once again showcasing their discerning magpie approach to the guitar music cannon. Melding noise-rock elements and the infectious noodling of Pavement and Sonic Youth with Parquet Courts style interplay between vocals and guitar, there’s a lightness and welcoming in the obvious chemistry between each band member

NEW MUSIC // C’est Karma – “Industrial Salt” (EP Coming Soon)

Alt-pop sorcerer C’est Karma deals with sacrifice and struggle on new single “Industrial Salt”. It’s the latest track to be lifted from her forthcoming EP Farbfilm, out today. Based in Luxembourg, the singer, songwriter and producer Karma Catena performs as C’est Karma, a project through which she’s documenting her personal and musical evolution.

TRAPPERINO GANG: Lore Cecco made, for the First Time, a Single ENTIRELY in English

“In “TRAPPERINO GANG” I’ve put my moods and my emotions of this Summer 2020, before the Lockdown in Italy. In my new Single, I’ve spoken about my new life-style and how I changed myself in this period with girls and friendships. I’ve changed because of the people around me who were not very optimistic but in the end They didn’t influence me. I think this is my best song till now and I’m looking forward to dropping new music like this and also a really happy and energetic beat, because YES, I’m also a producer and I use my beats to create songs if they inspire me enough, like “Trappering Gang” beat did. I really like my music and this is the first time I speak in English in my songs. I will never go back and I believe to crash everything with this and my next songs.”

Wiz Khalifa’s Early Hit “The Thrill” Hits Streaming Services for the First Time

Before he was one of hip-hop’s most reliable hitmakers, Wiz Khalifa was just a kid from Pittsburgh who loved to rap. In 2009, he released “The Thrill,” an ultra-smooth and laidback standout from his mixtape Burn After Rolling. Utilizing a prominent sample of “Walking On A Dream,” a 2008 hit by Australian indie band Empire Of The Sun , “The Thrill” was an early showcase for Wiz’s sing-song flow, which weaves between Empire’s swelling synths and gated snares, and provides a peek into his world of weed and women. Today, over 11 years after its initial release, Wiz and Empire Of The Sun team up to announce that “The Thrill” is available on all DSPs for the first time ever.

Jon Hamm stars in EELS’ “Are We Alright Again” video premiering today

Critically acclaimed rock group EELS’ highly anticipated new album Earth to Dora is out now via E Works/[PIAS]. In celebration of the album’s release, the band is premiering a new video for the feel-good hit of the feel-worst year, “Are We Alright Again.” The Greg Barnes-directed one-take video shows a typical EELS fan finding solace in EELS music.


Today, Indiana born, Chicago based musician Glded ( Ben Harper) reveals his beautiful new body of work, Moraine. A project inspired by Harper’s journeys across the stunning landscapes of Patagonia and the glacial majesty of Iceland, Moraine is an EP to get lost in. Carrying with it a rustic charm and decorated with electronic flourishes, Moraine is a showcase of Harper’s lovingly crafted production and the worn intimacy of his vocal delivery. Having gained plaudits from areas such as Wonderland, CLASH and Ones To Watch, this EP cements Glded as an artist to watch as we leave behind a tumultuous 2020 and look forward to what we hope are better pastures.

Ronley Teper – “New Love” animated video

The song I am writing to you to share, “New Love,” embodies our yearning for the what if, nestled in the hope and possibility for loving connection.

Virpi Kettu, who directed the music video for “New Love,” describes the significance of this experience perfectly: It’s a mantra expressed by symbols. It’s a connection shown in small looks and touches and floats within a world of possibility.

Palberta share “Corner Store”/talk about their highly-anticipated LP with Nylon

Last month, the beloved NYC trio Palberta returned to announce the follow up to their breakout 2018 LP Roach Going Down, with their clear-eyed fifth album, Palberta5000 (out January 22nd, 2021 on Wharf Cat Records). The album was announced with a deep-dive feature on Stereogum that explored the more expansive and pop-forward style on this new release from a band long-heralded as one of the most original and idiosyncratic bands in the East Coast DIY scene. The announce was also accompanied by the release of the single “Before I Got Here,” that created a stir even by the standards of critical acclaim that have greeted the band’s earlier releases, earning comparisons to ESG and Delta 5 in The New York Times, being described as “everything great about Palberta” on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and garnering glowing coverage from spots like Pitchfork, NYLON, Paste, Consequence of Sound and BrooklynVegan among many others.


With their upcoming album “Mӕre”, due to be released on January 29th (Vinyl/CD on February 19th in the US), HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY have delivered the soundtrack to the desolation of this year, and now another single from the Austrian duo is arriving with the grey clouds of November: ‘Sing For The Damage We’ve Done’ is a particularly haunting highlight of the 84 minutes long album that once again blends the melancholic spirit of black metal and post rock.

Southern NH’s Kane Major Drops Sci-Fi Wu Tang Synth Wave Esque “Beat Tape” LP

Southern NH producer Kane Major began making beats in the late 90s on an Ensoniq ASR-10. A love of music was instilled at an early age from his parents record collection and frequent live concerts. He later co-founded the group Soular Prominence (formerly Soular Winds) with Yusuf Abdul-Mateen & Al-J of Blak Madeen, B-One, and DJ Emoh Betta. The group performed all around New England opening up for Lupe Fiasco, Kool Keith, Murs, U-God (Wu Tang Clan), and more. Influenced heavily by mid 90’s Hip Hop artists and fashion like De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang, baggy jeans, Clarks, and more; Kane’s music is a tribute to the culture he grew up listening to.

New Release from Looters: “Stoned and Alone” by Daemon Grey

“Now that weed is legal and essentially commoditized, it is easy to forget that it is a true medicine and deserves a great deal of respect. It is a healing, sacred leaf, as the song goes! Weed has been instrumental in helping me tap into creativity, explore deeper emotions, and better understand why I am alive. It has been a solace in times of struggle and isolation. Stoned and Alone is really a celebration of weed’s true magic on a deeper, more personal or spiritual level. Many of us truly use and need weed for our mental resilience, and that is where the power of this song comes from.” – Daemon Grey

Montreal duo HOKI release captivating sophomore album ‘Today’

‘Today’ is the second full length album from rising duo HOKI. The collaboration, which brings together the talents of Canadian-Armenian producer Varti Deuchoghlian and Australian vocalist Brent McCormick, has fast garnered an international reputation for exhilarating indie electronic ballads.

HOKI showcases the best of the melting pot that is Montreal, its people and its music. The breadth and the impact of their unique sound was cemented by their debut album ‘Strangest Of Us All’ and standout early EPs in 2020; ‘Memories Of Love’ and ‘King Of Hearts’.

Molly Moore Releases Debut Album Voice on the Internet

The album features latest single, “Get Out of My Head,” a multi-layered beat-heavy autobiographical track which shares Molly’s story from where she started to where she was when she wrote it. “It was important for me to talk about having body issues, being bullied, my dad passing away, because I think these were all big, defining moments in my life that I’ve never addressed before in my music,” Molly shares.

Artist: (Keyz Monarch) – Track: (Nun Bout It)

Keys monarch knows it takes hard work to get to where he wants to be that’s why he is determined and hard working to get right there. New York can be a city full of distractions but it takes a strong creative to block out negativity and keep positivity thriving through his music.

Sergio JR Premieres Vibey New Video for Single

Sergio JR is a bold and exciting new voice in the exploding Latin Pop landscape. A first-generation American born to Mexican immigrants, the 20-year-old is bringing his love for bilingual lyricism, pop melody and latin rhythm into a magnetic brand of global Latin Pop. His signature sound merges reggaeton with more traditional Latin styles like salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Known best for his time with boy band In Real Life, Sergio JR is now coming into his own in his newest video for single “Tu y Yo Sabemos”. With his Spanglish-sung lyrics, Sergio JR is now centerstage showcasing his talent for storytelling and affinity for heart-on-sleeve lyrics mixed with sexy latin move-your-body vibes. Shot in Los Angeles by Zander Bleck the video moves from bright and gritty to beautiful nighttime cityscape showcasing the many different sides of Sergio JR.

Cheat Codes release track/video “Washed Up” off of debut album    

Cheat Codes are back with their newest single/video “Washed Up” (listen HERE). The track is off of Part 1 of Cheat Codes debut album. With 3 legs leading into the album, each ‘part’ will personify the individual members of the trio and give you a deeper look at Trevor, Kevi and Matt. Cheat Codes are putting out a new single every month leading up to the release of the album and will be commemorating each drop with a virtual release performance. For this single, the electro-pop trio teamed up with Bandsintown for a ‘Voice Your Vote Livestream Party’. Filmed at the Arsenic House in Los Angeles, the stream featured an open discussion about the importance of voting and performances from Cheat Codes, Kiiara & Sam Blacky. “Washed Up” sees the group contemplate love versus lust as they ask their significant other if they’ll still be around at their lowest lows, capturing the relatable feeling of hesitancy surrounding a fresh relationship. The upbeat and danceable track has a mesmerizing beat and textured production, giving it a unique vibe, sure to make it on to everyone’s playlists. Watch HERE.


“Ginger” featuring Burna Boy is just one of many stellar songs on Wizkid’s latest opus Made in Lagos, which has garnered over 73 million audio and video streams worldwide since its release via Starboy/Sony Music International/RCA Records. Dedicated to Nigeria, Made in Lagos encapsulates the positive vibes of the city for the world to enjoy. The 14-track project also includes features from Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R. Ella Mai and Starboy Entertainment’s youngest signee Terri.

AFSHEEN gifts the world ‘HAPPY TUNES’ – listen now

Multi talented producer, songwriter and musician AFSHEEN is bringing some levity to the world, through the release of his new full-length album Happy Tunes. The album’s diverse tracks echo optimism, happiness and gratitude, as AFSHEEN shares his deepest struggles and triumphs with listeners as they journey through the world of Happy Tunes.


Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne drops the fast-paced music video for his latest single “NFL” feat. Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby released via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Scenes from the “NFL” music video are also featured in Amazon Prime Video’s new live sports promo.

UNDERTAKERS: Italian iconic anarcho-grind squad premieres “Best Hate” video

2020 marks the return of iconic Italian death-grinders UNDERTAKERS.

The band released a new compilation entitled “Dictatorial Democracy” on 30th October 2020 via Time To Kill Records.

“Dictatorial Democracy” features a few brand new songs, old classics from the band’s back catalogue and a couple of acclaimed cover songs: “Fascist Pig”, originally by Suicidal Tendencies, and “Ripetutamente” by Neapolitan band 99 Posse.

Billie Eilish Releases New Single, ‘Therefore I Am.’

Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her new single titled ‘Therefore I Am.’ The track comes with an official music video also directed by the 18-year-old, and was shot in a deserted Glendale Galleria shopping mall, a familiar stomping-ground for Billie during her early teen years.


Australian duo Audego make welcome inroads into 2020 with electronic left-pop cut Echelon, a collaboration with Hedsbent. The first track taken from Audego’s upcoming EP, Echelon is the code name for the Five Eyes surveillance alliance between Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US. A razor -sharp offering showcasing intricate beats and woozy vocals, the track is a stellar hint to what comes next.