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Kate Boothman – ’17’

It’s about that confidence and arrogance that comes with being a spicy youth, and then all of a sudden you’re an adult and you realize you knew nothing. You look back and can’t help but examine everything you’ve learned and lost.

Duncan Sheik Releases “Fake Plastic Trees” from New Album ‘Live at the Cafe Carlyle’

Today, singer, songwriter, and composer Duncan Sheik released a cover of Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” taken from his upcoming live album Live at the Cafe Carlyle (out December 4th via Sneaky Records / Missing Piece Records). “It’s just one of those songs I feel like I can sink my teeth into,” Sheik told HuffPost. “It’s just a really poignant idea ― how contemporary urban life alienates us from everything real. It captured a moment in time that I just carry around.” Accompanying the single is a live session filmed at Sheik’s Sneaky Studios in Garrison, NY.

At Just 8 Years Old, Elle Releases Christmas Single ‘It’s Christmas’ With Heart Warming Video to Help Raise Money for the Homeless

Eight year old Elle has already captured hearts around the country with her dedication to helping the homeless in her hometown of Southampton, but this Christmas she has gone one step further, releasing a single to not only raise awareness of the issue but also to help raise funds for SHELTER.

Introducing Norway’s This Daze! Watch the Brusjan-directed video for “Less About You”

“We’re bringing back the the loud, noisy DIY underground sound of the 90s to the 2020s. Our main influences, both musically and stylistically are all from that period. So to us this is a very natural way of expressing ourselves in our music and the stuff we wear.” – This Daze

Japanese mannequin rap duo FEMM release ‘404 Not Found’ EP along with tripped-out video ‘Peach’ by Aphex Twin visual collaborator Weirdcore

As a girls’ anthem with a darkly humorous message, mannequin rap duo FEMM’s acclaimed song ‘Fxxk Boyz Get Money’ found an audience with teens and influencers in the United States, quickly spreading around Europe, South America and Asia. FEMM’s debut album ‘Femm-Isation’ brought Japanese female rap to a whole new audience, reaching the Top 10 of Billboard’s World Albums chart in the US.

Back in October, fans of mannequin rap duo FEMM puzzled over the meaning of the “404 not found” error message that appeared when accessing their official website. This was followed by weeks of deafening silence from FEMM’s official channels, and then the sudden appearance of their brand-new song ‘Level Up feat. Duke of Harajuku’ earlier this month. Today (November 20), FEMM release their new six-song EP – and, of course, its title is ‘404 Not Found’.

Swavo ADTMG- Model 4 Model (Video)

Memphis native and Minneapolis local Swavo ADTMG is one of the most electrifying up and coming midwest rappers. He uses a hardcore style accompanied by challenging stories of his past to create a sonic experience that audiences can relate to. After losing his cousin from suicide and a close friend from a fatal car accident, Swavo has made it a mission to pursue his music career to the fullest extent to honor his community and those closest to him.

Stream/Share “Streets to Nowhere,” Est-Her’s New Song

From 2018-2019, Est-Her developed his sound and vision, collaborating with Lorde’s producer/writer Joel Little, Illangeleo (The Weeknd), and Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse, Gorillaz). Now, he prepares for the upcoming release of his debut Empty Paradise EP in April 2021.


carobae Releases Official Video For “Colorado”

“I wrote ‘Colorado’ in my room at a moment when I wanted an escape from everything around me,” said carobae. “The video is meant to be a reflection of that – when all you can think about is running away from your problems.”

Big Jade Connects With BeatKing & Queendome Come for “Respectfully” Video

Texas rapper Big Jade demands attention with her dexterous rhyming ability and uncompromising attitude. Coming through with her latest bass-heavy banger, Jade shares “Respectfully.” The new song is a collaboration with fellow Texans BeatKing and Queendome Come, a duo who connected for the breakout hit “Then Leave” earlier this year. Armed with a BeatKing production that simmers and thumps, each emcee makes their mark on the track: Jade impresses with her fast-paced bars that toe-tag the booming 808s, BeatKing anchors the track with a thunderous verse, and Queendome delivers a deliciously bratty hook (“f*ck all you h*es…respectfully”). In the video, the Texas trio sits around a table in a dimly lit club, surrounded by some of the finest dancers in the Houston area.

Sabiyha | new single Do I Matter out now

‘Do I Matter’ is the latest in a string of strong tracks that Sabiyha has put out this year. She originally started work on this track amidst the end of a relationship, parking the track part-finished. Returning to it & seeing the other person’s bad behaviour clearly, ‘Do I Matter’ now flips the script with a takedown of a f*ckboy that’s both salty and playful.


Inspired by a quote from The Iliad, which expresses that everything is beautiful because it’s the first and last time you will ever experience that moment, our new single “Troy” is about understanding the importance of every moment—good or bad.

Emerging artist glaive unveils debut EP Cypress Grove

“Cypress Grove came to be because of a picture I accidentally took out of my moms car window. It had been a very long day and we were driving home, I didn’t even realize what I had photographed till I got home. As soon as I saw the picture of the Cypress Grove road sign, I knew there was something special about it. That one picture sparked the idea for every song on the EP and was the overall driving force for the whole thing.”


New Jersey-based hard rock quartet WEAPONS OF ANEW are excited to share the news of their sophomore album scheduled for release in the spring of 2021.

The band – which consists of seasoned musicians guitarist Freddy Ordine (ex-Axiom, ex-HavocHate) and vocalist Ray West (ex-Spread Eagle) along with bassist Stefan “Reno” Cutrupi and the newest addition, drummer Chad Szeliga (ex-Breaking Benjamin, ex-Black Label Society) – have revealed its debut single, a cover version of The Chainsmokers’ “Sick Boy.

LaLion – Armenia Needs Help (Music: LaLion – 1915 / 2020)

Have you heard what’s going on in Nagorno-Karabakh? I wrote a song about it, check it out and let me know what you think. All the money earned is being donated to Armenia Fund to provide humanitarian aid for Armenians.

Paige King Johnson’s “Just Like You” Music Video Directed By Pam Tillis and Producer Josh Sikkema Exclusively Premieres on CMT

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson relays genuine talent and passion for her craft with the release of the “Just Like You” music video premiering on CMT. The music video, co-directed by Pam Tillis and producer Josh Sikkema, sports a unique twist and provides a visionary perspective on young love and a relationship that is perfectly imperfect but most importantly, one that belongs to the couple. The single, produced by Bill McDermott and written by Johnson and Regan Rousseau, is Johnson’s first release with the distinguished PCG Artist Development Records based out of Nashville, Tennessee. “Just Like You” is available to download and stream on all digital platforms with the music video premiering on CMT on November 19.

Kaleema Drops New Single ‘Portales’

Kaleema is Heidi Lewandowski- a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and singer from Buenos Aires who’s planted herself deeply in the potent Latin American electronic scene.

She released her debut album Nomada in 2017, receiving an array of critical acclaim for how she seamlessly and hypnotically weaves together contemporary electronic elements and tradition Latin American instrumentals. Since the release of the album, she’s been catapulted onto renowned stages such as MUTEK Montreal, Lollapalooza Chile among others and has collaborated with artists such as Chancha Via Circuito, Mateo Kingman, Lido Pimienta, and many more.

ARO (Aimée Osbourne) Shares “House of Lies” Video Via NME + Exclusive Interview

Today, ARO (Aimée Osbourne) unveils the official music video for “House of Lies” on NME, who praised the striking, hynpotic video as “it sees Osbourne showing off her darkened blend of pulsing synth-pop, which proves she’s a world away from the typical sounds of rock’s first family.” In addition, NME shared an interview with Osbourne, where they discussed the album’s inspiration, family ties and much, much more.

ARO’s Aimée Osbourne on new video ‘House Of Lies’ and stepping out of her famous family’s shadow

HEADACHE Releases Comical “mike’s back” Video

The video takes a playful jab at the song’s title, following the storyline of a crazed fan obsessed with creator Mike Duce’s back. The witty play on words gives the first single from Get Off The Internet – which also tells the story of Mike putting his ghosts to rest – the ability to show the lighthearted personality of the artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

CRAWLING CHAOS: Italian death metallers premiere new album “XLIX” at No Clean Singing! [Announcement + Promo]

Italian death metallers CRAWLING CHAOS will release their new album “XLIX” on November 20th 2020 via Time To Kill Records.


Sophia Boro Releases Music Video for Poetic Heartfelt Single “And He Said To Me”

A classically trained violinist with roots in the theater, Sophia Boro has an affinity for the melodramatic and romantic. Her poetic lyrics are laced with metaphors and intricate stories, while her unique and sultry vocals lend to a 90’s-esq folk-rock sound, often compared to Fiona Apple. Boro combines the authenticity of southern roots with whimsical folk rock and the vulnerability of soul, together creating something that is both brand new and nostalgically familiar.


“The latest LP from Soft Kill not only attests to something of a once-thriving post-punk underground in the city, but also paints a picture of a desolate city inviting of the pained lyrics and icy instrumentation characteristic of the genre. The gloomy sheen of Dead Kids R.I.P City doesn’t just feel like it’s tapping a popular moment in ’80s rock as a temporary costume to wear, but rather precedes vocalist Tobias Graves’ honest conversations about addiction, trauma, and death beneath its heavy, echoing guitars and backing synths.” Flood Magazine

Stream Soft Kill’s Gloomy New Album “Dead Kids R.I.P. City” Early

THE MOON KIDS “Scotland’s Next Big Thing!” Releases Video For Latest Single, “Touch Of Venice” Via HWY 101 Entertainment; Song Available On All Digital Formats Now

Neither hurricane nor pandemic can stop Scottish band THE MOON KIDS—dubbed “Scotland’s next big thing!’’ by the Sunday Mail newspaper–from releasing new music.

While their forthcoming second EP will be released early 2021, the band—David Barr (vocals), Craig Reid (bass), Connor Whyte (guitar), Michael Adamson (drums) who are based in Granton, Edinburgh (setting of the ‘90’s cult classic “Trainspotting”)—just released their latest single, “Touch Of Venice,” October 23 via HWY 101 Entertainment on all digital outlets, and video which can be seen now on the band’s YouTube page.

Patricia Bahia “Every Heart One Love”

Seventeen years ago, Bahia received a cancer diagnosis that immediately prompted her to start living life to her fullest. Shortly after, her first song was born. Since then, she’s been on a mission to use songwriting to inspire others to live their dreams. Her music has been featured on major television shows on ABC, CBS, CMT, and the CW, including hit shows like Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale, and Nashville. Additionally, her duo, 7th & Hope, has three songs featured on this season of Selling Sunset.

Contemporary jazz guitarist Les Sabler finds “Tranquility” in a new old guitar

The suggestion came from two-time GRAMMY winner Paul Brown who has produced dozens of No. 1 hits. When contemporary jazz guitarist Les Sabler entered Brown’s Funky Joint studio near Los Angeles to begin tracking, Brown, also a guitarist, recommended that Sabler swap out his trusty guitar in favor of Brown’s vintage Gibson Johnny Smith model. The electric guitar that has innate acoustic qualities and balances tone and sustain gave Sabler an entirely new sound, which he used to create his eighth album, “Tranquility,” dropping January 29 on New Vista Records.

GOOD BISON blends indie surf rock & hip hop for “Can’t Predict the Weather”

“In Miami, it can be incredibly sunny one minute and the next it’s basically hurricane weather,” says Pablo Alvarez, the mastermind behind the alternative genre mash-up that is Good Bison about part of the inspiration for “Can’t Predict the Weather,” his brand new single from his upcoming EP Scattered Storms due in January 2021. “Los Angeles is not like that at all. It’s much easier to predict the weather there than in South Florida.”

ÆOLIAN: Invisible Oranges premieres Mallorca melodic death/black group’s ecologically conscious ‘The Negationist’; out tomorrow via Black Lion Records

Melodeath five-piece Æolian’s upcoming album, The Negationist, is an endeavor to keep the environment out of danger. The sophomore album comes tomorrow (November 20) via Black Lion Records, and Invisible Oranges is hosting the advance stream of the album alongside an in-depth interview with the band.

Hemlock Pop premiere new single featuring FM Collective on Elmore Magazine

Hemlock Pop, the solo project of Seattle music industry lifer Ira Merrill, announced the release of new single “Spinning Blades” featuring fellow Seattle mainstays FM Collective, with a premiere on Elmore Magazine earlier today.

Praising it as “a transformative collaboration,” Elmore broke down the single’s decade in incubation from a long forgotten piano demo on a hard drive to a slick, pop-informed single in the care of FM Collective’s Mike Lucero and Ken Stringfellow.

Hemlock Pop: Spinning Blades with FM Collective

Order Of Operations Share ‘Love Me Til My Heart Stops’ EP

Today, Brooklyn’s Order Of Operations release their new EP Love Me Til My Heart Stops (Talking Heads Covers EP) on streaming platforms. Following the release, the band will be sharing exclusive visuals and video content, accompanying the Talking Heads covers EP, and will be selling new merch (preview below) via Bandcamp.

Melbourne duo Harves return with brooding new single, The River

Following on from their debut release for 2020 in ‘Do Your Worst’, Melbourne’s HARVES serves up their second offering for the year in their new single, ‘The River’.

A song that continues to explore a rich balance of production and keys beneath crisp vocals, ‘The River’ charms with its use of space and brooding delivery. Written and recorded between band members Samuel K Sproull and Matthew Wright’s respective homes during Victoria’s lockdown, ‘The River’ uses the feeling of isolation and yearning to form the essence of their latest track.

Natalac Announces Featured Artists On His 12th Album “Love & Pimp-Hop”

Sheldon Davis, most notably known as Natalac, has announced the featured artists for his 12th album, “Love & Pimp-Hop.” They include La Chat, Kokane, Trey Songz, Suga Free, Benzino, Haze Karolina, Mr Mince, Yung L.A., Akineyle, Stormy Stori & Mr Smith aka Boss Money, to name a few. This Project Promises to give Pimp-Hop Fans another classic album that may Rival Natalac’s 11th Album “Pimp of the Nation.”

Bodies of Water – Is This What It’s Like

Right after the last Bodies of Water record, half of the group that made it suddenly became a diaspora; they left for Seattle, Iowa City, and (for reasons still unknown) Henderson, Nevada. Meredith and David remained, and when the time came to record new songs, they asked some old friends to help. Kyle Gladden, who had retired years ago after helping found Bodies of Water, came to his senses and rejoined the group. Alice Lin didn’t so much join up, as double down on the work she’d already been doing with us off and on for years. And the four of us got going.

Three Years of Adversity Provides Album Fodder for Bodies of Water


A Joyful Sound is a future soul classic with all the elements of a classic R&B record, but simply with a joyful holiday lean. With an all-star supporting cast of who’s who from the contemporary soul scene this record is truly a family affair with Kelly Finnigan at the wheel. Featuring members of Durand Jones & The Indications, The Dap-Kings, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Monophonics, Thee Sinseers, Orgone, Ikebe Shakedown, Jason Joshua & The Beholders, The True Loves, Neal Francis, Jungle Fire, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Ben Pirani, The Jive Turkeys, The Ironsides, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, Rudy De Anda, Alanna Royale, and more! Inspired by records like Atlantic’s Soul Christmas, Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You and Rotary Connection’s Peace, this album will appeal not only to lovers of holiday music, but lovers of SOUL music in general!

TVD Premiere: Kelly Finnigan, “Santa’s Watching You”

OUT TOMORROW – Camille Trust – “Love Myself” (Stripped) Video

Her first new track since the release of “Queen Savage” nearly a year ago, “Love Myself” follows the blueprint of much of Trust’s raw and emotionally-charged catalog, which often sees her wearing her paper heart right on her sleeve. Admitting “I wish that I could tell you that I know how to love you, but I don’t even know how to love myself” in the song’s confessional chorus, “Love Myself” transparently recounts Trust’s personal growth following a substantial breakup and her realization that self-worth is as valuable in a relationship as the love we receive.

Who is VINNY? The Melbourne trio return with new single, ‘Fire’

Armed with infectious bass lines and vocal swagger that is intriguing as it is seductive, Melbourne trio VINNY return with brand new single, ‘Fire’. As their second release for the year, the group have taken a deep dive into some sharp and edgy rock vibes, flecked out with funk and indie influences.

THE MONEY WAR release sophomore album ‘MORNING PEOPLE’ today.

WA songwriting duo The Money War release their new album ‘Morning People’ today.

Dylan and Carmen recorded the ‘Morning People’ album in their studio in Fremantle with Dylan producing and mixing the entire record. He says, “I think by nature of the album being so personal it was the only way we could have achieved our own vision for the record.”

Moxi – “Blame It – 80s cinema meets modern pop

Moxi’s latest single ‘Blame It’, releasing on Friday, November 13 with CatBeach Music, is “a peek into my brain”, explains Anna. “I tell friends a lot that I wish they could just be in my mind for a second because it’s so insane in there lol. There’s a lot of chaos, self sabotage, weird ideas, and a lot of beautiful things too… It can get very dark but it’s also a lot of fun in there. I wrote this song after a fight with Andy. Almost every fight we have is pretty much caused by me and I’m usually the one who behaves horribly before, during and after. I somehow found an absolute angel to marry who accepts me completely as I am, he doesn’t try to change me, he loves me truly despite how absolutely insane I am. Meanwhile I’m over here picking fights, calling names, throwing tantrums. I’ve been a hostage to the noise in my mind and I’ve also had control over it and it seems to fluctuate still but lately I have more days where it’s the later. Blame It is about the inner dialog that goes on in my mind on a pretty regular basis. I fight the voices to an extent but you gotta keep some of them in for the art. Hold out long enough till I start seeing things again. ‘Blame It’ is a result of that. xx”