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Hollow Graves Deliver the Goods with “Far Out Summer”

Hollow Graves keeps the fire burning with their arsenal of new material, all written in a live performance setting to capture the fervent energy of the band.

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La Femme Releases New Single and Video “Cool Colorado”

After their unanimously acclaimed come-back single “Paradigme,” the French psych-pop band La Femme presents “Cool Colorado,” a new excerpt of their upcoming third album (details TBA). The single is released via the band’s label Disque Pointu, distributed worldwide by IDOL.

2 SHADOWS Teams with THE VEER UNION on “Scratching At The Surface”!

Canada based Hard Rock / Metal band 2 SHADOWS has released the official music video for their newest single, “Scratching At The Surface,” via ROCK SHOP RECORDS. Co-written and Produced with CRISPIN EARL from THE VEER UNION / ROCK SHOP RECORDS, “Scratching at the Surface” premiered on Metal Insider.

“Scratching At The Surface is about people making you out to be something you’re not. The song describes the pressure of defining yourself in an environment where people tend to take one look at you and assume they know who you are; and they’re often wrong”. – 2Shadows

Video Premiere: 2 Shadows – “Scratching At The Surface” featuring The Veer Union

London’s DRONES Announce New Album ‘Our Hell Is Right Here’ Set For Release February 12, 2021

Punk band DRONES have announced that their second album – ‘Our Hell Is Right Here’ – will be released February 12, 2021 via Thousand Islands Records in North America and Lockjaw Records in UK/EU. “It’s been a pretty rough ride for the past couple of years,” says vocalist Lois McDougall when looking back on the journey the band have been on to get to this point. “But I struggle with claiming my problems and sadness as valid because they are disproportionate to the danger and loss that many face every day. It got to the point where I was almost ashamed to write songs about my own life. However, I’m learning that personal care and self-worth is not something to be diminished.

SMALL TOWN TITANS Release Official Music Video for “Let Me Breathe;”

York, PA Heavy Rock Band SMALL TOWN TITANS have released the official music video for their new single, “Let Me Breathe,” the seventh single off of the band’s new album, The Ride, available NOW via AntiFragile Music.

Pop-rap Trio .wavrunner Release Debut Single “uh huh, i like it”

Cleveland-based Pop/Hip-Hop upstarts, .wavrunner, got the party started today with the release of their debut single “uh huh, i like it”.This first offering sets the tone for this group’s unique brand of dance floor anthems – seamlessly blending classic west coast hip-hop funk with influences spanning the history of the earliest stages of club music with today’s modern viral chart mainstays. As we move into the home stretch of a tumultuous 2020, .wavrunner is the young, chaotic, fun, and unapologetically ambitious distraction that the world needs.

Raybekah is “Uncensored!”

Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, rising Dancehall sensation Raybekah has hit her mark with the release of “Uncensored.”

Using the backdrop of an R&B flavored Dancehall beat, Raybekah’s vocals flow freely as she tells her male interest that she has what it takes to show her beau love. She can be a ‘bad gyal’ badder than the rest of the ladies who have expressed an interest.

Some say Raybekah is one of the worst kept secrets in the corridors of Dancehall. The rising sensation is enjoying musical success from Kingston to New York; London to Accra and most points in between. Industry watchers are impressed with her melodies, vocal skills and lyric selection.

KORDELYA Releases Visualizer for Single “Hear Me Out” Feat. Jame

KORDELYA releases new visualizer for focus track “Hear Me Out” feat. Jame, off the deluxe version of her debut album Mal Hecha. The 17-track album contains recent single “s a l u d o s” feat. Jesse Baez, 3 new songs, and 4 new remixes, with Happy Colors remixing her biggest track “Consentido”.

Avatar announces ‘Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience’

Sweden’s most creative and exciting export, AVATAR, have announced a series of concert streams –Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience– that will take place over the course of January 2021. The 4-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from AVATAR’s celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album in full, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan voted set lists—chosen by ticket purchasers—with songs from Avatar Country, Feathers & Flesh, Hail The Apocalypse, Black Waltz, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar.

Bartees Strange and John Calvin Abney Talk Abney’s New Album for Talkhouse

John Calvin Abney will return with his fifth studio album Familiar Ground this Friday, November 20, via Black Mesa Records. Co-produced with longtime collaborator John Moreland during the country’s pandemic lockdown, the 9-song set often contemplates the acceptance of our own mortality, as well as the strength it takes for us to weather the storms of life. Ahead of release, the full album is premiering today at Talkhouse alongside a chat between Abney and his old friend Bartees Strange, who released one of the year’s best new albums just last month.

T. Evann shares new single ‘Clearer’

T. Evann describes ‘Clearer’ as a song about “Seeing the importance of creative breaks and how it can develop and improve productivity.” He continues: “Clearer was written after a short period of writer’s block. After this time had passed, there was a burst of creativeness that was far greater and clearer than the previous. These stagnant stages are a perfectly healthy process to go though and that’s something that artists – myself included – can often forget about.”

Theo Tams – listen to ‘therapy’

I’ve always been really open about my own mental health struggles, including the self sabotage aspect, which I’ve been recognizing and fighting against. I think it’s important to start normalizing these words and actions.

FELLOWCRAFT and Lionize frontman release new single “Make No Sound”!

Washington, DC’s acclaimed rockers FELLOWCRAFT premiere the second single of their upcoming new album ‘This Is Where You’ll Find Me’, due out on February 26th, 2021. “Make No Sound” features Lionize frontman Nate Bergman on guest vocals and will be officially available tomorrow on digital streaming platforms.

PREMIERE: Make No Sound – Fellowcraft

A Tribe Called Red founding member DJ Shub releases new PowWowStep single ‘Smoke Dance Three’

Following on from the release of his previously shared single ‘Calling All Dancers’ and ‘The Social’ ft. Phoenix, which was released to raise money for Black Lives Matter and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women earlier this year, Canadian producer DJ Shub now returns to announce the details behind his highly-anticipated new studio album ‘War Club’, which lands on the 4th December via his own Shub Music imprint.

John Mayall to Release Single Featuring Buddy Miller

John Mayall is pleased to announce the release of his latest single, “I’m as Good as Gone” out on all platforms, Friday, November 20th via Forty Below Records in honor of his 87th birthday.

The Godfather of British Blues serves up a deep and funky groove for a song about love on the outs. Written by Grammy winner Bobby Rush, the track features Americana legend Buddy Miller on lead baritone guitar with Mayall mixing it up on Hammond B3 organ. Also, on hand are Mayall’s dynamic Chicago rhythm section of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums, along with Austin’s Carolyn Wonderland on guitar. The track was produced by Eric Corne and John.

John Mayall Pairs With Buddy Miller To Celebrate His Birthday With Cover “I’m As Good As Gone”

Adams Traktor – New Single “Time To Wake Up”

Adams Traktor is a music project formed by JR Smith from Seattle, WA, to explore, expand, and in many ways, bend the music genres that have influenced alternative modern music. The latest single from Adams Traktor, “Time To Wake Up” from his forthcoming Quench album, is being released November 27, 2020 by Dark Spark Music and The Orchard.

Spacette share their new “City Of Gold” video & announce self-titled debut EP via Big Takeover

Big Takeover referenced “’80s-era Bowie” as part of the track’s overall theme and also stated that the single “slinks by on a sultry rhythmic pace, lightly picked to zippy guitar lines, dreamy synths glow, restless drum beat, and ticking cymbals accents.” Spacette gave a little bit of backstory on the single as well: “’City of Gold’ is the first song we started on and it’s a sort of center of gravity for the sound of the EP. The hybrid disco beat meets Toto-ish shuffle was a fun discovery with Tony and Heather slaying the synth solo — actually two killer solos interwoven.”

Chem-sex addictions and the dark under-belly of the queer Party Scene

Vaughan opens up on his addiction to chem-sex and the dark under-belly of the queer party scene in new single Youngest At The Party.

“It’s a song about the loss of innocence. It’s about finding myself in places that I wish I had never been. Realising that I was the youngest person there and wondering how I got to this point. How far away from the world did I need to be, to get myself there.”

Inspirational Drama “The Ride” Starring Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges Slated for Digital Release on Amazon Prime Video

Forrest Films, an American film production, financing and distribution company, announces the release of Alex Ranarivelo’s feature film The Ride for digital streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The film was produced by Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products and Forrest Films, and will be distributed by Roadside Attractions. The inspirational true story, which features an all-star cast led by Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Sasha Alexander and Shane Graham, recounts the life of extreme sports legend John Buultjens. The Ride is now available on the Amazon platform beginning Friday, November 13, 2020

Tony Lewis From The Outfield: Family Posthumously Releases EP ‘More Than I Dared’

“On behalf of my girls and myself, I’d like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, affection and sadness for the loss of our adored Tony,” shares Tony’s wife, Carol Lewis. “Following his debut venture as a solo artist, Tony had been in the studio this year working on new music. We had written a new body of work and have decided to release a full EP collection to share with and thank his fans for their continued support of his solo career. Tony’s life was full of music; he was never happier than being on stage connecting with a crowd or meeting fans and listening to their stories. He was truly grateful for his career that started in 1983. I know his distinctive voice and musical legacy will carry on through these new songs. Please remember him with love, laughter and a sense of fun. He is, was, and always will be irreplaceable.”

Rucci Shares “Complicated” Video & Announces Deluxe ‘Midget’ LP

“We only win or losing ties, n****/I’m ’bout my business, suit and tie, n****/Never complainin’, I’m just grateful I’m alive,” Inglewood’s Rucci raps on “Complicated,” the opening track from his recently released sophomore album Midget. “Complicated” is emblematic of where Rucci is at in his career and where he’s headed—he’s gained fame and critical praise for his presence on the mic, but he won’t feel fulfilled until he’s able to fully provide for himself and his people. In the video, he takes it back to Day 1, with photos of a young, gleeful Rucci, before fast-forwarding to today, celebrating his successes with his Day 1s outside next to a coupe with the butterfly doors up.

Ty Herndon and Kristin Chenoweth Release Lyric Video For New Single, “Orphans of God”

GRAMMY® nominated and Dove Award-winning recording artist Ty Herndon recently released a duet with Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, titled, “Orphans of God,” and subsequently has released a lyric video for the song (available here). Created by Paul Cardall, the video has been uploaded on Herndon’s YouTube page. The single, which also features award-winning pianist and composer Paul Cardall on piano, will be featured on Herndon’s upcoming Christmas album, Regifted, set for release on Friday, Nov. 27. Both the single and album are released via BFD/The Orchard.

Matt Berninger (The National) joins Hannah Georgas for “Pray It Away” duet

In September, Toronto’s Hannah Georgas released her latest LP, the Aaron Dessner-produced All That Emotion on Dessner’s label Brassland (Bartees Strange, Buke & Gase) and Toronto indie stalwart Arts & Crafts. The album was the best received entry in her career to date, earning a wave of positive attention from outlets like The Guardian who called the album “magisterial pop for introverts,” Pitchfork, NPR, The New York Times, FADER, Stereogum, New York Magazine, Consequence of Sound and Paste among many others. Today, Georgas is sharing a new version of a track from her album that she co-wrote with Dessner called “Pray It Away,” performed as a duet with The National frontman Matt Berninger.