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Rising r&b and soul singer, Ley Vara, releases her new single entitled “Red Flag”

VOCAB is working with Toronto-based r&b and soul artist, Ley Vara, who released her new single “Reg Flag.” Written by Ley Vara and co-produced by Josh Polasz (from KYNGS and Just Ideas) and Jorge Pineda (from Just Ideas) and Kontra, “Red Flag” reflects on heartbreak and being cheated on. The lyrical styling focuses on how there can be various “red flags” within a partner that people often miss because they are in love. Ley Vara wants to inspire feelings of empowerment within her listeners by giving them a voice in a toxic relationship. Upon the release of “Red Flag,” Ley Vara is releasing the official music video on December 1 to bring her melodic vision to life.


After establishing themselves as one of Australia’s most powerful rock acts, Tired Lion makes a long-awaited return with the thrilling new album ‘Breakfast For Pathetics’, out now via Dew Process/Universal Music. The album sees Sophie Hopes step up to reclaim her throne as Australia’s queen of guitar rock, playing lead and rhythm guitar, bass, acoustic guitar and keyboards throughout the record, joined solely by Violent Soho’s Michael Richards on drums.


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!

Los Angeles musician talks about 2020: police brutality, COVID and chronic illness in his latest single/video.

Tyrone Moore has finally decided to show the world his talent. Through his music you’ll be inspired and challenged. Residing in Southern California, Tyrone, since his teenage years, has known he was given the gift of communication and writing and has spent years marrying these gifts to melodies that are filled with inspiration, wisdom, pain, and love. His messages are driven by his Faith in God and how he is consumed with helping people think and live better, hence the name of his album, “Essential Mental.”

His first single is “2020 Let Me Go.” “I wrote this song to empower us all to change, for we can’t stay where we are now,” says Tyrone. “We have to move forward from 2020… 2020, let us go! In the song I hope I can get people to think deeper about police brutality, the issue of diabetes and how chronic diseases are just as dangerous as a pandemic, and how we all had to change our lifestyles with COVID.”

Michael Feuerstack returns with – “I Used To Be A Singer”

On his latest offering, Feuerstack moves slowly and with intention. A transmission through the beauty of intimate arrangements and poetic narrative, the song grapples with the nature of time, perception, and flow.

This is a theme that permeates his forthcoming album, Harmonize The Moon. Available on Friday, March 19 via Forward Music Group, the record revels in the elasticity of time; understanding that while some moments seem to stretch on forever, others are illuminated only briefly, like fiery embers popping into the sky, extinguished just as quickly as they’re recognized.

After Releasing with Excision’s Subsidia, GAWM Makes New Noise Debut with “Parasite” for Dim Mak

“Parasite” follows a monumental year of output for GAWM. He has released three EP’s this year alone, including The Resurrection, which was hailed by Noiseporn as a “unique and strangely satisfying” project dripping with his trademark “dark swag.” On top of curating a guestmix for FUXWITHIT, the DJ/Producer recently dropped his single “Mad About” via Excision’s new Subsidia imprint. Catching the ears of several notable producers, including Skrillex, Excision, NGHTMRE, Subtronics and ATLiens, GAWM has established himself as an artist to watch this year. He lives up to the hype on his latest release “Parasite,” a dramatic hybrid trap blend comprised of descending tube synths and stomping wubs.

Rucci & Blxst Work Through Relationship Problems in “Understand” Video

With a talent that shines no matter his mood, Inglewood’s Rucci strikes the perfect balancing act between heartfelt bars and disrespectful rhymes. Delivering a melodic post-mortem to a recent relationship, Rucci shares “Understand,” his latest video. Featuring an appearance from fellow L.A. native Blxst, whose smooth tenor helps accent producer JR’s emotional guitar flourishes, “Understand” is an aching and vibey rap ballad, in which Rucci offers a mea culpa from the bottom of his heart to his ex, making sure that even if she doesn’t take him back, she understands where he comes from: “First off, look I’m sorry, to keep it real, you know that ain’t me/And it broke me into pieces when you told me that you hate me.” In the video, Rucci and Blxst bring their respective ladies to a ’50s-style diner in an attempt to make things right. Directed by RealMovie, the striking video perfectly suits the song’s laid-back vibe and sorrowful, yet hopeful message. “Understand” is Rucci’s second video in two weeks, following the autobiographical clip for “Complicated.”

Bo Armstrong’s Debut Full-Length ‘Chasing Ballads’ is an Ode to What Matters // Out Today

Bo Armstrong’s full-length debut, Chasing Ballads, is both conversational and poetic, Americana with a tinge of Texas influence. Out today, the album focuses on chasing after what matters to you, whether that’s realizing lifelong dreams or finding the love you believe in.

Produced by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird, Thomas Csorba) at Rattle Trap Audio in Austin, TX, Chasing Ballads follows Armstrong’s 2017 EP, Where We Are. Throughout the 11 tracks, Armstrong seamlessly transitions from love songs to declarations of his purpose and finding his own voice.

Looney Babie feat. King Von – DRILL (Remix)

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Hal Ketchum

American country music great Hal Ketchum has passed away at age 67. Some of his most legendary hits as an artist include, “Long Haired Country Boy” which got nominated for a CMA award in 1997, “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Hearts are gonna Roll.” Ketchum’s 1991 album Past the Point of Rescue is his most commercially successful, having been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Between 1991 and 2006 Ketchum had seventeen entries on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Ketchum was not only a genuine entertainer and talented lyricist but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.


Few rock artists were as fearless and uncompromising as the late/great John Lennon. Whether it be standing up for causes he believed in, promoting peace, or penning some of rock’s all-time classic tunes (while taking unexpected musical twists and turns along the way), Lennon has become one of rock’s most unforgettable figures. Tragically, his voice was silenced on December 8, 1980 (shortly after turning 40) – just as he had re-entered the public eye, after a five-year sabbatical.

Wet Tropics (members of Boys Life, The Farewell Bend) premieres “Cool California” video with Punk News

Chicago-based indie punks Wet Tropics are an enigma: a beautifully misshapen, wonderfully weird piece of the modern musical puzzle that firmly overlaps multiple rock genres all at once. On their forthcoming album, Everybody Get In, it’s not uncommon for Wet Tropics to playfully occupy the same hazy reverb-soaked space as post-punk forbearers Psychedelic Furs and the angular, art-damaged rock bombast of Ty Segall, Osees, or Jacuzzi Boys in the course of a single three-minute foray. Although the band’s sound may lean to the West Coast, they haven’t eschewed their Midwest roots entirely. You’ll get those pungent whiffs of Pixies’ and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s cool anthemic college rock color mixes here too!

Flawless Tha Don | “Slow Jamz” (Official Music Video)

Flawless Tha Don is getting more in touch with his emotions as he slows it down for, “Slow Jamz.” Still rapping at his usual pace and keeping the player attitude, it can be hard to settle down after running wild for a while. Even though Flawless is considering it , he is unsure because every vibe isn’t a good vibe. Flawless prepares us for the “Xommitment” Album with this offering so there will be more R&B vibes to come.

Brent Amaker & the Rodeo say goodbye to 2020 with “Ugly World”, new video out today & EP out now

Following the election-season fist-pumper “Dump Trump” , today Brent Amaker and the Rodeo share the brand new video for the title track from their new EP. “Ugly World” is something of an ode to 2020, with the Rodeo keeping one eye on turning the page to a new year, new horizons, and yes, getting the Rodeo back to a town near you.

Throw The Goat custom beer featured in V13 today

Micha Kite, of V13, grabbed the proverbial goat by the horns and took on Capitol Helles, a bock-style beer brewed by Coachella Valley Brewing Company in collaboration with Californian rock/metal band, Throw The Goat. This is an all-American 6.66% ABV lager. Artwork on the can (created by Wes Gainey with an illustration by Jimbo Phillips) is worth checking out.

Capital Helles Bock Beer by Coachella Valley Brewing Company [Product Review]