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AMERICAN MERIT Releases Official Music Video for “City”!

Texas based rock band AMERICAN MERIT has released the official music video for their Southern Blues infused, debut single, “City.”

“City is a song that was 4 years in the making from conception to finished product. Once we finally got together we finished it in a few days. I carried that rhythm around in the back of my head like loose change in my pocket. Whenever I’d get bored or needed something to work on, there it was…” – Alex Smith

Reminder: DORMANTH “Beyond The Gates” Lyric Video

The legendary Spanish melodic Death Metal band DORMANTH, presents “Beyond The Gates” as third and last advance single from their 4th album to be entitled “Complete Downfall”, which will be released in December 15th, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD format.

Within Temptation release video for ‘The Purge’

Dutch powerhouse Within Temptation have released the video for their brand-new single ‘The Purge’, which sees frontwoman Sharon den Adel search for self-redemption.

The track is a full-throttle rock song, heavy and dramatic with an addictive chorus, and contains elements of the classic Within Temptation sound, whilst pushing forward into new sonic territory and has received an amazing response from international press.

Trans Lo-Fi Bedroom Pop Artist awfultune Releases ‘Dear Sarah’ EP via Amuse – +30M Streams on “I Met Sarah In The Bathroom”

New York-based raconteur, singer-songwriter, and bedroom pop producer awfultune makes her mark with the official Dear Sarah EP – streaming now worldwide via Amuse.

The visionary behind awfultune is recently and proudly transitioned Layla Eden, who has been producing and releasing music independently by-way-of her laptop in upstate New York. Now, the 22-year-old heralds over 100 million global streams, officially evolving out of indie bedroom-pop obscurity. Fans can enter the world that awfultune created, a space for all in the midst of her “transition to becoming happy…”

Cavo New Single/Video “Lead On”

Hard/Alt-Rock band Cavo release their next single “Lead On”. Cavo once again delivers a solid single that clearly states their rock vision. “Lead On” continues to drive their momentum onward as their sound is recognized to be Cavo’s own unique style and blend. Altogether, the St. Louis group is a highly anticipated culmination of seasoned phenomenal rock music. Cavo fans are looking forward to their forthcoming album, Under Bridges, Bright Nights, and Thieves, due out in 2021. Cavo’s album will also include their first release “Muscle Memory” with TLG Entertainment/INgrooves.

Blakkamoore New Video – Tomorrow Belongs To Us

“Tomorrow Belongs To Us” is one of Upward Spiral Deluxe Edition’s wicked and ethereal cuts. The song’s funky retro-soul sound accompanied by it’s powerful message combine to make this a beautifully crafted piece. Blakkamoore is joined on the track by emerging dancehall artist Alandon who splashes the second verse with high energy and deep lyrical content. Alandon the US based artist was raised in Jamaica with musical creation in his DNA and related to the legendary King Tubby, considered the godfather of dub. Unlike his famous relative, though, Alandon brings his musicality to the mic. Alandon’s collaboration with Upward Spiral co-producer Andrew Moon Bain & Lustre Kings Productions comes off the heels of the recent release of Star Chile EP.

NYC alt. r&b artist/dancer An Only Child examines gender expression on “I Could Get a Tattoo in Paris”

“I could get a tattoo in Paris’ for me, feels like the heart of the record. The name came from an inside joke made years ago between myself and a dear friend during a trip to Europe. I wrote this song on a train leaving Paris for a neighboring town in the country. Although it sounds glamorous, I remember that train ride as one of the lowest points in my life emotionally, after being subject to a traumatic experience in the city the night before. At that time, I was in a deep spiral concerning my expression. I’ve struggled with others’ perceptions and received a lot of crap for my “feminine” qualities. This song is a dissection of all of the pain surrounding my expression and how I relate to masculine and feminine energies.”

Saleka Breaks Down All Her Walls in Powerful New Dark Love Story, “Mr. Incredible”

A striking foot forward into the world of relationships struggling under the weight of one partner’s depression and the failed attempts to get through to each other, “Mr. Incredible” cleverly subverts the Disney character of the same name (and his tagline: “I work alone”) in a story about isolation and the coldness that comes from the fractures silence can cause. With an evocative and emotional video directed by her sister, Ishana Night Shyamalan, Saleka’s “Mr. Incredible” tells the story of a couple whose love is stifled by their inability to communicate.

Skope | Tele Novella new single – Kill Rock Stars

Tele Novella will release their sophomore album Merlynn Belle on February 5, 2021, their first with Kill Rock Stars. It is a collection that respites in country, meshed with a sentimental indie-folk shimmer. Today, the band has debuted dreamy folk single “Never”, alongside a playfully-home-spun, Godard-esque music video on BrooklynVegan. Ribbon’s echoing vocals float over gentle, plucking melodies that captivate listeners to sway along. Written for her best friend after an unexpected loss, Natalie Ribbons shares, “There’s really not much that you can do to alleviate grief, but getting to be there for her through the process deepened our bond. I saw her strength and big-heartedness all the more clearly after that experience, and it deepened my love and admiration for her.” The forthcoming record and accompanying singles, “Technicolor Town and “Words That Stay”, have been met with critical support spanning NPR, Austin Chronicle, Austin Town Hall, Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT and more.

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“I wrote ‘Heaux Tales’ to give voice to every woman. We’re deserving of respect whether we work as a CEO of a company or if we’re strippin’. It’s about a woman deciding how she wants to present herself to the world and not being told or influenced by anyone but her gotdamn self.”

Jazmine Sullivan To Release Long Awaited New Project ‘Heaux Tales’ On January 8 via RCA Records

Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Share Single “Give What You Take”

“With ‘Give What You Take’ I set out to create something that was really fun and catchy, but I was still trying to capture the high level of musicianship that makes jazz so great,” says saxophonist Matthew Alec on the group’s debut single. “To my ears, it turned out just right. I really hope both average music listeners and jazz fans dig this one.”

SONG PREMIERE: On Debut Single “Give What You Take,” Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Make Good On The Groove

Cavo Release New Single/Video: “Lead On”

‘”Lead On” is a song about questioning the path we are all being led down. There’s too much at stake in this world to just blindly accept what happens next. It’s a song about looking for the right path to the light.”‘ – Casey Walker of Cavo

Racquel Jones Releases Incendiary “Sacrilege” via AFROPUNK

Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, powerhouse hip-hop artist, painter, model, poet, and reggae singer Racquel Jones is teaming up with AFROPUNK to premiere the provocative music video for the brand new single “Sacrilege,” (Magnetic Moon) directed by award-winning video director Alex Di Marco (Khalid, Wiz Khalifa).

New Ryan Pollie (Ambient)

The piece was designed with two leading video synthesis artists, and the concept is a bit out there but bear with me. We have patented a new technology to assist with meditation or mindfulness exercises, a groundbreaking way to listen to music that provides a shortcut to a sense of calm and relief from anxiety. I struggle with anxiety disorders myself, and have been studying trance states and self hypnosis – both techniques that went into the creation of this work.

Taiwanese indie pop duo The Fur. announce sophomore album ‘Serene Reminder’ out Dec. 10 & share new single “Oh Why” today

Taiwanese indie pop duo, The Fur. (yes, with the period included), return with the announcement of their sophomore album, Serene Reminder, due out December 10. This timely album begs the question: When life loses its brakes and spins out of control; when the world’s running order changes; or even worse, when loved ones fade away. In this endless derailment from daily life, is there a constant, new normal that can alleviate all of this?

Psychedelic Alt Rockers The Neverlutionaries Release Trippy “Ariana” Video, Announce Self-Titled LP

“The music video is a trippy and visceral dive into the soul of ‘Ariana’ – the song represents the concept of a dream mate,” explains Christopher Harold Wells, brainchild of Nashville-based psychedelic alternative rock band The Neverlutionaries to Stitched Sound who premiered the video today, December 2, 2020. “Upon finally meeting her, how would I feel inside at that moment and what would those feelings sound like – that sense of longing for something you love is so strong and brings out so many emotions – the video is a visual exploration of those emotions?” “Ariana” is taken from The Neverlutionaries debut self-titled LP set for release February 2021 via Polychromatic Records.

The Neverlutionaries premiere the music video for their debut single “Ariana”

Bari Releases New Video “Sosabucks” Today

On the new project, the St. Louis spitter raps over complex and intoxicating production from the likes of Prodxvzn, Monte Booker, Blake Wright and more. The 18 track offering highlights resilience, ambition, and a passion for life. On the project, Bari explains, “when you’re at the crossroads of life sometimes a fresh start is needed. I had my back against the wall, coming off an uncontrollable label situation it was mandatory that I prevailed. Burn It All Down is a body of work that leaves behind what I once thought to be chains confining me. Those powers, everything holding you back, you just have to say F*@k It Burn It All Down!”

MONOWHALES Reveal Epic New Single “BL/FF (Fake Friends)”

Exploding onto the scene with a DIY ethos and an unforgettable live show, MONOWHALES have spent the last three years firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting new bands on the Canadian musical landscape. The band’s first single from their upcoming album, “All or Nothing,” was released this past August, hitting Top 10 at Alternative Radio in Canada and continuing to climb.

Abc Dialect share new single “This Energy”

Indie-pop outfit Abc Dialect return with their single “This Energy” on Casablanca Sunset Records.

The Argentinian duo, which consists of songwriters Luca Oliva Knight and Tomas Susevich, share their latest offering alongside a self-produced music video highlighted by introspective time-traveling, psychedelia and indulgent late-night encounters.

Shane Owens’ “Nothing Compares To Christmas” Continues To Be Fan Favorite

Shane Owens delivers his rich, distinctive vocals and sets the stage for the holidays with a nostalgic seasonal single, “Nothing Compares to Christmas.” Co-written by Owens and Galen Griffin, the song was recorded at Nashville’s legendary County Q Productions in Nashville and produced by Nick “Ace” Lutz and Melissa Querry. This tune reminds all that nothing compares to the cheer and charisma of the Christmas season; and this year, we all could use a bit more cheer! “Nothing Compares To Christmas” is available to download and stream on all digital services.

Hear Flood Peak’s “Urnfield” from the upcoming EP

Portland blackened sludge/post-metal trio Flood Peak has announced their upcoming EP, Fixed Ritual, which arrives 22nd January 2021 on cassette and digital formats via Anima Recordings.

Real Numbers – Brighter Then (Slumberland)

The lyrics on the EP see Eli Hansen take a more personal and introspective tack revolving around relationships, shifting perspectives, and memories. The title track, which has been crafted slowly over the last few years around its circular lead, tackles the subject of evolving friendships – losses, gains and the acceptance of the present – and channels Sarah favorites The Wake and Brighter.

Real Numbers Announce “Brighter Then” EP, Share the Title Track

Wisdom Recounts the Regrettable Events of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre on “Japa”

Wisdom and Marvy reunite on “Japa” a tribute song dedicated to all those that lost their lives at the Lekki toll gate massacre

“Japa” is the lead single off Wisdom’s forthcoming EP aptly titled “20 10 20” in commemoration of the Lekki toll gate disaster. “My new EP called ’20 10 20′ is out 12th December 2020, and is dedicated to all those that lost their lives at the Lekki toll gate massacre”, Wisdom declared in an album announcement tweet earlier this month.

Jaah SLT Welcomes Us to His World in Two-Part “Intro/What We Do” Video

Alternating defiant, confrontational bangers with dreamy trap ballads, Jaah SLT contains multitudes. Showing off two sides of his unique rap approach in a single statement, Jaah shares “Intro/What We Do,” a new two-part music video. A fiercely intense mission statement, “Intro” is an aggressive assertion of Jaah’s towering confidence, as he ramps up his vocal intensity over the course of the bite-sized song: “Made my path and I did it my way, so f*ck what you thought and f*ck what you say,” shouts Jaah over stabs of sawtooth synth. Meanwhile, “What We Do” is reflective and laid back, displaying the same confidence but showcasing a softer, conversational flow with the addition of lilting melodies in the hook.

For Skope: 4 multi-genre remixes of Nicky Romero & Sick Individuals’ “Only For You” (downtempo, hardstyle, house) [out now]

the remix pack of Nicky Romero & Sick Individuals’ “Only For You” just dropped on Protocol Recordings. The 4-track bundle consists of various multi-genre interpretations from indie downtempo through hardstyle to progressive house, coming from Tennyson, Bass Modulators, Futuristic Polar Bears, and Low Blow.

METZ shares a new video for “Framed by the Comet’s Tail,“ off their critically acclaimed new album Atlas Vending

METZ has shared a new video for their song “Framed by the Comet’s Tail”, directed by the band’s drummer, Hayden Menzies. The visual companion to a personal favorite track of Menzies’ from Atlas Vending was created within a set of self-imposed limitations; it was all shot by Menzies on his phone, edited at home, with no borrowed content. He says of the video “It’s not a literal interpretation of the song by any means, but a document of random firing synapses of the mind during isolation.” Watch the video now.

TERROR: Los Angeles Hardcore Titans Surprise-Release Sink To The Hell Rare Tracks EP Via WAR Records TODAY

Los Angeles hardcore titans TERROR surprise fans with Sink To The Hell, a four-track 7″ including four previously unreleased tracks. The record is available TODAY via WAR Records and is streaming in its entirety.

With over fifteen hard years of unwavering dedication laid down behind them, Los Angeles’ TERROR returns with another testament to the faith that they have avowed to keep.

Top 40 Americana Radio Debut – Brit Taylor’s Real Me

Real Me, the semi-autobiographical album by emerging Americana sensation Brit Taylor, debuted on the AMA/CDX Americana Radio Chart at No. 37 yesterday, the highest ranking debut album on the chart and just 10 days after the album’s release. It also cracked the top 5 for the second time since September as the 2nd most added album on the chart. “Back In The Fire,” Taylor’s current single, debuted at No. 46 on the AMA/CDX Americana Top 50 singles chart. A second song from the album, “Married Again,” is in the top 10 of most added singles on the chart.

The Sign Records share free to download Bandcamp compliation

What’s your poison? No matter what your answer is, The Sign Records is the label that have kept delivering high-quality releases since their start in 2015. The label has helped to launch carriers for bands as MaidaVale, Hällas, Svartanatt, Lizzies, The Drippers, and Demon Head, to name a few. Alternative music for a new generation. Shaking garage rock, fuzzed-out stoner, enchanting psych, uncompromising metal, and classic rock. No boundaries hold The Sign Records back.

Osees Share Live “Gelatinous Cube” Performance Via Under The Radar

Today, Osees share their live performance of “Gelatinous Cube” via Under the Radar, who describes it as, “the clip itself is pure Osees, a perfect encapsulation of everything fans have been missing during lockdown. The distorted guitar intro, fuzz pedal riffs, frenzied dual drummers, and Dwyer’s manic vocals (occasionally delivered with the microphone inside his mouth) are everything fans of Osees have come to love.”

MN’s Appolis Keeps His Distance With New Video “Goofy”

MN rapper Appolis follows up the recent success of his Seen This Movie Before visuals with a new video single Goofy. The track serves as a personal confession in relation to his lifestyle and relationships. “Its about being down for someone and they make you feel Goofy” says Appolis. The video was directed by OG The Director and shot in the SP Style Recording Studio to capture the session vibe. Check it out now on youtube and your preferred digital streaming platform via Appolis Entertainment.

bloody white Releases Highly Anticipated Sophomore EP ‘some reflections’

Today Santa Barbara native, genre-blending alt-pop singer, songwriter, and DIY producer bloody white releases his highly anticipated sophomore EP, some reflections featuring the shimmering single, “scars.” The third single from his EP, following the incandescent singles “i’m busy” and “12am”, “scars” is a stuttering gem of anti-pop lyricism and lo-fi beats, focusing on the fallout from a toxic relationship, showcasing bloody white’s maturity as a self-taught DIY artist, beatmaker, songwriter, and producer. While “12 am” made it to Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Pop and Fresh Finds Indie, his last single “i’m busy” was placed on Spotify’s NMF, Crush, Indie Pop, Metropolis, and Creamy among others.