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Experimental pop duo Vákoum announce debut album, share intense & ethereal “Spark” video; ‘Linchpin’ LP out 2/19/21

Vákoum is an experimental pop duo founded in NYC in 2014 by instrumentalists, composers and producers, Natalia Padilla and Kelli Rudick. Their humble 20 year foundation of virtuosic guitar playing and multi effect processing and synthesis, brought them together at “The End” —Greenpoint’s hub for creatives in Brooklyn during a guitar clinic. Since then their craft has evolved through subconscious intuition, creating a sonic mirror that redefines a system of music as an emotive dialogue that was written for each other and accentuated by each other, instilling a deeper connection to self and a shared relationship. Today they announce their debut album, ‘Linchpin’ (out 2/19/21) and share the intense visual for “Spark” with Northern Transmissions.

Vákoum Debut Video For “Spark”

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams To Release “Plastic Bouquet” Tomorrow – Under The Radar Magazine Premieres Album in Full Today

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams are set to release their debut collaboration Plastic Bouquet tomorrow via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Kacy Lee Anderson & Marlon Williams and was recorded in Saskatoon, SK and Nashville, TN. Plastic Bouquet has been met with wide critical acclaim with Uncut Magazine awarding the album 8 out of 10 stars in their “Album of the Month” review, calling it a “cross-hemisphere collaboration between two teams of very distinctive artists.”

King Princess debuts “PAIN” music video directed by Quinn Wilson featuring Stella Maxwell, Kilo Kish and more

Today, King Princess debuts the music video for her latest track, “PAIN,” directed by Quinn Wilson and featuring Stella Maxwell, Kilo Kish and more—watch it here.

Artist: Dom Da Don – Track: Eagle in the City

“My name is Dominique Tiller, 21 yo, an Atlanta artist that is now residing in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Grew up through the hardships and challenges of living in the projects of college park and other parts of the inner city. Debuting this track “in the city” he explains how he has been through it all and is now overcoming it all.”

Listen to Real Numbers’ new jangle pop single “Darling” via Under The Radar; Brighter Then is due 1/22 on Slumberland

Eli shared some thoughts on how the new single came about, stating: “A few years ago I was struggling to find new ways to put songs together and trying to make things less straightforward while maintaining our pop sensibilities. Darling incorporated some new chord shapes I’d never used before as well as more adventurous drums. The vocal melodies were also written to be a bit more unusual sounding but all that being said Darling is PURE POP. It actually turned out so well that many subsequent songs leaned heavily on this one, so it’s really become a template for the next phase of Real Numbers.”

Elise Eriksen Releases “Less” Video ft. Shoffy and Blu DeTiger, co-written by Julia Michaels

“’Less’ speaks about things that are meaningful, but I wanted it to feel upbeat and fun because it has been such a tough year,” says Elise. “I had such a great time making the video with Shoffy, Blu DeTiger, and my friends, and I think it really comes across. It really gives people insight into who I am and what it’s like to hang out with me. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as we did making it!”

Romy debuts piano session version of “Lifetime”

Captured at the end of the day during studio sessions for her forthcoming debut album, the stripped-back performance is an intimate moment, putting the focus on Romy’s songwriting and the emotion of her vocal performance.

Artist: TruckerBomb – Track: Irregardlessly

The debut TruckerBomb single, “Irregardlessly,” mixes the up-tempo swing of honky-tonk with the dark heart of dive-bar grunge. Singer-songwriter Troy Richardson is a classic Americana-style storyteller known to twist a phrase or two, infusing sarcasm and humor in equal doses to serious observations into this track crafted with clever country hooks and empowered by guitar-driven rock.

COLLAPSE CULTURE: Duo Uniting Members Of Bleach Everything, Kowloon Walled City, And More To Release Debut Via Pax Aeternum

Born of the boredom found in the earliest days of COVID-19 quarantine, COLLAPSE CULTURE is a long-distance collaboration by Graham Scala (Bleach Everything, US Christmas, Interstitia) and Ian Miller (Kowloon Walled City, Strangelight, Less Art) that started as an attempt to step as far out of their comfort zones as possible by making a dance record. The process was originally something of a distraction while it felt like the world was falling apart outside their door and therefore the end result was something darker, spacier, and more disorienting than intended – a hazy, washed-out expanse of ambient-inflected dub techno in the vein of Burial, Andy Stott, or Bill Laswell that would be better suited to dancing in the ruins of an abandoned temple in a country not found on any map than it would be for the club.

Collapse Culture Premiere Immersive & Exploratory Electronica — Listen Here!

NEW MUSIC: Nashville-based Alt-Rock Band The Indigo Announces New Single “Even If You Do” – Out Now

Nashville alt-rock quartet The Indigo have announced the upcoming release of their new single, “Even If You Do”, a romantic ballad focusing on the developing, yet blissful, beginning stages of a new relationship. Refusing to conform to a singular sound, The Indigo sought inspiration for this track from a wide range of genres. From country with music legend Glen Campbell, to rock royalty The Beatles, to the reflective tones of Father John Misty, the multitude of influences can be heard all throughout their new track. The Indigo worked closely with producer Toby Hulbert (RCA Studios/Abbey Road), as well studio engineer Colin Lott (East Avalon Sound Recorders) to create their third single, “Even If You Do,” out on all digital platforms on December 6, 2020.

BankrollShell – “Better Off”

Artist: Monkeypig – Track: Burnmark

Overlooked swedish indie band, with post punky, shoegazy undertones. They had releases on Borderline Records and Pandemonium Records/Universal Music in the late 90’s, early 00’s. The record company went bankrupt and they deserve to get listen to. Especially this track.


Capitol Records recording artist Devon Gilfillian celebrates the season and one of the label’s most illustrious artists with a soulful rendition of “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You).” The beloved carol, written by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé, was originally recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1945. Capitol Records’ historic Hollywood Tower is often referred to as “The House That Nat Built” due to the remarkable string of hits that Cole recorded for the label.

DEVORA Shares Debut Track “Not Dead Yet”

“As a lover of all things dark, I embrace those parts of me while now simultaneously celebrating being alive and present. This song commemorates the ups and downs of life while celebrating the moments that we have today, if only for today. It’s a salute to going your own way in life and carving your own lane undaunted– observing one’s uniqueness, honoring yourself and embracing the crazy ride along the way. This song is a salute to outlaws everywhere.”

Devora Shares a Southwestern Acid-Trip Video for Debut Single “Not Dead Yet”

Video Premiere: “Credo” from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass

Watch the stunning new video for composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Credo,” performed by Gallicantus and Gabriel Crouch, from the album Mass for the Endangered, a “passionate paean to nature” (New Yorker) out now on New Amsterdam/Nonesuch Records. Visual by Deborah Johnson/ CandyStations.

GoodLook | “Rich Dance” | Official Music Video

EXLA Music presents Cincinnati Ohio native, rapper and recording artist, GoodLook. His latest offering “Rich Dance”is a smash hit taking over the airwaves and social media by storm. Tune in and learn the “Rich Dance” from the rap game’s Next To Blow, GoodLook.


Today, Disclosure shared the official video for their new single, “Watch Your Step” featuring Kelis. “Watch Your Step” is from the U.K. duo’s new album, ENERGY (Capitol Records), which has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album – becoming their third consecutive album to earn a nomination in the category. Combined global streams of ENERGY have neared 185 million. “My High” ft. Aminé and slowthai, named by NPR as one of the 100 Best Songs of 2020, is nominated for Best Dance Recording. This gives the Lawrence brothers a total of seven GRAMMY nominations across seven years.

Cuban Cultural Icon José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”

The 63rd Grammy Nominations were announced on November 24, 2020. The astonishing surprise was the Nomination of Cuban born José Alberto “El Ruiseñor”, Nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album “Mi Tumbao”. The excitement is building and it could not have happened to a better man.

José Alberto Tamayo Diaz, aka The Nightingale. Born into a musical family, José’s parents played a key role in his musical journey; his father was a tres player and his mother was a singer. At fourteen years young José flourished as the leader of the Cuban based band, Grupo Rock Lasser; his charisma and popularity spurred his passion, and the rest is history. José Alberto has dedicated his love of Cuba through his music. A win for José Alberto on Jan 31, 2021 would make him the first solo Cuban male vocalist to win a Grammy in 21 years, since Chucho Valdez in 1999. El Ruiseñor confesses, “The Grammy Awards are way up there, it is the Oscars for music, winning a Grammy award would mean a lot to my country.”

Swedish artist lodet shares his debut EP (prod. by Matthew E. White) & the new video for “Many Days” via Week In Pop

In addition to the EP premiere, lodet has released the official video for “Many Days.” lodet’s debut EP, Many Days, is out tomorrow December 11, 2020 via Allen Road Music. In case you missed it, be sure to check out lodet’s last single, “Chasing Circles.” Week In Pop said that the EP “stands as an ambitious time twisting cult sophisti-pop rarity that bops to the esoteric beat, like an obscure and obsessive reissue of an influential underdog.”

NEW VIDEO ALERT! Durbin “The Prince of Metal”

Hailing from the shores of Santa Cruz, CA, USA, modern heavy metal revivalist James Durbin is on the verge of releasing his boldest, heaviest album to date with the announcement of the debut album from DURBIN, “The Beast Awakens”. Coming February 12, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl, fans can watch a video for the second song taken from the album entitled “The Prince of Metal” HERE:

SATARAY And ZANIA MORGAN To Release Harrowing Argyropoeia Split EP Via Scry Recordings This January

From the corrosive molten skin of a world bathed in havoc and deleterious methods of control, comes the workings of SATARAY and ZANIA MORGAN, united for the release of a special split EP via Scry Recordings this January. Titled Argyropoeia, the harrowing, five-track offering is a ritual purging for nocturnal metamorphosis… their voices heralding a birthing of new form in unearthly flight.

Debut single and accompanying visuals from outlaw pop artist DEVORA – Entitled “Not Dead Yet”

Entitled “Not Dead Yet” the track celebrates life in the fast lane, while marking the beginnings of a wild expedition ahead, and the spiritedness of riding off into a pitch black sunset. DEVORA was just profiled in Wonderland Magazine.

Daydream Unveils Full Album Stream

Daydream’s sound is difficult to describe. It’s noisy and chaotic but held together by riffs and melodies that will get stuck in your head for days. It sounds like Lebenden Toten through a Jesus Lizard filter.

Mystic Operative is the band’s second LP. Their first was released by Symphony of Destruction in Italy, and seemed to go under the radar, at least in the United States. On their second LP, the band takes on the commodification of every aspect of our lives.

Daydream Premiere Invigorating New Psyched Up Noise Rock LP — Listen Here!


“Kids these days feel the urge to take drugs to help cope with their emotions,” says TheHxliday “With “Thank U” it’s a message saying ‘You can take drugs. You can take anything you want but it’s only going to make things worse.’ You don’t need that to heal they’re better things to do.”

Ben Hazlewood Unveils Exciting New Single and Video with Dance Sensations NERVO

Following the release of his acclaimed album Bloodline, which was lauded by Harper’s Bazaar, EARMILK, We Found New Music and The Hidden Hits, Ben Hazlewood has teamed up with dance hitmakers NERVO and released the “Lay Me Down (NERVO Remix)” single and music video. Together, Hazlewood and NERVO have created an intoxicating hit guaranteed to lift spirits during these tumultuous times. It’s a flawless follow up to an album about which EARMILK beamed Hazlewood was “no doubt to soon turn his status from burgeoning artist to pop elite.” “Lay Me Down (NERVO Remix)” is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

A1MostDope | “Risk Taker” Album

New Jersey native A1 MostDope hits the streets with “Risk Taker”, the mixtape. With features from Bigga Rankin and more, A1 MostDope steps up to claim his spot in the game Follow the movement.


The IG Live, hosted and DJ’d by DJ Millie, with occasional special guests, reoccurs every Monday. Past guests have included Miguel, 6lack, QUIN & and Ne-Yo. Millie Mondays are Millies way of connecting with folks and bringing a good time and a sense of togetherness during a time we’re all kept apart.

NOPES release second track from forthcoming new album “Djörk”

NOPES have premiered the rocking new single ‘Smile Room’, which is taken from the US noise punks’ forthcoming album “Djörk” scheduled for release on January 29, 2021.

New Latinx Artist Pand$tackz for Skope Magazine

Following the release of his earlier singles this year, “Take You To the Stars” and “Come Baby Close,” Panda$tackz swaps his vintage bluesy romantic swagger for a gritty new Chicano rap, “Pancho Pantera.” The video is a playful homage to Pancho Pantera, an animated character from the 1950s used to promote the nutritionally-supplemented brand Choco Milk in Mexico and puts a lighthearted satirical spin on the opulence that is common in music videos for the genre without casting judgment. As for the song itself, the driving beat and confident lyrics could make even the staunchest wallflower want to dance…at least a little.

CYRRCA – CYRRCA – Release date: Friday, February 5th 2021

CYRRCA’s perspective is fundamentally that of a seeker, shaped by the transcendent power of poetry and a fascination with world cultures and mystic traditions. These themes form CYRRCA’s sonic atmosphere, layering it with personal explorations into spirituality, self-discovery and transformation.

Inspired by a multi-year journey across the globe, CYRRCA’s self-titled LP is a blend of the iconic, the intimate and the mythic. The 13 tracks on the album weave together the happenings of a trek that stretches from the Trans Siberian Railway to the Montenegrin coastline; from Rumi’s shrine in Mevlana, Turkey to the Korean mountainside. The lyrics tell the story of the project as it began – not as an album, but rather a collection of manuscripts, journals and poems that were written while on this spiritual quest. Years later, those writings were adapted into an album that explores themes of self-discovery and transformation.

Noah Singer Releases New Album, “Journey”

Noah Singer releases, “Journey,” the album. Last month, Noah Singer dropped his debut single titled, “Journey.” The song has amassed tens of thousands of streams so far. The success of his title track inspired the singer-songwriter to release his debut album.

Watch: Ceeko Shares A Thrilling New Sci-Fi Music Video for ‘Messed Up’, Directed and Produced by Jesse Leaman

In an epic journey through space and time, the cinematic music video follows Ceeko as he deals with the defeat of heartbreak while isolated in a spaceship with no one other than himself and the ghosts of his past.

Directed and produced by Jesse Leaman, the concept was inspired by the isolation we have all faced over the last year, and how that can play with one’s mind and sanity.

Jake Clemons (Jake Clemons Band, Springsteen’s E Street Band) To Release His Timely New Single & Video “We The People” (Remix) Tomorrow, 12/11

“I wrote ‘We The People’ because I am sick of all of the division and all of the hatred being spewed. I wanted to remind people that the ideas that our country were founded on were ones of moral commitments, pushing towards a more perfect union.”
“I’ve always had a fairly philosophical outlook and am happy to share views on society and culture, but never used that voice so directly through my music until now. Our Democracy is at risk. We have to remind our public servants as well as ourselves that the power belongs in one voice and the will of the people. If it’s been usurped, then we must first remember our obligation to uphold it for the common good of all people and to then demand it back.” Jake Clemons


This is a feel good Christmas song to cheer up the many people who have been effected by the ghastly COVID virus, with my song called “DON’T CANCEL CHRISTMAS!”.

I urge all music supervisors to get this song played on every radio station in the world! It’s a very positive perspective on a very negative situation the world finds itself in!


Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has released his highly anticipated new EP, Covers EP. A collection of his favorite covers, the EP is available everywhere now and includes his eagerly awaited rendition of Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over” as well as his critically acclaimed version of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed”.