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Ska + Sub-Saharan Blues! Check Out Kuwaisiana’s “Cymbal Of The City”

Kuwaisiana is a New Orleans based band led by Kuwaiti songwriter, +Aziz and they’re here to help us end the year on a high note! Today the band is sharing “Cymbal of This City,” the second single off their upcoming EP, ‘Chapter 2,’ out January 15th.

Combining traditional Khaleeji rhythms with elements of ska, Sub-Saharan blues, and New Orleans brass music, “Cymbal of This City” is both danceable and poignant. With lyrics in English AND Arabic, the track examines +Aziz’s Arab identity through the lens of something we’ve all felt before- alienation.

Artist: Joemayk – Track: Days of Harmony

Joemayk is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and music producer of Venezuelan origin, he began his musical career as soloist under the name of Aaron Avanish in 1999 with his simple “Dame”, in 2006 he decided to move to Madrid where he published his first work “A pasos desiertos” which gets an excellent acceptance in 2009, in 2013 he published two new singles “Como los gigantes” and “Contigo pa’ siempre” in 2016 JoeMayk moves to London and decides to change the direction of his career composing in English his ep “Love” composed of 7 songs, in 2018 he decides to change his artistic name in the search of his true style and his new name adopting his first name joined to his second name Joemayk and publishes his latest work “Drive Somewhere” which he expresses is a moment of change through which he goes. in 2019 he released his third musical work animal soul, an ep composed of 5 songs in which he shows his influence towards the genres heartland rock, Glam rock and Soft Rock.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER Announces First Japanese Full-Length Album ‘STILL DREAMING’

Global phenomenon K-pop boy group TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI) will release STILL DREAMING via UMe, their first full-length album in Japanese, on February 12, 2021 in the U.S. Pre-order here:

DAN WEISS STAREBABY: New York City Avant-Jazz Supergroup Releases “Head Wreck” Official Video

DAN WEISS STAREBABY, the NYC-based avant-jazz supergroup led by drummer DAN WEISS, presents an engaging new official video for “Head Wreck.” The collective sees WEISS joined by Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) on bass, Ben Monder on guitar, and the twin-attack of Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn on keyboards, pianos, and electronics.

“Head Wreck” is found on the outfit’s acclaimed second LP, Natural Selection, which saw release in September via jazz label Pi Recordings. The intriguing and intense album was expertly captured by veteran recording engineer Ron Saint Germain (Soundgarden, Living Colour, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt. The video for “Head Wreck” was directed and filmed by Mimi Chakarova and edited by Derek O. Hanley and showcases this incredibly proficient unit capturing the song in the studio.

Ready for broadcast… Trapped from Dutch techno pioneer DJ Spandex

DJ Spandex just spun his way onto the Dutch music scene. In that time, he has established a reputation as one of the most innovative DJ’s of his generation.

Having shown an affinity for music from a very young age, DJ Spandex has been fine-tuning his DJ skills with a unique repertoire of mixes, music elements and playlists.

His career took off propelled by a loyal following that loved the mind-bending sounds of DJ Spandex.

Album: Levi Stress – Sumthin 2 Build With

Italian death metallers FULCI will close out the year with a free virtual concert experience this Sunday, December 27th, celebrating the new reissue of their acclaimed second LP, “Tropical Sun” (Time To Kill Records).

The live set will be streamed on YouTube and Instagram. Director Salvatore Delle Femmine will be mixing the band’s performance with clips taken by Lucio Fulci’s masterpieces such as “Zombi 2” and “City of the Living Dead”.

UK Indie Rock Outfit LAKES Debuts New “Pine Barrens” Music Video

What began as drummer Matt Shaw’s acoustic demos back in 2017 quickly developed into a six-piece band, bonding over a love of artists like American Football, Minus The Bear and The Appleseed Cast. The group has taken influence from mid-western emo, math-rock and alternative indie and combined those with Fleetwood Mac style dual-vocal pop melodies and twinkling glockenspiel to create their trademark “Glock-Rock” sound.

Earning their stripes in pubs and clubs of the Watford music scene, Lakes have been emboldened with a DIY attitude that was born from frustration of life on the peripheries of a capital city. The group’s fiercely independent attitude has led them to record all their own music, produce their own music videos and with families of their own – organise child-friendly matinee gigs in their hometown.

BVRNOUT Brings the Heat on New Noise Debut “I Get You”

Rising producer BVRNOUT brings electronic prowess to Dim Mak’s New Noise imprint via his bass house banger “I Get You.”

Massachusetts-born Chris Barnhart, A.K.A. BVRNOUT, is in full effect. Coming off of “Rock The Party,” dropped via Don Diablo’s Generation HEX, and “Fade,” the second ever release on Space Yacht’s brand new label, BVRNOUT is closing out the year on a hot streak. His Trap Nation single “Apache” alongside 5oh8 put him on the map in 2016, but with a new direction for his sound, BVRNOUT is reemerging on the scene with a fresh take on bass house.

Davido and Wale Join Superboy Cheque for “Zoom” Remix

Up-and-coming Nigerian artist Superboy Cheque made waves in Africa this past summer when his single “Zoom,” a highlight track from his debut EP, Razor, charted across the continent. Now, the 25-year-old artist has enlisted the help of fellow Nigerian artist Davido and rapper Wale for the official remix of the genre-bending single.


Chicago – based singer/songwriter Isaiah Grass, shares his holiday single he wrote titled: “Christmas with You”, as well as the classics “O Holy Night”, & “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”, for a virtual holiday event.

During the holidays, Isaiah donates the proceeds of his song “Christmas with You”, to ‘The Salvation Army’ to help raise money for those less fortunate.

“Christmas with You”, is currently being played on WGGH 98.5 FM, among other radio stations during the holiday! This song has also been performed on several TV segments. We’ve been told this song has the potential of being a well-known classic.

Morray Reflects on Rough Christmases Past on “Dreamland”

Morray’s skill with melody, sharp wordplay, and knack for emotional resonance makes him one of the rap game’s most exciting newcomers. Continuing his lightning quick rise to prominence, Morray shares “Dreamland,” a heart-wrenching new single. Marked by ringing pianos and Morray’s church-trained vocal runs, “Dreamland” is the artist’s pained recollection of growing up in poverty, and the lasting trauma caused by his experiences. The Fayetteville, NC native recalls Christmases and birthdays without gifts, living in motels, and sleeping on “some carpet cuz its better than the pavement.

Moonscape – Entity, Chapter II: Echoes From A Cognitive Dystopia – (Heavy Metal)

MOONSCAPE is a melodic death/progressive/power metal oriented project which was formed back in 2015 by Håvard Lunde, based in Gjøvik, Norway. Musical inspirations and influences include bands like EDGE OF SANITY, OPETH, ENTOMBED, AYREON, HELLOWEEN, YES, JETHRO TULL and many more. After many years of trying to find a proper musical direction in which he felt comfortable, he formed MOONSCAPE after rediscovering EDGE OF SANITY’s 1996 classic «Crimson» album, an album that stood out as the ultimate inspiration already in his adolescent years when he first became musically active. The idea of creating music that had low-tuned guitars with good melodies on top was an appealing one, and with added atmospheric and symphonic elements and variations in terms of texture and arrangement, he was better able to reach his goal; to create a large scale composition that his listeners would later on refer to as «a musical journey».

The White Stripes share 90-minute animated yule log video

The White Stripes have put their own spin on the classic yule log video with a 90-minute looping illustrated clip directed by Noah Sterling. The video’s soundtrack consists of songs from The White Stripes Greatest Hits (out now via Third Man/Columbia), acoustic tracks, rare b-sides and the original Christmas song “Candy Cane Children.”

Artist: Trannieboi – Track: Lipitor

A disabled black trans man from South London, Trannieboi has taken the queer music scene by storm with debut hit Sertraline Gang. With a layered tongue-in-cheek lyrical style, radical political perspective and nod to Hyperpop House, Trannieboi is breaking through with a fresh sound, challenging the very place of trans people in hip-hop in the UK.

ANDREKZA Releases Visuals for Latest Single “Nerviosa”

Venezuelan artist and creative director ANDREKZA releases the visuals to “Nerviosa,” the latest single off of her forthcoming debut EP, Cassette Lado A, set to be released early 2021 via Steve Aoki’s Latin imprint – Dim Mak En Fuego. The visuals were shot in Los Angeles and directed by ANDREKZA and Macksimo, as well as edited and color corrected by the multifaceted and talented artist herself.

“In the video, I’m portraying a specific occurring scene I dream up in my head when I like someone so much that I get nervous to the point of getting butterflies in my stomach as I try to be myself. I love being behind the scenes in each of my projects to be able to recreate these dreams and tie them back to my music,” explains ANDREKZA about the “Nerviosa” video.

TRILLIONAIRE: “Dead By 25” Single Premiered At Treble

Awakening the ghosts of prog rock, and imbuing them with renewed and unfettered dark ambition, TRILLIONAIRE’s bold, shimmering sound is created by a group of veterans hailing from a wide array of prominent US rock and metal bands. The group’s Romulus debut features a notable cast of contributors, uniting vocalist Renee Fontaine, bassist Matt St. Gelais, drummer Phil DuBois (Fuligin, ex-Revocation), and the triple-guitar attack of Andrew LaCour (Inter Arma, ex-Ken Mode), Drew Storks, and Kevin Savage, with live bass provided by Greg Meisenberg (Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant) and additional live guitar by Connor Harvey.

Trillionaire share anthemic new heavy rock single “Dead by 25”

Pale Waves Release Video For “She’s My Religion”

British indie-pop band Pale Waves have released a deeply personal video for their latest single “She’s My Religion,” which features frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie and her life partner Kelsi Luck in a series of candid, vulnerable vignettes showing that even the most mundane moments can be transformative when paired with the right person –

The Untold Story of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreaking Health Struggles

Elvis Presley should be turning 86 years old on January 8, but instead, the world lost him on August 16, 1977, when he was just 42 years old. Following his untimely death, news reports painted him as bloated and unconscious on his bathroom floor, leaving devastated fans with a graphic, tarnished final image of their shiny idol from Tupelo. Toxicology reports confirmed that he was overloaded with prescription medications — just another cliché, a rock star who popped one too many pills.

Historian and author Sally Hoedel, however, doesn’t see Elvis as a cautionary tale of self-destruction. Instead, she sees a man who struggled, every day, to survive.



Combining carefully-crafted melodies with gripping, emotional lyrics, Anson’s music has a somewhat majestic quality. The up and coming American rising star recently released Walked Through Hell, the first single from Anson’s upcoming project, out early 2021. The track has already racked up over 3.5 million streams on Spotify alone and was added to an incredible 29 New Music Friday playlists around the world, as well as Spotify’s Pop Rising playlist, Apple’s New Music Daily and Amazon’s Acoustic Chill.

Check Out Gothic/Industrial Artist NIGHT TERROR’s New Full-Length Release, “Freak On The Inside”

Gothic industrial artist NIGHT TERROR has unleashed their new full-length album, Freak On The Inside.

For Fans Of: System Syn, Tragic Impulse & Bauhaus

What separates NIGHT TERROR’s music is its unique mix of gothic-style vocals with industrial sounds. After a year of “in-genre” albums, NIGHT TERROR’s blend of eerie, soothing vocals and a multi-genre approach closes out the year in musical relief, standing apart from the masses.

Rejoice! Long Island Singer/Songwriter Chris St. John Releases Original Christmas Music

Over the last quarter century, Singer/Songwriter (and former Judge) Chris St. John has truly led a diverse and successful professional career in the field of law. Now, his dream of lateral success in the music business is starting to become a reality, with his instantly satisfying first musical releases, “It’s Christmas Day,” and “Baby in a Manger,” which are available now – just in time for the holidays.


ALPHA BOYS Release The First Official Video From The Upcoming Album ‘Saviours Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Swedish deathpunk group Alpha Boys have released the first material from their forthcoming album Saviours Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, set for release on January 21st via Sliptrick Records. The song is the spritely, hard hitting Han(d) Solo and here is what the group had to say about it; “The track is the ultimate punky rock’n’roll tune for all those that have grown up with Star Wars and heavy metal… it goes out for all the nerds who couldn’t get Leia out of their heads and had to go “solo”. That’s right, this is Han(d) Solo!”

French metalcore/rock newcomers DIZORDER streamed brand new album ‘SKY//LIGHT’

As announced during the last weeks with the singles “Lili//Moon” and “Soul//Less”, French metal(core) newcomers Dizorder finally released their debut full-length album called ‘SKY//LIGHT’, available right now on CD & Digital through all platforms.

In addition to the official release-news, the band also shared the whole effort for free streaming on Bandcamp.

Helalyn Flowers to launch 6th studio album ‘Àiresis’ in February

The double CD includes a 11-track “Skepsis” bonus disc featuring remix collaborations with Jean-Marc Lederman, Implant, Imjudas, Junksista, Alien_Nation, Planet Pop, Exophantom, Digital Shadows, Mario Rühlicke and DJ Und3Rmin3R.

SONGS FROM BLACK SPIRIT Release Their New Official Video For ‘Memories’

Lithuanian project Songs From Black Spirit have released their first official video taken from their 2020 album I Am Who I Am. Here’s what lead man Vitalis Kairiūkštis had to say concerning the track Memories; “This song is about memories – the most twisted gift that was given to humanity because living something that is completely lost once again is heaven and hell at the same time. Sad but true story about love and hate, black and white and never-ending magic…”

Husband and Wife Duo Toby and Pip Release Soulful New Single ‘New Year’

Husband and wife duo Toby & Pip have been a couple for over 11 years. At a friend’s wedding one New Year’s Eve, they realised they had shared that midnight moment together since they first met & they wanted to do so every year moving forward. This inspired ‘New Year’, a soulful & uplifting love song about always having an anchor – a special someone by your side to bring in each new year with. This festive anthem is a declaration that, despite everything that might be going on around them, they will always have each other.