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The Midnight Preachers Release Single + Video for “MEXICO”

Irish rock band The Midnight Preachers released their new single titled “Mexico” to all digital outlets.

The song was produced by John Henry and Eoghan MacSheain and mixed/ mastered by Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal.

“Mexico is a song about doing what you need to do in life and making bold decisions to separate yourself from the pack. It’s also about looking inward and bringing some of those demons out” says Eoghan MacSheain.

No Year Announces LP and Unveils First Single

NO YEAR, a Portland quartet comprised of veterans of the city’s underground music scene are poised to inflict gripping, visceral psychedelic post-hardcore on the listening public with the release of their first LP, “SO LONG”. Named well before the shit-showery of 2020, the title has taken on all new meaning at the end of the longest year of our lives.

Devan shares new video for R&B-tinged indie-pop single “We’re All Gonna Die Anyway”

Devan has been pursuing a music career since she was a kid; the brazen 10-year-old dropped off a homemade demo – to no avail – at the iconic Olympic Studio, home to Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Now in 2020, the Toronto-born/London-raised singer-songwriter is gearing up to release her debut solo project.

Breakout artist Hope Waidley releases the music video for “Stars”

Today, breakout artist Hope Waidley releases the cinematic music video for her recently released single, “Stars,” directed by Steven “Phillyflyboy” Philip and produced by Hope Waidley herself. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​”Stars” was inspired by a dream Hope had and the song has a genuine nature that evokes the feelings of warmth and happiness, which is perfectly manifested in the warm, summery visuals. The radiant singer/songwriter’s tranquil music video transports you to a golden hour-hued fantasy as she wanders through a field of flowers, floats down a river, and sings against a stunning landscape at sunset, bringing the dream that inspired the track to life.

FUCKED AND BOUND: BrooklynVegan Streams Suffrage From Seattle Hardcore Punk Faction

Seattle hardcore punk faction FUCKED AND BOUND will unleash a limited-edition reissue of their punishing Suffrage debut via Quiet Panic Friday, December 18th.

Initially unleashed in 2018 by Atomic Action! Records, the 2020 edition of Suffrage includes a blistering cover of Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing,” as well as new album art by guitarist Brian McClelland and serves as a bridge piece to the band’s 2021 full-length.

Bandits on the Run collaborate with acclaimed dancers, choreographers

When Bandits on the Run wrote and recorded “It’s in a Dream!,” the world was different. Nobody had heard of COVID-19, and nobody expected to be virtually trapped in their homes for nearly a year, and face the holidays isolated from loved ones. So when filmmakers Andrew Harper and Katherine Henly reached out with the idea to set a distantly choreographed, isolated dance performance to the song, the Bandits saw it as a serendipitous chance to give a little gift to everyone, speaking to an experience we can all relate to. “It’s proof that we can still make magic together, even when we’re apart.”


“Songs for My Next Ex” is the most personal project Charlotte has released to date, with all of the songs being written during and about her most recent relationship. When the album is listened to in order, the story will fall into place – the joy, love, sorrow and growth. The album was both recorded and produced during quarantine.

“Songs for My Next Ex has been transformative for me – both as a woman and as an artist,” Charlotte explains. “I am so excited to finally get other ears on it and watch the story unfold for the first time for new listeners. It’s definitely terrifying to put this much of my heart and soul out into the world, but I feel like so many people experience this kind of emotional rollercoaster. Even if one person can relate, and hopefully find a strength like I did from these songs, it will be worth it!”

Video: JJ Finesser – Perfect Match

Written as a love song to Hip Hop ‘Perfect Match’ is the latest release to come from hip-hop emcee JJ Finesser. “Her steadying presence consistently inspires me to be the best version of myself everyday.” explains JJ Finesser. ‘Perfect Match’ is the latest single in the exciting build up to JJ Finesser’s upcoming album which is expected for early January 2021. The personification of Hip Hop in this love song makes for an intimate and visceral listening experience. The song ‘Perfect Match’ details the origin of the relationship between JJ Finesser and Hip-Hop, taking the listener on a journey from the beginning to now. “Hip-Hop is the source of my creativity. She’s Hip-Hop.” adds JJ Finesser, describing ‘Perfect Match’ as a way of communicating the importance Hip-Hop has to him.

Iconic Bond & Badlogic – Day Won [Album]

That elusive commodity that’s in limited supply in the social media era… loyalty through the process, as platforms get bigger and bigger, circles get smaller and smaller. Egyptian American, and self-proclaimed outsider Iconic Bond [NC] releases his aptly titled debut album “Day Won” where he speaks on existentialism, losing friendships, the subconscious and hidden enemies, produced entirely by NC producer and human being Badlogic.

Band Of Silver Unveil Music Video for “Always”

Today, rising pop-rock band, Band Of Silver, unveil the music video for their song, “Always.” The edgy clip was directed by veteran video director, Roman White, and filmed at an old paint factory in Nashville called Warren Studios. “We had two setups, a light look and a dark one, which looked just as cool in person as on film,” shares vocalist Avery Silvernagel. “Overall, we are thrilled with how it turned out. Everyone involved did a great job and it really shows.”

Video Premiere: Band Of Silver – ‘Always’

Ryan Pollie Album Release & Video Premiere: Strange Beings of Greenwater

Tomorrow sees the release of Ryan Pollie’s “Museum at the End of Time”, an ambient album designed to calm anxiety. It’s also the premiere date for the official video of “Strange Beings of Greenwater”.

Alcam | “Never Forget” | Music Service

Game Changers Ent. recording artist, Alcam, reminisces about where he came from in his new single, “Never Forget”. The rapper out of St. Louis, MO is staying focused on the mission and uses his past to help navigate his way to the top. Determination oozes throughout the record from Alcam’s delivery to the beat by Dee On The Track. Listen to “Never Forget” and stay up to day with Alcam by following him on all social media platforms.

Just Released! T’Melle “Soon As”

The passionate sounds of empowerment within T’melle voice commands determination to survive. The Philly raised – Atlanta made R&B soultress began her mark in Music as the standout member of a local Philadelphia group, gaining the attention of the legendary Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Under her mentorship as a kid, T’melle’s journey took an unexpected turn when T’melle was severely injured from the Honduras crash of 2002 that took Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’s life. As a result, T’melle had to overcome the physical disability along with the mental barriers that came with. This however added fuel to the entertainer’s passionate voice as she moved to Atlanta to work with some of music’s elite – Usher Raymond, Brian-Michael Cox, Kevin Gates and more – under


Still Home for The Holidays carries on the long Atlantic Records tradition of such classic holiday albums as 1968’s legendary SOUL CHRISTMAS. The carefully crafted 13-track anthology is further highlighted by tracks from such acclaimed artists as GRAMMY® Award nominated rapper Shelley FKA DRAM, multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Tayla Parx, and genre-busting R&B singer-songwriter Pink Sweat$, who contributes a very special rendition of Donny Hathaway’s beloved “This Christmas” incorporating vocals from the late, great soul legend. What’s more, the remarkable compilation showcases some of today’s most compelling new R&B stars, including Ayanis, Raiche, IV JAY and TikTok sensation Jeven Reliford, to name but a few.

Daughters of Imagine Dragons, TWO/Nico Vega release debut Christmas single

Like many parents, TWO’s Aja Volkman-Reynolds and Dan Epand have found themselves in uncharted waters over the past year. After schools closed in March, they found themselves homeschooling their children. To pass the time and keep themselves entertained, Epand started bringing his older daughter, Lennon, into the studio to write songs. Having been surrounded by performers her entire life, the six-year-old took naturally to the process. A nod to their circumstances, Epand and Lennon named the project Homescool.

ALIX Drops New Music Video for “Spoiled (ft. Rozee)”

When ALIX isn’t crafting infectious tunes, she’s using her platform to give back to communities that need upfliting. On December 18th, she’ll be performing her album via livestream in collaboration with FriendSkys and will be using this performance to raise awareness and donations for the Clear The List organization. Clear The List helps provide resources for students and teachers who have been affected by COVID-19.


Singing acapella on a smartphone-shot video, Keedron Bryant moved the world to tears with nothing more than his powerhouse voice and the declaration, “I’m a young black man doing all that I can.” The 13-year-old Florida native’s YouTube performance of “I JUST WANNA LIVE” surged around the globe as a clarion call for change and the unassuming soundtrack to a moment of revolution. He performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show via FaceTime, and received acclaim from Good Morning America, CNN, The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, Access Hollywood, and BBC News.


Deante’ Hitchcock releases the new video for his track “Plug Me In,” from the deluxe version of his critically acclaimed album BETTER. Directed by WhoIsGLP, the video concept is a fun play on the song’s title showing Deante’ being manufactured and delivered as a life size doll you plug in.

MOLTEN: Decibel Magazine Premieres “On Through Phlegethon”

Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of “On Through Phlegethon,” a new single from Bay Area thrash/death metal quintet, MOLTEN. The track precedes the band’s impending debut album, Dystopian Syndrome, set for release in January 2021.

Track Premiere: Molten – “On Through Phlegethon”


The newest rendition of the Quincy Jones gem, SECRET GARDEN, featuring R&B powerhouses OMAR WILSON, SISQO’, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN and SHAWN STOCKMAN is available now on all streaming and download platforms, via the BSE Recordings/SONY Music/Orchard label imprint. The amazingly beautiful visuals to SECRET GARDEN were directed and shot by famed video director, Derek Blanks.

New Video! Seddy Hendrinx “45” ft A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Seddy Hendrix managed to get a rare feature from the man himself, Highbridge’s A Boogie. While Seddy Hendrix is a rising star out of Florida, anyone that can drag A Boogie out of the shadows and hold their own deserves a spot on this list. ‘45’ is off Seddy’s album that dropped on Friday, ‘Sayless’ – a really strong 7-track project with an impressive feature list also including G Herbo, Gunna, 24hrs, and another appearance from labelmate Jack Harlow. The talent and versatlity of Seddy’s smooth vocals, every bit as hip hop as they are R&B, combined with the direction of Generation Now (See: DJ Drama, Don Cannon, Lakeshow, Lil Uzi Vert) – this 7-song feature flex is only scratching the surface of what we’re sure to see from Seddy Hendrix in the coming year.


“Want Me To” is the duo’s warmest love song to date. Over a sparse yet slamming beat, BlueBucksClan offer their love interests the same expensive threads and foreign cars they enjoy, and occasionally invite those women to share their lives. “Want Me To” also illustrates the pair’s chemistry and the enduring appeal of their casual boasts. After DJ says he’ll gift a woman Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Cartier, Jeeezy sounds unfazed and ups the ante: “I could put you in Off-White if you want me to / I could put you on a flight if you want me to.”


Bronx, NY rapper PNV Jay is back to deliver a brand new music video as we close out 2020. “Bust It” the catchy new record speaks to PNV Jay’s interest in a woman, and mission to prove his doubters wrong, with cool lyrics accentuated by a classic drill-infused beat. At 18 years old, he is making his mark as a one to watch in the drill-rap scene.

OUT TODAY: Space Kamp Drop New Video “Sunrays No Shade”

The soulful warm song “Sunrays No Shade” was born during the summer months of COVID-19 between Space Kamp’s home base in Allentown, PA and producer Rob the Viking’s studio at The Chamber Studio, in Nanaimo, Victoria Island, BC. From production to recording, the new song was impressively arranged and produced virtually from the live instrumentation to vocals. “Rob the Viking produced the track, it’s just had the good vibe, and it was one of those songs that writes itself. Not being able to tour we knew we wanted to stay busy and consistent,” Space Kamp continues, “Now more than ever we feel like it’s crucial to look on the bright side of things, find the good in bad situations. That’s all we are really saying. There is a lot of negative going around, it’s hard not to get consumed by it. Sunrays No Shade is like our mind state, stay positive and don’t feed into that negative energy.” “Sunrays No Shade” debuted with Glide Magazine who commented, “the song feels like the kind of anthem you could jump along to with a smile on your face, and its positive message is one we could all use right now.”


The galvanizing Los Angeles rap crew Shoreline Mafia has shared their new video for “All The Time” featuring OhGeesy, the latest visual off their recently released debut album and deluxe, Mafia Bidness. In the John Rawl directed video, Ohgeesy can be seen stylishly mobbing through the City of Angels as he calls out the fakes and would be ops with his famously smooth and unbothered tone. “All The Time” was produced by the Detroit-based beatsmith Helluva (Megan Thee Stallion, Tee Grizzley) and follows Shoreline Mafia’s video releases for “Crash Dummy,” “Backdoor,” and “Change Ya Life,” (1.5 million+ views).