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Kate Koenig releases experimental-folk album Etemenanki

As an artist, I am a very hungry experimental-folk caterpillar who eats Fleet Foxes’ progressivism, Kate Bush’s iconoclasticism, Jeff Buckley’s zeal, and Leonard Cohen’s disenchantment. I’m a fierce advocate for mental health awareness which comes out in the deeply introspective theater of my music. Based in Brooklyn, NY, I’ve played NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, Pete’s Candy Store, Pianos, Niagara, and Under St. Mark’s Theatre. My debut album Haircuts for Barbers is available on all streaming platforms.

UK songstress RUTH BLAKE presents invigorating ‘Brave Ships’ single

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ruth Blake presents her new single ‘Brave Ships’, inspired by the warm, rich tones and strong rhythmic grooves of the 1970s. The accompanying video was filmed by Paul Blakemore on Sand Bay.

The b-side for this release is titled ‘I Am’. A reflection of her soul, these compositions are deep and spacious. Richly bittersweet, this is overflowing with love, creativity and reverance. Both tracks were mastered by Shawn Joseph (Portishead, Jonny Greenwood, PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes, Peter Green).

Originally from the Midlands, Blake now resides in the mists and vales of Somerset, where she creates multi-faceted folk music that stirs the soul, rich with symbol and storytelling. ‘Using ‘music as medicine’, this is poignant, lyrical, poetic and even sacred.

Artist: Blood Union – Track: Lit

Blood Union is a Modern hard rock band from Johnstown Pennsylvania , United States . Guitar driven hooky , memorable songs , high flying vocals, awesome harmonies, tight precise rhythm section and songwriting that leaves you wanting to listen to the songs over and over again


For the first time in recent history, quality music is coming back!

During this difficult time of Covid-19, two emerging Artists GIOMANI & POPOFF have been releasing new singles consistently; creating a beacon of hope in the “urban/pop” music scene. POPOFF & GIOMANI started working together in 2019 and have been creating music ever since.

Who is GIOMANI? A highly gifted artist who is destined to capture the likes of billions of fans around the world with his soulful, yet gritty vocals and crowd-chanting lyrics.
With a global perspective of music, it is clear to see that GIOMANI is on track to become the first superstar from the republic of Georgia. Having spent half of his life in Europe and half in his current home of Los Angeles, GIOMANI has the universal touch needed to reach the hearts of pop fans around the world. GIOMANI has an undeniable superstar look, voice and a message to tell the world who he is.

Artist: Block Party – Track: OMW

“OMW” is a cathartic trap symphony blending modern-era melodic Hip Hop flows with classic guitar and luscious, hard hitting drums with a low end that cuts through speakers. The record moves you to just bop your head, whether you’re in the club or at home with your headphones on. CHARGER and Ajax come together with seamless chemistry, pulling you into their world.

BILL CHAMPLIN (Formerly of Chicago) New Single “Reason To Believe”

Bill Champlin started his career very early on in Marin County, CA. In 1965, his band “Sons Of Champlin” released a single on Verve Records and got a little AM radio play. The band then recorded a double album in 1968, Loosen Up Naturally, that got more than local notice but little “Top 40” airplay. Over the next 10 years the Sons released a total of 8 records on 3 different labels, but still not a lot of “Top 40” play. The band, and Bill in particular, got a lot of notice from industry people and, for sure, other musicians across the country. After the Loving Is Why album Bill left the Sons and moved to LA and started working on 2 solo albums, as well as various studio background vocal dates. His two solo albums Single and Runaway were produced by David Foster, who has proven to be a major league player/writer/arranger/producer over the years. One of the songs written for Single was covered by Earth, Wind. and Fire. The single “After the Love has Gone” became a big hit for EWF and Bill replaced the song on the Single album with something else after EWF cut it.

UK Soul Singer Celeste Shares New Single, “Love Is Back;”

Celeste shares her new single “Love Is Back” available now via Interscope Records. “Love Is Back” caps off a triumphant year for Celeste. It began with the double win of BBC Sound Of 2020 and the BRITS Rising Star award and ended with the British-Jamaican singer and songwriter readying the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Not Your Muse. Not Your Muse, out February 26, is available for pre-order.

Artist: Ken Fitzpatrick – Track: Kenny’s Rhizzle Sizzle

‘Kenny’s Rhizzle Sizzle’ is the new rap dance track from Ken Fitzpatrick. It’s a classic fairy tale Iove song about falling in love with someone special. But also, how good being in love with them feels. With spacey psychedelic soundscapes styled over a slick New Orleans style bounce sound, this track is designed for an awesome good time, and for listening pleasure.

Artist: Flash Sitar – Track: Caravan

East meets West in the left and right hands of Farhan Khan as he creates a sonic experience that is both powerful and soothing. Farhan has several CD credits including Mystic Kiss, Flash I, and Flash II, and his most recent CDs, Zen 432 and Fountain of Light, which are collaborative original works with international recording artist Fontain. His original composition “Eastern Breeze” is also featured in the Hollywood movie “Con Is ON” with Uma Thurman and Tim Roth now streaming on Netflix.

CASAGRANDE – “Inferno” from album “Casagrande”

Simone Casagrande was born in Soncino, an ancient village in Northern Italy on June the 20th 1973.

After a long gestation process the homonymous album “Casagrande” was released on October 15th 2020, by French label Soman Records.”.

Father Before Me set to release “Until Lambs Become Lions” single February 12th!

NYC’s Father Before Me Drops First Single, “Until Lambs Become Lions” ahead of Sophomore EP “Ruby.”

Father Before Me kicks off their sophomore EP, Ruby, with the anthemic “Until Lambs Become Lions” accompanied by a brand new music video. Immediately, the song opens with an in your face shred, followed by the skate punk drums and the catchy melodies characterized by Father Before Me’s earlier work.

The song and EP are both self-released by independent artist Father Before Me. Songs were mixed and mastered by genre veterans Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Carousel Kings). The music video was shot by Tom Flynn.

Lillasyster, new album release in Jan 22nd!

With 4 albums released since the start in 2007, countless live shows and multiple nominations for Swedish Grammies Lillasyster are now about to release their fifth album Svensk Jävla Metal!

In 2018 the band released their EP with the same name and have since then released several singles leading up to the album. Among the singles released prior to the album are the bands two original songs in English, Enemy and My Back And Your Knife.

In December the band ended 2020 with the news that they will compete in the Swedish take outs for Eurovision 2021.

Stoke Trio Saving Face Drop Weighty New Single Eyes On Me

Most regions across the UK seem to specialise in a certain type of music. Manchester has the baggy swagger of its indie rock, Liverpool its homegrown scouse psych, while Glasgow seems to bridge the gap between indie-pop and post-rock. Stoke-on-Trent on the other hand, has always operated at the heavier end of the spectrum.

This is where Saving Face come in. A Stoke-based trio who have been turning heads since their inception, despite their relatively short time together, the band take their cues from the guttural riff-heavy rock of bands such as Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age.

DJANGO DJANGO – Unveil “Glowing In The Dark” Remix || New Album: 12 Feb 2021

“Glowing in the Dark”, the second single from Django Django’s new album of the same name has, to date, enjoyed two incredible remixes.

The first courtesy of one of dance music’s most exciting producers and DJ’s Dance System and the second from heavyweight electronic dance legends Hot Chip. To complete the remix trilogy the band stay closer to home – on Django Django’s Iridescent remix the band utilise their own renowned remixing skills to deliver a euphoric, rave inspired delirious take on the original.

Django Django’s Iridescent remix comes accompanied by a stunning original video from Mortis Studio. Made during the first lockdown in a guerrilla style shoot in Portland USA, the video highlights an array of distinct characters each experiencing their own dizzying journey through the remix.

LOKOY releases polyrhythmic pop banger “relay” with Nils Bech

Norwegian artist, producer and creative maverick Lokoy today releases new single “relay” (with Nils Bech) – the final taster of his upcoming full length debut album badminton – out January 22nd via Propeller Recordings.

A dazzling polyrhythmic pop cut incorporating African-inspired percussion and sampled Icelandic church choirs, “relay” was written and recorded alongside Mikhael Paskalev and Nils Bech – the latter internationally famed for his Norwegian language cover of O Holy Night for Norwegian cult TV hit, Skam.

Your Loss unveil their new single, ‘Chaos!’

Following the release of their self-titled debut project, ‘YOUR LOSS I’, West London duo Your Loss are on an absolute tear dropping the second single from their sophomore release, ‘(II)’.

Titled ‘Chaos!’ the 3:27 minute track features high energy, punky and abrasive delivery with nihilistic flows from a duo that are truly carving their own sound and niche within the London alternative hip-hop scene.

At 140bpm, ‘Chaos!’ redefines the meaning of a grime inspired track with an extremely catchy hook, skippy flows, woven over Juno-106 melodies, square waves and heavy hitting percussion.

JAKETHEHAWK: new single “June” streaming exclusively on The Obelisk!

Pittsburgh heavy rockers JAKETHEHAWK release a post-metal infused second track taken from their new album ‘Hinterlands’, due out February 19th on Ripple Music. Get into the dark and dramatic convolutions of “June” exclusively via The Obelisk!

Heirs to the expansive psych-fuzz explorations of bands like Bask, Howling Giant and ASG, JAKETHEHAWK merge the classic, riff-centric sound of proto-metal’s pioneers with the textures of psychedelic rock and progressive rock. They also draw heavy influences from the lush, wooded river valley they call home and its rich folk music tradition, embracing the oxymoronic moniker “Appalachian Desert Rock”, because it sums their sound up perfectly (and they like it). Fresh-sounding, self-reflective and definitely inspiring, ‘Hinterlands’ won’t left you unmoved.

Jakethehawk Premiere “June” From Hinterlands out Feb. 19

Skope video submission: Lil Shxwn, “Lately”

Shxwn says the new single is “about a guy being fed up with a female and the games she’s playing with him. We’re so used to hearing the story of the guy messing up, which isn’t always the case; and this song expresses just that.”

Melodic Death Metal Outfit LIVLØS Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records & Napalm Events

We proudly welcome burgeoning melodic death metal force LIVLØS to the Napalm Records family!

Since forming in 2014, LIVLØS have rapidly made their mark on the Danish metal scene through energetic and enthralling live performances, as well as reputable releases and appearances, including COPENHELL, EUROSONIC and SPOT FESTIVAL. Determined and efficient, LIVLØS have proven why they are among Denmark’s most promising metal bands. Today, Napalm Records is proud to announce that LIVLØS has signed a worldwide record deal, in addition to signing with in-house booking agency Napalm Events!

Thorsten Harm, Booking Agent at Napalm Events on signing LIVLØS to Napalm Events:
“Since I was running into LIVLØS’ manager at the legendary Prime Collective Christmas Party in Copenhagen in late 2018, I kept an eye on this promising band. In the last few years they worked hard and were developping succesfully in their home country. Now it’s time for them to move on and explore international territories. I’m excited to represent them as a booking agent from now and can’t wait to get them on the road once the pandemic is over.”

CULTED Shares Official Music Video for New Single, “Black Bird”

“‘Black Bird’ is about enduring the hardships of existence with a core that’s been forged by fire,” says the band. “Culted sift through the psychological noise of existentialism with a sound that hints at merging the primal essence of two iconic albums, namely, Darkthrone’s ‘Panzerfaust’ and SWANS’ ‘The Great Annihilator.’ Culted, as both individuals and collective, symbolically sacrifice the ego to experience rebirth, and from those ashes arise with ‘Black Bird.'”

Whitesnake’s The Blues Album Available On February 19 From Rhino

Whitesnake celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best blues-rock songs. THE BLUES ALBUM is the third and final release in the band’s Red, White and Blues Trilogy, a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began this year with Love Songs (red) and The Rock Album (white).

TOBY & PIP – 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 and 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.

APPALOOZA: watch cathartic new video “Distress” now!

Wild and heavy Brittany-based rockers APPALOOZA unleash their demons and present their cathartic grunge-infused video for “Distress” today! The band will release their new album ‘The Holy Of Holies’ on February 5th through Ripple Music.

APPALOOZA is a long-gone stallion speeding after a lost freedom. Exuding confidence and firepower from the get-go, the French trio takes its cue from the alt-heavy firepower of the likes of Alice in Chains, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or Them Crooked Vultures, propelling themselves with a creativity and sense of direction that are the essence of great bands.

SUFFERING HOUR: “Obscuration” By Minnesota Blackened Death Trio Now Streaming

“Obscuration” is the devastating new single from Forest Lake, Minnesota-based blackened death metal trio SUFFERING HOUR. The track precedes the February release of the band’s second album, and first for Profound Lore Records, who has issued preorders for the album this week.

GOOD BISON Premieres New Single “Lunatic” with BTRtoday

“‘Lunatic’ is the second song I wrote on guitar and it was inspired by multiple trips out to Joshua Tree in the middle of the night,” says Good Bison brainchild Pablo Alvarez about the making of the song. “One time, I was walking around the desert at two in the morning and genuinely started to feel like I was lost. Nothing looked familiar, and I had wandered pretty far off the main trail which is super dangerous and not something anyone should do. I was lucky enough to eventually find my way back to the campsite, but that feeling is something I carried with me while working on this track. I’m still not sure if I’ve made it home yet, but at least I’m not lost in the desert.”