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Balmorhea announce new album The Wind – out 4/9

Lauded minimalist group Balmorhea will share The Wind, their new album and debut collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, on April 9; pre-order HERE. The Wind comprises a dozen tracks inspired variously by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale about a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic. The album’s first single “Rose in Abstract” is out today;

Rockshots Records: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS New Music Video “On Black Clouds”

Recently announcing their signing to Rockshots Records for the release of their new album “Due” on February 12, 2021, BLUE HOUR GHOSTS are sharing the new music video for their second single “On Black Clouds”. The music video was shot and directed by talented multimedia artist and musician Snovonne Drake (Sno Drake Design & Media).


Après avoir enflammé les blogs et les radios avec son 1er EP HELLO, Nell widmer est de retour avec CRUSH. Crush est un savant mélange de House funk et de pop au refrain entêtant.

Les lyrics sont toujours aussi travaillés et abordent cette fois le thème de la légèreté sensuelle, abandonnant l’amour pour éviter les blessures. Les mélodies sont travaillés avec précision et parfaitement ciselées.

ICYMI: Sorrow Enthroned (USA) “Thelemic Grimoires” @ Black/Death Metal

Sorrow Enthroned is a one man extreme metal act birthed from woods of New England which takes elements of melodic black metal, death metal, and brutal death metal to create a sound unnerving and hostile to the enemies of free spirits.

Thirdface shares grinding lead single & announces album via Exploding In Sound Records

Rising from Nashville, TN, Thirdface will release their full-length debut, Do It With A Smile, on March 5th via Exploding In Sound Records (Pile, Ovlov, Big Ups). The band celebrated the announcement with the release of the album’s first single, “Villains!”, a barnburner of a track that lures in the listener with a swirling bass line before the band’s distinctive guitars and rigorous drumming burst in to display the full power of Thirdface’s grinding hardcore.

Hear Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Risen,” an outtake from ‘Titanic Rising’sessions

Ever wanted to role-play Jack and Rose on the Titanic while listening to a new track from Weyes Blood? Well, now’s your chance!

Hear “Titanic Risen,” an unreleased outtake recorded during the Titanic Rising sessions in Roblox’s sinking ship simulator, the popular, online role-playing game. Aboard Roblox’s Titanic, you can explore the ship’s luxurious interior with fellow passengers and reenact the infamous iceberg spotting. Roleplay as the ship sinks, rooms flood, lifeboats launch, funnels fall, and the ship splits in half, all while listening to Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Risen,” as well as a few selections from Titanic Rising.

Post-Rock Collective GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT Releases Second Single & Video “Fade”

Reigning as one of the most well-known and highly critically acclaimed experimental instrumental groups out there with a respected musical legacy spanning nearly 20 years, Irish four-piece GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT will reach a career benchmark upon the release of their 10th studio album, Ghost Tapes #10 (out February 12, 2021 via Napalm Records).

The second single cut from GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT’s tenth studio album, Ghost Tapes #10, directly calls for action with an intense wall of sound, carried by a furious fuzzed bass line and a fast drum groove that culminates in a heavy, colossal apex. Keeping this energetic level on point, “Fade” comes to an end in an atmospheric and picturesque world of sounds to be discovered.

Toledo Share New Single “Dog Has Its Day”

Toledo, aka the Brooklyn-based duo of Daniel Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz, today shared their new single “Dog Has Its Day,” an introspective, mellow song that looks back at a relationship once the dust has settled. “’Dog Has Its Day’ is about the lull after the initial chaos of a breakup. It’s about the time where you play detective, trying to piece together exactly what it is that brought you here,” explains the band. “Ultimately, it’s beyond the point, and you try to let things play out as they will.” The song is the third (following the gentle, yet uneasy “It’s Alive!” and the dreamy, wistful first single “Challenger”) released ahead of the band’s forthcoming EP, Jockeys of Love. Mixed and co-produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Wild Nothing, No Joy, Frankie Rose), the EP is due out February 12th, 2021.

LA Political Punks TOTAL MASSACRE Release Fiery New Single “Get Rich Or Try Dying”

Southern California punks Total Massacre, a self-described band of “anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-capitalists,” have just dropped a raging and politically charged new track titled, “Get Rich or Try Dying.”

Of the track, singer Cap’n No-Fun says, “Get Rich or Try Dying started like most of our songs do, with a suggestion for a funny song title (this time from our drummer Tommy) combined with the unshakeable sense that literally everything has been fundamentally stacked against us. So not exactly new territory for us as far as songwriting goes but I feel like this one does a good job honing in on one of the really important points that I think is pretty important, and all too easily overlooked: That our lives are the commodity that is being bought and sold.”

THE LION’S DAUGHTER Announces New Album, Unveils First Single

St. Louis synth metal trio THE LION’S DAUGHTER will be releasing their fourth full-length, ‘Skin Show,’ on April 9 via Season of Mist! The album artwork, which was once again created by Mothmeister, can be found below along with the tracklist. In conjunction with the announcement, the band has shared “Neon Teeth,” the first new single from the record.

Claud shares new track ‘Cuff Your Jeans’

Already earning an avalanche of critical acclaim and multiple placements on “Artists To Watch” lists for 2021, Claud has released the third track from their forthcoming debut album. ‘Cuff Your Jeans’, another perfectly constructed lovelorn pop gem, is out now on Saddest Factory Records. Claud’s debut album, Super Monster, will be released on February 12th via Saddest Factory Records.

CITIZEN announce return with new single “I Want To Kill You”

Toledo-based rock powerhouse Citizen have returned to announce their upcoming fourth full-length Life In Your Glass World, due out March 26th via Run For Cover Records. For over a decade Citizen have been challenging expectations and on Life In Your Glass World the band once again refuses to be easily defined. Every aspect of the album was made completely on their own terms, with vocalist Mat Kerekes building a studio in his garage where Citizen tracked the entire album. The result is a set of lean, raw songs that represent the most unfiltered version of the band’s daring vision to date. Citizen have also shared Life In Your Glass World’s first single and its accompanying video, “I Want To Kill You,” a towering track that highlights the band’s ability to keep pushing their sound forward while maintaining the urgency and hooks at the core of their songwriting.

Viral TikTok Musician Lubalin Drops “long txts” Single

On the release of his new single, “long txts,” Lubalin shares, “Sometimes we try to simplify complicated things, and in the end, it only makes them more complicated. The song starts out clean and tidy, reflecting this desire to keep everything simple. But it won’t hold for long. By the time we reach the chorus, the song is erupting. The chorus is so eager to explode that it comes in a whole measure early.”

THE GHOST OF HELAGS – Announce debut LP: ‘We Came From The Stars’ || Watch “Mary” Video

Coupling Woischiski’s feather-light vocal and emotive lyricism with Ericson’s natural flair for conjuring crystalline electronica with soul, the duo deliver a set of stylised, other-worldly synth-pop.

Written all over the world in the days before “Coronavirus” was even a word and in the instances of relaxed relief between lockdowns this past year, ‘We Came From The Stars’ is a record born from the bohemian virtues of freedom and exploration. Alive with a wide-eyed sense of adventure, it’s a record that transcends borders and boundaries; its songs like postcards from a daydream world of international travel, freed of its current restrictions.

Sunburned Hand of The Man return with Pick A Day To Die.Out March 12th on Three Lobed Recordings

“Shot through with a mercury-melted pulse, the song sets out some high expectations for the next round of Sunburned singe.” Raven Sings The Blues

This is the second in the label’s year-long 20th Anniversary celebration that includes releases from Gunn-Truscinski Duo (out now), Daniel Bachman, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Six Organs of Admittance, Body/Head, Sonic Youth, and one surprise bonus LP.

UK art-rock trio, Mush (Memphis Industries-signed ffo: Girl Band, Stereolab) | Share new single, “Seven Trumpets”

Lines Redacted sets a different tone from their 2020 debut, 3D Routine (tipped in Rough Trade’s Best Albums of 2020 and at Stereogum, BBC 6, Loud & Quiet, Uncut, Q, Paste, DIY, etc) – the first record was very much a product of its environment – in part sculpted by the band’s often fraught live shows with Girl Band, The Lovely Eggs and Stereolab – looking to weigh in on the very real socialist option that was on the table in the UK at the time, this new one is something of the present-day dystopia, documenting the redacted and confusing environment that we now live in. We announced the record in November 2020 with the first single “Blunt Instruments” which had some nice tips at NPR, The Line of Best Fit, Brooklyn Vegan, Alt Citizen, Loud & Quiet, etc – it also bagged the 6 Music playlist and was tipped by Jack Saunders at Radio 1 (tipped the band as his “Next Wave”).

New release from PJ DAKOTA “JUST SKATE

Born Patti Jo Thompson, the tenth child in Rapid City, SD and raised in Flint, MI since the age of 2. Patti started singing at the age of 3 with her biggest inspiration being Johnny Mathis. At any early age she knew she wanted to be a performer. Being inspired by other artists such as Aretha Franklin, Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson and Prince to mention a few, Patti knew that there was a high standard to meet in order to be recognized as a true entertainer. Let’s introduce you to PJ Dakota.

Dutch Extreme Metal Band Cryptosis New Album Coming This Spring

“In light of recent events we are beyond happy that we are teaming up with Century Media Records to release and promote our debut album. It feels really good to work with such a professional team that understands our artistic vision and gives us a lot of freedom and resources to take everything we do to the next level,” states CRYPTOSIS about the signing announcement.

Burlington’s Clever Girls Announce New Egghunt LP Constellations, Share First Single “Baby Blue”

When Clever Girls began writing Constellations, it was early in 2018 and they had not yet finished recording what would become their first full length album, Luck. Constellations was primarily an album written between weeks of tour dates, at the height of exhaustion, and amidst self-discovery.

Reminder: Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Share Single “Cleveland Time” feat. Tom “Bones” Malone

Jazz fusion ensemble Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric has shared a new single off their upcoming debut album Cleveland Time, due to be released February 19, 2020 on Cleveland Time Records. The single, also titled “Cleveland Time”, and accompanying video are premiering now exclusively with Jazziz. The new track conjures up images of a bustling downtown Cleveland, complete with a horn section feature courtesy of multitalented jazz musician Tom ‘Bones’ Malone and vocalist Minus the Alien.

Marty Stuart Shares New Song “I’ve Been Around” Featuring Words By Johnny Cash, Part Of Cash’s Forever Words (Expanded Edition)

“I dearly love I’ve Been Around. The song and video are both filled with that unexplainable charisma that John R Cash specialized in. He was such a great writer. A true poet at heart. It’s hard to believe that he never got around to recording this song. The words are cinematic, timeless, classic JR. When John Carter Cash first presented me with the raw lyrics the music seemed to dance off the page. I instantly heard the sound of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three in my mind. They were the north star band of my musical youth; in reality, they still are. They were my Beatles. I wanted the spirit of that group and the essence of that sound to follow me to that microphone. At the time the song was recorded the Tennessee Three’s drummer, WS (Fluke) Holland, was the last band member standing. He played on the session and brought that classic sound with him to the studio. Fluke since passed away. I’ve Been Around was to be his last recording and I will forever treasure it. The old line in Nashville is: It all begins with a song. And once again, Johnny cash knocks one out of the park from 10 million miles away.”

Doohickey Cubicle – Don’t Fix Anything ;)

Doohickey Cubicle (formerly Booty EP) are a dream-inducing synth-pop duo that ooze with creativity. Whether it’s their energetic and visually stunning live shows, their self-produced singles or their wealth of DIY music videos, they’re always up to something, and it’s always interesting.

THE GHOST OF HELAGS – Announce debut LP: ‘We Came From The Stars’ – 5 March 2021

Cinematic dream-pop duo – THE GHOST OF HELAGS – will release their debut studio album in 2021: ‘We Came From The Stars’.

Unfurling a string of mesmeric singles these past months, the Sweden-born, Berlin-based pairing of Teresa Woischiski and John Alexander Ericson confirm a 12-track album release for the 5th March this year.

[Single] Van Buren Boyz ft. M-Dot “Stealth” prod. by Johnny Slash (cuts by Lp2)

The Van Buren Boyz aka Lord Willin & Meta P (of Providence, RI) reunite to bring you “Stealth” the first single off their yet to be titled follow-up to the “Van Buren Boyz” EP which dropped in 2019. This time the crew bring along respected Boston rhyme specialist M-Dot for a dark & melodic banger produced by Johnny Slash with cuts by Lp2 to round out this gritty hard-nosed bar fest.

NO1-NOAH Kicks Off 2021 with “Ridin For My Love” Video

Fresh off an impressive 2020 run headlined by his signing to Summer Walker’s newly established imprint, singer NO1-NOAH (Ghetto Earth Records/Interscope Records) begins his 2021 campaign in a fiery way. For his new video “Ridin For My Love,” NOAH seeks vengeance against his former flame after finding out she moved on with a new man. Directed by Oliver Shore, the striking visual serves as a cascade of emotions for the spiraling crooner, who later seeks retribution against his ex and her new beau.


Singer songwriter Madison Beer is teaming up with Sony Music Entertainment and Verizon to put fans in the front row for a groundbreaking virtual concert experience that reimagines live performance for on-demand viewing across digital platforms in incredibly lifelike immersive reality.

Madison will perform an exclusive medley of songs from her highly anticipated Epic Records debut album, Life Support, as an ultra-realistic virtual avatar in an upcoming new showcase powered by cutting-edge innovations in real-time 3D creation technology.

TaTa Mami | Smell Like Money |

Illest records present Pop’s newest superstar, TaTa MaMi. The Phoenix, AZ rapper and recording artist drops off the street’s favorite, “Smell Like Money.” This track produced by DLee and Sunrize, along with the dope visual, has taken the web by storm, helping catapult TaTa MaMi to the top of the Got Next list. Stay in tune with this rising star and up to date by following her movement and supporting her campaign on all social and retail platforms.

Paydro | “Feel Like The Bank” |

Exla Music supports Cincinnati’s street native Paydro as he starts 2021 with “Feel Like Da Bank”. Living his life feeling like the bank, Paydro hopes to give his fans something to motivate them to get to the bank. Continue to support Paydro and his future endeavors.

Teenage Wrist Share Track/Video “Yellowbelly” + New Album Out February 12

According to vocalist and guitarist Marshall Gallagher, “Yellowbelly” represents the core of Earth Is A Black Hole. “It came out early in the writing process and really informed the rest of the record,” explains Gallagher. “It’s partly about death, or the inevitability of it being a motivator for reveling in life. It’s about not letting fear, doubt or ego stop you from making connections, because the opportunity could end at any moment. I’ve personally spent a lot of time being pessimistic and isolated and whatnot, but I decided I’d rather test the limits of my love and free will. That’s going to be a lifelong endeavor I think, and will take some time to learn but it’s better than dying, knowing I didn’t try as hard as I could.”

Marie Dahlstrom releases new single “Rising”

Danish singer and producer Marie Dahlstrom, London-based producer Dan Diggas and Canadian rapper Aligo today release new single “Rising”, the second track to be lifted from their upcoming collaborative EP ‘4inARow’, out January 15th via Marie’s JFH Records label.

“Rising” takes the trio’s hybrid of late night R&B and laid back hip-hop to new heights. Uniting Marie’s angelic voice with Aligo’s subtle verses – backed by a soothing instrumental from Dan Diggas – “Rising” lyrically represents the beginnings of blossoming new relationship.


Hot on the success of their cover of FAITH NO MORE’S legendary 1987 single “We Care A Lot,” SLAVES ON DOPE’s Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine, along with Bill Kelliher of MASTODON, are back with their project, THE KINGS OF QUARANTINE, this time with a brilliant cover of JANE’S ADDICTION’S iconic 1987 “Mountain Song.” The new video features a myriad of artists including Wes Borland (LIMP BIZKIT), Tanner Wayne (IN FLAMES), P-Nut (311), Louise Post (VERUCA SALT), Richard Patrick (FILTER) and, Bert McCracken (THE USED). One hundred percent of the profits for “Mountain Song” will be donated to ROADIE RELIEF, a fundraising effort to aid qualifying Roadies who have submitted an application for financial help during the Covid-19 crisis.

guccihighwaters Releases “hold somebody ft. POWFU

Singer/producer guccihighwaters has released his poignant new single “hold somebody” featuring viral sensation Powfu, the mastermind behind the platinum certified and inescapable summer smash “deathbed (coffee for my head).” The track is the latest from guccihighwaters’ forthcoming full-length album, jokes on you, out January 22 on Epitaph Records, and is accompanied by a music video showcasing snapshots of a couple attending a high school prom that spirals into chaos as guccihighwaters performs as the front man of a band hired to perform at the event.

Ship Thieves and Reconciler Team Up on Split

Happy New Year indeed! A-F Records just announced that they will be releasing a split between Ship Thieves (Hot Water Music) and Reconciler (ex-Less Than Jake, Gunmoll) on Friday, January 15th. Each band offers up one new song that showcases their brand of Southern punk rock. To coincide with the release, BrooklynVegan is hosting a stream of both songs and a lengthy interview with Chris Wollard , Addison Burns, and Derron Nuhfer that digs into their history as friends and musicians.