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SWIMM Share “You Never Fake It” Ft. Lauren Ruth Ward Via Under The Radar,

Today, LA-based psych-pop group SWIMM share “You Never Fake It” featuring Lauren Ruth Ward, an intimate ballad complete with lush synthesizers and an entrancing drum+bass. Under The Radar premiered the track, praising how the “heavy and slightly distorted intro quickly gives way to twinking keys and chiming acoustic guitar, slowly building into a heady drum and bass combo.”

COSMIC REAPER sign to HPS Records

Heavy Psych Sounds announce the signing of North Carolina’s fuzzed-out doom unit COSMIC REAPER, for the release of their self-titled debut album this March 19th. Get more details and stream their delightfully crushing new single “Hellion” now!

COSMIC REAPER enthuse: “This 6 minute song is a solid slab of pure, unadulterated doom that is sure to be your soundtrack to 2021’s apocalyptic start. With big Electric Wizard vibes and Cosmic Reaper’s signature sound, Hellion rips at the fabric from underneath.”

Louisville Rapper EST Gee Releases Video For “Members Only ft. 42 Dugg” Today

Bubbling Louisville rapper, EST GEE shares the video for his track “Members Only” ft. Detroit rapper, 42 Dugg. The visual directed by Diesel Films arrives at the heels of his latest mixtape I Still Don’t Feel Nun, which he shared just last month. On the 16-track project Gee enlisted a steady line up of collaborators including Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, Kevin Gates, Jack Harlow amongst others. The project received support across all digital streaming partners and garnered recognition from ABC News Radio, HotNewHipHop, HipHop DX, OkayPlayer and more. On “Members Only” Gee and Dugg show off their slick wordplay and dynamic flows over a fast-speed tempo. In the accompanying video the guys are posted up at a party breezily matching the tracks braggadocios yet charismatic energy. Of making the video he shared with Complex “When me and Dugg get together it’s magic, shit just comes together.”

Elori Saxl shares cyclical new track “Wave II”

Combining digitally-processed recordings of wind and water with analog synthesizers and chamber orchestra, Elori Saxl’s The Blue of Distance begins as a meditation on the effect of technology on our relationship with land/nature/place but ultimately evolves to be more of a reflection on longing and memory.

Tilian Releases Psychedelic Visualizer for “Dose”

The single gives a look inside a tumultuous relationship that explores the depths someone will go to keep a partner by their side. The song itself is an epic expression of hard-bodied guitar-pop, mixing ominous, driving synths and prog-heavy bass lines with Tilian’s trademark layered vocals and vast range. Designed by Santiago Pagnotta, the visualizer matches the intense energy of the music and lyrics.

Billie Eilish To Release Personal Photo-Filled Book On May 11, 2021

Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, and Wren & Rook (W&R), an imprint of Hachette UK, are excited to announce the release of BILLIE EILISH, a stunning photo-filled book curated by iconic recording artist, Billie Eilish.

BILLIE EILISH will be published in hardcover and e-book, with an audio companion on May 11, 2021 and is available for pre-order now: billieeilish.com/book

Billie Eilish is a 21st century global pop-phenomenon. Uncompromising and unapologetic, between her record-breaking, award-winning music and artistry, it’s no surprise that she has become one of the biggest and most loved artists of her generation.

PONTUS Releases Official Music Video for Title Single off of ‘Black Hole BBQ’

New York based Progressive Instrumental Space rock band PONTUS has released the official music video for the title single off of their album, Black Hole BBQ. The video for “Black Hole BBQ” was pieced together by different videos taken from the recording process and edited in with some live footage taken throughout the years. Included are short videos of the live studio tracking of drums, cello, and the percussion. The making of the album and the video was a collaboration with both Faculty and students at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn.


Atlanta rapper, singer/songwriter Metro Marrs releases “Nonchalant,” a catchy record that aptly describes his usual mood. Accompanied by a laid back video directed by CatchRec, Marrs takes us through moments of his relaxed day with friends. Last year, Since The 80s (home to J.I.D., EarthGang, Njomza) and Quality Control Music (home to Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty) came together in a joint partnership to acquire Marrs. “Nonchalant” is a single slated to appear on his debut mixtape dropping later this year.

[New Video] Renni Rucci ft. Kevin Gates – Hands On Ya Knees

Brooklyn’s Phantom Wave Announces Debut Full Length, Shares Single “Billows”

Phantom Wave lives in the difference between propulsive drive and radiant fluidity. Taking inspirations from indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop, the band focuses on creating dynamic songs with an altered organic feel. Phantom Wave is comprised of core members Ian Carpenter (guitar, vocals) and Rachel Fischer (drums). Formed in 2017 through a meeting in Brooklyn, NY the two blended musical pasts through a chain of fuzz, reverb and delay. The band was gigging regularly in the NYC/Brooklyn area prior to the pandemic, and recently recorded their first LP titled Wilds. While releasing this album they continue to work on writing new music, wearing face masks and eating burritos (not at the same time).


VINTERSEA – whose unique fusion of majestic progressive metal, harsh blackened death and post-metal beauty draws inspiration from the darkened skies of their Pacific Northwest home – has unveiled a music video for their song “Crack of Light.” The epic vision conceived by director/bassist Karl Whinnery is the latest clip from the group’s critically acclaimed 2019 album “Illuminated,” which was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a wondrous, challenging record that will reward listeners who are seeking something more.”


Eighteen-year-old Hamburg, Germany-based artist Zoe Wees – who charted on Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25” late last year, following the success of her debut single, “Control” – kicks off 2021 with a brand new single, “Girls Like Us.” Blending vulnerability with strength, Wees send a message of togetherness and solidarity to girls around the world who are feeling the pressures of society. It’s a middle finger to the impossible beauty standards that are still being peddled by brands, influencers and algorithms. Released today by Capitol Records, “Girls Like Us” is available for download / streaming HERE.

Bino Brazy – “Ben 10” feat. Pooh Shiesty – [New Video]

LISTEN: The Magician Releases ‘One Vibration ft. CLYPSO’ Teaser to Magic Tape 100

Belgian modern house selector The Magician returns today with his latest single ‘One Vibration ft CLYPSO,’ released as part of the producer’s decennial ‘Magic Tape celebration. For the past decade, The Magician has regularly stunned fans with ninety-nine collaborative mixtape projects, a series that blends a variety of the moment’s best house and indie-dance heaters into an hour long mix. ‘One Vibration ft. CLYPSO’ offers a first taste of the much anticipated ‘Magic Tape 100’ multi-artist album, out January 27 on POTION Records.

MOLTEN: No Clean Singing Streams Entire Dystopian Syndrome Debut Album From Bay Area Thrash Quintet

Bay Area thrash/death metal quintet MOLTEN will release their Greg Wilkinson-produced debut album, Dystopian Syndrome, this Friday. No Clean Singing has volunteered their domain to host an advance stream of the record to give the masses a chance to hear the entire ripping album early.


The Mandevilles – ‘Lightning’

More than five years after the release of their last album, The Mandevilles are readying their new record. In that time the band experimented and stretched their repertoire, really getting familiar with everyone’s strengths in ways they hadn’t before. The result is an intentional sound where every aspect was thought through.

The newest single from the album is “Lightning,” which reflects on the masochistic side of a past relationship. The grungy track features droning guitar hooks and an unorthodox anti-solo.

Zac Henderson announces new LP Lay The Stones with the release of lead single, ‘Drawing Blood’

Having spent the last fours years establishing himself as one of Hobart’s best young songwriters, Zac Henderson returns for 2021 with a whole new swag of inviting music to share. Announcing the release of his debut album Lay The Stones, Henderson today shares the record’s lead single, ‘Drawing Blood’.


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever share video for “The Only One”

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are sharing a new video for “The Only One” from Sideways To New Italy, their internationally acclaimed second album of 2020. Directed by Mike Ridley, the video for fan-favorite, “The Only One” follows the beloved character of Pie Man as he wanders the streets of the Northern-Melbourne suburbs.

“The places are real, the people are real, the pie is made of cardboard and sticky tape,” says the Rolling Blackouts C.F.

Still Corners Share New Track “White Sands”

A desert-noir soundtrack in miniature, “White Sands” tells a classic ghost story of a phantom who roams the dunes and highways scaring travellers as they cross the land. Tessa Murray croons over a quick beat, clean-tone guitar and shimmering atmospherics.

On The Last Exit, Still Corners return with a sweeping album about the open road. Consisting of eleven beautifully crafted songs with organic instrumentation, romantic guitar lines, spacious drums and the wistful melancholy voice of Tessa Murray, The Last Exit evokes the vast space of the desert and rolling unconcerned skies.

Hedge – the Cure

“the Cure” is the new Single from Hedge´s upcoming Ep called “Mellow Days” and will be out on the 10th of July.

The young artist tells us about his struggle with finding motivation in the past few months. He wasn’t able to write or compose music.


“All About You” utilizes an epic, soulful sample of Pastor T.L. Barrett’s “Like a Ship” in the chorus and is The Knocks’ second single off their yet to be named third full length LP. The Knocks released the album’s first single, “Bodies,” with MUNA in the summer of 2020.

The Mandevilles Reveal “Lightning”

More than five years after the release of their last album, The Mandevilles are readying their new record. In that time the band experimented and stretched their repertoire, really getting familiar with everyone’s strengths in ways they hadn’t before. The result is an intentional sound where every aspect was thought through.

Skope: Longstocking new video

Today, queercore punks Longstocking (ft. Tamala Poljak of Team Dresch, Infinite X’s) has debuted new single/video “Jehu On A Rollercoaster”. Leaping from the speakers, thanks to the immediacy of Poljak’s pop songcraft, the track effortlessly captures the sharp angularity and surging energy of the four-piece’s rock musicianship.


dodie today shares much anticipated second single “Hate Myself” taken from her debut album Build A Problem, to be released on March 5th, 2021. The track premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, with Annie saying XXX. The singer-songwriter launches “Hate Myself” with an accompanying video co-created with Sammy Paul, with the concept based on the hope of becoming the best version of yourself.

Devan Releases the Enchanting New Single “Night Drives”

“Night Drives,” the brand new single from Devan’s forthcoming debut Pink Noise EP (out 2/26), captures the feeling of driving around at night with someone you love – aimless, chatting, listening to music. It’s a particularly special sense of freedom.


Today, R&B singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Tone Stith releases the live version of his latest single “Devotion,” via BPG/RCA Records. Accompanied by his band, the performance takes place in an empty warehouse, making the focus clear – Tone’s effortless, silky smooth vocals with a range that few could rival.

Dr. Jekyll introduces a brand new studio single: Truth (Featuring Christine Corless)

Dr. Jekyll is about to start the new year in style with a stunning new production. He recently wrapped up an Amazing new song titled “Truth.” The single is a collaboration featuring Christine Corless, who is a talented artist in her own right. As a young and talented artist who is quickly making her way through the Nashville Country music scene, Christine knows a thing or two about great melodies. Her sound is a perfect match with Dr. Jekyll’s production style, as well as the sonic tightness of this record. Truth is a direct, yet remarkably diverse song, which allows different musical worlds to collide in order to share a fantastic story with the audience. The single is passionate and heartfelt, and everything in the song is designed for maximum impact and truly makes a positive and uplifting effect on the audience.

Artist: When Monet Went Blind – Track: Shelter from the Pain

When Monet Went Blind is a classic rock and progressive rock project created, written, and recorded (for the most part) by one person: a 22-year old Law Student (former highschool drop out), Anthony D’Ambrosio. The debut album “Judgement Day” features 13 songs which vary across multiple genres, namely Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Metal, and Rock. When Monet Went Blind is heavily influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Tool, and Kansas.

Planet Classroom Network Announces New Way to Help Youth Authors Find an Audience for Shorter Attention Span Stories

Over 100 million ebooks have been created using Book Creator’s worldwide app, making it one of the essential apps for schools everywhere using iPads. Now Book Creator (No. 1 on the iTunes App Store in 90+ countries) is launching its first Write a Story in One Page which the Planet Classroom Network will feature on its YouTube Channel to build more awareness for original stories authored by youth.

“We have the privilege of presenting Book Creator as a curator on our platform,” says co-founder and author C.M. Rubin (Cathy). In an age when the average human attention span is rapidly decreasing, we loved the concept of a youth story-telling challenge in just one page. Learning the skills to make story-telling more innovative, entertaining, engaging and relevant to a changing world will help youth build confidence and sharpen their communication and critical-thinking skills.”

New single/video: Evan Stanley (of KISS’ Paul Stanley) ft. Actor Bryan Cranston

Los Angeles-based Evan Stanley (son of KISS’ Paul Stanley) has released an irresistible new cover of “Memories” by Maroon 5 with a cinematic video featuring acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston.

ICYMI: ARHAT (Ukr) “Dead Life” @ Ethnic Groove/Death Metal

Arhat, the groove metal band from Kyiv, Ukraine, will release the debut album, named Dead Life, on December 23! The album is marked by the band’s aggressive sound and oriental melodies. An interesting feature is female vocals, which can be heard in the songs Mantra and Arhat. Another interesting ingredient is percussion, which emphasizes the oriental elements in the sound of the band (the songs Outcast and Arhat). The musical fundament is mix of groove, death and hardcore.