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Dr. Dre-collaborator Reza Safinia filters classical & electronics through spiritual lens on ‘Yin’ LP out 3/12/21

Reza Safinia is a multi-instrumentalist composer and producer raised in London and living in Los Angeles. Prior to working in film he was a songwriter and record producer/engineer with work spanning from pop to underground. He has toured with Destiny’s Child and worked with artists as diverse as Dr. Dre, Britney Spears and underground UK rapper Akala.

His influences are a tapestry of romantic era classical music such as Debussy and Satie, Hip Hop, as well as a shifting spectrum of electronics and shamanistic music. His textured approach fuses orchestra with contemporary production, exploring soundscape as much as harmony and melding the two to serve the image in a tactile way.

Michael C. Hall, Peter Yanowitz & Matt Katz-Bohen As Trio Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum Releases “Armageddon Suite”

Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum eschews traditional rock instrumentation in favor of stripped-down synthesizer-and-drum attack. A wealth of disparate influences flow into Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum’s songs – the glam, experimental, ambient music of David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder’s ‘70s disco productions for Donna Summer, ‘80s new wave dance music, contemporary electronic dance acts like Justice, and the roster of France’s Ed Banger label. A theatrical sensibility is part of the trio’s DNA, especially in live shows, having met several years ago on Broadway during the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

STARIFIED: New Noise Magazine premieres new album ‘Fat Hits’ in full!

When it’s time to ROCK, STARIFIED are ready to deliver! The energetic Moscow rock trio teams up with New Noise Magazine today, to unveil their brand new album ‘Fat Hits’ in its entirety before its official release this Friday 15th January through Ripple Music. Turn on, tune in, drop out!

STARIFIED are masterful purveyors of a high-voltage, pulsating brand of rock filled with hard-hitting riffs, melodic vocals and an all-out in-your-face attitude. Combining their 90s alt-rock and classic rock influences in the most spirited way, the Moscow trio delivers anthem after anthem with an unwaveringly contemporary approach, winning over over Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna) who mastered their new album.

Album Premiere: Starified – ‘Fat Hits’

New video from drummer Ian Chang & composer Benjamin Louis Brody

Out now as the 2nd single, “Entry” sets the stage for the otherworldly sounds from composer Benjamin Louis Brody and drummer Ian Chang’s collaborative album, Floating Into Infinity. The video features visuals from artist Michael Caterisano whose work explores sensory perception by forming connections between the auditory and visual fields.


Winnetka Bowling League’s lead singer, songwriter and producer Matthew Koma has previously collaborated with production duo Midnight Kids on “Serious” and for a remix of Koma’s “Hard to Love.”

Laura Veirs shares new “Freedom Feeling” video

“About a year ago I was hanging out at the lodge at Breitenbush Hot Springs in the Oregon mountains and a woman came up and said hi. Turns out we had met many years ago a couple of times through our exes. The woman’s name was Molly. Molly’s daughter was there, too, and we got to talking. Her name is Story Lowe and she’s a 14-year-old airel hoop dancer and choreographer. I had been thinking at that time about a video that incorporated hoop dancing so we exchanged numbers. A few months later I chose my song “Freedom Feeling” for this treatment and Story took on the challenge of working on this piece. She worked for the entire summer of 2020 under lockdown, spinning safely at her community studio in Bellingham, WA. Portland Filmmaker Devin Febbroriello drove to Bellingham and filmed this socially-distanced in November 2020. After editing the choreography Devin added some dreamy colored overlays. I love how this video turned out! Thanks to all who made it happen, especially Story, who threw her heart, soul and body into it.” – Laura Veirs

Joanna Connor announces new album produced by Joe Bonamassa, out 2/26

Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor, who is best known as one of the reigning Queens of blues-rock guitar, releases her 14th album 4801 South Indiana Avenue on Joe Bonamassa’s new independent blues record label Keeping The Blues Alive on February 26, 2021.

‘It Was The Music’ livestream performance/viewing party to celebrate the 10 part documentary set to happen 1/17 with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and more

IT WAS THE MUSIC is celebrating Episode 4 of its 10-part series chronicling the lives and love of veteran musicians Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, with a special Livestream event featuring Campbell and Williams along with special guests Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal, and Buddy Miller. The Livestream, available on FANS, is hosted by David Keith and starts at 8 PM Eastern on Sunday, January 17.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Moskowitz (STONE READER) for Red Poppy Music, IT WAS THE MUSIC premiered Sunday, December 13 on FANS, the leading concert, and music streaming platform, as well as on Amazon. The entire series is available on Amazon, Vimeo, and on FANS where the series unveils incrementally, debuting a new episode each Sunday through February 21.

The Mandevilles – LIGHTNING out now

It’s been more than five years since the release of our last record, Windows and Stones. After a long period of songwriting, we are getting in touch to share “Lightning” with you, a new track which reflects the masochistic side of a past relationship.

For a long time I romanticized everything about it, reminiscing over the pleasure within the pain. Eventually, I woke up to the reality that it just didn’t work, but there’s still this sick thrill from going through hell for someone you think you’re meant to be with.

Hail The Sun announce new album and share first single “Domino”

Equal Vision Records band Hail The Sun have announced their highly-anticipated fifth full-length album New Age Filth, set for release on April 16th. To celebrate the announcement, the band has shared the passionate first single “Domino”, alongside an accompanying video. New Age Filth marks the band’s most ambitious material to date, recorded over five weeks with producer Kris Crummett (A Lot Like Birds, Nova Charisma, Dance Gavin Dance). The energy and thought the band put into the release is apparent on “Domino”, as they shine their technical prowess with instruments dancing over one another as vocalist Donovan Melero belts out his signature vocals. Lyrically, the track centers around reflection of self and how past actions can affect others. You can watch the music video for “Domino” here and stream the track here.


After amplifying anticipation for its grand opening via their social channels, legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard will officially unlock The Def Leppard Vault at LeppardVault.com today. The band have uploaded this innovative living and breathing digital museum with a treasure trove of history, including exclusive never-before-seen photos, products, video, audio commentary, interviews, and more. They will continue to personally curate and regularly update this online destination as a hub for their past, present, and future. It will grow with their career as they consistently add new artifacts and content throughout the next weeks, months, and years.

SATARAY: BrooklynVegan Premieres “The Flood”

Argyropoeia is the impending new split EP from SATARAY and ZANIA MORGAN. Set for release later this month via Scry Recordings, the unsettling, five-track offering is a ritual purging for nocturnal metamorphosis… their voices heralding a birthing of new form in unearthly flight.

JULIANA. Releases New Single “Love Preview”

“I couldn’t be more excited to start off 2021 with my new single and video ‘Love Preview’,” shares JULIANA. “It’s a song that’s meant to be lighthearted and positive considering we could all use that extra glimpse of hope in a new year. I have always been someone who writes songs based on my personal experiences, and this one is no different. I wrote ‘Love Preview’ during the beginning stages of a crush, where everything was peachy keen and delusional. It’s the moment where you barely know the person, but you feel so infatuated and blinded to reality that you think you’re falling in love. I think a lot of people have felt something similar, so I hope it can strike a familiar chord with everyone listening.”


As one of the most successful crossover electronic artists today, Denver-based producer/DJ ILLENIUM, née Nick Miller, has elevated dance music via his bold, progressive take on the genre. His expansive sound, which mixes elements of celestial electronic, mellow alternative, rock-fuel dubstep, emotional indie and pop-tinged bass music, has topped the U.S. charts, and garnered more than 4 billion collective streams.


Today, French pop act MOODOÏD reveals new single “Puissance Femme” as part of its ongoing PrimaDonna project celebrating female fortitude. The dreamlike pop song features Stephanie Lange from iconic 80s German trio Saâda Bonaire, whose vocals shed a hint of mystery on this multifaceted feminine power. The video for “Puissance Femme” (dir: Pablo Padovani) shows the duo sneaking through the dark paved streets of Bremen at night, with shadowy masks and long oversized trench coats – a film noir ambiance with an eighties twist.

Bart Skils remixes gardenstate’s ‘Surreal’

Anjunabeats presents a new remix of gardenstate’s (aka Sweden’s Marcus Schossow & American born Matthew Felner) ’Surreal’ from Amsterdam native Bart Skils. Bart is a mainstay of Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label where, for over a decade, Bart has exclusively released his original music. A highlight: ‘Your Mind’, his 2018 collaboration with label boss Beyer.

Hellz – Salute – (Rock / Metal)

“The female of the species is more deadly than the male. The very last thing you want to do is get on the wrong side of Hellz as she proves this maxim, tearing your heart out with her bare hands whilst smiling with a warmth that could outshine a thousand suns. With her usual glorious mix of heaviness and unique vocals that are some of the best in rock, Hellz leads the way.”

KULICK Releases Live Version of “The Way I Am”

KULICK (aka Jacob Kulick) released his debut full-length titled “Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood,” via ENCI Records (the Southern California label recently launched by industry veteran Pat Magnarella) in October 2020. The first single “Just Be Friends” was featured on Spotify’s The New Alt, New Noise, All New Rock, and Pop Rock playlists as well as Amazon UK’s Alt Scene playlist.

JP Saxe and Maren Morris Release “Line By Line” With Video

GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, JP Saxe and GRAMMY® Award-winner, Maren Morris, debut a new song today, “Line By Line” via Arista Records. The intricate and emotive lyrics were penned by Saxe, Morris and Jimmy Robbins (Maren Morris’s “The Bones”) in Nashville.

See JP Saxe, Maren Morris Serenade Each Other in ‘Line by Line’ Video


Composed of frontwoman and vocalist Cherry, keytarist Goldie Foxx, Dyna Mink, Studio Killers’ “Jenny” is an infectiously catchy song that opens with a tweaked accordion beat set against steel drums. The song takes a surprising twist early on, with Studio Killers’ frontwoman Cherry singing to her best friend Jenny, confessing her desire to ruin their friendship and be lovers instead. The song recently took off within the LGBTQIA+ community on TikTok back in September and has turned in to one of 2020’s biggest hits and still continues to be as we roll into 2021.

Danielle Durack Debuts New Single/Video “There Goes My Heart” via UPROXX, New LP Out This Friday

An aching ballad with a “crying-over-the-piano kind of conception,” the song is the centerpiece of Durack’s heartbreak album: “When I wrote this song, I was at a point where every day felt like a mountain to climb. Little movements like getting out of bed, making food, social interactions, and other very ordinary things were laborious activities. I wanted to visually encapsulate that feeling of a broken heart and what it looks like in an everyday context,” explains Durack of the Kristine Morgan-directed clip, which debuted earlier today alongside a feature at UPROXX. Much like the entirety of No Place, Durack says “There Goes My Heart” is “full of raw, unrelenting pain but a clarity of purpose and a clear view of the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Indie Mixtape 20: Danielle Durack Still Loves Aaron Carter

CONVULSE: The Moshville Times Debuts “Whirlwind” Lyric Video From Finnish Progressive Death Metal Pioneers

Finnish progressive death metal pioneers CONVULSE are pleased to unveil a new lyric video for the track “Whirlwind.” Now playing at The Moshville Times, the track comes by way of the band’s critically lauded Deathstar full-length, recently released via Transcending Records.

Exclusive: Convulse unleash new lyric video for “Whirlwind”

Revbjelde – Fukko The Clown

Fukko The Clown takes a brutal, bloody swipe at entitled yet woefully inadequate leadership executed by a barrage of ferocious drums, psychotic synths, driving fuzz bass & swirling guitar drone.

With contributions from Neil Whitehead of motorik rockers vert:x and vocals by Peter Hope (The Box / R.H. Kirk / Sufferhead), the track will be available as a limited edition lathe cut 7″ single + download on Friday 5th February exclusive to Buried Treasure’s bandcamp page.

Pale Waves Release “Easy” Single and Video

“Love can change your whole perspective, not only of yourself but of life too,” says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie on the inspiration for the single. “It’s the most heartfelt moment throughout the album and it is a genuine, feel-good love song. Originally, ‘Easy’ was a piano ballad but I wanted to put more energy behind the instrumentation to enhance how love can uplift, drive, and inspire you hence the dramatic musical change.”

China Monai – “Jetski” feat. Pap Chanel [New Video]

Healy Releases Sophomore Album Tungsten Today

“I’ve spent my whole life running from who I’m becoming. I finally took off my armor and made this project. It’s as vulnerable as it is understated—and it’s not perfect, but it’s me. I used to be scared of dying, and I’ve held the hardest grudge against time for as long as I can remember. But this album helped me let go and find peace in impermanence. I look at albums like furnished little worlds we can escape to, and I’ve been living in Tungsten for the last 3 years, leaving the fridge door open, watering the ivy, falling asleep with the lights on, and leaving little notes and surprises hidden in the small places for you. Now, Tungsten is yours to live in for as long as you’d like. I hope it gives you the closure it gave me.” – Healy

NEW VIDEO ALERT! 3.2 (Robert Berry) “A Bound Of Union”

“Third Impression,” the follow up to 3.2’s debut album, “The Rules Have Changed,” is a fine match for its predecessor. It mixes epic songs, such as album opener “Top Of The World” and closing song “Never”, the latter co-written by Robert with Emerson, with more melodic and AOR moments.