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Lee will serve as an official Brand Ambassador for Yuengling Traditional Lager. The partnership with Lee includes a variety of elements including personal appearances and performances on behalf of the brand, fan meet & greets, special promotions to meet Lee, a chance to win custom Yuengling and Lee swag, social media sweepstakes and giveaways, in-store point of sale support, social media content and support of our nation’s military.


Chicago Progressive Metal Group Dissona release cover of Willy Wonka favorite, “Pure Imagination”

On the heels of the release of their next album, Dissona releases their version of “Pure Imagination,” the rendition made famous by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Chosen by a loyal Patreon subscriber, Dissona takes the brightness and whimsy that made the original such an indelible classic and shades it under the storm clouds of the world’s current state. Orchestration has been pared back and darkened to allow the purity and message of the vocals to act as the herald and banner-man, leading the listener through the fray and out the other side.


The label teamed up with Netflix, Awesomeness Films (a division of ViacomCBS) and ACE Entertainment on the 16-track collection, which features never-before-released songs by Leah Nobel, FLETCHER, Ashe and Jordan Suaste. See below for track listing.

Turkish/German/Swiss duo Grandbrothers share ‘Anatomy of a Song’

On the leafy cover to their new album All the Unknown, Grandbrothers invite the spectator to peer through the thick foliage of a hawthorn bush, seemingly powered by a similar sense of curiosity that informed this exploratory new record. Ditching the restrictions of their former setup, with their new record the Turkish-German/Swiss duo took a leap into the dense unknown—and landed on their feet. It’s out tomorrow on City Slang.

Kaiti Jones Shares Music Video for New Single “Gettin Around To It” Today

Boston-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kaiti Jones recently announced her forthcoming sophomore LP, Tossed, due out March 5, 2021. It is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp and Jones will celebrate the release with a live stream from Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on release day at 8pm EST. Produced and engineered by Future Teens’ Daniel Radin at his home studio in Watertown, Massachusetts, the 9-track set is a sublime bridge of folk and indie rock: blending the grace and gentleness exhibited by Julia Jacklin with tender, hearty melodies akin to Sharon Van Etten.

Kaiti Jones Premieres Video for Procrastination Anthem “Gettin Around To It”

Cartel Madras’ video for “DRIFT,” a new collaboration with Toronto producer Dom Dias out now

Cartel Madras both direct and star in the new video for “DRIFT,” their lifted, collaborative single with Toronto hip hop producer Dom Dias, available now on DSPs in Canada from Royal Mountain Records and the rest of the world through Sub Pop.

AERIAL EAST – Shares new single & video “Katharine”

Today, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Aerial East has shared a new song + music video from her upcoming album ‘Try Harder’ (Feb 12 via Partisan Records). “Katharine” offers a touching reflection on a meaningful friendship now faded, and musically contrasts East’s unvarnished intimacy with brushes of the Avant-garde. The accompanying music video, directed by Luca Venter, follows Aerial blissfully suspended (literally) over the New York City skyline.

David Starr Shares “These Days” Cover and Music Video

“These Days” is the newest release of David Starr’s Touchstones project. The accompanying video captures the world-weary tone of the Jackson Browne song with a nod to the current struggles facing the world, but ultimately ending with hope for the future. “These Days” is now available across digital platforms.

“When I began putting together my list for the Touchstones project, I knew right away that Jackson Browne’s “These Days” would make the final cut,” says Starr. “The song has been part of my soundtrack for as long as I can remember. Plaintive lyrics and a simple, beautiful melody take me away every time I sing it. Timeless depth from one of our most prolific American artists.”

Wild Pink Share “Oversharers Anonymous”

Today, Wild Pink a third single from their highly-anticipated new album, A Billion Little Lights (out on Royal Mountain Records on February 19th, 2021). The album recently appeared on Pitchfork’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2021 list, after the album’s first two singles “The Shining But Tropical,” which earned the number 1 song of the week honors from Stereogum, and “You Can Have It Back,” one of several tracks on the album to feature Ratboys’ Julia Steiner, and one that saw plaudits from outlets like Pitchfork, FADER, MTV, NPR, Paste and Uproxx.

The wonky love child of Travis Scott – Tony Njoku

After releasing the lead single ‘Death By Dimitri’ (described as “the wonky love child of Travis Scott” – Jamz Supernova) Tony Njoku returns with fierce new hip-hop collaborative single ‘ZORO’ out 13TH January and the announcement of new EP ‘KILLTONY’ out 12th Feb.


“Dystopia” released on December 16th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th (UPD: physical format on the 15th of January 2021) via NorthPoint Productions (Europe / N / S America). A concept album offering a considerable expansion of the band´s trademark sound and featuring performances by guest vocalists: Mats Leven ( Candlemass, TSO, Skyblood ), Mark Boals ( Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire ), Henrik Brockmann ( Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe ), Kenny Lubcke ( Narita, Zoser Mez ) and Alexandra Andersen ( Royal Hunt, JSP ).

Finnish Melodic Death/Doom Unit MARIANAS REST to Release Third Studio Album, “Fata Morgana“

Emerging from the Finnish coastal town of Kotka, melodic death/doom metal strikers MARIANAS REST will unleash their third studio album, Fata Morgana, on March 12, 2021 via Napalm Records. In anticipation, they have just unveiled the first single from the album, entitled “Glow From The Edge”, along with a moving official video.

New single from indie-rock singer-songwriter/pianist, Rob Kovacs

Indie-rock singer-songwriter and pianist Rob Kovacs debuts the new single, “Bitter Memory,” on January 15th, 2021. The song is the latest offering from Kovacs’ forthcoming solo debut album, Let Go, to be released on February 12th. With its ambitious compositional palette and hauntingly potent songcraft, the album affirms Kovacs as a fully focused and steadfast artist, evincing a commitment and creative persistence rarely seen in our ever more short attention span society.

Rob Kovacs Launches His Solo Career With “Fizzle”

Personal Space returns w/ “Overture” via The Alternative | New LP out 3/26

The track premiered on The Alternative who noted, “Even when Personal Space are at their most laid-back and carefree there’s always something else bubbling right underneath the surface and that tension is what makes their music so damn exhilarating.”

Track Premiere: Personal Space — ‘Overture’

Ready for broadcast… Trapped from Dutch techno pioneer DJ Spandex

DJ Spandex just spun his way onto the Dutch music scene. In that time, he has established a reputation as one of the most innovative DJ’s of his generation.

Having shown an affinity for music from a very young age, DJ Spandex has been fine-tuning his DJ skills with a unique repertoire of mixes, music elements and playlists. His career took off propelled by a loyal following that loved the mind-bending sounds of DJ Spandex.

WEDGE: get hopeful (again) with new album ‘Like No Tomorrow’ streaming in full!

With a strong will to confront modern societies and inject a healthy dose of joy and hope, Berlin’s revered garage/hard rockers WEDGE premiere their third studio album “Like No Tomorrow” in full today courtesy of The Sleeping Shaman. Get ready for a whirlwind of sheer rock’n’roll, coming your way January 15th via Heavy Psych Sounds!

Premiere: Wedge ‘Like No Tomorrow’ – Releases Tomorrow, 15th January

7th Obi presents his latest block rockin’ single ‘Highschool’

Following the tearaway success of ‘Tesla Navigation’, Irish rap riser 7th Obi pulls out another single from his forthcoming ‘Love & Goodluck’ project. ‘Highschool’, produced by longtime collaborator LHK, who has worked on three tracks on the album, introduces a block rockin’ beat with exploratory piano keys, allowing for Obi to treat his auto-tuned vocal like an instrument over the top.

Keegan Powell – ‘There’s A Mountain’ out now

There’s A Mountain” was inspired by thinking of a better day for not only yourself, but everyone around you. It’s a declaration to realizing imagined states. Whatever we are yearning for, we can have – as long as we keep dreaming about it.

Drive-By Truckers share lyric video for “Tough To Let Go”

Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood shares his thoughts on the track and video:

“‘Tough To Let Go’ literally came to me in a dream. Ironically, in my dream it was a Jason Isbell song. My wife and I were seeing him soundcheck in a great big arena and he and his band were working up this brand new song. I told my wife that his new song was great and sounded like a huge hit. Then I woke up and realized that it wasn’t anyone’s actual song, so I immediately wrote it.

I even sent Jason a copy of the recording with some other songs to get his feedback and he said it was his favorite of the bunch. He assured me that it was indeed my song though. We recorded it in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Service. To me the horns take it to the next level. I’m really proud of the video also.”

BLEACH EVERYTHING: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Bound”

BLEACH EVERYTHING has unleashed “Bound,” a new track from their impending “Bound/Cured” X-Ray flexi disc, set for release at the end of the month through Dark Operative. The new song has premiered through an exclusive post at BrooklynVegan.

Autarkh Announces New Album, Reveals First Single

To misquote Allen Ginsburg “the circle DODECAHDRON is broken. But with death comes rebirth.” AUTARKH takes a radical approach to their musical assault, consuming the listener with dizzying maelstroms of chaos. ‘Form In Motion’ embodies the word “extreme,” putting forth an intrusive battery of blistering guitars, pummeling drums, spastic math metal salvos and cacophonous electronics that culminates in one of the most robust and daring debut records metal has seen yet.

Jane Birkin’s deeply personal new album coming Feb 5 ~ lead single out now

Partly inspired by Birkin’s theatrical play of the same name, Oh! Pardon tu dormais… (which translates as “Oh! Sorry you were sleeping…”) marks her most intimate and personal album to date. Its 13 songs feature lyrics written by Birkin—including, for the first time, two tracks in English—and music by Etienne Daho and Jean-Louis Piérot, who also produced. Daho co-wrote lyrics on multiple tracks as well. “At the start, we took inspiration from the script of Oh! Pardon…,” Birkin says of the process. “But then, gradually, we moved away from this and more pressing, urgent themes emerged. My daughter Kate, loss, heartbreak… Little by little, we drifted towards other horizons.”


Today, Ruel opens up the new year with a video for “distance” from his latest EP Bright Lights, Red Eyes, out now via RCA Records. Directed by Grey Ghost (Jeremy Koren), the video masterfully phases through Ruel’s mindset as a carousel of the singer showcases his healing process after a broken heart. “Distance” is the third song to receive a video from the EP following “say it over” feat. Cautious Clay and “as long as you care.”


To kick off the year, dancehall’s superstar & the Melody Gad himself, Kranium is solidifying his presence as a one to watch, with the announcement of his brand new EP, Toxic. The project is slated to release next month (February 12th), just in time for Valentine’s Day. In addition, the Jamaica-born, NYC based artist has unveiled the official music video for his recent collaboration, “Block Traffic (Feat. Rytikal).”