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L.A. Witch roars into 2021 with an incredible video for “Motorcycle Boy” off their new album, Play With Fire, that’s out now on Suicide Squeeze.

“The song is inspired by Moto Boys like Mickey Rourke, Marlon Brando, and Steve McQueen, so of course we took a lot of inspiration from our favorite biker movies like The Wild One, Rumble Fish, On any Sunday, Easy Rider, Hells Angeles ’69 and The Girl on a Motorcycle. I had worked with (director) Ambar Navarro and Max on another project and loved their other work, so we wanted to work with them on this. They definitely did their homework and came up with a cool story line. I got to feature my bike that I’d been rebuilding during the pandemic. It was nice to shoot a video where you get to do two of your favorite things, riding motorcycles and play guitar.”

FULCI: Italian death metallers unveil new single “Paura”

“Paura” is one of the bonus tracks included in the reissue of “Opening The Hell Gates”, due out on March 1st 2021 via Time To Kill Records. This instrumental song was directly inspired by the soundtrack of “City of the Living Dead” / “Paura nella Città dei Morti Viventi”, a 1980 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Lucio Fulci.

Michaela Slinger – My new song Make You Sad is out everywhere!

We glorify relationships that appear easy or effortless, when—in reality—relationships with no attempt to try and really understand each other are destined to leave people feeling empty. I’m imagining that the person inside of the song’s relationship dynamic is describing it as “effortless” to outsiders who interpret that as proof of a happy couple, while it’s actually tormenting the person inside.


TEEN CREEPS release acclaimed sophomore album ‘Forever’

Belgian indie rockers TEEN CREEPS have released their second album ‘FOREVER’, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut ‘BIRTHMARKS’. The band sounds less angry, more mature and melodic on the new record. But ‘FOREVER’ is just as intense and heavily influenced by nineties indie rock as their previous work.

Butcher Babies release “Sleeping With The Enemy” video

Today, innovative rockers – Butcher Babies – release the video for their newest single “Sleeping With The Enemy” which showcases the musical and diversity that Butcher Babies has cultivated over the years. The video for the track is darkly beautiful and artistic, so the band paired with Fashion and Culture magazine, BLACKBOOK to premiere it.

BlackBook Premiere: Viscerally Explosive New Butcher Babies Video for ‘Sleeping With the Enemy’


Phantom Elite is a relatively new metal band fronted by singer Marina La Torraca (Exit Eden, live vocalist for Avantasia) and features executive production from former After Forever guitarist and producer Sander Gommans. Songwriters Marina, Max van Esch (guitars), and Joeri Warmerdam (drums) are set to unleash an incredible slice of contemporary sounding heavy metal music in their sophomore album “Titanium”. Sonically, the band is a perfect combination of symphonic, progressive, alternative, and heavy metal.

Zero Theorem Kick Off 2021 With Release Of The Killing II EP

Los Angeles based Zero Theorem are continuing their momentum from 2020 with the release of new EP ‘The Killing II’, now available worldwide. The band combines existential lyrics about the human experience with blistering instrumentation. The group follows the lead of bands such as Tool and Primus by creating an entire universe of sound and light for fans to explore. The band teamed with renowned producer Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach) on the EP and new focus track ‘Joke”.


A Bad Think, the Grammy-nominated cinematic alt-rock project from Los Angeles, CA, has released its new single “Stay On” today via Windmark Recordings. “Stay On,” is the second single from the forthcoming album Lifelike. The new album was produced by Michael Marquart, the lead singer, songwriter, and sole member of A Bad Think along with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Dave Way (Michael Jackson, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Beck, Eric Clapton, etc.) at The Barn in Malibu, CA and Waystation Studio in Hollywood. The album was mixed by legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Bryan Adams, The Cure, INXS, etc.) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix).

GEORGIE – Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey stars in “Simple Things” Video

“”Simple Things” is about enjoying the little simple moments with the people we love and how we can take them for granted. I asked fans to share their own Simple Things and this video is what they shared” says Georgie of the new video.

“Simple Things” was written at the beginning of the first UK nationwide lockdown and sees Georgie learning to love life’s less-complicated aspects. Centred around an emotive piano motif and sparse arrangements, “Simple Things” places the spotlight on the song’s honest and unvarnished lyrical observations, as delivered in Georgie’s characteristically dusky vocal.

VIDEO // CLOVES – “Sicko” (Produced by Hudson Mohawke)

London via Melbourne pop provocateur CLOVES tackles social anxiety head-on with her new single “Sicko,” produced by Detonate & GRAMMY-nominated Hudson Mohawke . The second single from CLOVES forthcoming album is a sleek and powerful dive into the rising artist’s psyche that pictures her mental health struggle as a twisted figure stalking her through her social life and relationships. Accompanied by a dark and stylish video, “Sicko” is available now via Interscope.

Eric Hirshberg shares video for “I Just Want To Be Here;” debut album ‘Spare Room’ out 2/26

The song, which he initially wrote for his wife as a 20th anniversary present, ““I wanted it to be honest and real and something that she would recognize both herself and us in.” He told American Songwriter who premiered the video, “I realized that most love songs, that we all know, are about either falling in love or getting your heart broken. There are very few songs about the journey and the ups and the downs of making a marriage last,” says Hirshberg. “It has love with more complexity in it.”

Eric Hirshberg’s ‘I Just Want To Be Here’ Explores the Journey of Marriage

Nyck Caution Celebrates with Homies in Black & White in “Coat Check” Video

Respected in the Five Boroughs and beyond for his pen game, Nyck Caution is ready for his close-up. Bringing a highlight from his solo debut album Anywhere But Here to life, Nyck shares “Coat Check,” his latest music video. Reflective and deeply personal, “Coat Check” is a lyrical showcase for the young rapper, shifting from confident in the initial section to uncertain in the “Session 47” section in the second half. The song dwells on life’s cruel brevity, as the 26-year-old rapper pours one out for his fellow Brooklynite Pop Smoke and struggles to overcome his self doubt.

Alternative Metal Band, ALBORN, Releases New Single “Cause To Create”

Alternative metal band, ALBORN, released a brand new single titled “Cause To Create” to all digital outlets via Imagen Records. The song was produced by Morgan Rose,
co-produced and engineered by Jose Urquiza at The Attic Recording Studios, mixed by James “Fluff” Harley and mastered by Vlado Meller.

“We wrote Cause To Create about someone not only getting in the way of your own decisions, but making those decisions for you. I think the pandemic has left everyone feeling vulnerable and angry, and we wanted to paint that picture from our perspective.” says Justin Taylor (Lead Vocals, Guitar).


Today, the rising rap duo ZaeHD & CEO release new track and video “SCOOBY” via HighDefGang/RCA Records. The video weaves in and out of the pair’s day-to-day life whether they’re at the studio, photoshoot or with the HighDef crew.

IAN ABEL BAND Releases New Single, “Not Afraid to Die;” “Not Afraid to Die” Soundtrack to CODY RHODES vs DARBY ALLEN on AEW’s FULL GEAR!

L.A. Based IAN ABEL BAND has released their new single, “Not Afraid to Die.” Produced by Jon Graber, “Not Afraid to Die” debuted as the theme for the Cody vs Darby TNT Championship match at AEW Full Gear 2020, the second of the band’s singles to be showcased on the popular professional wrestling company’s pay-per-view shows (2019 released “Shoes” was featured as the theme for the Dustin Rhodes versus Cody feud leading into AEW’s Double Or Nothing event).

Check Out THE LA MAYBE Official Music Video for “Mr. Danger;” Debut LP, ‘Dirty Damn Tricks,’ Out 3/26/2021!

Carolinas based heavy rock band THE LA MAYBE–fronted by lead singer Alvi Robinson, made famous when he was nearly selected to front the legendary band AC/DC in 2016–have released the official music video for their debut single, “Mr. Danger,” originally showcased on Metal Insider. Directed by Ridge Beck, “Mr. Danger” is the band’s first single off of their upcoming, freshman album, Dirty Damn Tricks, due out March 26, 2021

Raz Reveals “One Time for Your Mind”

Raz has spent nearly a decade perfecting his songwriting and creating a unique sound that represents his experiences, personal growth and spirituality. His mixture of hip-hop and stadium rock creates an intimate world where emotion and his message are front and centre in every song.

(Skope Magazine) Liberian-born Finnish Jesse Markin delivers an ode to the good times ahead with prog-rock rap

Finnish rapper-turned-singer-songwriter Jesse Markin has nurtured a reputation for universal excursions through indie-pop, Rap, RnB, and African folk – a soundscape beyond any genre limitations. New slice, ‘Smokestack’ – an ode to a vibe, is the perfect example of Markin’s flexibility, as he demonstrates a nostalgic-saturated production with mechanical guitar riffs, while dipping in and out of rapping and melodic vocal displays.


dick clark productions and NBC announced today that the “2021 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs) will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. Additional details regarding production of the show will be announced at a later date.

For nearly 30 years, the BBMAs has celebrated music’s greatest achievements, honoring the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, honorees are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts, the ultimate authority and measure of success in music. The annual live broadcast showcases spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, buzzworthy pop culture moments that keeps fans talking all year, and the prestigious ICON Award, which honors record-breaking artists and their impact on music.

New Signing Fletcher Reed Shares Debut Single “Jakarta Jani”  

Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Amsterdam-based American music producer Fletcher Reed (aka Andrew Smith). Fletcher Reed joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, including Mallrat, LEISURE, Neil Frances, Hermitude, Vök, Alaskan Tapes, and more.

Today, Fletcher Reed shares the debut single “Jakarta Jani,” a song about Jani, a fictitious, intrepid traveler refined by the wisdom of carefree expat life in Jakarta.

Chamber-Folk Artist Raine Hamilton Releases “Brave Land,” Announces New Project

“It’s about the beauty of being alive and the courage that can take,” singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton says of her new song, “Brave Land,” released on Friday, Jan. 22. It’s the first single and title track of her upcoming project, a concept album about courage, connection and wisdom, inspired by the dramatic mountainous landscape she encountered while touring, and how that echoes so many of our human connections.


Released today, the official video for ATB, Topic and ​A7S’ ​“Your Love (9pm)” celebrates the power of creative collaboration. The clip, helmed by influential German director Marvin Ströter, follows two friends at a dance audition. The pair are disappointed in their individual performances – as are the casting directors, played by ATB and Topic – and decide to join forces. Together, they execute an emotive dance routine, wowing ATB and Topic in the process. A7S delivers a compelling vocal performance alongside the winning dance duo.