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Mark Ambuter New Video For “When it’s Right Now With You and the World”


The Dead South always planned to document the Served Cold World Tour, which would take the band from their hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan through 200 shows in over 20 countries. Now, with show postponements into 2022, the band offers fans a snapshot of their lauded live show with Served Live, a double live album and complete set list collection recorded at venues across North America, UK and Ireland in 2019-2020. A fitting offering for a “touring band without a tour,” Served Live captures the energy, spontaneity and musicianship of a band built for the road, on the road.

Justin Nozuka Shares “summer night o8” Via Clash

Detailing the background of “summer night o8,” Nozuka says: “This song was written in August of 2019. It was a beautiful summer day and my friend Mitch and I made plans to make some music. We took a healthy dose of psilocybin and went to the park. This big storm cloud kept approaching and we were ready to be under it, but it seemed to never arrive. Mitch went up to my spot to grab his things as he was gonna get going. As he left the storm finally arrived and I lay under it, the rain poured down heavy. I then had this urge to write and ran back, saw Mitch just as he was leaving and asked “yo, let’s jam?”. He was absolutely down and we came back up to my spot, he sat on the keys, I grabbed my guitar and the song pretty much wrote itself.”

Lindsey Stirling and Mako Release Emotive New Single “Lose You Now”

“This song was on my album as an instrumental song, but I always knew it was really special,” shares Stirling. “I am so grateful for Mako for the lyrics he wrote to ‘Lose You Now’ because he perfectly captured the feelings I’d never been able to put into words. I actually balled like a baby the first time I heard his version. I felt like my father and best friend (both of whom have passed away) were giving me a big warm hug. Creating this song and the music video has brought me a sense of peace. The video is full of special memories and signs that represent the people I’ve lost. I used to have cereal picnics with my dad. Whenever I see a monarch butterfly, I feel like my friend Gavi is checking in on me. The little fox stuffed animal represents my baby niece, who passed away this summer. These little Easter eggs and many more make this video so special to me. Now, as we release it, I hope to share that hug and healing with the world. We can all use it right now.”

Brendan Scott Friel – New Single: Cheap String Lights

Produced by James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Joey Landereth), we had discussed the interlude of the song having this psychedelic vibe, where the listener travels into the narrator’s backyard where suddenly everything has come alive, as showcased in the single artwork above. I hope that someone will throw this on a tiny bluetooth speaker in their backyard at night sitting by a propane fire pit and have the sense that their backyard has come alive, too.

Nate Fredrick to Release Debut LP, ‘Different Shade of Blue’

“Somewhere in trying to figure out how to craft a good song, I figured out how not to just write a pile of sad songs,” Nashville-based singer-songwriter Nate Fredrick says about his new album, Different Shade of Blue, set for February 26 release. “It’s not that my situation is different or even better, but I’ve found a different way to perceive my personal circumstances.”

The first single, “Paducah,” a love letter of sorts to the process of finding yourself through miles spent on the highway, is out today.

Country Singer-Songwriter Jeremy Pinnell’s New Single “Joey” Is Out Now!

The single version of country singer-songwriter Jeremy Pinnell’s cover of Concrete Blonde’s “Joey” will be released on all digital and streaming platforms this Wednesday, January 13th via Sofaburn Records. This stand-alone single comes in advance of Jeremy’s third studio album, Goodbye L.A., which will be dropping later this year.

BE GOOD Release Everything’s Alright In The Evening EP

Oxford-based BE GOOD release their new EP, Everything’s Alright In The Evening, available now on streaming services HERE. The band’s latest project explores themes of young love and loneliness against a backdrop of suburbia in unending twilight, a world where everything is simultaneously mundane yet all-encompassing. Recorded initially in the band’s home studio, the collection was completed in a remote farm cottage in the north of England during UK lockdown. Field recordings from the band members’ daily lives are woven into the production of every track, serving to infuse each song with the localized soundscape it inhabits. “Young Strangers” opens the EP, an upbeat ’80s-influenced indie pop track mixed by Lee Smith (Easy Life, Holly Humberstone). The lyrics explore the aftermath of a break-up—the limbo state in which you try to pull apart but the fibers of both your lives are still intertwined.


Today, NEIL YOUNG announces the release of Way Down in the Rust Bucket, a never-before released, incendiary and essential live album and concert film documenting a legendary 1990 show with Crazy Horse in Santa Cruz, California. Available for pre-order today and out on February 26, 2021, Way Down in the Rust Bucket features the debut public performances and much of the songwriter’s grungy, cranked-up 1990 album, Ragged Glory. Pre-order now and receive and instant download of “Country Home.”

LP Giobbi Is Set to Lift Some Spirits on Insomniac Records Label Debut With “Move Your Body” ft hermixalot – Jan 15

The FEMMEHOUSE founder and live stream sensation is kicking off the year with her first appearance on Insomniac, which is arriving in the form of a powerful piano-driven house cut, featuring a stunning gospel-like vocal delivery from frequent collaborator hermixalot. It’s a massive uplifting cut that is sure to boost some spirits next year.

‘Song For Elsa’ has a subtle redemptive quality

WASSAILER, the pseudonym of London-based multi-talented artist Will Serfass has just dropped a new heartfelt video and single ‘Song for Elsa’, taken from his upcoming debut album as a solo artist since leaving indie-pop trio We Were Evergreen.

Luke Gomm ‘Rain’

Released today on 18th January, also known as Blue Monday, ‘Rain’ is a dark yet comforting track which will resonate with those who are feeling the January blues. The first track created on his upcoming project, Luke found ‘Rain’ to be a remedy for his own feelings of exhaustion from trying to live up to the expectations of others rather than doing what was true to himself.

Joel Culpepper ‘Poetic Justice’

Speaking on the track Joel said: “I got to write this one with Tom Misch after a session for his album project with Yussef Dayes. Tom reached out after hearing “Afraid to be King” produced by Roy Davis Jr. Pleased he did cause I’ve been a fan of his work for a while. I feel like Justice is poetry but it’s also complex. Part of justice is forgiveness, no longer enslaved by the pain of what someone’s done to you but the ability to move on from it”

Alex Southey Reveals Mysterious Single “Rosie”

“Rosie,” the brand new single from Southey, evokes a mysterious attraction to his hometown of Vancouver. There’s this idea that the city sells itself well, but upon arrival, you realize there are a lot of pitfalls: rain all the time, darkness, basements, high price of living. For a long time, Southey felt like he was giving to something that never gave anything back.

Inglewood Rabble Rouser White John Shares ‘Cases Still Pending’ EP ft. Rucci & OMB Peezy

Buoyed by a sterling reputation and known by many aliases–the White Gurb, Mr. F*ck The LAPD, Mr. F*ck The Police–White John is one of the most colorful characters in L.A.’s flourishing rap scene. Painting a picture of his chaotic and cinematic life in Inglewood, White John shares Cases Still Pending, his new EP. Wielding a laid-back, yet insistent flow, John sits firmly in the pocket of the propulsive West Coast production, crafted by the likes of scene sound architects like Beat Boy and Ace The Face, alternating outlandish flexes and hedonistic odes to the turn-up lifestyle with sober reflections on the realities of street life. The EP features two appearances from John’s Mackk&Co affiliate Rucci, underlining the EP’s emphasis on the importance of loyalty. The sequel to last year’s Cases Pending EP, home to the rapper’s street hit “Crazy,” Cases Still Pending is available on all platforms.

Bill Jr. Jr. To Release HOMEBODY on January 26th >> New Single + Video Out Today!

On January 26th, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Russell Gendron will proudly release Homebody, his third outing under the band moniker Bill Jr. Jr.

The mood on Homebody is personal, building on Gendron’s intimate and lyrical focus with the band’s big drums, soaring electric guitar, vintage keys and spacey textures. The arrangements shine, with thick string sections and rich vocal harmonies creating a lush and energizing result, which all comes through on the album’s 3rd single ‘Dear Neighbour’ out today.

Alex Clare joins ilan Bluestone and Maor Levi on new single “Hold On” (out now on Anjunabeats)

Anjunabeats stalwarts (and best friends), ilan Bluestone, and Maor Levi have been collaborating since 2011. Together, they’ve released the singles ‘Will We Remain?’, ‘Can You’ and ‘The Distance’, in addition to remixing Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, and Gabriel & Dresden. In 2019 they launched their Elysian project alongside Emma Hewitt. The lead single ‘Moonchild’ broke just as the world entered lockdown, putting their tour plans on ice.. for now.

Ambient Post-Rock Artist ALASKAN TAPES Announces New Album; Shares Track       

Today, Alaskan Tapes announces his new album, For Us Alone, will be released on April 16, 2021. The moniker represents Toronto-based composer Brady Kendall’s ever-evolving ambient music project. The record will be Kendall’s fifth outing and follows his 2019 full-length Views From Sixteen Stories.

Alaskan Tapes explains, “On ‘For Us Alone’ there isn’t as much of a story as there is a simple concept: I wanted to continue the sound I was going for on ‘Views From Sixteen Stories’ and make the songs I was trying to finish by the end of that process. Of course, some songs have their own personal story, but it’s also not uncommon for a track to be written just because it sounds nice. There’s more structure to these songs, which still segue nicely from the end of the last album.”

New Music: Yeahman Drops New Single “Baixi Baixi” via Wonderwheel Recordings

“Ostriconi” is the first full length album from French multi-instrumentalist Jean Dasso, better known as Yeahman, and its release is guaranteed to kick the new year off with dreamlike finesse. “Baixi Baixi” is the second single from the album, which sees Liane and Vera – sisters and singers behind “Aluna Project” – join forces with Yeahman and guitarist Kino B. to create a lush and emotional chiller. Their lyrics convey not only the ways in which nature speaks to us, but also of the untold wealth nature provides us that we must protect, enjoy and be grateful for. All of these elements combine into crisp and tropical ecstasy on “Baixi Baixi”.

Yeahman – “Baixi Baixi” (ft. Aluna Project) – Wonderwheel

Gallant channels 2000s R&B in new single Comeback

Grammy-nominated R&B visionary Gallant has unveiled new single ‘Comeback.’, out today 15th January.

Drawing inspiration from classic 2000s R&B, ‘Comeback.’ pairs Gallant’s velvety vocals with smooth beats and delicate guitar strings. Fit with flip-phones and chunky, old-school TVs, the accompanying official video ramps up the retro noughties aesthetic even further. The track is set to feature on Gallant’s forthcoming project Neptune., out next month.

Alcam | “Never Forget” | Official Music Video

Game Changers Ent. recording artist, Alcam, reminisces about where he came from in his new single, “Never Forget”. The rapper out of St. Louis, MO is staying focused on the mission and uses his past to help navigate his way to the top. Determination oozes throughout the record from Alcam’s delivery to the beat by Dee On The Track.

Alberta Musician Ryland Moranz’s New Album XO, 1945 Is Out Today!

Continuing in the grand tradition of great storytellers, Ryland filters the spirits and genius of literary giants like Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway through the compositional templates determined by Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, or Blaze Foley, whose tragic demise is recalled in the affecting ‘There Ain’t New Songs’, which, like the ragtime-style ‘Run Rabbit Run’, is one of many sublime highlights featured on Ryland’s sophomore release, XO, 1945.

Jessie Villa Shares Sweetly Sinister New Single “Thriller”

Jessie Villa first encountered the music scene by winning multiple songwriting competitions in New Jersey and working with a NYC-based manager, who started setting writing sessions up for the artist in Nashville, TN. After winning Simon Cowell’s “The You Generation” live covers competition, Villa transferred to Belmont University, and in her first month living in Nashville, she opened for Kris Allen and Boyce Avenue at Cannery Ballroom on their No Limits tour. Shortly after, she had her first songwriting cut with popular YouTube cover artist Alice Kristiansen with her song “Twilight Blue” (co-written with Mark Conklin and Jessica Cayne).

Jessie Villa’s Sweetly Sinister ‘Thriller’ Will Take You On a Tantalizing Joyride

Mark Ambuter New Video For “When it’s Right Now With You and the World”