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Alexander 23 Shares His Highly Anticipated Song And Visual For “Cry Over Boys”

Today marks the release of rising singer/songwriter/producer, Alexander 23’s highly anticipated tender track “Cry Over Boys” With the release, Alexander 23 is featured on New Music Daily on Apple Music. The breakout artist first shared a clip of the song on TikTok and fans quickly became captivated by the attention-grabbing lyrics such as “Aren’t you tired of getting hurt? Aren’t you sick of making it worse?” and “You cry over boys you know will never cry over you.” After teasing the tear-jerking song on the social platform, it quickly garnered nearly one million likes across each clip. Of the track Alexander shares “This song is about a loop I think a lot of people are stuck in. Romanticizing romance at the cost of their own sustainable happiness. I hope it can help people break out of that cycle.”

K.Nut – (W.T.D.T.A) Where They Do That At

Fresh outta the Santa Ana California Hip Hop movement scene is one the best young artist making way by the name of K.Nut. With his debut single “W.T.D.T.A”(Where They Do That At) is making real noise in the streets. His new single is guaranteed to become a West Coast anthem, and with his influencers being Sugafree, Snoop Dogg, and Brotha Lynch Hung listening to his music brings me back to what the West Coast used to sound like.

Lillasyster releases music video to My Back And Your Knife

In Sweden, Lillasyster is mainly known for their bold lyrics in Swedish and their energetic live shows, but the band has also made some headlines abroad. Their cover of Rihanna’s hit Umbrella gave the band a lot of attention around the world, which led to a parallel career outside of Sweden’s borders.

In December 2020, the band released their second single written entirely in English, My Back And Your Knife, which was the last milestone before the album Svensk Jävla Metal was released on January 22nd. Now Lillasyster releases the official music video for My Back And Your Knife.

Late Night Savior “How Do You Sleep?” Music Video (Sam Smith Cover Featuring Royal Bliss)

Late Night Savior has teamed up with fellow Salt Lake City, Utah band Royal Bliss for a high energy, Hard Rock / Alt-Metal cover of Sam Smith’s 2019 “How Do You Sleep?”

Kiwi Jr. share video for “Maid Marian’s Toast”

Kiwi Jr. has delivered an official video for “Maid Marian’s Toast,” a standout from the just-released Cooler Returns, their new album out now on Sub Pop/Kiwi Club. Jeremy Gaudet says of the video, “Footage was compiled from behind the scenes filming of the Cooler Returns recording sessions during the pandemic. Shot in July by director Sean Egerton Foreman and Johan Arthurs, the studio was sweltering and shorts were the only option.”

Dare Above Nemo shares video for new single ‘Everything’s A Countdown’

Dare Above Nemo has shared the video for his new single, ‘Everything’s A Countdown’, the latest track to be taken from his debut EP, Mimic EP, out on February 12th.

A vivid and warped visual, the video sees Dare Above Nemo presiding over a hypnotic symbolist feast, with the track blending lush, melodic guitars and fragile vocals to evoke a dark and eerie psychedelic mood that remains tightly grounded in its hook-laden pop roots.

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveil ‘Clocks’ Music Video

Progressive/power metal quartet, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic” – has unveiled a music video for “Clocks”, the third single from their forthcoming concept album “Psychosomatic”. The clip, which features footage from the last time the extreme progressive/power metal quartet was together before the pandemic broke out, can be viewed here:

JANINA JADE Reveal ‘Heart Of Rock N Roll’ Album Details, Feat. JENNIFER BATTEN On Lead Guitar, Out In March

Swedish rock musician, JANINA JADE, has announced the release of their new album ‘Heart Of Rock N’ Roll’, featuring guitar virtuoso Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, solo) on Lead Guitar, which will be out on March 26th 2021 via GMR Music.

JANINA JADE Reveal ‘Heart Of Rock N Roll’ Album Details

Doula Releases Single to Support Independent Midwives

Due to Covid-19, all independent midwives in the UK have lost their insurance, with the basic convoluted reason being ‘birth is too risky’. This has both taken away many jobs, as well as many people’s choices for birth at a time when going into hospital is a scary prospect, especially when you’re pregnant!

Childbirth Choices Matter (CCM) are a collective of women, doulas, NHS midwives and independent midwives (IMs) who have come together to launch a campaign to raise the £3 million to pay for the insurance needed to get needed to get IM’s back in work. This in turn is aimed at strengthening the rights of people to choose the circumstances in which they give birth, including place of birth and midwifery led continuity of care.

Elliott Waits For No One Premieres Their Third Video for Megalomaniac

Elliott Waits For No One (EWFNO) has released the third single “Megalomaniac” from their self-titled debut album on Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal. The video for their third single “Megalomaniac” was premiered worldwide on Tinnitist.com.

Jenny Franck talking about the new single “Megalomanic”, “For me the song is a pinnacle anthem for what individuality means, and has become in the world today. People truly believe they are larger than life itself, and yet they still cannot defy death.”

“SUSHI”- CHELZZZ Official Movie – Out Everywhere Now!

Skope – Dublin-based synth-pop indebted to Angel Olsen & fkaTwigs → HALLI ‘Body Never Lies’

Equally indebted to the direct lyricism of Angel Olsen and the alt pop sensibilities of fkaTwigsm, HALLI is an art-pop artist currently based in Dublin.

Having toured across Europe and America, including a full US tour with Hozier and Hudson Taylor, she returns in 2021 with her new single ‘Body Never Lies’ (her 2018s ‘FUKC FEAR’ debut has 65k Spotify streams).

BREAKING: Blues Music Awards nominees announced; virtual celebration to take place June 6, 2021.

With an expansive list of nominees whose music stretches across genres, The Blues Foundation’s 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards (BMA) will reflect the widening influence of blues music and blues artists.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Elvin Bishop of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Dion are each BMA nominees this year. Silkroad Ensemble Artistic Director and trained opera singer Rhiannon Giddens is contending for the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, while Bernard Purdie, the legendary sideman for James Brown and Aretha Franklin among others, is competing for top drummer honors. The Soul Blues Album category includes That’s What I Heard by Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray, recipient of the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award. The exciting new music presented by these and other BMA nominees reveal the genre’s evolution and vitality.

Nathanael Philip Mosher Reveals “I Don’t Wanna Die Young”

A jack of many trades and master of some, 25-year-old Filipino-American artist Nathanael Philip Mosher is one of a kind. His lifelong love for writing has led him from poetry to stand-up comedy, music, and spoken-word poetry. Nathan began writing poetry at age seven. At age ten, he was chosen by his fifth grade teacher to enter the Young Storytellers program, where his play about a man becoming king of the Martians was acted by “Phil of The Future” star Ricky Ullman. While attending UCLA, he studied English literature and Creative Writing, while taking advantage of the burgeoning comedy scene, running shows in lecture halls, theatres, coffee shops, classrooms, and even parking lots, continuing to perform nightly in the greater LA area. After a life changing mental breakdown in 2018, Nathanael began to weave his poetry into song, honing his craft even further.

WASUREMONO release dreamy new single ‘I Feel Fine (Hallelujah)’

Wiltshire quartet Wasuremono reveal new single ‘I Feel Fine (Hallelujah)’, and with it, announce their new album ‘Let’s Talk Pt. 1’ for April 23rd via The Wilderness Records.

Manny Elias (Tears For Fears) Fernando Saunders (Bob Dylan) alias Adams Traktor – Drop Single 29th Jan Feature Skope

Adams Traktor, the music project created by JR Smith from Seattle, WA. that captures the alt rock grunge era, is back with a new and powerful single, “Noth’en”, out January 29, 2021. It’s the follow-up to his well-received song “Time To Wake Up” from his Quench album on Dark Spark Music and The Orchard.

Adams Traktor is JR smith (guitar, vocals), Manny Elias (drums), Fernando Saunders (bass), Gregory Darling (keyboards) and Olda Kreycoves (lead guitar).

Black TarPoon – The Thad EP – Self released – 5 February 2021

Black TarPoon are pleased to announce they will be releasing The Thad EP on vinyl on February 5th 2021.. A family band hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, Black TarPoon serves up brutally honest American roots music inspired by Goddamn Gallows, Clutch, early Misfits, and more.

With Jesse James (acoustic guitar/lead vocals) and Oatmeal Reed (bass/dirty vocals) at the helm, Black TarPoon tells tales of loss, addiction, and so-called hillbilly life in 2020. Jesse and Oatmeal are joined by Jesse’s wife and Oatmeal’s sister Tashia The Don on washboard/backing vocals, Jesse’s father Billy Mo on lead guitar/backing vox, and family friend Chi Chi Picante on drums. (Do you need a chart to keep track of this? We might need a chart.) The band says of their tongue-in-cheek name, “We assure you it’s not slang for a woman’s private parts. We use the word ‘poon’ as in a foolish person. The name is basically an anti-heroin reference. We’ve had loved ones pass away due to heroin overdose… Heroin can make the best of us fools.”

Bedroom-pop specialists ROSEHIP TEAHOUSE share video for ‘No Gloom’ | out today via BIG INDIE RECORDS

Bedroom-pop specialists Rosehip Teahouse share video for EP offering ‘No Gloom’, out today via Big Indie Records (Childcare, Eliza Shaddad, Weird Milk) & announce their appearance at 2021’s virtual SXSW event.

Spawning several acclaimed singles including enthralling lead track ‘I Meant What I Said’ and sprawling follow-up ‘A Million Times’, the Welsh newcomers’ ‘Fine’ EP (released last month) has already earned widespread approval with their delicate collection of dreamy soundbites spotlighting creative mastermind Faye Rogers’ (they / them)* vivid songwriting capabilities to sublime effect.

Jerkcurb collaborators Sorority release indie funk track ‘That Feeling’s Gone’

The Danger Mouse and King Krule championed London based DIY outfit Sorority release their new single ‘That Feeling’s Gone’ via Full Power Records on 28th February.

Consisting of brothers Max and Elliot Batten, the project was born out of a desire to build the best recording studio they could in a reasonably priced bedroom in Finsbury Park. Self-described “musical magpies joyously mingling in the filth of their own creative excrement,” they began to write material with flatmate, collaborator and internationally renowned cartoonist Joe Kessler, resulting in the cult self-released EP, ‘Live At The Drive’.


Over the past four years, Juliana Hatfield has kept fans engaged and intrigued as she oscillates between impassioned original releases (Pussycat, Weird) and inspired covers collections (Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police). This year she returns with her latest album of originals, Blood, out May 14th on American Laundromat Records.

Her 19th solo studio album takes a deep dive into the dark side with a lens on modern human psychology and behaviour. “I think these songs are a reaction to how seriously and negatively a lot of people have been affected by the past four years,” says Juliana. “But it’s fun, musically. There’s a lot of playing around. I didn’t really have a plan when I started this project.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah shares new track “CYHSY, 2005”; album out February 12

Home. It’s a concept that took on a whole new meaning during 2020, and one that Alec Ounsworth has pondered at length. For him, it’s not so much a physical space or location, but a state of mind – and keeping those we cherish close by. Time away from home can disrupt this, but also lend a wider perspective on exactly what it is you’re looking for; what your soul needs. Such thoughts are deconstructed in the new single “CYHSY, 2005.”

“Part of being away so often is leaving people behind, and never feeling you’re able to establish conventionally meaningful relationships,” says Ounworth of the song’s inspiration. “You can be searching for stability – being in one place – and discover that that’s an illusion.” And so, over swooping, elegant strings and bustling drums, Ounsworth lays bare a soul yearning for meaning, and one that is considerably skeptical (and feels unworthy) of what many consider “good fortune.” “Cheap Italian wine / Cheaper life of petty crime”, he sings. “All I really wanted to do was stay home”.

Swiss alternative indie/folk/pop songwriter Claudio Bagnato shared new music video “Ghost Song #1”

About two months after the official release of its debut solo album ‘Nowhere’, former member of the Swiss rock/metal bands Poison Heidi and Silver Dust, Claudio Bagnato (indie/pop/folk) shared another music video for the track “Ghost Song #1” on YouTube.

Bristol’s LAST HYENA Get The Chop In Phoxjaw-directed Video For ‘Doctorpus’

Bristol progressive heavy math-rock band LAST HYENA are delighted to announce that they have signed to Stereo Brain Records and will release their debut album How Soon Is Mars on 30th April 2020.

Psychedelic Sangha Presents ‘Sounds From The Bardo, Vol. II’ Featuring Scott Metzger, Jeff Hill & Tony Leone

‘Sounds from the Bardo’ is Psychedelic Sangha’s album-based series of immersive journeys into liminal states of consciousness, also known as the bardo. The listener is invited to “turn on” with a short “Going Out” meditation, followed by 60 minutes of mind altering music, before gently returning via a “Coming Back” meditation.

Cousin Mouth Releases Haunting Video For “New Memories”

Detroit’s psychedelic R&B outfit, Cousin Mouth, has released a new music video for their single, “New Memories,” an introspective story of facing your past, present, and future. The track is about learning to overcome past experiences and use them to find inner peace. “New Memories” is the first single off their upcoming album, MayflowerPeacemakerHolyredeemer, which is available for digital and vinyl pre-order now. “New Memories” is available for viewing on YouTube and for streaming on Spotify.

Black Nash Shares New Video “4 I.O.” Off Upcoming S/T Full-length (Rock, Pop)

When Jody Smith got out of the military at the end of 2019, the last thing on his mind was releasing an album. He had just finished five years in the Army, and his main goal was getting on his feet as a civilian. “I basically fell flat on my face,” says Smith. “Which I think is a pretty typical experience for guys getting out. The civilian world is a whole different animal. Different work, different people, different lifestyle.”

The pandemic made the transition even harder. Finding himself out of work and stuck at home, Smith decided to record an album under the name Black Nash, which he’d been using casually for home-recording projects throughout his time in the Army.

Cheap Trick announce new record; share first song

The one and only Cheap Trick have announced today’s premiere of their pummeling new single. “Light Up The Fire” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The song heralds Cheap Trick’s eagerly anticipated 20th studio album, IN ANOTHER WORLD, arriving via BMG on Friday, April 9 digitally as well as on standard black vinyl and CD. Limited edition blue and white splattered vinyl will be available at independent record stores nationwide. In addition, a limited edition picture disc will be available exclusively via Target. Pre-orders are available now, with all pre-orders joined by an instant grat download of “Light Up The Fire.”