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Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”

‘90s Alt Rock/Rap Icons 311 Release Their First Ever Official HD Concert Film!

The one thing you need to know about 311, the rock/rap hybrid band formed in Omaha at the beginning of the ’90s, beyond the best-selling albums they released in the mid-’90s or their chart-topping hits “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” and “Beautiful Disaster” or the fact that they continue to release new albums to their extraordinarily devout fanbase, is that the same members who appeared on the band’s label debut, 1993’s Music, are the very same members who appeared on their most recent album, Mardi Gras 2020.

Danish artist BBYBITES is having an identity crisis on “bby”

Naming 60s classics such as Nancy Sinatra and Peggy Lee, as well as M.I.A and Gwen Stefani as her biggest musical influences, “‘bby’ is a song about living a life with identity crisis. It’s about being confused about who you are and what you like – but that in the end you are always yourself, you are always YOU”, Martha explains.

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY New Song “Mars in Exile” Out Now + Watch The Official Video

Connecticut ‘s leading metal band, and Combat Records artist, DEAD BY WEDNESDAY, released their official lyric video for their latest single titled “Mars in Exile.” The band premiered the song and video (created by Melody Myers) on January 23rd after the OPUS’ BLIZZARD B-DAY BASH 2021 (Live Stream Event)!

Enigma Experience release video for ‘Equilibrium’

The Enigma Experience have revealed the video for ‘Equilibrium’, the latest single to be taken from their debut album Question Mark, which is out now via Fuzzormama records.

The video premiered with V13 and mixes slow-motion footage from the band and fans filmed throughout lockdown to create a psychedelic and lighthearted journey.

Montreal indie folk band Rosier share haunting murder ballad “La Poison”

“This is one of the first songs that we created around the album. It existed in severals shapes and forms before finding it’s true home on Légèrement. From my initial bedroom arrangement, to the casual early morning jams here and there on tour, to finally being filtered through the ears and eyes of our producer Quinn Bachand, who opened the last door bringing everything together. This folk song is about a woman who attempts to poison her jealous husband but gets caught at her own game.”

SWIMM Share “You Never Fake It” Ft. Lauren Ruth Ward Video Via mxdwn

LA-based psych-pop group SWIMM share the video for “You Never Fake It” featuring Lauren Ruth Ward. mxdwn premiered the video, praising how it “feels like the first few days of new love, a moment that is destined to fade with time.” AXS TV also featured “You Never Fake It” in their Music High 5 series, alongside the Foo Fighters.

mxdwn PREMIERE: SWIMM Teams Up With Lauren Ruth Ward for New “You Never Fake It” Video

#1 Country Pop Artist Savannah Releases Stylish Lyric Video “Terror In Disguise”

When Savannah exploded onto the country music scene in February 2020, no one could have predicted that her debut single, “We Are Us,” would have raced to the top of the international iTunes c

harts (#1 South Africa.) The track has since racked up an astonishing 150K Spotify streams. With the release of her 2nd single, “Terror In Disguise,” the Nebraska native turned Nashville resident matched her initial success, with another #1.

Now, Savannah has released the lyric video for “Terror In Disguise.” The stylish new clip showcases the mood of the Bryan Cole-produced track. Written by Joie Scott, Larry King, Molly Svrcina and Eric Varnell, “Terror In Disguise” was engineered by Grammy Winner Steve Marcantonio (Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton.) Grammy nominee, Maor Appelbaum mastered the track.


Benjamín Walker and Vanessa Zamora released the single “Quiero Verte Hoy,” a vibrant and bouncy song that Benjamín had composed since 2016. Virtual friendship and mutual admiration is most esteemed in this new single that anticipates what will be the third album of the Chilean singer.

New Music: Canadian artist kerri kicks off the year with moody new single “SELF”

21-year-old Canadian artist kerri kicks off 2021 with introspective, moody new single ‘SELF’. The lead single from upcoming debut album “QUEENCITY”, the Montreal based producer singer-songwriter employs spacious textures, warm synthesisers, and a driving bassline to set the stage for a vivid retelling of being taken for granted and loneliness. kerri uses a colourful palette of sounds to demonstrate his production, vocal and engineering prowess on the track.

Gothic Rock Artists Astari Nite Remembers Lost Voices in Their New Song “All Else is a Curse”

Miami, Florida-Gothic Rock artists Astari Nite release their brand new song All Else is a Curse.

After listening to artists such as ABBA, David Bowie, and Yazoo, it caused Vocalist Mychael, to reflect upon voices that we may never hear again. Inspired by this, Astari Nite started to write their next album. Mychael provides more details on the inspiration of All Else is a Curse..

In essence I fell in love with a lot of laughter and simple conversing during these engagements.

Varro Vivyd Reveals Coloroful New Single “Fool’s Gold”

Varro Vivyd shares of the track:
“Fool’s Gold was the first song I wrote after a six year hiatus due to struggling with active addiction,” said Vivyds. “It’s a beautifully written break up song about my first clean relationship, and first clean break up. Fool’s Gold is extremely relatable, and when you listen, it feels as if it was written for you personally.”

In her new single “Fool’s Gold”, Varro Vivyds captures this feeling with a pristine and immaculate perfection. Just like its subject matter, this track is deathly addicting. Its arrangement is minimal in the best way, there’s nothing you don’t want and everything you do.

Black Water Cobra Shares “Guy Like Me”

BlackWater Cobra were formed in Mississauga, Ontario in 2019 by 4 guys who love to work hard and play a hell of a lot harder. Driven by Jack Daniels, strong bud, and American Muscle, the 4-piece have hit the ground running with their debut single, “Guy Like Me,” showcasing the band’s in-your-face country rock that incorporates both 70s arena rock and southern fuzz.

Jessie Villa releases “Thriller” | a sweetly sinister, tantalizing joy ride of a song

Though Jessie has written for 15 different artist projects amassing over 12 million streams on Spotify alone, “Thriller” serves as her re-introduction to the music scene. The single represents a new era of her artistry which puts an emphasis on sentimentality, honesty, connection and variety. In the coming months, Jessie will unveil a handful of her most personal writing to date.

Rare Americans animate the rivalry between the USA and China in new video for “Knives, Guns & Bed”

Under The Radar Mag had the exclusive premiere this morning, calling the Vancouver-based band “fiercely independent” and raving about their “irresistible hooks, lyrical wit, and animated deliveries.”

In the video Rare Americans don’t sweat getting political, stating, “We decided to add a twist with the video and feature the love affair that the USA and China seem to have with one another. We personified the countries with a female Eagle (USA) and a giant murdering Panda Bear (China). They both don’t give a damn about their people, instead they are blinded by their obsession in taking one another down.”

Stephanie Luke (The Coathangers) and Dan Dixon (PLS PLS) announce their new project

Juliet Quick shares her mystifying lead-single “Circles”, and shares news of her upcoming EP, Glass Years, which will be released via Substitute Scene Records on March 5.

About the song, Quick states: ” “Circles” is about filtering out the feedback of others and just living inside yourself, even if that isn’t always the easiest place to be. I have trouble doing that—I have had this lifelong compulsion to be perceived as ‘good,’ even to people who I don’t think are ‘good!’ The particular kind of depression I was in when I wrote this song, though, gave me some relief from that at times. It was much more difficult to care about pleasing people. There are a handful of external voices that appear in the song—advice-givers, pedantic men, crust punks—who are kind of gently ignored. It is definitely a sad song but it is also about freedom.”

DIANE ARKENSTONE Shares Beat Driven New Single “Beyond the Golden Sea” Taken From New EP Available Now

Diane Arkenstone, for over 20 years a pioneering musical force in a variety of genres, will kick off a busy 2021 with the release of a new single and EP—both titled Beyond the Golden Sea –on January 22 via her label Neo Pacifica Recordings. Best known for her soulfully meditative and heartfelt instrumental recordings, the 6-song EP contains new vocal work that evocatively merges her many musical muses—from guitar-based songs to sensual, beat-driven work. “Beyond the Sea” in particular takes the listener on an exotic trip to Zanzibar—one that she had planned and had to miss due one of her many heart surgeries. The effortless exoticism of “Beyond the Golden Sea,” which also features contributions from David Arkenstone, is truly transportive.

Lushlife Shares “Lights” Video ft. Felicia Douglass (Dirty Projectors) Via Under The Radar

Today, Lushlife shares the music video for “Hessdalen Lights”, the lead single of his upcoming EP Redamancy on Fortune Tellers, out March 12th. Under The Radar premiered the video, praising “Lushlife’s echoing production giving Douglass an ethereal, otherworldly element and his own vocals an emphatic intensity. The track is an artful introduction to Halder’s sound on Redamancy, as Halder draws fascinating beauty from its overlapping chaos.” The video for “Hessdalen Lights” was directed by Charlie Anastasis (Liily), produced by Marisa Brown, and features Isabella Fuson dancing in the San Fernando Valley.

BEAR: Live Performance Footage From Belgian Progressive Metal/Hardcore Collective Now Playing At Metal Injection

Metal Injection is currently streaming live performance footage from Belgian progressive metal/hardcore collective BEAR. The tracks on display – “Kuma” and “Gutter Love” off their Propaganda full-length – come by way of the band’s set as part of the Hellgium Festival livestream last Summer.

Issues BEAR, “The Hellgium livestream we did back in July ended up being our only show of 2020 and was the only opportunity we’ve had to perform new songs from Propaganda live so far. We’re grateful to have had it picked up by ArcTanGent for their virtual festival and Metal Injection as part of a Slay At Home event, and for all the positive reactions we’ve received as a result. We very much hope 2021 is the year we will get to properly tour this album and spread the Propaganda. Fingers crossed.”

BEAR Offer Tons of Groove with "Kuma," "Gutter Love" Live Performances


With a new year brings new releases so here I am starting back with newcomer Brigitte Bardini who has just announced her beautiful new single Wild Ride, a fantastic follow up to her debut single Aphrodite from 2020 (which I believe you’ve already covered last year?). Opening with smooth bass tones and acoustic guitar, and expanding into an ethereal soundscape, this stunning track is an exploration of the trepidation and emotion of taking the huge step of following a career in music.


“IDWK” follows the release of his intoxicating single “Dancing In My Room,” which has over 50 million combined streams to date. The Ontario-based artist broke the internet after debuting his first song “Demons & Monsters,” which skyrocketed in streams, up to a staggering million within a week of its release. 347aidan draws nearly over five million monthly Spotify listeners, it’s become his superpower of sorts to stimulate his listeners, who can be anyone from cool kids with an internal struggle, to the misfits, and the outliers.

Heather Rivas – Lily Allen Meets Sylvan Esso: Queer Intimate Electro Pop

Los Angeles born and raised Heather Rivas is known for her genre-blending music inspired by the eclectic music scene that thrives in her hometown. The queer artist is passionate about writing from her personal experiences and doesn’t hold back when it comes to the dynamics of relationships and how often so much can be left unspoken, whether that is tied to poor judgement, mental health, or discomfort with a situation.

Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”