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Singer Jennifer Saran Offers a Valentine’s Day Gift with “Rescue My Heart”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, internationally acclaimed pop/contemporary jazz singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has released her ravishing new love ballad, “Rescue My Heart,” along with its gorgeous accompanying music video.

“Dazzling Thing Of Melancholy Beauty”- Kelly Duplex’s Latest Is Streaming Everywhere!

Recalling the good old days when MTV wasn’t back to back episodes of Ridiculousness, New Orleans based guitar pop trio, Kelly Duplex have shared their latest video for a cover of The Sundays’ “Here’s Where The Story Ends.” This will be the final single off the trio’s upcoming s/t album out on February 12th via Strange Daisy.

Kelly Duplex’s rendition of the 90s jangle-pop classic is drenched in VHS visuals that could be lifted from a late night MTV binge (pre- Teen Mom of course!)

Drive-By Truckers’ Jay Gonzalez announces new album, shares first song

Acclaimed musician, singer, and songwriter Jay Gonzalez has announced the upcoming release of his new album. BACK TO THE HIVE arrives everywhere via Gonzalez’s own Middlebrow Records on Friday, March 5; pre-orders are available now. Perhaps best known for his role as guitarist/keyboard player with the mighty Drive-By Truckers, Gonzalez is heralding BACK TO THE HIVE with today’s premiere of an official video for “(I Wanna) Hold You,” streaming now via YouTube. Additional videos – including a very special live performance video featuring a duet with 2x Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris (Assassins, Fun Home) – will debut in the weeks leading up to the album’s release.

LANY shares deluxe version of mama’s boy with three new versions of album tracks

LANY’s “if this is the last time” continues to climb the radio charts in the U.S. and hold #1 on Sirius XM’s The Pulse. With over one million streams every week on Spotify for the last month, the song strikes a chord with listeners as a powerful anthem about holding on to loved ones.

Hounds find authenticity in new album ‘Cattle In The Sky’

Today, Hounds, Topgolf’s 2019 ‘Who Will Rock You?’ band competition winners, released their highly anticipated album Cattle In The Sky (BMG).

Hounds is Jordan Slone (Guitar, Vocals), Logan Slone (Keyboards, Vocals), Jack McCoy (Bass, Vocals), Logan Mohler (Drums/Percussion, Vocals).

Hounds Poses a Faithful Homage to Wes Anderson on “Shake Me Up” Video

Ronnie Watts Reimagines Breakout Single In Cinematic “Go Get Famous (In California)” Release

Ronnie Watts brings it back to where she started with two versions of her breakout single “Famous In California.” Now offering a new guitar version along with the piano-fronted original, Watts shares a new package titled, Go Get Famous (In California).

“Famous In California” illustrates Ronnie’s greatest strengths as a songwriter, it comes as no surprise to why she took a chance to revisit it. Being both relatable and heart wrenching, Watts’ talent lies in her ability to bring the listener right there with her. Initially inspired by a time where Watts’ friends went off to big cities while she stayed in her hometown, Watts pens a love letter to those left behind.

No Joy Shares Unreleased Track “Drone 6” for Bandcamp Friday

Today No Joy shares unreleased track “Drone 6”, a raw demo from the Motherhood recording sessions which features Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw, Head Automatica) and TJ Penzone.


Today rapper OMB Peezy releases his new single “Dope Boy” featuring Rylo Rodriguez. With a beat crafted by renown producer Hitmaka, the two rappers join forces bringing their unique styles to the melodious production. When asked about the collaboration Peezy states, “I just feel like I relate to Rylo more than I do other rappers because we’re from the same city. A city that’s ran by dope boys. So when making the song I felt like bro’ would fit perfect.”

GALLEONS Share New Single ‘Better The Devil You Know’ Featuring Phil Bayer (formerly of Time, The Valuator)

Australian/Russian post-hardcore quartet GALLEONS team up with former Time, The Valuator vocalist Phil Bayer on their smashing new single ‘Better The Devil You Know’, released via Famined Records. The official visualizer for the track has been premiered via Dreambound YouTube channel.

Acclaimed Belgian Shoegaze Band SLOW CRUSH To Reissue Out-Of-Print ‘Aurora’ LP on March 19 Via Quiet Panic

Slow Crush is a compelling and abrasive shoegaze band out of Belgium, dealing with the aesthetics of contrasting sounds. The vulnerable soft floating voice of Manchester, UK’s Isa Holliday underneath layers of grungy shoegaze soaked noisepop, has resonated with fans and music critics alike.

The band’s successful 2018 debut full-length “Aurora”, was released to much acclaim, selling 4000 physical copies, going into its 4th press. The album’s track “Glow” has racked up nearly 500,000 streams alone.

Smith & Thell Release New Album Pixie’s Parasol

Two tracks included on the album are international hits, “Hotel Walls” and “Forgive Me Friend”, which came out following the success of their Telephone Wires EP released last year. Smith & Thell also won the Swedish Grammi for Composer of the Year.

Maggie Szabo is On Fire with New Single “Choose Me”

Canadian rooted Pop icon Maggie Szabo has just released her latest single today “Choose Me”. Filled to the brim with harmonious and Pop-tastic vocals, layered instrumentation and waves of synths, Szabo shows no sign of slowing down.

MICHIGANDER Releases New Single “OK”

“I started off 2020 in the studio working on new songs, so excited for everything I had planned for the year,” shares Singer. “A week after playing an event for Bernie Sanders in early March, everything shut down. Everything was put on pause. At first, I wasn’t very concerned, but as the weeks, then months, went on, all my plans started to fall apart. It was very hard to not be discouraged every day. But I just kept telling myself (and my friends) that ‘everything will be ok eventually’. That phrase kept me going then and still does now. Working on these songs for the entire year has been the highlight of a very dark time for me. I’ve never been prouder of something that I’ve made and I am extremely excited (and impatient) to share this new collection of songs that mean so much to me. Things still might not be great right now, but everything will be ok eventually.”


“I think we’ve all had that experience with a friend, family member, girlfriend or boyfriend where you just have that feeling: I hate you but I love you at the same time. AJ Mitchell captures that every and we were so stoked to have him jump on this with us,” said Cheat Codes. “Big love to Bryn Christopher, Kota and Henrik for sharing their magic with us on this. It was a true pleasure to work with them.”


Today, Jordan Suaste shares “If The World Ended Tonight” – the poignant first single from To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Music From The Netflix Film). An emotional declaration of love and hope in the face of uncertainty, the song is the first new music from Suaste since his 2020 debut with a trio of DIY-produced songs, “Hookup Culture,” “Patience” and breakthrough track “Body” which has amassed over 40 million combined global streams.


“Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You)” is a song that means everything to me. It tells a deeply personal story and is reaching for something more profound than I’ve ever tried to say through music.

Bermudian Songstress Canjelae Releases New Song “Wordplay” Ft. TK Kravitz

“The track was a conversation,” Canjelae explains on her new track. “As an artist, I work unorthodox hours and have a different way of life, so I imagined having that talk with someone I was interested in marrying and building with. A series of proportions, questions, and statements. “Can you handle my hours, the way I am, my life? Can you meet my expectations and standards?” It’s important to express your needs and wants in a relationship and this song is a sexy, fun, and confident play on that convo.”

“Broken Promises”, TaliasVan’s Newest 2021 Grammy Contender Release

‘Broken Promises’ is a CosmoCountry breakthrough story about the state of personal and cultural relationships across this country and on this planet, its history and its probable future, if we don’t start to a resolve of these broken promises. It’s a masterfully written and composed piece performed by its creator, TaliasVan, a virtuoso singer-songwriter- composer and creator of the CosmoPop music genre..

“I believe his advanced style music is actually music of the future, and I hear no one out there doing the kind of pioneering and original music like this guy, he even has his own genre of music! Who the heck has his own genre of music? From what I’m hearing I’d say he does for sure!” – Robert M. Hotz, formerly EVP NBC Universal Media Enterprises

Introducing Montreal, QC, Canada Metal Band Suicide For A King

Introducing Montreal, QC, Canada Metal Band Suicide For A King. The band premiered their new single and video for “The Worst in Us” on V13.net today!

“Emotions play a significant role in the human experience itself and can have a profound impact on ones life both very positively and extremely negatively. Your life can be altered and a new path set because of a moment of indecision or the wrong decision” says the band.


“Pressure” sees Garrix heading into a different direction, with fresh, deeper sounds dominating throughout the track. Tove Lo’s edgy vocals and catchy lyrics perfectly complement the groovy track.

The Lickerish Quartet unveil hazy video for ‘The Dream That Took Me Over’

The Lickerish Quartet— Band members of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Slash’s Snake Pit, Finn Brothers, Alice Cooper, Air & Beck – and all formerly of Jellyfish – have reunited for their 2nd EP with their first official UK release. Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Tim Smith and Eric Dover have dropped their highly anticipated ‘Threesome Vol.2’ on British indie label Lojinx and have just unveiled their new video for ‘The Dream That Took Me Over’.

Devon Allman signs River Kittens to Create Records, release stunning cover of ‘Atlantic City’

Today, the St. Louis duo River Kittens have released a remarkable cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” giving the classic song a bluegrass makeover, that is both refreshing and lively.

The duo spoke about the track saying: “‘Atlantic City’ is a song that has always been close to our hearts. It’s one of the first songs Mattie ever learned on her mandolin. Its piece of music that has seen us both through hard times and loves lost. It’s a classic night cap tune for late night jams with our pals in St. Louis. It’s as much our anthem as any song we’ve written. We feel as though ‘Everything dies baby, that’s a fact…’ is a great reminder to not to take life so seriously, but also to live in the moment! It’s the original YOLO.”

Saleka Explores the Power of Language With Stunning New Single, “Graffiti”

Today, Philadelphia singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Saleka returns with “Graffiti,” a stripped-down exploration into the power of words and their lasting impact. With haunting phrases like “damaged,” “disrespectful,” and “I made you” etched into Saleka’s skin, her accompanying “Graffiti” video continues the song’s moving story and brings her words to life.

Apple Music Launches Isgubhu, the Definitive Home of Africa’s Dance and Electronic Music

Apple Music has launched Isgubhu, the ultimate destination for African Dance and Electronic music.

Africa’s bustling and bubbling Dance & Electronic music scene has become a global player over the last few decades and Apple Music is on a mission to spotlight and elevate the work of the DJs, producers and artists in this space.

“Apple Music has been a long term supporter of the incredible DJs, artists and producers within the Dance and Electronic music community in Africa and we’re very excited about the launch of Isgubhu. Our regional teams are true advocates for the culture and we’re committed to continuing to connect artists to a global audience,” says Stephen Campbell, Apple Music’s Global Head of Dance and Electronic music.

MARIA MENA Transforms Emotional Trauma Into The Heart-Shattering “You Broke Me” Lyric Video

“‘You Broke Me’ is a song about being completely broken after yet another relationship gone bad,” says award-winning Norwegian pop artist Maria Mena about the focus track for her latest album — They Never Leave Their Wives — released on October 23, 2020 via Sony Music Entertainment Norway AS. “My nativity was gone. I, the one who has always believed in love and a ‘happy ending,’ felt that I had used up my ability to experience true love ever again.” “You Broke Me” is just one of the instances on her album that Mena has turned something devastating, overwhelming, crushing into words that have helped her and others navigate the world post tragedy.

Yaniza Releases “i love you”//RIYL Noah and The Whale

Featured on the critically acclaimed Swedish blog PopMuzik, the song describes the most intense part of having a crush. Yaniza says, “I wrote it when I was completely enamored with someone who I was pretty sure was not into me, but as the song says ‘either way I gotta say I’ve fallen’.” Yaniza’s other songs have been featured on PopSugar and Glamour and see the young artist bringing a light, ukelele-influenced pop soundscape to the forefront.

Yaniza – I love you

Varro Vivyds is a Pop Powerhouse with “Adrenaline” Out Today!

Varro Vivyds is a Santa Cruz native who creatively captures her emotions and writes them in such a way where the audience will feel like they’re experiencing them too. Her melody work will have her songs playing in your head during the day, and keeping you up at night. Varro has the ability to stay fresh in a world where the listener feels they’ve heard it all before.

Elise Eriksen Releases New Single “Smile”

“‘Smile’ is about putting on a façade and trying to seem happy even when you’re not,” says Elise on the inspiration behind the song. “As a teenager, I really connected with the idea of feeling like you can’t always be completely yourself, which I think is something that a lot of people experience. I want to speak about things that are meaningful. It felt important to put out something that will leave people feeling more in touch with themselves but also more hopeful and uplifted, especially because it has been such a tough year.”

WODE: 20 Buck Spin Confirms April Release Of Burn In Many Mirrors LP By English Black/Death Act

The follow-up to the highly praised Servants Of The Countercosmos, released by the legendary Avantgarde Music, WODE’s Burn In Many Mirrors presents the band’s most potently wild and predatory work yet. With six new tracks spanning forty minutes of meticulously summoned infernal ferocity, the band scorches the landscape and drapes it in the foul reek of death’s fog.

Wolfe Hybrid Reveals “Mass Manipulation”

Wolfe Hybrid is the musical collaboration of songwriter/producers Jeff Wolfe (vocals) & James P. Noon (acoustic/electric guitars). Both are seasoned entertainment (Film/TV) industry veterans at the top of their respective fields. Wolfe Hybrid was formed in Los Angeles in 2019. Wolfe Hybrid plans to release a full-length LP of original songs in Spring 2021. James P. Noon is an accomplished VFX Producer known for his work at Yannix where he has worked on more than 300 Feature Film/TV projects. Jeff Wolfe is an award-winning filmmaker (and multi-hyphenate) who took home the 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie” for his exemplary work on NBC’s Revolution.