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DynamoMin Presents The Video To The Song ‘The Road’

Slumberland announces repress of Tony Molina’s “Confront The Truth” EP, pre-order now

When Tony Molina first released Confront The Truth in 2016 it had been a long three years since his previous record (the now-classic album Dissed And Dismissed) and anticipation was definitely intense. Tony’s Teenage Fanclub-meets-GBV power-pop was informed sonically and spiritually by his many years in the SF South Bay area DIY punk scene, and the results were nothing less than thrilling.

TEE GRIZZLEY Releases New Single + Music Video “LATE NIGHT CALLS” 

True to his storytelling roots, Tee Grizzley leaves it all on the track with this new single. The song addresses the anxiety associated with his phone ringing after 2 AM, as he reflects on the trauma of receiving the news about the recent arrest of his brother Baby Grizzley and the phone call he got the night he found out his father had passed away stating “I got some calls late night and the next day I couldn’t even think”.

Dead Bundy release worry-free pop punk Anthem “When I’m High”

Cleveland pop punk unit Dead Bundy has just dropped their newest single “When I’m High.” The nihilistic anthem fits perfectly between the new school emo rock of MGK, KennyHoopla, and the timeless pop punk of Blink -182 and Sum 41.

The track’s earnest lyrics come from a place of reflection. “‘When I’m High’ was written with nostalgic times in mind,” explains vocalist Ricky Alkire. “When we could get hammered with our best friends with no other worries in the world.”

Smokepurpp Shares “We Outside” Video ft. Lil Mosey, Announces 2/10 EP

Crafting bangers about his high-octane lifestyle, Smokepurpp has long idolized the fast-living rock stars of yore. Channeling their energies into a new EP, complete with a cover that pays tribute to Ozzy Osbourne, Smokepurpp announces PSYCHO (Legally Insane) coming next week via Alamo Records. Titled after an urban legend about those who’ve taken more than seven doses in their lifetime (a total Purpp has long surpassed), PSYCHO (Legally Insane) gives the 23-year-old artist the opportunity to experiment with new flows and varied instrumental styles. The EP’s lead track “Prom Queen” nods towards hip-hop history, as Purpp rocks clipped cadences over the Wendy Rene sample made famous by Wu-Tang Clan’s “Tearz,” while “Rockstar” finds him flexing his melodic muscles and “Tic Tac” dabbles in dark, Memphis-style horrorcore. Featuring an appearance from Lil Mosey, PSYCHO (Legally Insane) arrives on February 10th via Alamo Records.


Jaz Elise releases “Good Over Evil” from her forthcoming debut EP The Golden Hour, available March 5, 2021 via In.Digg.Nation Collective/Six Course Music/RCA Records. The singer practices a positive mindset in order to execute her vision on this triumphant song produced by Natural High and Protoje. “Good Over Evil” stands out as a salute to her Jamaican roots and lays the foundation for her EP.

“I’ve had to be strong like many people that look like me. The song is just a note to keep going and remain focused no matter what. At the core, it says all things lead with good intentions, burn evil and to speak life,” Jaz says about the single.

Listen To Adam Douglas’ joyous new Americana tinged soulful pop (fans of Foy Vance, Ray Lamontagne, Lukas Nelson)

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Adam Douglas has been soul-searching… diving deeper into his music and deeper into himself. Born and raised in Oklahoma, USA, Douglas lived in Chicago and Minneapolis before finding his way to Norway where he has lived for the past decade. He’s a playmaker in the best sense of the word, making the stage his home since childhood and creating music that is intended to be performed for people.

EVERDAWN: Dan Swanö-Mastered Second Album From Symphonic Metal Quintet, Cleopatra, Out Now Through Sensory Records And Streaming On All Platforms

Formerly known as Midnight Eternal, EVERDAWN is embodied by lead vocalist Alina Gavrilenko, guitarist/vocalist Richard Fischer, bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), drummer Dan Prestup, and keyboardist Boris Zaks. Through the course of eleven epic new songs, the band delivers forty-eight minutes of epic, progressive, symphonic metal on Cleopatra.

Moncton’s Diner Drugs Are Serving Up A Fresh Music Video For The Tasty Track “Need Time”

Diner Drugs from Moncton, Canada has a new music video out for their song “Need Time” off the 2019 album “As Is”. The quartet takes inspiration from stoner rock and punk rock and comes with as much harmony as they do beer. Elegantly self-coined as “mustard moustache muscle car cliché” they have groove and grease for days.


Canadian artist Tep No makes stunning first steps into 2021 with the reveal of new single, We Could Be Cool. A beautifully chill electronic pop number, the track features the restrained vocals of Tep No over delicate electronic beats. Speaking on the release, Tep No states:

The song is about reflecting on the physical connection during the pandemic, and wondering if someone who we are friends with, lover, family, will still want to see us or if they’ve decided to move on. It’s about missing the physical connection, wanting to hold someone close but not being able to because someone is quarantined away from you, if someone died because of covid etc; we take physical connections for granted, especially since we didn’t anticipate any of this, and so I’m sure that many people long for conversations, physical connection, intimacy etc that they aren’t getting currently.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Gather All-Star Cast For A Timely Cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

Amidst the compounding, pleading verses of Scottish ballad by way of Greenwich Village, the Dirt Band’s distinguished musical guests—Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, The War And Treaty, and Steve Earle, all of whom are no strangers to writing and singing their beliefs on record, each step to the microphone to contribute a verse with Isbell also adding slide guitar—carry the same tone and energy in their voices as the song’s writer did almost six decades ago; an unfortunate but earnest reaction to the all too evident parallels between now and then. “It moved me deeply then and that hasn’t changed,” Hanna notes. “The lyrics are as relevant today as they were when Dylan wrote it. Maybe even more so.”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Shares Bob Dylan Cover Featuring Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell & The War And Treaty

For Skope: DØBER & RayRay release appropriately titled bass house vocal single “Bounce” (out now on Protocol)

DØBER & RayRay’s newest release – “Bounce,” which just dropped on Protocol Recordings. “Bounce” represents DØBER’s and RayRay’s tech and groovy signature styles, which they previously fused on “Losing My Mind” from DØBER’s debut “Twisted” EP.

Nick Schofield releases new album, Glass Gallery, inspired by the National Gallery of Canada’s light and space…critically acclaimed LP out today

Composed entirely on a vintage Prophet-600 synthesizer, Glass Gallery imparts a series of effortless yet interconnected moods from within the instrument’s signature palette. Inspired by the light and space of Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada, the album explores new age, ambient and environmental tendencies with a welcoming immediacy and draws the listener into a state where texture, form, and gesture unfurl in federation.

Knock2 Hits Full Stride on Pumping Bass House Single “dashstar*” on Night Mode – Feb 5

The San Diego-based producer has been handling business on release front in the last couple of years, as he stampedes through the house space with releases on Sable Valley, Dim Mak, Musical Freedom and more. He’s now hopping over to the gamer-centric imprint Night Mode with a high intensity house offering that boasts rave stabs, buoyant basslines and a saccharine vocal hook.

Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter Willa Amai Set To Release “Ocean” & New Ambassador for NAMI

Sixteen-year-old music phenom Willa Amai closed 2020 with enthusiastic acclaim with outlets such as Nick Music’s Fresh Faces seen in 36 Million households, New Artist Block, MTV LIVE and MTV’s Spankin’ New and MTV LIVE’s in 42 million households. MTV also asked Amai to be their first artist to kick off their #ALONETOGETHER JAM Sessions. Off the back of this exciting accolade Amai is set to release her upcoming single “OCEAN” on February 4th to kick off 2021 with the message that addresses the tumultuous journey of mental health.

Yung Stakks | “Change Of Heart” | Music Video

Chine Music’s Yung Stakks realizes that some things don’t last forever in his new single “Change Of Heart”. It’s hard to find consistent love and loyalty in the streets and the artist from Chicago expresses that experience on the track. With nothing left to prove to a world full of heartbreak he’s ready to give it all up.

Olga Tañón relanza uno de los grandes éxitos de su carrera artística junto a la sensación urbana Jay Wheeler y DJ Nelson /Olga Tañón

A principios del año 2005, Olga Tañón lanzó un tema que se convirtió en un himno en su carrera artística a nivel internacional, y se llamó “Cómo olvidar”. Hoy, la aclamada cantante boricua se une a la sensación urbana Jay Wheeler, al pionero del reguetón DJ Nelson y al productor Musical Eliot Feliciano “Mago D Oz”, para crear una nueva versión de este icónico tema, producido al estilo de la Tañón 2021.

OTF Announces Loyal Bros Label Album, Ft. Lil Durk, King Von, Timo & More

Founded by Chicago-born superstar Lil Durk, Only The Family has grown into one of rap’s most respected collections of rising talent. Emerging stronger from a year marked by success and tragedy in equal measure, the label announces Loyal Bros, their upcoming compilation album. Alternating hard-hitting street anthems with emotional rap ballads, Loyal Bros explores the kinship forged by hardship. Spending their youths on the South Side of Chicago, Durk and the rest of OTF forged unbreakable in the face of violence, gaining pride and security from the knowledge that their brothers had their backs. The cover of Loyal Bros pays tribute to OTF’s fallen vultures, including King Von, who experienced a commercial breakthrough before his tragic passing in November, as well as still-painful absence of OTF Nunu aka Nuski, who died in 2014.

CAMERA OBSCURA TWO: Toilet Of Hell Premieres “To Bleed To Feel Alive” Lyric Video

CAMERA OBSCURA TWO (or CO2) is led by Alberto Penzin, formerly of Italian thrash legends Schizo, on four-string bass, joined by Giulio The Bastard (Cripple Bastards) on vocals, Andrea Ragusa (ex- Pestem, I Will Kill You) on five-string bass, Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Inno) on guitars, and Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Catacomb) on drums.


The groundbreaking Black Forum label – founded by Mr. Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in 1971 – will relaunch in 2021, providing a platform to a new generation of writers, thinkers and poets. In addition to newly recorded releases, Black Forum will reissue six of the historic albums that established its legacy, beginning with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Why I Oppose The War In Vietnam on February 26.

Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records, said, “As we navigate our way through unprecedented times, racial and social tensions are at a high. We felt an urgent need to reactivate Black Forum in order to provide information alongside inspiration. The label provided a clear-cut reflection of who America was at the time of civil unrest in the 60s and 70s. Now, we look to extend and expound on the original principles and purpose of Black Forum.”

Motown To Relaunch Black Forum Label, Reissue Historic Spoken Word Albums

David Solomon releases new single “Cross Your Mind”

Premiered earlier this week on SiriusXM’s Beta BPM with Liquid Todd, New York City-based DJ/producer David Solomon presents his first original production of 2021, “Cross Your Mind.”

Released today, February 5th, on Payback Records, “Cross Your Mind” is filled with emotion – combining heartfelt lyrics with a gentle house groove that’s a perfect soundtrack for long drives, sunsets, and self-reflection.

Rod Abernethy Releases “Normal Isn’t Normal Anymore”

A Southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist, and award-winning composer for film, TV, and video games, it’s not often that a renaissance man like Rod Abernethy comes along. Today, Abernethy is proud to add his new full-length album Normal Isn’t Normal Anymore to his vast catalog of works. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Kim Richey, Glen Phillips), Normal Isn’t Normal Anymore is a mixture of guitar virtuosity and world-class songwriting, most of which happened on Abernethy’s last year of touring.

Internet Money Releases Music Video for “Blast Off,” featuring Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd

Following the release of their debut album B4 The Storm and the platinum-earning success of lead single “Lemonade,” featuring Gunna, Don Toliver, and NAV, Internet Money returns once more with an animated music video for “Blastoff,” featuring late rapper Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd. Out now via 10K Projects / Internet Money Records, the video is directed by KDC Visions and shows the two rappers journeying across an unknown planet, defeating their antagonist with a single puff of Trippie’s joint. Since its release in August as part of the track listing for B4 The Storm, “Blastoff” has gained over 88M streams on Spotify and counting.

Juice WRLD And Trippie Redd Defeat Apocalyptic Zombies In Internet Money’s ‘Blast Off’ Video

bbno$ Dances in Thrift Store Fits, Shares “Help Herself” Video

Known for his lyrical wit, independent hustle, and striking music videos, bbno$ has taught his massive fanbase to expect the unexpected. Teaming up with Diamond Pistols for his latest curveball, the usually-sardonic emcee opened up his heart for “Help Herself,” his tender new single. Today, bbno$ shares the video for “Help Herself,” which adds a dose of his quirky charm without taking away from the vulnerable lyrics.

The High Plains Drifters Release Lead Single off 2nd Album “Since You’ve Been Gone”

The group, led by frontman Larry Studnicky [lead vocals, lyricist], includes John Macom [rhythm/electric guitars, lead/backup vocals], Mike DoCampo [rhythm/electric guitars, backup vocals], Kyle Cassel [drums, backup vocals], Charles Czarnecki [keys, accordion, backup vocals], and Dave Richards [bass, backup vocals]. Their new release ups the ante with a bevy of undeniably catchy anthems about love and loss that fall somewhere between The Eagles and New Order, with more surprises to come.

Brad Byrd “The Valley Sessions” EP Now Available On Bandcamp

One of the positives about this pandemic is that it allowed many of us to slow down and take closer stock of our lives. I know I certainly have. Getting off the road and dealing with this long lock down allowed me to take a deep dive into my catalog of hundreds of songs and demos. I happened across a small collection of songs that have never truly seen the light of day. Yes, they were featured on Myspace and even landed in some tv shows but I never officially “released them” because they were never professionally mastered. Well, I decided to finally do just that. In fact, I was quite fortunate to have them mastered by the great Sterling Sound and they have never sounded better! It’s funny how some songs just need to wait for the right time to be let go into the world. I wrote these songs after my debut album, “The Ever Changing Picture,” was released in 2005. These are some of the most honest, vulnerable and exposed songs I’ve written to date and were composed during a rough time in my life where I was barely hanging on while living in Los Angeles, CA. Well, the time for release is now!

DEAD EXALTATION: Metal Injection streaming Indian prog/tech death metal band’s debut; album out today

Indian technical/progressive death metal trio Dead Exaltation have released their debut album today, February 5th. The album, Despondent, features the absolute finest of South Asian extreme metal musicianship and songwriting, balancing a progressive approach with old school atmosphere.

Dive Into An Early Stream of Despondent From India-based Newcomers DEAD EXALTATION

NINA HERZOG (Voice Of Odette From Sony Animation’s “The Swan Princess” Series) Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Her Version Of Elvis Presley’s Classic Song

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Los Angeles singer/songwriter NINA HERZOG has released her version of Elvis Presley’s classic song, “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” via Label Logic as distributed by Ingrooves, which can be purchased and streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer.

As she anticipates the release of her six-song debut EP, TOGETHER AWAY, which is due out March 12 via Label Logic as distributed by Ingrooves, she wanted to offer her fans this special Valentine’s Day gift.

SOCIOCLAST: Cvlt Nation Streams “Convention Of Ruin” From San Jose Grindcore Trio Featuring Current / Former Members Of Deadpressure, In Disgust, And Mortuous

Cvlt Nation is currently streaming “Convention Of Ruin” from San Jose, California-based grindcore trio SOCIOCLAST, featuring current and former members of Deadpressure, In Disgust, and Mortuous. The demoralizing hymn comes by way of the band’s self-titled debut, set to drop February 19th via Carbonized Records.

Spewing sixteen merciless tracks of grindcore devastation, Socioclast was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Necrot, Vastum, Brainoil) in Oakland, California. Fusing classic death metal riffs and unorthodox time signatures with a prime grindcore design and scathing sociopolitical lyrics, SOCIOCLAST aims to alter the genre’s course for years to come.

Max Foreman – Underground – Release date: Friday, March 5th 2021

Underground is the debut solo release from Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer Max Foreman. A figure in the West Coast music scene for two decades, Foreman is best known for his keyboard and vocal work in the electric pop duo Bouquet, and as guitarist of the San Francisco math rock trio Tenebre. On his new EP, Max Foreman’s meticulous songwriting has delivered a classic work of pop surrealism.

Layers of guitar and analog electronics invite the listener into Underground’s playful and idiosyncratic landscape. The mid-tempo bounce of “State of Decay” finds detuned keyboards encircled by sweeping Laurel Canyon harmonies. “Second Time Around”, a Zombies-influenced earworm dipped in Mellotron and organ, is turned upside down with blissfully warped synthesizers and guitar overdrive. Foreman’s production finds kindred spirits in artists like White Noise and Laurie Spiegel, revealing hidden electronic gems in every verse.

DynamoMin Presents The Video To The Song ‘The Road’