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Rising German Post Rock Group THERE’S A LIGHT Signs Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records

Napalm Records is pleased to welcome an outstanding new post rock discovery to its growing roster. Germany’s THERE’S A LIGHT has just inked a worldwide record deal with the premier rock and metal label!

After releasing their first EP, Khartoum, in 2012, the five-piece from the German black forest area set another milestone in their yet young career when unveiling the critically acclaimed debut album, A Long Lost Silence, in July 2018. Followed by an adventurous touring ride through China, where they performed ten shows at some sold out venues, THERE’S A LIGHT have already proven that the world is ready for these highly talented musicians to be heard!

Manchester Orchestra To Debut ‘A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film’ This Friday, Feb. 12th

Renowned for their electrifying shows, Manchester Orchestra today announced A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film—a dynamic front-to-back performance of their critically acclaimed 2017 album, gorgeously filmed with multiple cameras at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording studios. The free concert, directed by Alec Stanley and Stephen Payne, will premiere via YouTube this Friday, February 12th, 2021, at 8pm EST/5pm PST. The event will launch with a Brooklyn Vegan-presented pre-show virtual meet and greet with the full band, where fans can ask questions, before the feature presentation begins.


Written during the early stages of the pandemic, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to burn down, but something needed to go. My maternity leave should have ended, so I could go on tour and play rad festivals with my husband on parental leave. But suddenly we were two stay at home parents with two six month old babies, unable to perform or socialize, confined to the same routine, getting in each other’s space and driving each other crazy. As I wrote, it became less about burning down what was pissing me off and more about lighting up my own fire and getting back to our normal.


Coming-of-age music-comedy Electric Jesus continues to charm audiences and critics at film festivals across the country. The soundtrack Electric Jesus (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture) will be released digitally on Joyful Noise Recordings on 2/26/21. Pre-orders for the physical product (vinyl packages) are available online at Joyful Noise Recordings.

Electric Jesus was written and directly by Chris White and features Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Brian Baumbgartner (The Office), new/emergin stars Wyatt Lenhard (singer/guitarist), Will Oliver (lead guitar), Gunner Willis (bass) and Caleb Hoffmann (drums) as fictitious band 316, Andrew Easkle (sound man) and Shannon Hutchinson (preacher’s daughter).

‘Streets’ set to become latest Doja Cat hit

Propelled by a new TikTok challenge, 2019 album track ‘Streets’ is poised to become Doja Cat’s latest smash hit.

Initially released as part of the platinum-selling pop sensation’s sophomore album Hot Pink, ‘Streets’ has been given a new lease of life by the TikTok ‘Silhouette Challenge’. With Doja herself taking part alongside celebs such as Lizzo, Cardi B, Chloe Bailey and Tiffany Haddish. An edit of the track being used in roughly 120,000 TikTok videos and videos using the #silhouette hashtag have earned more than 410 million views.

#ATLTop20 #Certified !!! Derty North Entertainment Presents: King Beli – “Juice Her Up” feat. Renni Rucci & BWA

Brooklyn’s Phantom Wave Share New Single “Glower”

Phantom Wave lives in the difference between propulsive drive and radiant fluidity. Taking inspirations from indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop, the band focuses on creating dynamic songs with an altered organic feel. Phantom Wave is comprised of core members Ian Carpenter (guitar, vocals) and Rachel Fischer (drums). Formed in 2017 through a meeting in Brooklyn, NY the two blended musical pasts through a chain of fuzz, reverb and delay. The band was gigging regularly in the NYC/Brooklyn area prior to the pandemic, and recently recorded their first LP titled Wilds. While releasing this album they continue to work on writing new music, wearing face masks and eating burritos (not at the same time).

Premiere: Phantom Wave “Billows”

Morgan Wade announces debut album ‘Reckless’

Hailing from a small town in Virginia, and dubbed a “power-packed country rocker,” Morgan Wade grew up surrounded by bluegrass while possessing an affinity for pop and rock, steering her to meld her influences and create a sound uniquely her own.

And now, with her forthcoming debut album Reckless, being released on March 19th via Thirty Tigers, Wade is embracing her strengths and quirks as she asks questions about who she is and who she wants to be.

Ben Sollee and Time For Three share video of “Over The Pines” for Focus Features film ‘Land’ starring Robin Wright

Cellist and composer Ben Sollee joined forces with acclaimed string trio Time For Three to collaborate on the score for the new Focus Features’ film Land, starring and directed by Robin Wright. The song and video “Over The Pines” is available today on all DSP’s with the soundtrack available on February 12 through Back Lot Music. The film will be released in theaters on February 12.

The Paper Kites Share “Walk Above the City (feat. MARO)” From New Album ‘Roses’ (Out March 12)

Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites return with “Walk Above The City (feat. MARO),” a track full of glistening harmonies coated with soul-soothing vocals and thoughtfully layered instrumentals. Portuguese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist MARO, whose stunning vocals evoke deep emotion and highlight the true meaning within lyrics, has released six albums, toured with GRAMMY® winner Jacob Collier, and is under the management wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones.

The Neverlutionaries Release Self-Titled LP The Neverlutionaries Feb. 12, 2021

Nashville-based psychedelic alternative rock band The Neverlutionaries are set to drop their debut self-titled LP February 12, 2021 via Polychromatic Records. “The process of creating this album was amazing for me,” explains bandleader Christopher Harold Wells. “Not only did I get to work with an amazing producer in Jaimeson Durr, who can instinctively make the recording process flow like water but also with amazing players. At this point, we’ve become family and when you play with folks that you care and have love for, the creative atmosphere becomes magical and doing the record at legendary Hyde Street Studio C (where Green Day, Tupac Shakur all recorded) was the cherry on top of the icing and top of the cake!” Purchase the album here on Friday, February 12.

NIGHTFALL Premieres New Song, “Giants of Anger”

Vocalist Efthimis comments on the track: “‘Giants of Anger’ is about Wilhelm’s II (the last German emperor) struggle with Erb’s palsy, and the mental challenges he underwent to overcome it in a world where royal blood ought to be healthy. The song is carrying the frustration and reminds us all that mental disorders make no discrimination.”

Wisconsin-based Alt/Pop-Rock, Self-Proclaimed “Dysfunctional Duo,” TOCK

On the new release, the pair state, “‘Shut My Mouth’ is very relatable in the sense that everyone says things they don’t mean in the heat of the moment. This is the inspiration of the song. However, there is a subtext with the lyric “shut my mouth and keep my distance”, which unintentionally marks up thoughts of today’s challenges.”

TOCK Emphasize the Value of Silence on Their New Single “Shut My Mouth” [Premiere]

Lia Kay Shares “Walk Away”

Lia Kay is a Canadian musician, singer & songwriter based out of Southern Ontario. A classically-trained pianist since age seven and a songwriter by 12, Lia went on to compete all over Russia, winning various competitions and festivals before relocating with her family to Canada where she continued her musical education through the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Predominantly centred around pop music, Lia’s songs have an electronic element to them with confessional lyrics that tell a story. Her new single, “Walk Away,” is about loving someone so fiercely that you struggle to walk away from them, even though you know you have to in order for them to see themselves through your eyes; to see how extraordinary they truly are.

Timid, The Brave shares new video for “St. Maria” – out today!

New single, “St. Maria,” was first penned a couple of years ago during one of the warmest November days on record – so warm that the rose bushes had woken back up and started blooming again. For Timid, the Brave, it felt like one of those moments that could be interpreted as a divine sign, where the universe is trying to tell you something. Afterwards, he started seeing meaning everywhere he looked.

Your New Favorite Power Pop- Get To Know Kelly Duplex!

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 three singles off their upcoming s/t album. Combining classic power pop, vintage grunge, and a bit of shoegaze, the LP will be streaming everywhere on Friday (February 12th) via Strange Daisy.

Rockshots Records: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS Posts Lyric Video “Shine”, New Album “Due” Out Feb 12th

“Shine is a melancholic andante/mid-tempo rocker with a “grungy” feel, introduced by piano and vocals, before a riveting guitar riff sets on; then, a subtle, atmospheric verse makes way for a truly powerful and dramatic chorus; the song ends with a final climax that brings the listener back to the initial melodies in a circular fashion. The track is literally packed with hooks and melodies that greatly enrich the musical fabric, sustaining Ricky’s wholehearted singing. In spite of its somber tone, the song is about finding the courage to accept our flaws and unlock all the beautiful things we keep inside ourselves, to overcome our fears, our sense of inadequateness or incompleteness, and the cages sometimes relationships bind us to, which can smother our will and diminish our self-esteem. It’s an exhortation to take the initiative, bear the suffering and then find out how an ugly duckling can become a swan, even through pain and waiver.”

Shane Pendergast Reveals Folk Laced Video “It Slips Away”

Shane Pendergast is a folk singer from Tracadie Cross, Prince Edward Island. He learned to play by ear at an early age and by 13 he was performing professionally on stage. Shane’s connection to Maritime folk music dates back to the efforts of his great-grandparents, preservers of folklore in P.E.I. Shane is carrying the torch forward with his own songs, having released his debut album, Place to the Name, in 2020.

He’s now following up with single “It Slips Away,” which was recorded live off the floor. The track has been paired with a video:

ACID MAMMOTH: watch epic 11-minute new video “Caravan” now!

Arm yourself for battle against gargantuan beasts and watch the crushing 11-minute new video from Greek doom slingers ACID MAMMOTH exclusively on Decibel Magazine now! Their loud-as-hell and hypnotic new album releases this March 5th on Heavy Psych Sounds. Get crushed…

Track Premiere: Acid Mammoth – ‘Caravan’

Lia Kay – Walk Away – Available on all streaming platforms

My new single, “Walk Away,” is about loving someone so fiercely that you struggle to leave them, even though you know you have to in order for them to see themselves through your eyes; to see how extraordinary they truly are. You go, in hopes that they mend whatever pain they may be going through.

#ATLTop20 #Certified !!! Presents: Flake Griffin – Demons feat. TEC

While She Sleeps Share New Song “YOU ARE ALL YOU NEED”

“We somehow managed to inject enough personal inspiration from each member for it to completely embody ‘the Sleeps sound’ with ease,” says guitarist Sean Long. “We are always trying to express a certain kind of emotion or internal insight and sometimes you really hit the nail on the head, expressing it how you imagined, and other times you miss it completely. Well, this time we hit it dead on, with no room for speculation. The song says it how it is and reminds us to stop looking outwards for approval and validation. The video is a color explosion from start to finish and, with the current state of this dull, bleak world, we think it’s going to be the color everyone needs to illuminate their spirits, even if it’s only for three minutes.”

Toledo Debut New Video For “Sunday Funday,”

Toledo today debuted their video for new song “Sunday Funday” via a Consequence Of Sound ‘Origins’ feature, and the sweetly sad, yet ultimately hopeful video can also now be seen HERE. “‘Sunday Funday’ deals with navigating familial alcoholism in a new relationship. Rather than let the weight of the subject matter carry the mood, we focused on the more positive aspects of being a willing support system for someone new in your life,” explains the band, aka the Brooklyn-based duo of Daniel Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz. “We tried to carry over that dichotomy in our (very) homemade music video.

Husband/wife duo Mint Julep share moody new track “A Rising Sun”; ‘In a Deep & Dreamless Sleep’ out 3/19 on Western Vinyl

Created slowly over a years-long span that encompassed the recording of 2019’s Stray Fantasies, wife and husband duo Hollie and Keith Kenniff are set to deliver In a Deep & Dreamless Sleep on March 19th via Western Vinyl. The new album, which can be pre-ordered here, is a distinctly hazier chapter of their technicolor pop venture Mint Julep.

Mint Julep Experiment with Dreamy Atmosphere on “A Rising Sun”

Singer-Songwriter Dan Reardon Releases New Single “Backseat Love”

“I was going through a challenging time so I decided to pick up a guitar while sitting on the couch, and I wrote about personal experiences and emotions,” explains Reardon in a special exclusive with Digital Journal. “At the time, it was about lust and love when I was dating a girl. The imagery came so naturally to me.”

Piers Faccini (No Format) | new album (feat. Ben Harper, Abdelkebir Merchane)

British-Italian artist Piers Faccini today announces his new album ‘Shapes Of The Fall’ for release on April 2, 2021 through Nø Førmat! (Oumou Sangaré, Blick Bassy & Mélissa Laveaux) / Beating Drum. Featuring collaborations with Ben Harper and Abdelkebir Merchane, ‘Shapes Of The Fall’ is Faccini’s seventh album in a career spanning over twenty years and collaborations with the likes of Rokia Traoré, Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal. The announcement arrives alongside the first track lifted from the album, ‘The Real Way Out’ – the audio & lyric video are now available to stream from here.