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For Those I Love to release self-titled debut album on March 26th | Watch video for “Birthday / The Pain” now

Following a 2020 that introduced the Dublin producer and songwriter David Balfe to the world through the hard-nosed, beautiful eulogy of debut single “I Have A Love” and the socio-political ruminations of its follow-up “Top Scheme”, For Those I Love started 2021 as the very first artist in The Guardian’s playlist of best new music for the year ahead, alongside a feature piece that labelled him “Ireland’s potent new poet of grief”.

MIDDLE KIDS – Release new single ‘Cellophane (Brain)’

The Sydney-based three-piece Middle Kids (Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz and Harry Day) today release ‘Cellophane (Brain)’ the third single from their hotly anticipated second album, Today We’re The Greatest, out March 19, 2021 via Lucky Number. Premiered by Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, ‘Cellophane (Brain)’ sets a new artistic benchmark for the band, a three-and-a-half minute encapsulation of all the ambition, lyrical scope and musicality packed into their upcoming album.

Austin’s Lady Dan (ffo: Mattiel, Julia Jacklin, Katy Kirby) | Announces debut album & shares new single

The music brings about some lovely country-psych/folk-tinged gems that to me summon comparisons with the likes of Laura Veirs, Julia Jacklin, and occasionally Becca Mancari when Tyler finds something more accustomed with a more raucous, indie-rock sensibility. The songs and this first single arrive as an array of profoundly heartfelt and intimate numbers whilst at other times aiming for something much grander – there are smatterings of this vast, swooning string section dotted throughout, as well as lovely tinges of woozy sax.

Derry Trio CHERYM Sign To Alcopop! Records

Alcopop! Records are delighted to announce that they have signed hotly-tipped, effervescent Northern Irish pop punk trio Cherym, and are proud to present their new single ‘Kisses On My Cards’ which is released on 11th February 2021 on all good DSPs.

VARANG NORD Release New Single/Official Video ‘Cīņis Gors’

Latvian group Varang Nord release their new single Cinis Gors taken from their forthcoming album Pārķiuņa Uomurs, set for release via Sliptrick Records on February 11th. Cinis Gors is a battle anthem capturing the spirit of a hard long sea travels and conquests Northmen have been involved in.

Skope tip on poignant new Kovic single dedicated to key workers (out Feb 19th)

The song has been written in dedication to key workers, and reflects the damaging ramifications of the pandemic and the weight it has caused on mental health, which has been experienced first hand by Kovic who has been supporting his junior doctor partner during these times.

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains Share Video For New Track “Tourne Autour”

The video, directed by Robin Lachenal, features Frànçois Marry on an intergalactic journey through space and time, something of a metaphor for the search of love and emotional connections in life. As Frànçois notes, “This song is about being obsessed with someone. Spinning round and round, your mind goes in circles and you never change your position. The fantasy remains a distant galaxy. Love is a mental projection. Somehow, this vivid tune resonates with our recent lockdown lifestyle. On loop.”

Sufjan Stevens debuts Luca Guadagnino-directed video for “Tell Me You Love Me”

Guadagino says: “The aching feeling of loving and wanting to be loved, the mystery of bodies that clash, the uncanny aspects of nature, the sublime music poetry and voice of Sufjan—all this went into this video that I am proud to have made with the collaboration of two more great artists, Alessio Bolzoni and Celia Hempton.”

Hot Breath Release New Single – What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found

Hot Breath is back and will release their debut studio album “Rubbery Lips” during the spring of 2021. With a foundation built on dirty riffing, memorable hooks, and a nononsense attitude, the new album contains 10 tracks of energetic and catchy garage rock ‘n’ roll. With their minds firmly set on releasing nothing but killers, Hot Breath has pushed themselves into perfecting the sound that they presented on their 2019 self-titled EP. The result is a straight-shooting album, guaranteed to twist your hips.

Hot Breath Premiere “What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found”; Debut Album Rubbery Lips out April 9

GOOD PREMONITION – new video out now on Vevo

GOOD PREMONITION is the third consecutive in English realease for the italian singer, songwriter and producer after I FEEL THE GROOVE and MARY DID YOU KNOW.

The song come out with N.Ri, a talented young producer on his recording debut and with the features of Martin Basile (the rapper already seen at X-Factor Italy) and Chris J. Sandra, one of the most promising emerging artists of the Italian urban scene.

CANNIBAL ACCIDENT: Finnish death-grind unit launch new single “Let This World Be Done”

Finnish death-grind merchants CANNIBAL ACCIDENT have announced that they have signed to Italian label Time To Kill Records for the release of their new album.

“Nekrokluster” will be released on 26th February 2021 on CD, LP and digital format.

Smokepurpp Poses For Prom Pics in His New Video

Serving up lightning quick bangers about his hard-living lifestyle, Smokepurpp knows how to party. More than happy to play the role of “bad influence,” Smokepurpp shares “Prom Queen,” his latest video. Using the same Wendy Rene sample made famous by the Wu-Tang Clan in “Tearz,” “Prom Queen” is an irreverent and addictive update on that song for the trap era. Switching up between clipped cadences and bursts of rapidfire syllables, Purpp flexes on his bankroll and his unique social position in high school: “I was selling acid to the prom queen.” Directed by AllTheSmoke, the video expands upon that line from the song’s hook, as a tuxedoed Purpp poses for prom pics with some baddies before joining them on the dancefloor. “Prom Queen” is the second video from Purpp’s brand new Psycho (Legally Insane) EP, following last week’s video for “We Outside” ft. Lil Mosey.

Reza Safinia shares circular, piano-driven track “Mantra” via Fluid Radio

Reza Safinia is a multi-instrumentalist composer and producer raised in London and living in Los Angeles. Prior to working in film he was a songwriter and record producer/engineer with work spanning from pop to underground. He has toured with Destiny’s Child and worked with artists as diverse as Dr. Dre, Britney Spears and underground UK rapper Akala.

Reza Safinia – Mantra

Michael Feuerstack releases new single, “Time To Burn”

On “Time To Burn,” Michael Feuerstack plays with words, meaning and connotation to dig into the question of time and how we are meant to spend it. With this meditation on motivation, fear and untapped potential, Feuerstack aims to navigate us safely through a cautionary wasteland. Though eerily topical, the song’s inception predates the specific existential questions brought on for many by the past year’s surprising events.

PAYSAGE D’HIVER announce new album and release first single

Black metal underground stalwarts PAYSAGE D’HIVER have unleashed ‘Bluet’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Geister” (“Ghosts”), which is slated for release on April 23, 2021. Swiss Mastermind Wintherr also reveals cover art, tracklist, and further details of his sophomore regular full-length.

NORDGEIST announce new album and release first single

Black metal underground buzz NORDGEIST have turned loose ‘Возмездие (Revenge)’ as the first single taken from their debut full-length “Frostwinter”, which is scheduled for release on April 23, 2021. Furthermore, Russian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist T has revealed cover art, tracklist, and further details of her first album.

Danny Elfman Shares Otherworldly Video For New Song “Love In The Time Of Covid”, Watch + Listen Now

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, composer, singer and songwriter Danny Elfman is sharing his new song “Love In The Time Of Covid”. The short film accompanying the track is directed by German filmmaker and photographer Sven Gutjahr and Elfman’s creative director Berit Gilma. It tells a somewhat bizarre story of longing for intimacy in today’s socially isolated world in a very unique way.

Sub Pop signs Hannah Jadagu, shares “Think Too Much” official video/single

Sub Pop has signed Hannah Jadagu, an 18 year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from Mesquite, Texas, to release her music throughout the known universe. Her first release is the sprightly indie pop single “Think Too Much,” with an accompanying official video directed by Cameron Livesey, which stars Jadagu and a group of close friends enjoying a fall day in New York City. As for how the song was produced, the incredibly resourceful Jadagu recorded “Think Too Much” using her iPhone 7, an iRig, a microphone, guitar, and Garageband iOS, a process that has served her well throughout her young recording career.

Hear Sunburned Hand of The Man’s “Black Lights” now

Sunburned Hand of the Man might be the last of the great American free rock collectives. There was a time, not too long ago, when every region of this great republic could boast of its own visionary troupe of seekers and improvisers, thrumming at the frequency of the illuminated world. There was Pelt in the south and Jackie-O Motherfucker in the Pacific northwest, No-Neck Blues Band in New York and the iridescent Jewelled Antler out in the Bay Area. And up in the New England wilds, there was The Sunburned Hand of the Man. It was a glorious time to be a weirdo, even amidst the smoldering wreck of the George W. Bush administration. While the pale white hipsters of the early millennial New York rock scene were cutting the canon of American music to a thin rail of pre-approved bands and albums, the amorphous free rock tribes were expanding it boundlessly. It was all in there. A veritable head music awakening. Loft jazz and European free improv, Xpressway and Takoma, Jandek and Elizabeth Cotton, the Taj Mahal Travelers and the Grateful goddamn Dead. David Keenan of The Wire memorably called it the New Weird America. It felt to me like the mystical democracy of Walt Whitman. It was never arch or jittery or wiry; it sprawled like the continent and massed like the seas. It produced some of the most singularly thrilling performances that I ever had the privilege of witnessing. Most of those groups have since gone dormant—disbanded entirely or decomposed into smaller units and solo projects. But the Sunburned Hand of the Man remains.

Nathaniel Rateliff’s “Redemption” video debuts

Palmer, which is now streaming globally on Apple TV+, stars Justin Timberlake, Alisha Wainwright and Juno Temple. The film, directed by Fisher Stevens, is a hopeful and inspirational story about an unlikely pair who come together and find the family they were both missing.


“Danny Phantom” is the headlining single from Spencer’s upcoming EP and also happens to be his favorite song he’s ever written. Its both a hard look at failed past relationships and a love letter to Gen-Z and Millennial nerds everywhere. Spencer co-wrote it with writer/producer Elysse Yulo and produced it with Andrew Gomez.

Lake Street Dive’s new single “Hypotheticals” debuts today

“We’ve been a band for so long that we didn’t want to just become a feedback loop of our own ideas,” recounts bassist Bridget Kearney. “It felt like a really good time to bring in another person like Mike [Elizondo], and he really opened us up. He encouraged us to make bolder arrangement choices, take those chances and try those things. The record really is a success in what we set out to do: continue to challenge ourselves, continue to grow and do things we’ve never done before.”

Thirdface shares new single “No Requiem For The Wicked” from debut LP out 3/5

The Nashville hardcore group Thirdface debuted their latest single “No Requiem For The Wicked” from their upcoming debut album, Do It With A Smile, due out on March 5th via Exploding In Sound Records. Premiered today with Consequence of Sound, “No Requiem For The Wicked” is a direct call-out of clout chasers and those that take from their communities but never reciprocate.

Nashville Hardcore Act Thirdface Premiere “No Requiem for the Wicked”: Stream

EMPTINESS Streams New Album ‘Vide’ in Full

Belgian dark metal outfit EMPTINESS has teamed up with the prestigious Roadburn Festival to premiere the full album stream of their new opus ‘Vide’ ahead of tomorrow’s release!