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White John & Rucci Get Under the Influence in a New Music Video

Annihilating L.A. instrumentals with reckless abandon, Inglewood native White John is well-respected in his city’s rap scene. Proving once and for all that he’s harder than your MCM and your baby daddy, White John shares “I Need Drugs,” a new music video. Blessed with a silky smooth beat from L.A. sound architect Beat Boy, “I Need Drugs” finds White John discussing his various vices in a deep deadpan, indicating that his affection for altered states springs from deep-seated pain: “Sometimes I sit in my room, sometimes I stare at the wall/Sometimes I hear the perkys call.”

New // Foster “fools (can’t help falling in love)” Featuring Sody (Video)

Late last year Nashville’s newcomer Foster caught the attention of millions on his collaboration with rising artist Sody on his refix of “fools (can’t help falling in love).” Today fans get their official video to a song that has already garnered 37 million views alone on TikTok & a further 14 million plays across other streaming platforms. It’s a track that’s destined to sink further into the heartstrings of its listeners as time goes on, much like the original version of the timeless Elvis’ staple which the pair have re-modelled.

Diamond Shake premieres video for “Flow” on New Noise

Diamond Shake, the solo project of LA-based singer/songwriter Matt Hitchens, premiered a new video for “Flow,” the latest in his From Method to Madness video series, this morning with New Noise.

“Flow’ is about cannabis and the positive effects it has had on my mental health,” the band’s Matt Hitchens told New Noise. “I moved to L.A. about eight years ago, but it was maybe another three or four years before I started smoking cannabis, and it caused an instant improvement in a lot of different areas… it has really changed the quality of my life.”

Video Spotlight: Diamond Shake – ‘Flow’


The video splices together footage and photos taken over the last three years of BAD CHILD’s music career. This visual celebrates the people who have supported him and his artistic vision while serving as a reminder of what’s possible for the future as BAD CHILD gears up to release his debut full-length album. The video was shot in multiple locations (Toronto, Kitchener, Chicago, UK) and was produced by Rene Gibson and Kostadin Kolev.

Tai Verdes Releases Brand New Track “Bad Bad News” Out Today!

“‘BAD BAD News’ is about giving into that feeling of wanting someone that might not be the best for you,” Verdes says. “Maybe you have a history, or maybe it’s just the wrong time. But this song is for everyone who realizes that being single isn’t as fun once you’ve gotten used to what a relationship can be – even if it’s not exactly good for you.”

The Pretty Reckless Release “And So It Went” (Feat. Tom Morello) Official Video — WATCH

THE PRETTY RECKLESS have shared the official video for the new single “And So It Went,” featuring guitarist Tom Morello. By thought and by action, emotion and intellect, the accompanying visual personifies the angst and unrest alive in this timely anthem. The song is also rapidly ascending the radio charts.


With a sound oscillating between psychedelic pop and space rock, Triptides’ album Alter Echoes channels both The Byrds at their most hallucinogenic and Floyd at their most cosmically composed while creating something immediate and new.

Triptides’ “Moonlight Reflection” Is a Sun-Baked Stunner — About the Night Sky

NIXIL: Maryland Black Metal Alchemists To Release All Knots Untied Debut March 5th

Maryland black metal alchemists NIXIL – featuring past/current members of Spectral Tombs, Tsepesch, Dagger Moon, and Corpse Light – will unleash their All Knots Untied debut full-length on March 5th.

Born on the cusp of the death of western civilization, NIXIL is the expression of the deep existential frustration of four individuals in collaboration, wielding music and art as a powerful manifestation of strength in chaos and a defiant middle finger to the suffocating grip of a toxic and crumbling world.

O’Brie – “FADING The Visual”

“FADING The Visual”, she is a genre-bending artist and a multi-instrumentalist who plays in a band called ‘Magicians of the Woods’ with Raury.

Elise Eriksen – new single “Smile” tomorrow

Quickly racking up over a million streams for her debut, upbeat single “Less,” Elise has received radio play internationally, including on the biggest radio station in Europe, and is featured on key global playlists on Spotify and Apple. PRESS HERE to watch the effortlessly cool video for the catchy pop track which was co-written by multi-platinum songwriter Julia Michaels and features both Shoffy and Blu DeTiger. Taking shape after a moment of bold determination, Elise threw herself into reimagining an early version of “Less” after hearing her father, GRAMMY-winning producer Mikkel Eriksen, toying with it in the studio. Using her near-encyclopedic knowledge of music history and first-hand experience of watching the world’s biggest stars in the studio, Elise transformed “Less” into a shimmering sliver of timeless pop perfection.

Stoner Control Announce New LP and Unveil First Single

On Sparkle Endlessly (out on the Sound Judgement imprint), Stoner Control sound like themselves. This is a feat achieved by virtue of the trio honing their skills as individual songwriters and musicians and as a working group. Singer/guitarist Charley Williams, singer/bassist Sam Greenspan and drummer Mike Cathcart, are each diligent students of their craft.

Premiering The Title Track from Stoner Control’s Upcoming Album ‘Sparkle Endlessly’

Corduroy Spaceship returns for 2021 with new single ‘I Don’t Cry’

Bringing emotive songwriting together with tight musicianship and production, Corduroy Spaceship presents his latest work, ‘I Don’t Cry’.

As his first offering for the year, ‘I Don’t Cry’ comes laden with striking notes and warm vocals that put Corduroy Spaceship in a familiar psych-tinged realm as the likes of Methyl Ethel and Pond.


Written in LA in May 2019 on his first ever co-writing trip, Pete sat down with writer and producer Morgan Dorr to create the piano-heavy track. On its inception, Pete explains, “Morgan had the first line of the chorus written when I got to his place, which was, “If you never see my face again” and the three chords that played over this. We worked on the song all day and I even cancelled another session that I had booked in just so I could finish this song as it felt like this had so much potential.” After returning to Australia, the pair worked together across continents to produce the song you hear today.

Pete Murray shares new single ‘If We Never Dance Again’

NECROPANTHER: Colorado Blackened Thrash/Doom Unit Continues Ongoing EP Series With In Depths We Sleep; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Colorado blackened thrash/doom unit NECROPANTHER continues their ongoing EP series with brilliant four-track offering, In Depths We Sleep, set for release on March 12th.

NECROPANTHER releases EPs that are solely written by one band member — but performed by the entire band — in between full-length releases. To date, they’ve released Oppression from bassist Marcus Corich and Et Unyttig Liv from drummer Haakon Sjogren. It is rare to have a band where all members are prolific and skilled composers. These individual EPs allow listeners to hear the individual voices that come together on full-length NECROPANTHER albums.

TILD return for 2021 with upfront new single ‘Change’

Putting 2020 in the rearview, Sydney’s TILD return with new music for a new year in the fittingly titled ‘Change’.

The band, who have become favourites on the Sydney scene for their tight grasp on grunge and rock sounds, dive deeper on their new track; fusing ’90s melancholic grunge with fresh alt-rock attitudes.

flipturn Treads Between Expectation and Reality in “Glistening” Video

“Akin to the other tracks of their 2020 EP, Something You Needed, the varying perspectives [in ‘Glistening’] speak to flipturn’s fascination with fulfillment and self-actualization, and how it is ultimately a journey one takes alone. With three EPs, six years under their belts and little more than word-of-mouth promotion, flipturn sits on the precipice of enchanting thousands of new listeners with their dreamy performance.” – Atwood Magazine

Video Premiere: flipturn’s “Glistening” Is Melting Magic

Pressa and Taliban Glizzy Share “Attachments” Video

The track juxtaposes eerie, moody chords with street lyrics and a trap drum beat, which inspired the director, Michael Vincent, to take a cinematic approach to the video. Vincent is an American photographer, filmmaker, and director who has photographed over 10,000 magazine covers featured throughout various publications such as Maxim, Esquire, GQ, and more. Shot in L.A., the video for “Attachments” chronicles a fictional tale of an informant’s demise. Pressa and Taliban Glizzy flex their acting muscles, taking us on a journey and bringing viewers along for the ride.

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.

The Weekend Run Club Revisits “Zoo”

Right before venues across the country shuttered, The Weekend Run Club played a sold-out show at the Beat Kitchen in their hometown of Chicago. Feeding off the band’s infectious energy, palpable heartbreak, and undeniable wanderlust seems like a pipe dream without their live set. For now, why don’t you enter Zoo, the four-piece’s proper debut?

BILLY FOX dives deep in new single ‘Hurry Up And Crush Me’

His first release since 2019, the track showcases his technical strength in production and ability to create emotive soundscapes. ‘Hurry Up And Crush Me’ conjures up visions of fleeting romances and explores themes of human nature and relationships. “At some point, we will either be hurt or do the hurting and although on face value you might argue these songs could be quite bleak in thematic nature, if you dig a little deeper they are really about acceptance, reflection and betterment,” says Billy.

Olive Louise – “Nothing’s The Same”

Olive Louise is a classically trained musician with an innate pop sensibility. The New York-based artist is a promising new voice in alt-pop, thoughtfully carving her own path through captivating storytelling and refreshing vulnerability.


WENS reached out to Adam on Instagram to feature on the track, knowing they’d make the perfect duo. She further explains, “this song is about stalking someone you used to be with on the internet and wondering how they’re doing without you and if they’re also lurking you too. i know that sounds insane, but breakups in the 21st century sort of have that effect on people.”


Gearing up for their hotly anticipated collaboration project Memory Lane set to drop February 26th on Warner Records, super producer Murda Beatz and Baltimore hip-hop maestro Shordie Shordie have shared a new song and video titled “Love” feat. Trippie Redd. The track and visual for “Love” double down on the chemistry both Murda and Shordie have been showcasing since they announced the project with “Good Evening” which was followed most recently by “DOCTORS” in December, amassing over 8 million streams to date. The new video is set at a wedding where Murda and Shordie suit up with a motley crew as the unexpected house band while Trippie drops in for a special guest appearance.


Since its release in May, his critically acclaimed album THE GOAT has accrued over 3 Billion streams, 7 Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, has been a mainstay on the charts and landed in multiple year-end best albums lists. The album is certified Platinum by the RIAA along with his debut album, Die A Legend. Polo G was named one of XXL’s Freshman Class in 2020, an annual roundup of hip-hop’s brightest new stars. He also secured a spot on the coveted Forbes 2021 30 Under 30 list and was named a FUSE TV Future Black History Honoree for February 2021.

Louis The Child Release New Single “Somewhere Else” With BabyJake Along with Music Video

Louis The Child says about the track, “Life is full of ups and downs, moments where you’re completely here and times where you feel lost or detached. Making this song with Jake felt therapeutic in a way. We could hear him addressing his current mental state and some of the moments that lead him here. It wasn’t what we expected to make that day, but in the best way possible.”

The Controversial New ‘Skinny Pill’ – No Path Forward

Minneapolis psychedelic funk pop band The Controversial New ‘Skinny Pill’ returns, like most creative endeavors in this country, after nearly a year of cancelled gigs, soul searching, and rearranged priorities, with some new music and their first ever music videos to match. The new songs offer a more developed expression of the band’s signature lo-fi mixture: restless wah wah guitar, jerky bass, squirrelly synths, and tumbling rhythms, all recorded at home, (this time on a early Y2K digital 12 track from a pawn shop) all to hopefully bring a bit of amusement to YOU, without being too corny or naive in one direction, or too fatalistic and didactic in the other direction.


Phora has released his first visual of 2021, “Loaded Gun,” an acoustic pirouette into the depths of his vulnerability. The single arrives alongside a cinematic music video that tells a story of a smoke and mirrors relationship cycle that ultimately leads to no good. Phora kept busy last year when he released his long awaited album With Love 2 via his own imprint Yours Truly Records. Standout singles like “Stars in the Sky” (feat. Jhene Aiko) and “Cupid’s Curse” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) helped garner press praise fromEntertainment Weekly, Uproxx, XXL, Okayplayer, etc. More than a decade in the game, Phora has maintained a core following of trusted fans who turn to his music as an outlet, coupled with much chart success and steady social growth. “Loaded Gun” gives listeners an early glimpse of what’s next…

Foley Release New Single “Better Than Love” || ‘Vacation’ EP Out March 15

Grounded by mellow pop grooves and honeyed vocals, “Better Than Love” is a dreamy exploration of the prospect of love versus the reality of love and the way we close off our emotions to protect from future heartbreak. When love is so built up to us as extravagant, dramatic and awe consuming, how can it ever live up to our expectations? (“The thought of you is better than love”). The tight friendship between Foley’s Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett allows them to write openly and vulnerably with each other and “Better Than Love” is a testament to that. For this single, the duo also brought in their close collaborators and longtime friends Josh Naley (Wells*) and Jonathan Boyle (Julius Black).

Foley Release New Single “Better Than Love” || ‘Vacation’ EP Out March 15

Vokonis launch metal-shuffle single “Blackened Wings”

The heavy prog-metal-trio Vokonis is back with a new single. “Blackened Wings” is released Friday, February 5th, and is the second single leading up to Vokonis new studio album “Odyssey”. A true metal-shuffle, “Blackened Wings” might be the heaviest creation of Vokonis so far.


Joining forces for an event-level collaboration from their forthcoming debut album, Hellraisers Pt. 1, multiplatinum DJ trio Cheat Codes teams up with Gold-certified rising pop maverick AJ Mitchell for a brand new single entitled “Hate You + Love You” today.

J.I.D Releases “Bruuuh” Remix with Denzel Curry!

At the tail end of 2020, Dreamville/Interscope Records rapper J.I.D dropped a slew of tracks that were only available on select platforms, causing a frenzy among his ardent fan base. Today, he made them available to all streaming platforms including a very special remix of “Bruuuh” with Florida rapper, Denzel Curry. Listen to all three tracks “Bruuh,” “Cludder” and “Ballads” featuring Conway The Machine via links above now.


Opening with a swinging piano intro, ‘Get High’ mixes funk-fuelled beats, irresistible soul grooves and Murphy’s hypnotic vocals to create a track that’s unmistakably Chet Faker: very much based in the modern day, but with the immediate allure of a forgotten favourite. His lyrics offer a relatable take on needing to break from your current mindset as he sings, “I wanna get high, I wanna take a break from myself.”

Fleetburner releases orchestral new single “The Course – acoustic”

In the wake of the September release of the critically acclaimed full-length debut album, the band shows yet another facade on it’s multicoloured palet.

Moody, dark and with a near-cinematic twist, “The Course” is rendered into an emotional and surprisingly accessible rendition with the help of longtime Finnish friends in Lost in Grey who add a rich and twisted layer of choirs and emotions to the pivotal song of the album, in which the Fleetburner finally comes to the grim understanding…


The Swedish power metal quartet MEAN STREAK used the concert-free time to produce another video from their current album “Eye Of The Storm”.
The choice fell on “JUDAS FALLING”, one of the harder hymns on the album.

BETWEEN OCEANS present their new single ‘FADE’

BETWEEN OCEANS and their melodic metalcore has rummaged through the Danish underground since 2015. Always keeping their eyes peeled on the current tendencies in modern metal, these five young guys deliver a blend of bone shattering breakdowns, rifferama and catchy melodies. Today they present their first single in two years, ‘FADE’ – watch the accompanying music video above.

DR. SCHAFAUSEN Releases New Official Video ‘My Beautiful Girl’ From His Upcoming Album

Directed by Yannick Louet and Hiroki Abe – Italian Dystopian Project Dr. Schafausen has released the first material from the upcoming debut album Waiting For Tomorrow, set for release on March 9th 2021. In comes in the form of an official video for My Beautiful Girl which was filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan.