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SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE has a new album ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH coming April 9th on Saddle Creek, and here’s the next single from it. Accompanied by a video cut up and edited by the band’s Zachary Schwartz, “THE SERVER IS IMMERSED” is the Philadelphia shape-shifters at their most accessible and relatable via a track that digs into the monotony of the day-to-day inspired by Schwartz’s food industry day job. The track follows the excellent first single THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO”, described by Pitchfork as “where limitless potential meets weirdo catharsis”

ICYMI- “Psychedelic Textures & Triumphant Lyrics” – Beams Latest Track Is Streaming Everywhere!

Toronto based psych folk band, Beams is set to release their upcoming album, ‘Ego Death’ on March 26th. The album works as a narrative cycle chronicling songwriter, Anna Mernieks-Duffield’s challenges with mental health and her journey towards self-acceptance.

The band has shared their second single, “A Flower Blossomed.” The track combines gorgeous vocal harmonies, 70s folk rock influences (think Fleetwood Mac or Cat Stevens), and some perfectly placed vibraphone.

Garage A Trois Announce ‘Calm Down Cologne’

Comprised by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore, OG GAT released its debut album, ‘Mysteryfunk,’ to wide acclaim in 1999. The band evolved over the pursuant years in various configurations before eventually going dormant following its 2011 album, ‘Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil.’ In 2019, however, the original three piece line-up reunited for a handful of shows. This would also result in an afternoon spent recording at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, right across the street from where the band was playing a sold out, three night run at Nectar Lounge. Ace engineer Randall Dunn was invited to document the proceedings and captured the resulting album in one magical session. Dunn would later take the tracks back to AVAST! Recording Co. for mixing.

Dark-pop princess Muki shrugs it off in ‘I Make Boys Cry’

Bursting onto the scene with debut single ‘Sassaparilla’, Muki’s ‘It Won’t Hurt’ EP landed her the support slot of 5 Second of Summer’s arena tour, as well as collaborations with Slayyyter and The Veronicas. Her song writing skill secured the pop savant two ARIA Award Nominations for her work on Jessica Mauboy’s #1 record ‘Hilda’ and Briggs’ ‘Always Was’ EP.

Mason Lively Releases Forlorn New Single “Happy Home” // New Self-Titled Album Out March 19th

Today, singer/songwriter Mason Lively has released “Happy Home,” the latest single from his upcoming self-titled album Mason Lively (out March 19th). The forlorn song was featured by MXDWN who said “the result is a sound that isn’t afraid to work both within and outside the mainstream country framework, making Lively an exciting new artist to watch.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Mason Lively Gives Modern Country a Twist on New Song “Happy Home”

Petey and Miya Folick Release Video For New Single “Haircut”

Today, the Los Angeles-based artist Petey and Miya Folick released a new single “Haircut” via Terrible Records. The duo co-wrote the song and recorded it together in Miya’s apartment, and also collaborated on an official video for the track in Petey’s backyard featuring Folick shaving her own head.

Todd Terry drops bumping remix of Shane Codd hit ‘Get Out My Head’

House music legend Todd Terry has remixed the Shane Codd smash ‘Get Out My Head’, out Friday 19th February.

Putting a timeless spin on the original with elements of his own bumping house style, Todd Terry injects an additional dose of dancefloor energy whilst preserving the vibrant, upbeat club tones of the original production. It follows a remix from exciting young UK duo Swarmz & S1mba.

Todd Terry drops bumping remix of Shane Codd hit ‘Get Out My Head’

COSMIC REAPER: stream trippy new track “Wasteland II”

North Carolina’s stoned-out doom unit COSMIC REAPER present their second single taken from their rumbling and psychedelic self-titled debut (due out March 19th on Heavy Psych Sounds). Stream “Wasteland II” exclusively via Astral Noize!

COSMIC REAPER comment: “Wasteland II is an anthemic tribute to long nights of vices and the liberating days of the road. With driving riffs, soaring vocals, and explosive solos, it thunders through with a familiar head banging groove of years past.”

Premiere: Cosmic Reaper – Wastelands II


Legends and innovators of the Southern California punk rock scene, The Offspring have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and have toured consistently, playing more than 500 shows in the last decade alone. Their music has had a lasting impact across film, television, and video games, but the band turned their focus to a new album release in 2021. The band is comprised of singer Dexter Holland, guitarist Noodles, drummer Pete Parada and new bassist Todd Morse.

OXYGYN – Maltese dark-pop outfit unveil new single: ‘Mercy’

Formed of sibling vocal duo Katia and Kurt, with Zack on guitars and Funky Monkey on production, OXYGYN strive to leave their unique mark on the pop music scene; aiming to encourage their listeners to not only hear their music, but to also sit back and reflect.

Braids Unveils DJ Python Remix of “Young Buck” // ‘Shadow Offering’ Out Now

Braids is thrilled to start 2021 with a brand new “Young Buck” remix from renowned New York-based DJ Python. The lead single from their most recent album Shadow Offering was widely acclaimed by fans and media when it was released a year ago. DJ Python’s take on the track is hypnotic, throbbing and intoxicating. Electronic modulations of Raphaelle’s voice project the listener to an out of comfort, new dimension where Braids is suddenly dominating the dancefloor. Amid this year-long pandemic struggle, it is time to reclaim dancing and expressing ourselves.

ICYMI: YaSi Infuses Sultry R&B with Pop Sensibilities on New Single “Guilty”

“To be clear, I don’t condone cheating at all – even hypothetically speaking – but “Guilty” is about that gray area of relationships that makes you wonder, should I be feeling guilty about innocent flirting, and does this make me a bad partner?” says YaSi on her new single. “I didn’t know how to bring it up to anyone, so we wrote an unfiltered (a lil harsh at times) song about it instead.”


“Whirlwind” – how else could you begin to describe the journey that Sam has been on over the past year? He has spent much of his adult life touring in metal and rock bands, lived in Hawaii for a while and even owned a vegan coffee shop before closing it down and deciding the time was right to pursue his dream of becoming a solo artist.

Sam Ryder Drops Debut Single “Whirlwind” – OUT TODAY!

Blackberry Smoke marks 20 years as a band with the release of “You Hear Georgia” out May 28, listen to the title track today

Of “You Hear Georgia,” lead singer Charlie Starr shares, “Lyrically, the song is about the South being misunderstood. It’s obviously a rough and tumble world, and there’s a lot of bad people. But there’s a lot of good people too. It started with the idea of how people might have a preconceived opinion of you because of a thick Southern accent, then expanded into the reality of how some people just seem to have such a hard time getting along, thanks to political or religious views, or simply what part of the country you come from.”

IONOPHORE: Echoes And Dust Streams Entire Knells Album From Ambient Trio Formed By Members Of Vastum, Betterthief, And More; Record Sees Release Friday

With members in Oakland, California and London, UK, IONOPHORE is the project of multi-instrumentalists Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu, Terebellum), Janek Hendrich (Qepe, Not Quite So, Betterthief), and Ryan Honaker (Souls And Cities, Betterthief). Formed in 2012, the trio continues to weave their trademark cinematic dark electronics and organic elements, melding the orchestral strings of Honaker with the horns and voice of Abdul-Rauf, embellished with the electronic flourishes of Hendrich.

Ionophore (+ Exclusive Album Premiere)

Vola Tila Announces “I Need My Girl” Release February 24

Imagine if The Beatles entered into a post-apocalyptic world where even their sunniest song had a sheen of grunge induced darkness. Here you would find rhythmic strumming, melodic nostalgia, and futuristic warning flares bubbling into brooding atmospheric waves. A slow rhythmic beat would persist in an abyss of haunting vocals that soar into the chorus with measured restraint. This is where you’d find Vola Tila’s “I Need My Girl” firmly planted in the present moment.

Swedish Indie Pop duo Vola Tila shares ‘I Need My Girl’: Listen

BELVEDERE Release New Single ‘Good Grief Retreat’ Out Now

Long-running Calgary, Alberta punk band Belvedere are pleased to announce their forthcoming sixth LP Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense, set for release (digital/CD/vinyl) on 14th May 2021 via Thousand Islands Records in North America and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.

Son Lux announce ‘Tomorrows III’ LP, share moody new cut “A Different Kind of Love” out today; Album out 4/16 via City Slang

Much has been said about the scope and intent of Son Lux’s multi-album Tomorrows project. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.

SILENT WINTER – “Empire of Sins” – new Cinematic 4k Animated video

Few weeks after the release of the first single “Gates of Fire”, the rising power metallers, Silent Winter, release one more track from their long-awaited second album “Empire of Sins”. Just like their previous videos, the new video for the same titled track is a creation of Haris Kountouris, and this time it is as a unique Cinematic 4k animated work.

Edmonton Hip-Hop Artist K-Riz Premieres New Video for “What a Shame” via Exclaim

Directed by JDats, The Room’s producer and a frequent K-Riz collaborator, the video wades through the stages of a breakup, while visualizing the heartfelt regret behind the track. Of the tune K-Riz says, “It’s about wanting to take responsibility for relationships breaking down. Rather than making a song about being a victim, I wanted to own my wrongs.”

Canadian Punks BELVEDERE Release New Single “Good Grief Retreat”

Long-running Calgary, Alberta punk band Belvedere has released “Good Grief Retreat,” the first single off the upcoming LP ‘Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense,’ set for release (digital/CD/vinyl ) on May 14 via Thousand Islands Records in North America and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.

Starlight “Under the Radar” Debut EP Releases

Contemporary Lounge Rock band Starlight’s debut EP, “Under the Radar,” is now available digitally through Exquisite Noise Records (US).

Assembled by Corners of Sanctuary (COS) guitarist and producer, Mick Michaels, Starlight is a departure from what COS fans would normally expect to hear from his Metal origins.

“Definitely unlike what I’ve been doing with COS,” said Michaels. “Different is good though. For me, it’s more about expanding how I write songs and doing that in another context.”

Heavy Stoner Rockers GREENLEAF Release Second Single and Lyric Video “Love Undone”

Swedish heavy stoner rock favorites GREENLEAF are about to draw their listeners deeper into their maelstrom of buzzing guitars and hallucinogenic vocals: The four-piece have just released their second single, “Love Undone”, along with an artful lyric video cut from their upcoming album, Echoes From A Mass, out March 26 via Napalm Records. Their new track delivers an uncompromisingly heavy soundtrack to a tragic past love story, drenched in the hypnotizing GREENLEAF trademark sound and shrouded in a sludgy, heavy journey of extended riffage.

SMITH/KOTZEN reveal brand new single ‘Scars’

‘Scars’ is the second single from the upcoming SMITH/KOTZEN debut album by Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen.

Described by Adrian as a song which “starts off with a dreamy intro then comes in heavy”, ‘Scars’ is a hark-back to 70’s bluesy rock which the duo found particularly fun to work on.

Slothrust shares new single + video “Cranium” about serving love imperfectly, out now on Dangerbird Records

Slothrust is back in our heads with sweet medicine for our hearts, sharing a brand new single and video, “Cranium,” out today on Dangerbird Records. As the band’s first release since 2019, it’s safe to say a lot has happened between now and then. With scores of viable candidates stepping up to claim the mantle of the Very Saddest Girl In Rock, the many skills of Slothrust bandleader Leah Wellbaum are put to much better use in other pursuits.

The new single vividly captures Wellbaum’s powerful voice as a songwriter, lyricist and guitar player and demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and emotional confidence that has deepened in scope as the band’s profile has steadily risen.

Lycouz x Clint Hoffa x Kaz Money “John Wick”

Lycouz and Clint Hoffa team up with Kaz Money from the legendary Dubai based group The Recipe for the new single and video “John Wick”. The frantic track sees the three MC’s go back to back with witty and intricately delivered punchlines over an aggressive instrumental, perfect for taking on the legendary John Wick. Will they survive the raid on John Wick’s home?

LAPÊCHE (Brooklyn) share “Finally Trying” single + video!

About the video & single, the band states: “We wanted to visually express ourselves in a light-hearted way, which is a deviation from our usual expressionism. Our music takes deep dives into psychological waters, but we balance that heaviness with a genuine joy for what we do. So we tried to make a video that shows a contrasting side of the band. We often joke about how we should start a criminal enterprise as an F-U to power. Robbing a bank has come up, tongue-in-cheek, more than once. Intentions to be joyful and do things you love, within that structure and even when things don’t ‘work out’, can be an act of defiance and even service. The lyrics, which at times run counter to the video narrative, touch on accepting and inspiring positive action. And to us, drive home the belief that the tendency we have to make things harder than they need to be, doesn’t tend to serve us or others.”

ICYMI- Warren Dunes For World Peace- Check Out The Band’s New Video!

Seattle based family band Warren Dunes are set to release ‘Get Well Soon’ on 3/19/21. Calling the album a “Hallmark card to everyone that lived through 2020,” the band has used their ‘postmodern beach music’ to help heal our divisions… with haircuts and spaghetti!

Warren Dunes have shared their latest video for an uplifting and basically just damn fun track “Quit Takin A Side.” In it, the band moves from an all out brawl at the dinner table resulting in a possibly unwanted buzz cut, to creeping through a weird basement, playing a little music, hand-holding, and then a synchronized fall into the Salish Sea.

US Weekly features public school teacher that wrote “Rescue Me”

US Weekly yesterday featured a public school teacher that has been working through the pandemic and wrote a song for us all titled “Rescue Me”. You can see the story here and would absolutely love to speak with you about this and connect you with Louie.

Country Artist Louie Bello Releases New Song ‘Rescue Me’ With Jason Tucker

Mitchel Evan Single/Video “Cancel Out The Noise” with TLG Entertainment/INgrooves

MITCHEL EVAN “Cancel Out The Noise” is his third single being released off his self-titled album (due out 3/19 with The Label Group/INgrooves). Mitchel Evan brings his well-seasoned songwriting experiences together and links his life observances in a vibrant way that takes the listeners on a journey. “Cancel Out The Noise” is yet another measure Mitchel has built upon. A blend of alternative sounds with indie and rock is backed by Mitchel Evan’s band, The Saboteurs. Together Mitchel Evan with his band is creating true music sounds that tell a story along the way.

Lo Talker share new song + video for “Astral Humming;” debut album ‘A Comedy Of Errors” out 3/19 via Arts & Crafts Records

“Astral Humming” highlights the more psychedelic folk leanings of Athens, Georgia-based indie rock outfit Lo Talker. Written as “a reminder to never get comfortable with what I think I know,” says vocalist and songwriter Andrew Shepard, “Astral Humming” is a countrified indie folk song that refracts the merry prankster-like humor that threads through the various passages of Lo Talker’s captivating debut, A Comedy Of Errors. Produced by Kevin Ratterman of Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Strand Of Oaks fame, the song swirls with reverberant pedal steel and shimmering harmonies, culminating in a languid acoustic jam awash in shoegazing synthesizers.

Ellington Releases Freeing New Single “Sun To Rise!”

Recently named one of Alt Press’s artists you need to know, LA-based alternative artist and acclaimed drummer ELLINGTON (Ellington Ratliff) releases his second single “Sun To Rise!” out everywhere today via AWAL. This track, along with his debut single “EMT,” were self-written / self-produced and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975, Imagine Dragons). Both songs will be available on Ellington’s debut EP, out this spring.

Faiyaz and The Wasted Chances Drop “Dead Animals”

New single, “Dead Animals,” was written after a string of bad relationships ended: I was feeling a lot of regret and pain and basically went into rehearsal and came up with the riff as a way to deal with my exes/racial injustice/covid feelings. – Faiyaz


Maryland-born LA-based rapper/vocalist/producer Heno. has a new LP, Death Ain’t THAT Bad coming March 19th, and here’s the next single “Parallel Timelines” ft. Kuya. Accompanied with a lyric video set to the juxtaposition of different parallels the song is a meditation on just that but ultimately surrenders to the acceptance of how things are.


Speaking on “Ritah Baby”, Dre’es shares: “listening back to the song gives me a little more insight into how I was feeling towards the end of a relationship. A lot of times, you lie to yourself cause you don’t want to be so blunt to your partner and even yourself.”

Elise Eriksen Releases “Smile” Music Video

“This video captures the cold but beautiful atmosphere of Norway which is special to me considering it’s my home country,” says Elise. “The days we filmed, it was -15° and completely freezing but we somehow managed to get a piano onto the ice and shoot everything with an iPhone 12. Even though I thought my hands were going to fall off at one point while I was playing, seeing the finished video, and the idea that we’d all had in our head come to life, made it totally worth it. I’m super happy with how this one came out!”

Cortége’s ‘Chasing Daylight’ EP Streaming Now!

Post-Western, heavy ambient doom duo Cortége have partnered with New Noise Magazine for the pre-release premiere of forthcoming EP Chasing Daylight.

EP Premiere: Cortége – ‘Chasing Daylight’

Blipping Brilliant! OYA PAYA are back and ‘Pretty Slick’ with it…

Nothing’s off limits for Liverpool-based languid melodists, Oya Paya as the pan-global, slacker-indie three-piece of South East Asian, Middle-Eastern and European roots plug in and ‘get blippy’ with the old-skool synth action of their newest single Pretty Slick. Coming through with irresistible, nerdy angularity, yet purposely chipped at the edges, the fuzzy-focus, DIY alt-rock trio launch the single ahead of the release of six-track mini-album, Connect, due imminently via Tri-Tone Music.

Ronnie Watts & Jorlov Normalize Mental Health Conversations in Relatable “WAKE UP” Video – Out Now

Ronnie explains,“when you wake up in the middle of the night, the world feels frozen and it feels like you’re the only one awake. You have to have something to get you through when life gets tough, I hope people will hear this song and feel like they have two new friends to lean on.”

DMV Native MoneyMarr Cooks Up In A New Video

Two months after the release of his album Millionaire Mindset, Southeast DC’s rising lyricist MoneyMarr returns to the scene with a theatrical visual for the album’s turn up anthem “Mix It.” On the high-energy album highlight, MoneyMarr spits fire, relentlessly delivering piercing, braggadocious bars over the trippy high-tempo, 808-heavy DJ Young Pharaoh, IRoccOnTheBeat, and Kuttabeatz beat. For the video, DMV quick-spitter takes an innovative approach, putting his own comical spin on a Food Network-style cooking show. In this whimsical visual, directed by Aesthetic Visuals, MoneyMarr’s ever-hypnotizing flow and hard-hitting bars prove to be, quite literally, the icing on the cake.