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Video: Frac & Tone – Curious Styles

The first single off of Frac & Tone’s debut album Sweet Chin Music, “Curious Styles” shakes the pavement with heavy ink blots of bass mixed with a carousel organ, and stair stepping rhyme cadences that’ll rival a stuttering kid with the hiccups.

Emerging Singer-Songwriter renforshort Releases“virtual reality”

The song was written by Lauren Isenberg (renforshort), Kellen Pomeranz (Pom Pom), and Jesse Fink, and produced by Pom Pom (John Legend, Noah Cyrus, Lelya Blue), with additional production from Pete Robertson (Beabadoobee), and underscores.

TIMO ELLIS: MetalSucks Streams Entire Death Is Everywhere EP; Latest Solo Outing From Netherlands Frontman Sees Release This Friday

Death Is Everywhere sees TIMO ELLIS handling all songwriting and instrumentation including drums, bass, guitars, vocals, and keyboards. Over four dense and intense tracks, elements of a wide array of genres, styles, and instrumentation are seamlessly mutated into a white-knuckled ride that stampedes straight through the confines of any sort of genre boundaries. Buoyant, rampant, and incessantly imaginative, the tracks bob and weave across a range of tempos and textures and keep the listener curiously hooked.

Exclusive EP Premiere: Death Is Everywhere by Timo Ellis (Netherlands)

GIZMACHI Issues Video for “Look What I’ve Become” from Long-Awaited Sophomore Album

New York-based modern metal band GIZMACHI has revealed a new video for “Look What I’ve Become,” the second single from the group’s long-awaited sophomore album, Omega Kaleid.

“Look What I’ve Become,” directed by GIZMACHI drummer Jimmie Hatcher, is available now exclusively via Metal Sucks.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Gizmachi, “Look What I’ve Become” (feat. Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid)


With his deep, barking drawl and a natural affinity for melody, Fredo Bang (Fredrick Givens) is the next rhymer to rise out the Bayou. The highs and lows of his life encompass turning down a scholarship at Texas Southern U, in order to study closer to home, and a stiff jail sentence for aggravated battery that was commuted in 2018. At age 23, the Baton Rouge native’s rhymes have now won the South. He has collabo­ra­ted with everyone from YNW Melly to Moneybagg Yo to Kevin Gates.

Cautious Clay Releases New Single “Roots”

Lauded singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay (AKA Josh Karpeh) has released his third single, “Roots,” off his highly anticipated debut album. Cautious, who has collaborated with Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, John Legend and John Mayer, previously released three EP’s; TABLE OF CONTEXT, RESONANCE and his debut, BLOOD TYPE, which included his breakout song “Cold War,” which received accolades from Time, NPR, The New York Times, Complex and The New Yorker.

Piers Faccini (No Format) | new single + video out now

British-Italian artist Piers Faccini today releases a new single, ‘Foghorn Calling’, the latest to arrive from his forthcoming album ‘Shapes Of The Fall’, due 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. Watch the new animated video for ‘Foghorn Calling’ – created by Piers using charcoal sketches – from here.

ICYMI- “Immaculate Juxtaposition of Intriguing Noisiness”- Crystal Canyon is Shoegaze Heaven!

Portland, Maine based band, Crystal Canyon’s latest album, ‘yours with affection and sorrow’ is more than just a nod to classic shoegaze sounds. Released on January 29, 2021 via Repeating Cloud, the album is a shimmering example of the genre at its finest.

Lynda Mandolyn’s “honeyed vocals” are beyond dreamy, gliding over reverb soaked guitars, swirling synths, and melodic distortion. ‘yours with affection and sorrow’ is a dream pop triumph.


Singer-songwriter sensation renforshort continues to usher in new music with the release of her latest single “virtual reality.”Her mesmerizing vocals and intimate lyrics are brought to life in the accompanying visual, directed by Iris Kim. The video takes the song to a higher level, which shows ren living in a simulation, representing a heightened version of the reality we live in now; where every day feels the same and any acts of deviation are punished.

Watch this: Franky Wah ft. AETHO – ‘Should Have Seen It Coming’ (Official Video)

Directed by multidisciplinary creative Ash Lim (M.I.A., Adidas, Converse) and featuring AETHO as the protagonist, the emotionally charged official video for ‘Should Have Seen It Coming’ delivers a striking visual representation of what it feels like when a relationship falls apart.

Joseph Shabason shares “Escape From North York”

Across eight tracks that mesh spacious, jazz-laced composition with fourth-world and adult-contemporary tonality, Toronto saxophonist Joseph Shabason sketches an auditory map of the transcendence, unity, conditioning, and eventual renunciation of his upbringing in an Islamic and Jewish dual-faith household.


Regarding Sacred Tongue Recordings, the band commented, “We’ve talked about creating our own record label from the very beginning. It’s about creating a good home for our back catalogue as the Rival Sons community continues to grow together worldwide. The band has always maintained a stance of independence and sole custody of our early works was the long game. Introducing SACRED TONGUE RECORDINGS, a RIVAL SONS record label.”

Sinéad Harnett Shares “Last Love,” New LP 5/21

‘There’s such a thin line between the liberation of having no one to answer to when you’re single, and the memory of the last person you loved,” says Sinéad. “When I’m single I fill my days up as much as possible, but those little moments where you remember being held by someone you loved can creep up. ‘Last Love’ is a celebration of moving on.”

LA-based indie duo Junaco share ethereal new single “Blue Room” via Side Hustle Records

“We were coming off a high of recording, playing, working, performing, running, running – running like the rest of the world,” Junaco share. “We knew we wanted our next project to be upbeat and fun and we didn’t yet sink into the reality of the shitiness quickly approaching. We were sitting on this large gray couch, overlooking the hills, beginning to write this song. The cool tones from the gloominess brought the blue into the room. Throughout all of this, a reflection – don’t forget the ground below your feet. A similar, universal feeling everyone was beginning to realize – that there are so many important things we miss when we are running. So many simple things. I think this whole record reflects on that; focusing on the beauty in the simplicity of life.”

Premiere: Junaco – “Blue Room”

SG Lewis Shares Official Music Video For ‘One More’ Ft Nile Rodgers. Debut Album ‘times’ Out Now.

London-based singer, producer and songwriter SG Lewis today releases the official video for “One More (feat. Nile Rodgers)”, the latest single to be taken from his critically-acclaimed debut album times, out now via Republic Records. The album release was celebrated last Friday with an exclusive live streamed performance of the record –


Rising singer-songwriter Jensen McRae returns with a gripping acoustic arrangement for her previously released single “Wolves”, to commemorate the song’s one-year anniversary of release. The chillingly raw confessional highlights the unfortunate realities of sexual assault through the tale of a young woman who innocently encounters men in disguises as wolves and foxes. McRae showcases her incredible songwriting abilities and delivers an almost cautionary tale through her own lens now garnering millions of streams. Jensen is also credited as co-directer of the heart-wrenching video. The song has been praised by many including KCRW, who listed “Wolves” in their Best of 2020 lists.

Charleston-based songwriter Sam Rae (Brandi Carlile’s touring cellist) releases new video for “Love is Love”

The video, which premiered yesterday via Country Queer, “carries a strong message about the quiet yet sharp effects of learned masculinity in our society, how it lingers in the air like a harsh whisper, how it can affect our atmosphere on such an immense scale without ever being named.”

Sam Rae Spreads Love in New Video

Stream Solstice Rey’s (Philadelphia) Track/Video “Mountain” Off Upcoming Split Release ‘Sunday, Someday’

SOLSTICE REY is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. Drawing influences from artists before her like Michael Jackson, Purity Ring, Rihanna, and many more, SOLSTICE aims to create a new sound of music, something that her fans can relate to.

Her new track “Mountains” is debuting today and will appear on the upcoming split release ‘Sunday, Someday,’ out March 26 on Get Better Records.


Wolf Alice, one of Britain’s most revered bands and winner of the Mercury Prize 2018 for their last album Visions of Life, today announce their highly-anticipated third album, Blue Weekend, due for release on June 11th via Dirty Hit/RCA Records. The first glimpse into this new world, “The Last Man On Earth”, was tonight premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1, continuing a tradition started when Annie played “Giant Peach,” from the band’s debut LP My Love Is Cool, as her first song when taking over the weekday evening show in 2015.

New Music: (electro-RnB) Houis and Blush’ko will leave you Daydreamin’

Songwriter and producer Houis knows when he has a good thing going. The up-and-comer out of NYC has teamed up with collaborator Blush’ko for a third track in Daydreamin’.

Blush’ko’s warm, smooth like honey, melt-in-your mouth (and oh the analogies could go on forever) vocal floats irresistibly over a melting instrumental, with behind-the-beat drums, a subtle guitar hook and the ever present keys with their buoyant chords.


Since its December 2020 release on Winners Circle Entertainment/RCA Records, Proud of Me Now has garnered over 94 million streams worldwide. The album appeared on several best new music of the week lists, including Complex, XXL, Pitchfork, UpRoxx, and DJ Booth who proclaims,”‘Proud of Me Now,’ his third project of 2020, caps off a year that’s seen the Flatbush rapper…expand sonically, adding more melodic, acoustic elements to his drill foundations.”

BRUIT: French Post-Rock Act Premieres “Renaissance” Video

The debut BRUIT ≤ album The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again features four sprawling and expansive movements which show the unit investigating new realms of creative exploration and auditory emotion. Produced by La Tanière and Elusive Sound, the album was recorded in several studios across France – Le manoir de léon, La Tanière, and L’imprimerie – after which it was mixed by Clément Libes at La Tanière and mastered by Alexis Bardinet at Globe Audio Mastering and completed with artwork by BOBBY, Mehdi Thiriot, and Sebastien Blanchot.

EST Gee Unveils New Visual For “Phetamine” Today

As part of the announcement, Gee also just released a visual component for I Still Don’t Feel Nun that includes a collection of music videos from the project that is live on Apple Music. The release signals additional momentum for Gee, who recently made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, when he performed “Route 66” alongside the Harlow.


“Minefields” adds to Faouzia’s impressive list of collaborations including “I Dare You (كنتحداك),” with 3x GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Kelly Clarkson, “I Fly” with chart-topping DJ duo Galantis featured on the hit soundtrack, SCOOB! THE ALBUM and “Battle” which was found on David Guetta’s chart-topping smash album, 7.

Husband & wife folk-pop duo Toby & Pip have quite the inspiring story

Since the birth of their little lady, Toby has filmed one second of her life everyday on his phone (he continues to do so) and the music video is made entirely from these daily ‘snapshots’. Toby & Pip chose their favourite clips for the music video keeping chronological order, so we see her starting on day one as a newborn baby, growing up, learning to walk, talk and run, all the way up to the date of the single’s release.

Sad Boys Club release pristine new single

The track is the second piece of the puzzle in a new era for the four piece, who ended 2020 with the gargantuan and bombastic smash ’25’.

Reverberating with a gothic charm, ‘Could Have Beens (& What Ifs)’ is Sad Boys Club embracing the genres that they grew up with and wearing their teenage influences on their sleeves. American Football-esque guitars collide with urgent and melodic post-emo vocals and a glorious backbeat that steadily rises in intensity, whilst frontman Jacob Wheldon begs “I can not do this myself”.


CRITTER’s Quinn Barnitt and Jake Weinberg don’t always like themselves. But in a moment of self realization they sure can pretend to. A moment like this helped to create their first single, ‘PFC’, a slick pop song, and an unexpected introduction to a duo made up of an ex rap producer and a DIY folk singer.

Former A&R Rep Under Sony Music Joins Doodeo

Doodeo is proud to announce that Isabella Bedoya joined the company’s advisory board as an A&R and executive advisor. Bedoya is the founder of Fame Hackers, a successful online company that helps independent artists and performers establish profitable careers. Like Doodeo, Fame Hackers seeks to support entertainers in their quest to establish their careers and to help them earn a living doing what they love.

ACID’S TRIP sign to Heavy Psych Sounds!

Formed in late 2018 by Acid, former guitarist of Honeymoon Disease, ACID’S TRIP has a clear vision of performing high speed rock’n’roll. With blasting guitar riffs, punchy melodies and a shitload of attitude, the band delivers full tilt boogie action on both vinyl and live on stage! With two shreddin’ guitarists in the front and a dynamite rhythm section, this high- voltage juggernaut is running over the garage rock scene – with rapid electric guitars, groovy riffs and chopper culture! Their music is best described as a hard rock action mix of the speedy Mc5, a touch of Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd soul. The quartet has already proven themselves on tour in Europe and the band blew the roof at the legendary “Flanders Chopper Bash” while the success became a fact. Quickly they gained the attention by Italy’s record label and booking institution Heavy Psych Sounds, finest home for all that is heavy and high class acts such as Brant Bjork, Nebula, Yawning Man, Nick Oliveri and many more!

*NEW Video* John William, Flautist – Night Drive ft Big Gipp & James Worthy

John William, Flautist is a professional flautist who is well versed in a multitude of music genres including but not limited to: jazz, soul, r&b, hip hop, gospel, pop, and classical. His eclectic sounds look to transport the listener to a moment of discovery leaving them with a euphoric experience.

MOONSPELL Reveals Final Single and Music Video from Upcoming Album “Hermitage”

This Friday, February 26 will see Portuguese dark metal godfathers MOONSPELL unleash their highly acclaimed 13th studio album, Hermitage, via Napalm Records.

With Hermitage, MOONSPELL is not only approaching their 30th band anniversary more ambitiously and stronger than ever, but they take us on an entertaining and emotional ride through the darkest days of human existence. MOONSPELL’s forthcoming record is a wonderfully intuitive, yet epic masterpiece, and a testament to what the band has always loved the most: Honest metal that binds us even in these dark times.

James Lavelle (UNKLE) remixes ‘Falling Spikes’ by psych band Japanese Television

Japanese Television have teamed up with James Lavelle (UNKLE) for a ‘reconstruction’ of single ‘Falling Spikes’, out today on Tip Top Recordings.

“During lockdown we thought it would be cool to create a remix project with artists we admire. We love collaborating. It’s exciting to have them reimagine our tracks” say Japanese Television – Al Brown, Ian Thorn, Tim David Jones – formed with a shared vision of creating a modern psych space-surf soundscape.

James Lavelle (UNKLE) Remixes Japanese Television’s ‘Falling Spikes’

INTOLERANT: Italian war metal duo premieres “Attack!” video

INTOLERANT is a duo from Rome, Italy, formed by Soul Devourer and Antihuman War Machine in 2020.

Soul Devourer, aka Manuel Mazzenga, is an Italian multi-instrumentalist who’s been active with black metal projects Nocturnal Degrade and Scent Of Silence, post-punk band Der Noir, in addition to some dark-wave and techno acts.

EXCLUSIVE: Italian war metal duo INTOLERANT premieres album “Primal Future” and release “Bastard Humans” video


Svart Records is proud to unleash “Kitty Gone”, the raucous new single from The Limit!

Another stone-cold ripper with attitude from their forthcoming new album Caveman Logic, “Kitty Gone” is soulful heavy rock at its finest.

Canada’s As We Suffer Fight Against Tyranny w/ Single “Invade The Host” Off Upcoming Debut Album

“This track feels like Propagandhi gone metal. It’s a heavy and briskly paced track with a melodic chorus. It also features one of the best breakdowns on the album that hits right in the feels. Lyrically, it’s about the tendency for societies to take over others through tyranny, then the uprising of the disenfranchised takes over and they themselves become tyrannical. All the while, God is pulling the strings.”

AS WE SUFFER infuse anthemic heavy metal vibe into their metalcore / hardcore spine with new track “Invade The Host”

Australian Trio Mansionair Share “More” + Video

An anthem for our times, “MORE” is a disillusioned ode about the penchant for excess; the cyclical desire and need for just that – more. Recorded with the aid of UK producer extraordinaire Jon Gilmore (who is perhaps best known for his work with The 1975), the powerful, moving song offers the first taste of the band since their 2019 debut Shadowboxer. “MORE” arrives complete with a fitting video detailing the search for more.