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Out Today: Everybody Cares: An Elliott Smith Compilation

It’s called Everybody Cares: An Elliott Smith Compilation which has been put together by Francis Lung (ex-WU LYF), La Blogotheque and My Favorite Elliott Smith Song (a fan podcast) – the compilation of Smith covers is to be released and announced today, Monday, Feb 15, with 100% of the proceeds going towards LGBTQ+ right charities (AKT, The Audre Lorde Project and GIRES).

Ava Kay – “Wild Again”

The Canadian, singer-songwriter and composer whose accomplishments as a writer includes gold records and both domestic and international radio hits. Her pop songwriting career has produced songs that have accumulated over 40 million streams and counting across streaming platforms. Kay has garnered acclaim from the likes of Earmilk, PopDust and Substream Magazine, to name a few!

Listen: Maya Law releases tranquil new single ‘Hitchhiking’

Following on from the stunning single release of ‘Say It Ain’t So’ which was supported by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and The Jazz Show with Jamie Cullen on Radio 2, Maya Law has positioned herself as a promising artist on the rise. For ‘Hitchhiking’, she delivers a delicate offering that soundtracks her journey through hard times with a therapeutic pick-me-up. Capturing the very essence of hitchhiking and its feelings of freedom, Maya effortlessly meanders between soul and folk elements with her enchanting vocals and dreamy acoustic guitar chords. Soft yet assuring, it’s a truly heartfelt track that provides hope for a better year ahead.

Deniz Love’s ‘Lost Track’ encompasses the bliss of time that passes us by effortlessly

Deniz Love’s ‘Lost Track’ encompasses the bliss of time that passes us by effortlessly. The uplifting, and euphoric anthem embraces the idea that it’s okay to live in the moment. “Sometimes all it takes is a step back to realise the bigger picture and Lost Track puts the memories we live for into perspective,” the artist explains. “When times flies, you’re having fun; but when someone loses track of time, the universe feels like it’s revolving around them and the people they spend it with.” With its inspirational vocals and dreamy guitar, Deniz Love takes listeners on that exact journey and delivers a sense that you’ve been there all along.

Thérèse Shares Positive Antidote To Hate With Music Video For New Single ‘Chinoise?’

Multi-faceted French-Asian artist Thérèse unveils the music video for her recently released single, ‘Chinoise?’ – WATCH ‘CHINOISE ?’ VIDEO HERE The track is taken from her upcoming EP, ‘Rêvalité’, set for release on March 12th.

2021’s Most Sinful States – WalletHub Study

Every state has virtues and vices, and vices are especially hard to conquer during the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.

Tom Did It unveils emotionally charged single ‘Gone’

Wearing his heart on his sleeve with confessional lyricism, 17 year-old emerging artist Tom Did It has unveiled his emotionally charged new single ‘Gone’, already earning a place on Spotify’s ‘tear drop’ playlist . Built over a backdrop of hip-hop beats with sprinkles of soft rock produced by 16 year-old producer Max Flynn and pop-tinged melodies, he gets honest as he recounts two sides of a relationship post breakup and how each person deals with it— in this particular case it’s how he dealt with breaking up with his girlfriend in early 2020, a few weeks before lockdown. The song also details what both Tom and his ex went through after the breakup in one of the most challenging years of his lifetime.

StevieRay Latham & The Nomads of Industrial Suburbia – New single ‘Gashouse’, out now

Taken from the upcoming ‘Letters From Suburbia’ (out 12 March 2021), Latham is once again joined for the release by his backing band: The Nomads of Industrial Suburbia.

Loaded with a ricocheting guitar lick cut from the schools of Jack White or Edwyn Collins, “Gashouse” pairs a ghoulish delta-swamp cool to a sixties dance-hall strut.

It’s Up to “You & I”: BLACK CREEK REIGN Join Forces with Platinum-Selling DANNY FERNANDES in New Single

In a pairing for the modern ages, award-winning Canadian funk-pop reggae-rockers Black Creek Reign have collaborated with multi-Platinum, multi-award winning and SiriusXM Artist of the Year Danny Fernandes in this, their new single “You & I” — available now!

Minus Gravity share music video to romantic jam ‘G.O.T’

Texas-born, LA-based trio Minus Gravity have dropped the official video for romantic single ‘G.O.T.’, out ever so fittingly on February 14th.

Short for ‘Game of Thrones’, the lavish official video for ‘G.O.T.’ features all three Minus Gravity members kicking back in an opulent mansion. With choruses led by Rob Will on singing duties, Mic Apollo and Sir Blaze (who dons a chef’s hat while cooking up in the kitchen) both supply smooth verses for what is the ultimate Valentine’s Day slow jam.

Ottawa, ON’s Hip Hop Duo DRAE Explore Hypocrisy in New Single, “Sleep”

At 35,000+ Spotify streams and rising, award-winning Canadian duo DRAE channel their explosive blues-rock riffs into heady alt-hip hop rhythms and immersive electronic arrangements with this, their new single, “Sleep” — available now.

The track speaks to the concept of looking around, seeing a society rife with hypocrisy and in a dearth of empathy, and saying “I’ve had enough. I’m tired. I’m going back to bed,” the pair say.

Alex Henry Foster Shares “The Son of Hannah” Live Video Via Brooklyn Vegan

Today, Alex Henry Foster shares the live performance video for “The Son of Hannah”, the lead single off his upcoming LP Standing Under Bright Lights Live From Montreal Jazz Festival LP, out April 16th on Hopeful Tragedy Records. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the video, praising how it “builds slowly to an intense, towering finish.”

Standing Under Bright Lights takes place approximately 6 months after the release of Alex Henry Foster’s phenomenal first solo album Windows in the Sky, that not only debuted at number 3 on the Canadian top 200, right behind Imagine Dragons and Muse, but that also stayed on the top 40 for a year after its initial release, scoring a nomination for best album of the year in Canada while being internationally acclaimed and added to several best albums shortlists all over the world.

iskwē Reveals “Night Danger (Lovers Mix)”

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. Her third album, acākosīk, was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, while its single, “Little Star,” took home the JUNO Award for Music Video of the Year.

Champ da General x Jim Jones x Yung Ray – Zoo York Giants

“Bronx raised lyricist Champ Da General released the visuals to his single Zoo York Giants from his upcoming EP Trap Ghost Vol. 1. Teaming up with Hip Hop Legend Jim Jones, Zoo York Giants has the makings of an NYC anthem
that combines strong raw lyrics with a catchy hook to create a memorable track.

Champ Da General’s upcoming EP Trap Ghost Vol. 1, invites listeners to participate in his journey through each dream and nightmare fueled with diverse and energetic beats that couples nostalgia with contemporary melodies.- The Source Magazine

Blind Divide – “Nimis E.P.” – (Thrash Groove)

Blind Divide are an unsigned 5 piece Metal band from South Wales, who play music with Thrash, Progressive and Groove influences.

The band is made up of Vocalist James Birkett, Guitarists Adam Duffield & James Ponsford, Bassist Declan Mccabe and Drummer Max Hill.

They are promoting their latest E.P release, Nimis.

S U N F I E L D S – First single off our latest record ‘LATE BLOOMERS’

It’s all too easy to feel defeated in life. This song pokes fun at that notion. Not everything in life needs to be taken so seriously; it’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes.

“Got Some (But It Ain’t Enough)” toys a lot with the notion of the bigger picture, the thing most of us fear and dread, the one thing lots of us avoid… the void. It’s got a toe-tapping, uplifting, anti-downer feel to it, with the lyrics taking a piss out of things.


Silly Boy Blue shares her brand new single “The Riddle” today, February 15th. Silly Boy Blue (real name, Ana Benabdelkarim) is a singer-songwriter and producer from Nantes, France who was recently snapped up by Columbia France. The new single is exemplary of her adventurous and emotive songwriting and stirring vocals. It follows her previous single, “Goodbye”, which showed a more pop side of the young musicians’ talent; Ana’s vocals shine and soar with the yearning lyrics, whilst the production holds a melodic, pulsing beat.

Kalan.FrFr & Mozzy Don’t Need Fake Love

Threading the needle between realness and romance, Kalan.FrFr has the streets buzzing with his melodic flow. Keeping up his momentum with a sun-drenched anthem, Kalan shares “No Love,” his new single. Blessed with propulsive bass and ringing guitar licks courtesy of producers Cypress Moreno, E Blessed Me & Peyote, “No Love” finds the Compton native reckoning with the implications of his success. In his inimitable rhythmic croon, the 25-year-old artist resolves to use his burgeoning fame to benefit his close friends and family, not the clout chasers who only show love because he’s on. The song is blessed with a verse from Mozzy, who complements Kalan’s conviction with some hard-won street wisdom of his own. “No Love” is Kalan’s first new song of 2021, as he continues on his path towards his upcoming debut album TwoFr 2.

Phil Mitchell Band Releases new single “My Love Is True”

Alex Faulkner Review: “Phil Mitchell is a composer, author and musician hailing from Chicago and the members that comprise the Phil Mitchell Band are musicians native to that area. He started writing songs while still a child and has written music in an eclectic range of genres including jazz, classical, RnB, rock, blues and country.

He has released several albums including Morning Star, America and 2014’s Crossroads. The band formed back in 2004 and they have performed at a variety of venues whilst recording music in the studio.

‘My Love Is True’ Song from the Phil Mitchell Band: Top40 Radio Download

Dessa Releases New Single + Video “Bombs Away” – Second Release of ‘IDES’ Single Series

Today singer, writer, and rapper Dessa released “Bombs Away,” the second installment of her new monthly single series IDES. “‘Bombs Away’ is about a feeling of surrender, leaning in and letting go,” Dessa says “As a control enthusiast, uncertainty and ambiguity unsettle me. But this past year wasn’t designed to cater to our preferences. I recorded the demo for this one in Minneapolis, in the middle of a very hard 2020.”


Jay Wheeler acompaña a los enamorados en su día con el lanzamiento de su nuevo sencillo “Amor de febrero”. Este tema nos muestra la versatilidad de Wheeler, su melodiosa voz y su encanto para el género balada. A los fanáticos, se les recomienda disfrutar de esta pieza con suaves pañuelos de papel, porque podría “derretir” hasta el más helado corazón.

Country Rocker Cameron DuBois Shows Softer Side With Gut-Punch Country Ballad “Let Him Miss Me”

“Let Him Miss Me” tells the story of being in love with someone who didn’t initially put you first, and who now wants you back. However, before taking them back, you want them to understand the same feeling you felt when they left.

THE LION’S DAUGHTER Premieres NSFW Music Video for New Song, “Sex Trap”

St. Louis synth metal trio THE LION’S DAUGHTER will be releasing their fourth full-length, ‘Skin Show,’ on April 9 via Season of Mist! The band is now premiering the unnerving and NSFW music video for the brand new single, “Sex Trap.” The clip features visuals from Mothmeister and Guilherme Henriques, the latter of whom created the video, can be seen.

Ruga Reiq “Lemon Drop” (VIDEO)

Haska & Timmy687 link up on new single ‘Madan (Siren Jam)’

Haska and Timmy687 have joined forces on global smash ‘Madan (Siren Jam)’, out now on Polydor.

A vibrant edit of the Haska single ‘Madan’ which was released last year, ‘Madan (Siren Jam)’ is an exhilarating combination of gun shot samples, euphoric percussion, trap breakdowns and the infectious vocals of Afropop singer-songwriter Salif Keita.

Colin Miller (Asheville) announces Hook EP | Shares lead-single & video “I Need a Friend”

About the song & video, Miller states:
“Shot on a Sony Handycam and superimposed with short hand-drawn animations, the video for “I Need a Friend” weaves together a feed of fuzzy images and loose caricatures of thoughts we sweep under the rug in effort to capture lonesomeness. In tandem with the lyrics, the video attempts to make sense of what to do with this feeling and to ask the the viewer: what do you do when no one is looking?”

Samantha Crain new video “Bloomsday”

For the EP, Crain drew inspiration from her Norman, OK neighborhood through the idea of “vacationing in your own backyard,” explaining how the pandemic found her re-discovering the beauty of her hometown. “There were alleyways I’d passed every day that I’d never noticed, flowering bushes that I’d never glanced at, and craftsman houses with porch cats and gardens… parks I’d never walked to the center of, trails I’d never walked, public statues I’d never turned towards. I felt like a tourist in my own town.”

FRED DEAKIN (Lemon Jelly / The Lasters) – Announces New Film Premiere | Watch Online

FRED DEAKIN is delighted to present a new film: ‘Into The Darkness: Fred Deakin And The Lasters’.

Exclusively premiering on Friday 5th March 2021, the film will document Deakin’s journey post-Lemon Jelly as he takes his ambitious AV project: The Lasters, to the live stage for the first time.

New Trailer: Netflix’s Biggie: I Got a Story To Tell, Coming March 1

Synopsis: In the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday, Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell offers a fresh look at one of the greatest, most influential rappers of all time by those who knew him best. Made in collaboration with Biggie’s estate, I Got A Story To Tell is an intimate rendering of a man whose rapid ascent and tragic end has been at the center of rap lore for more than twenty years. Directed by Emmett Malloy, this intimate documentary features rare footage filmed by his best friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler and new interviews with his closest friends and family, revealing a side of Christopher Wallace that the world never knew. I Got A Story To Tell is executive produced by Sean Combs, Voletta Wallace, Mark Pitts, Stanley Buchthal, and Emmett and Brendan Malloy.

NEONFLY Premiere Brand New Music Video Featuring DANI DIVINE and Ink Worldwide Deal with Noble Demon! “The Future, Tonight” To Be Released June 18th!

Neonfly have announced their worldwide signing with German powerhouse label Noble Demon, who will release the band’s highly anticipated upcoming full length record, The Future, Tonight, on June 18th. With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Neonfly have been storming festival main stages, and touring as the main support band for some of Rock’s biggest names, including Alice Cooper, Dragonforce, Anvil, Gamma Ray & Magnum, since 2011. Their wildly dynamic live performances combining ferocious musicianship, a frenetically energetic front man, and a fire-breathing guitarist have earned them a growing reputation as a compelling musical & visual live draw.

Fall in Love With LUV TROI In New Music Video “PINK”

The first single of his upcoming album, “PINK” surrounds the themes of love, friendship, and romance, and describes that feeling you get with the person you love and care for a lot, especially in a new love. The hip-hop/R&B track accompanies a delightfully fun and vibrant video that perfectly encapsulates Troi’s style as an artist.

Hard Rock/Metal Band PREY FOR SUNDAY Release New Single “Dont Let It End” + Official Music Video

Prey for Sunday is a Hard Rock/ Metal band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2018. Founded by Guitarist/Songwriter Neal Grusky, Lead Singer/Songwriter Tony Persico, and Bassist Shad.

Neal and Tony worked with Producer/Songwriter Peter Strzelecki to write and record the first Prey For Sunday album. Realizing the immediate chemistry they shared a vision; a need to create a unique, memorable sound that would go on to become Prey for Sunday – Music that’s made to stand the test of time. They pride themselves in creating musically dynamic songs, with meaningful, melodic, and “like it is” lyrical content.

UK alt-rockers SHAPE OF WATER attempt to terraform Mars with epic struggle of man vs. machine in “Mars-X” music video

“We always wanted to tell a sci-fi story for this video but because of Covid, it was logistically impossible during the second UK lockdown” says vocalist Rox Capriotti. “We came up with this astronaut story based on the song’s lyrics, and since we couldn’t actually film it, Luca had to draw everything and then animate it.” Guitarist Luca De Falco adds, “It took me around 3 weeks to finish and it was a lot of work, but that’s what I love to do. The song was one of the last we wrote before recording Great Illusions, but ironically it became one of our favorites!”

YES Legend Jon Anderson’s “Olias Of Sunhillow” 2 Disc Remastered & Expanded Edition Now Available For Pre-order

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new expanded and remastered 2 disc edition of the classic debut solo album by YES vocalist JON ANDERSON, “Olias of Sunhillow”. Released in July 1976, the album was a conceptual work recounting the story of an alien race on a journey to find a new world following volcanic destruction on their home planet. All music on the album was written and performed by Jon Anderson and the recording took place at Anderson’s Buckinghamshire home studio whilst Yes were on hiatus following the tour to promote the album “Relayer”. Initially recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the arrangements were then re-recorded on to a 24-track tape machine. The album saw Jon perform the music entirely alone, teaching himself to play keyboards and acknowledging the influence of such legendary musicians as Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Vangelis on his work.

Wais P “Sunova” [Album Stream & Documentary]

Brooklyn’s Wais P (pronounced Wise P) formerly of the Team ROC’s Da Ranjahz resurges after the success of his ‘Mama Say’ video with new full length album SUNOVA. Produced entirely by Team Demo, the 12 track effort is steered by Wais P’s clever wordplay and distinct delivery on records like ‘John Singleton’ and ‘Tears 4 Gucci’ over the sonically modern yet retro backdrops. SUNOVA also features Lil Fame of M.O.P. , Yogi, Sauce Money, Termanology, and a face off with Nitty Scott in a battle of the sexes on ‘Odd Couple’. “What I want cats to really know is that I am one of the greatest. I’m in my own lane. This is Pimp Hop not just Hip Hop. We’re gonna bar you up, say some fly classy sh!t, and give you some education. SUNOVA!!” says Wais.