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Elise Davis Releases New Song “Empty Rooms” from New LP ‘Anxious. Happy. Chill.’ Out April 16 via Tone Tree
Today, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Elise Davis released a new song “Empty Rooms” from her forthcoming album Anxious. Happy. Chill. out on April 16 via Tone Tree. The song premiered on Apple Music’s Record Bin Radio with Kelly McCartney over the weekend and was featured by The Boot today, who called the album “…a 10-song record about falling in love and changing perspectives.” Last month, Davis announced the new collection with “Yellow Bed,” following the release of three singles in 2020 (“Ladybug,” “The Grid,” and “Flame Color”). Pre-save the album now via Spotify.
Watch Flock of Dimes official video for “Price of Blue”
Today, Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner) is sharing “Price of Blue,” an unearthly new video filmed in black and white, co-directed by Wasner with Graham Tolbert. “Price of Blue” is a standout from Wasner’s second solo LP, Head of Roses, an album that showcases her ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, combined with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator.
BACHELOR – Jay Som & Palehound Launch New Project via Lucky Number Music // Hear Debut Single ‘Anything At All’
Critically acclaimed, indie-rock powerhouses Jay Som (Melina Duterte) and Palehound (Ellen Kempner) have joined forces to form a new project called Bachelor. Today, they release their debut single “Anything At All”, out now via Lucky Number.
The two musicians came together in pre-quarantine 2020, recording in California during what was then a rare break from touring. Written, performed, and produced entirely by the pair, the new single starts with a heavy, funky bass line followed by a chorus so playful it could be a schoolyard taunt.
Featuring Darryl Dodoo (Rex Orange County) on bass guitar and with drums created on the classic Roland 909, the new track is an up-tempo and playful track about pushing limits. The title and chorus ‘Red Flashing Lights’ represent the exciting feeling of knowingly defying a warning sign and doing it anyway.
The most challenging aspect of the process was dealing with COVID-19 related lockdowns while working on the vocals and the lyrics of the song. I am very much used to being in the same room with my fellow songwriters and bouncing ideas around. Siera and I collaborated over phone calls and emails, reading and editing each other’s versions of the song until we were both happy with it.
Ready for broadcast… Introducing Whiskey in the Jar from singer, songwriter and surgeon John Cullimore
Wiltshire-based singer songwriter John Cullimore grew up in Liverpool in the 1960’s, in the heart of the ‘Merseybeat’ sound, which became synonymous with the Beatles, the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others. Steeped in this early new wave of exciting ‘pop’ music, it was a natural step for John to begin to write his own: beginning at the tender age of 13 and continuing to compose and produce his own original music and musical covers today, fitting this around his career as a Surgeon.
Riley Downing Of The Deslondes To Release Debut Solo Album “Start It Over” May 14th – American Songwriter Premieres “Deep Breath” Video Today
Riley Downing of The Deslondes will release his debut solo album Start It Over on May 14th via New West Records. The 12-song set was co-produced by Andrijia Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) & John James Tourville of the Deslondes. On Start It Over, Downing, Tokic, and Tourville are joined by an incredible lineup of musicians including Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Greenhornes) on electric bass, Dennis Crouch (Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, co-founder of Nashville’s acclaimed The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill) on double bass, Peter Keys (P-Funk, Lynyrd Skynyrd) on melotron, Meg Coleman (Yola) and Jimmy Lester (Los Straightjackets, Blaze Foley) on drums, Jeff Taylor (George Strait, Elvis Costello, The Time Jumpers) on keyboards, Derry Deborja (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Prine) on Farfisa, Kyshona Armstrong on vocals, and more.
The band has offered this statement on the new record:
“After years of repeated personal and psychological trauma, Nous was the response. It was created after extended periods of self-imposed isolation and psychic exorcism. Ritual fires of mind destroyed the burden of our collective past. From those ashes a new beginning was possible. In that beginning there was nothing, just existential nihilism. But from that nothing, Culted explored all facets of human endeavours. Nothing was out of bounds, nothing was sacred; the religious, the philosophical, the metaphysical, all were fodder for exploration and contemplation. Culted embraced the results of those explorations and Nous is their interpretation using sound. Unlike previous efforts, Nous traded the epic and thematic soundtrack-like delivery of the past and instead opted for a more ‘rock’ oriented approach. Songs could be identified and enjoyed individually, while the album as a whole still retains a cohesive core that flows throughout. What remains is total, sonic annihilation.”
Alma Grace Announces ‘FRIDA’ EP & Shares New Single “Girl Fight”
Today, Mexican-American artist, activist and actress Alma Grace is sharing her new single, “Girl Fight.” The single is the first to be released from her upcoming EP, ‘FRIDA,’ due out on May 5th.
As a Mexican-American, Alma Grace has always felt a strong connection to Frida Kahlo. Grace first learned about her through the Frida decorated matchboxes and coasters her Grandmother would bring back from Mexico City. As she grew older, she became fascinated by the ways in which the Mexican painter redefined beauty standards and broke down the boundaries placed on gender, race, and sexuality. The ‘FRIDA’ EP is both an ode to a groundbreaking artist and an autobiographical journey through Alma Grace’s own life.
LAUREN AUDER PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “SMALL GHOSTS”
Singer/songwriter Lauren Auder has shared the official video for “Small Ghosts,” a beat-driven and beautifully enigmatic track from her acclaimed new EP 5 Songs for the Dysphoric (out now via True Panther and Harvest Records). Directed by Layo Mussi, the visual unfolds with a raw simplicity, set in a sparsely lit space and entirely focused on Auder’s immersive performance. With an actor’s command of gesture and movement, Auder perfectly embodies every emotional shift in the song, ultimately making for an enthralling viewing experience.
Make Way for the New Daft Punk with Electrifying Scottish Duo der Mist
Glasgow-based duo der Mist are readying themselves for their forthcoming self-titled debut album, an intoxicating mix of rock, pop and electronics which looks to propel der Mist into your midst! Dedicated to making music designed to stand the tests of both time and tastes, der Mist are by turn indie, pop, new wave, rock and synth Gods. With nothing but huge support from BBC Radio Scotland, the duo are ready for their time to shine! Their new single is In My Dreams, showing an alt-rock side to the band with some Beck-esque quirkiness and some furious, inventive guitar riffs!
The extremely popular, independent country duo Diamond Dixie is pleased to announce the release of their latest music video “Lock It Up,” premiering online today via Taste of Country. (Music City residents can also view the television premiere on WSMV’s “Today in Nashville” hosted by Carole Sullivan this morning at 11 A.M Central). In typical Diamond Dixie fashion, the sisters deliver a confident and fierce swagger befitting of the bold and somewhat brazen lyrics that command a love interest make the relationship official.
THE STREETWALKIN’ CHEETAHS serve up “One New Drink”… Out March 19th
Los Angeles punk rock ‘n’ roll vigilantes The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs return with their first album in nearly 20 years and a wacky music video for the first single that features videogames, puppets, drugs, violence, mayhem, dark comedy, and hallucinatory madness. The new wavey “We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For)” is the first single from One More Drink, out on Cleveland-based Dead Beat Records on March 19, 2021.
“‘Temporary Goodbye’ is about that feeling you get when the world is stomping on you, and you just want to hit the eject button so you can catch your breath. In a way, starting the band felt like an act of escapism in itself. Even though music is inherently fun, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of that fact when it’s also your job. From day one, writing these songs has always been about having a blast.” – L.A. Exes
BODYSNATCHER: Florida Deathcore Outfit Unveils “Take Me To Hell” Single; New Video Now Playing
The band released their “Break The Cycle” single just before the close of 2020 and, before the dust has even settled, have come out swinging with this crushing new track. A testament to brutal slam worship, “Take Me To Hell” showcases a band that’s heavier and more dialed in than ever before.
SPOTIFY RELEASES INTIMATE MINI-DOCUMENTARY ON LATEST RADAR ARTIST FLO MILLI
In the 5-min clip, the self-proclaimed Princess of Hip Hop talks about her ambitions, her bold confidence, the first show she booked when she was sixteen (before her family even knew she was rapping), growing up in Mobile, AL, writing music at her movie theater job in high school, up through her massive breakout in 2019. The video takes viewers to both Atlanta and Alabama as Flo gets her hair braided, reminisces with her family, reflects on her upbringing, and talks about the future.
Stephanie Lambring Releases Deeply Personal “Pretty” Video
Stephanie Lambring and her ability to confront life’s uncomfortable moments and hard truths on her latest album, Autonomy, have earned her the title of “one of Nashville’s most fearless young singer-songwriters,” according to NPR. Her new video for “Pretty,” released today, is no exception: the song dives into complex emotions stemming from Lambring’s childhood, and the video itself finds the singer-songwriter reconciling her past and present, finding acceptance for both the younger and current versions of herself.
AFI announces new album ‘Bodies,’ shares two tracks & video
“‘Looking Tragic’ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitization,” says frontman Davey Havok. “Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.”
“After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realized demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record,” adds drummer Adam Carson. “‘Begging For Trouble’ was green lit, at least in my mind, the moment I heard the vocals come in. To me, the track is a cornerstone of the new record.”
VEN Shares New Track “hey bro” || Out Now On Prolifica Inc.
Preceded by debut track “H8 Lovin”, Shudall’s second single under his new moniker offers an insight into the more personal inner workings of his creative mind. A fresh space for an unfettered musical output; VEN explores a more experimental and electronic-leaning sound.
Backed by soft piano, she delivers intimate verses before her voice takes flight on the hook. In a call-and-response with a gospel choir, she pleads, “Can I get a little grace? Can I get a little empathy?”, as her words resound.
Mike Doughty’s Ghost of Vroom share David Rees-directed video; debut album out March 19
Ghost of Vroom – the new band comprised of veteran singer-songwriter Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) and his longtime collaborator, bassist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston – have shared the official music video for their new song “I Hear the Ax Swinging,” directed by Dicktown co-creator and co-star David Rees. The song is from Ghost of Vroom’s debut album, GHOST OF VROOM 1, out via Mod y Vi Records Friday, March 19. Pre-orders are available now.
Here’s your last chance to get a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Hanalei album – Black Snow. “Steep Ravine” draws parallels between the loss of love and the loss of the environment. It’s a beautiful slow-burn built on shimmering guitar work and vocal harmonies. You can stream the track exclusively at Chorus.FM today and on all of your preferred digital platforms on Friday, March 5th. Black Snow releases everywhere on March 12th via A-F Records.
William Goldsmith (Founding Member of Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Foo Fighters) Is Back After A Decade Long Absence; New Project Assertion Debuts New Song On Rolling Stone
Assertion, the new project of musician William Goldsmith, is unveiling “Supervised Suffering,” the first single off of the upcoming debut album ‘Intermission,’ set for release on April 9 via Spartan Records.
THE BLIPS PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM THEIR NEW SELF-TITLED LP OUT APRIL 9TH
What happens when five frontmen form a band? Probably disaster. Or, possibly, collaborative beauty. In the case of Birmingham, Alabama’s The Blips, it’s the latter.
The group formed after Will Stewart – an accomplished songwriter and guitar player who has released several acclaimed records under his own name and with the Birmingham-based group Timber – sent a few curious text messages inviting a group of friends and collaborators to convene and write some tunes together. That group included: Taylor Hollingsworth, Wes McDonald, Eric Wallace, and Chris McCauley.
I wrote “Dead Animals” after a string of failed relationships, before the world went to shit. The day after a show, I’m hungover and biking to the rehearsal space, and I see a dead squirrel along the path. I was feeling a lot of regret and pain around the past, racial injustices, and COVID, and turned that anger into the riff. It felt like I was yelling to my exes and bigots that they’ve never heard or felt real love. It just felt real visceral being able to get it out.
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveils Music Video For ‘Phobia’ (feat. Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa)
The video for “Phobia”, which features a guest guitar solo by Angra’s Marcelo Barbosa, is the band’s latest examination of the events that changed the world in 2020, which drove the overall creative process and production of “Psychosomatic”.
Artist: Sanctimonious Valour – Track: Mirror Mirror
Sanctimonious Valour are a digital based musical concept originating out of Melbourne, Australia. Drawing influence from bands such as Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, The Tea Party & Faith No More, they have compiled a catalogue of songs that confronts the real world issues plaguing our communities today. We live in a world where the discernment of the truth has been rendered virtually impossible. Where everything is upside down & is back to front, consumed by the ideals & beliefs of individuals driven by general narratives that contradict their very moral substance. Our focus is change & combined with the philosophy of strength through unity, we send a message in hope that someone is listening
Today, LA-based rocker Kate Clover shares “Channel Zero TV,” a 20-minute romp in camp, featuring music, mystery, magic, and more. KEXP premiered the video alongside an interview with Clover. Clover’s upcoming debut EP Channel Zero is out later this year, featuring Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles).
new Derek Day single on heels of Vernon Reid track and Premier Guitar feature
The rising, multitalented creative rocker Derek Day returns fresh off last fall’s “Click on Me” collaboration with Living Colour’s Vernon Reid for a new year and a new chapter with his latest single, “Fine Lines.” It’s an eclectic yet heartfelt ballad from the artist who PREMIER GUITAR’s Kate Koenig describes as “ambitious, hot-wired, and frying the fretboard,” possessing “guitar work with fangs, slightly overdriven and snarling…with metal-esque vocals that could kill.”
ROBIN MCAULEY ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM “STANDING ON THE EDGE” OUT MAY 7, 2021 VIA FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
Robin McAuley’s new solo album, “Standing on the Edge” showcases the desire of the respected Irish rock singer to make a strong musical statement in a period that was more creative than ever for him! After reemerging on the recording side of the music industry with guest spots on Michael Schenker Fest albums and fronting the hard rock supergroup Black Swan, McAuley is feeling invigorated and ready to explore even more creative output, letting the world see that his voice is as powerful as ever. “Standing On The Edge” will arrive on May 7, 2021. Fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of the single and video for the title track today.
POP SINGER/SONGWRITER ANNIKA WELLS SHARES “F*CK BEING SOBER” MUSIC VIDEO
At the beginning of the visual, Annika shakes off her slumber still wrapped in glitter and covered in sharpie. She proceeds to drink her way through the best night ever with her day-one girl gang as whipped cream, fireworks, and loads of alcohol get put to very good use over the course of the evening. The clip brings the song to life with its carpe diem message, youthful bliss, and dizzying nostalgia.
Hannah Hausman Releases Moody New Music Video For “will i ever feel like this again?”
Written like a diary entry as she examines her innermost thoughts and emotions, “will i ever feel like this again?” echoes the key questions one asks themselves in an on-again off-again relationship. Speaking on the song, Hannah Hausman says, “I wrote this when I started to realize the person I was in love with was wrong for me. Our relationship was so toxic and I knew I needed to walk away, but he made me feel something I had never felt before. I knew I was being used and manipulated, but I was so scared of falling into apathy, so I stayed way longer than I should have. Writing this helped process my conflicting feelings and I wanted the video to showcase these same emotions that I felt while writing the song. “
Platinum recording artist Verzache’s been dubbed the “King of Bedroom Pop”, and in celebration of his debut album drop next Friday, (March 5th) fashion house Versace is tricking out his Toronto bedroom with their full Medusa home collection… Bedroom Pop never looked more dope!
Preach Management announces the launch of Preach Records, in Partnership with Universal Music Group/Ingrooves and beatBread, today. Preach Records is an innovative and artist-first record label based out of Los Angeles, CA and Hamburg, Germany. Founded by LA-based Jay Cohen [CEO] and German-based Daniel Baldock [CMO], Preach Records is breaking artists on a global level; with offices in LA, London and Hamburg + partners in Canada and SE Asia. Rather than replicating the distributor model (who rarely provide artists with enough support) or the major label model (who take all of the rights and have too large/bloated rosters), Preach Records’ smaller/selective roster allows for hands-on focus from the entire team; that not only allows them to focus on playlist pitching, but instead the goal of building an artist’s career holistically to take them to the next level. With a history of breaking records in the US and in Germany/across Europe [Sir the Baptist, Dylan Dunlap, BEKA], they are uniquely positioned for streamlined success.
Dreampop outfit AEROPLANE MODE take off with new single ‘In A State’
Melbourne dream-pop 4 piece Aeroplane Mode are ready to hit the skies again with their sophomore single and videoclip for ‘In A State’. The single premiered on Monday via triple j’s Home & Hosed.
ACHILLES shared the in-depth story of his background in space, how he independently worked to forward the idea of a ‘space microphone’, and what it was like to seize an incredible opportunity to develop this system alongside NASA via WIRED.
New Release from ivee “Paris in the Winter” On Little Cousin Records
Self-producing artist and composer ivee is a London solo pop act, debuting her single ‘Paris In The Winter’ on February 25th 2021, as the first half of her double single ‘_substance_abuse’. Born Niki Poplonyk in Poland, ivee moved to London aged one. After having the opportunity to live in Brno, Czech Republic and Milan, Italy as a young girl, she decided to pursue music in secondary school. She later attended the BRIT school for college to further study her passion, where she was spotted by Little Cousin Records who signed her for her debut release.
London-based singer, producer and songwriter SG Lewis today releases the Aidan Cullen-directed official video for ‘One More (feat. Nile Rodgers)’, the latest single to be taken from his critically-acclaimed debut album times, out now via EMI Records/PMR. The album release was celebrated last Friday with an exclusive live streamed performance of the record – rewatch the live performance of ‘One More’ –
“Taller Tree is a song about sudden self awareness, recognising the characteristics in yourself that get used habitually as coping mechanisms but deny the agency or involvement of other people. It’s a reflection on selfishness that I wrote on christmas eve 2019. Either that or it’s about the general election result and is just a nice way of saying fuck the tories for four minutes…. (It’s both)” – Hugo Lynch (Vocals)
XSKARMA NEW SINGLE “CHANGING”
A new song released today hopes to highlight the impact of Climate Change and the path to Mass Extinction for much of our planet’s wildlife.
The brainchild of Bristol-based producer/drummer/songwriter xskarma, ‘Changing’ was inspired by the amazing speech by Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Summit in 2019. Greta’s powerful warning was “We Will Never Forgive You”.
Country Newcomer Tucker Wetmore Debuts “Dear Lord” Live in Studio
“I started playing piano when I was 11 years old, after my dad left,” he remembers. “Looking back, I realize I was looking for something to help me cope with some built-up emotions. Since then, music has always been my therapy. I see how much it has changed and affected my life, and if I can help at least one other person in a similar way, that would be more than enough for me.” explains Tucker.
CHERYM Get Even With Cheating Boyfriend In ‘Kisses On My Cards’ Video
Commenting on the video, the band said: “We’re sort of known for chaotic music videos at this rate but what would you do if your boyfriend was cheating on you? What do you do if you find out he’s three-timing you with TWO OF YOUR BAND MATES???? And what if your boyfriend is actually a 6ft teddy bear???? Safe to say he got what was coming to him in the end.”
Incredible choreography and cool rock beats: Japanese-Chinese boy group WARPs UP release ‘SUPERNOVA’ music video
‘SUPERNOVA’ was produced by Tony Esterly and Paige Blue, who have worked on hits such as ‘Satisfied’ with Sia and multiple songs with BTS. This follows WARPs UP’s success working with Esterly and Blue on their previous single ‘Cloud 9’ in December 2020.