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Driven by bluesy acoustic guitars and washes of melancholy piano, the spare track finds Grace admitting there are cracks in what many see as a happy façade. “The people I know don’t really know me,” she sings. “All these fake smiles are getting old.” Her dusky voice is full of sadness as she delivers devastating emotional punches and wistful wishes: “In a perfect world, with the perfect guy / I’m a perfect girl with the perfect life.” Grace embodies both contemporary R&B’s warmth and modern pop’s radical introspection—she’s raw, real, and unafraid to be vulnerable.

Alaina Castillo Drops New Single “Indica”

Houston born Mexican-American bilingual singer-songwriter Alaina Castillo just released her newest single “indica” from her forthcoming debut LP out this year. The sultry pop song celebrates weed culture alluding to feeling a special kind of intoxicating love. Indica strains often refer to a relaxed and therapeutic state of mind and this song puts a creative spin on it.

Wacotron Flexes His Storytelling Ability in “Gram & A Hoodie” Music Video

Speaking with the gravitas of a man who’s seen it all, Wacotron is determined to turn his rap success into generational wealth. Digging deep into his past, the Texas rapper levels up from a “Gram And A Hoodie” in his new single and music video. Blessed with a head-nodding, guitar-driven beat from 808 Mafia chieftain Southside and Pyrex 808 Mafia, Wacotron tells his origin story, detailing how he rose from the titular “gram and a hoodie” to prominent status in his neighborhood, commenting on the real trauma he’s suffered on the way up: “I been through it, don’t want to rewind/No handouts I got this out the grind/You gon’ tell on your people, you none of my kind/How he got your back but he ain’t got a spine?”


Kid Bloom, the visionary young Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumental­ist who described his landmark 2020 BLOOD SUGAR EP as “a culmination of emotions, thoughts, and insecurities,” moves closer to the completion of his next long-play project with the release of “CONTROL,” his brand new single + video available today via Island Records.

In a fractured and challenging year, Kid Bloom established his own unique musical domain – neon production, hip-hop beat-work, and psychedelic guitar emissions revolving around confessional lyrics flowing with unfiltered honesty – unveiled over the course of four distinct single + visualizer releases from the BLOOD SUGAR EP.

New York Jazz/Alternative Musician, Goat, Welcomes In Spring With His Captivating Love Song “Garden Of Love”

Good Of All Things. That’s the mantra, as well as the nickname for Andy Rosen, aka Goat. Listening to his latest single release, “Garden of Love”, and you’ll understand why it’s the perfect moniker.

The song opens with the line, “Our love will never die…” and proceeds to take the listener into a secret place in Goat’s heart and mind. His signature vocal style is combined with a hypnotizing drum beat behind his graceful piano playing. The result is a playful and catchy love song that could be playing at your favorite coffee shop or the hip jazz club down the street.

Houston, Texas Rock Band HINDSIGHT Release New High Energy Track Titled “Rhythm of Fate”

As a follow-up to their 2020 single “Where We Found Hope,” the Houston TX based rock band Hindsight have now released a new high energy singled titled “Rhythm of Fate” that is now available on all streaming platforms. Much like their earlier single release, this song also features a nod to some of the industrial and electronic music acts of the 90s and early 00s (NIN, Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, The Hunger) while still maintaining its guitar and bass driven roots.


Voodoo Bloo, a powerful NZ based alt-rock act unveil a dark and energetic (part) live performance video to their latest single ‘Her Name Was Human’ – out now via Plastic Groove Records. The track has some notable credentials having been worked on by Gregory Haver (Manic Street Preachers/ Super Furry Animals/Bullet for My Valentine) as mix production adviser.


Industrial Metal band DEAD ANIMAL ASSEMBLY PLANT released their highly anticipated new album titled Bring Out The Dead, via Armalyte Industries today.

Purient shares entrancing ‘Memories’ EP feat. Eartheater, VARG²™

The not-yet-released tracks coming out today include, “Sad”, the first song Durman ever wrote as Purient, and two remixes: one from Eartheater, aka NY-based Alexandra Drewchin, and the other from Varg²™, aka Swedish producer Jonas Rönnberg. Eartheater’s remix of ‘Memories’ sees the original deconstructed into an almost entirely new production with additional vocals by Drewchin and Varg²™’s re-animation of ‘Fantasy’ turns the breathless love song into a high caliber club banger. With the release, Durman shares “I’m so grateful to be releasing my debut EP to the world today, I hope you love it.”

John Smith Holds Onto Hope On “The Fray” – out today via Thirty Tigers

To celebrate the release of The Fray, Smith will be holding a release show via livestream on Mandolin. On March 28th at 3pm Eastern in the States—that’s 8 pm in Smith’s UK time zone—Smith will take to the digital stage sharing these songs live, for the first time, for a worldwide audience. Then, on April 11th, Smith will be hosting a Behind the Music livestream in which he’ll discuss what it takes to put an album together; from writing and arranging to production and recording. For more information on these special livestreams and to purchase a pass to either or both, please visit Mandolin.com.

Clair de Lunarette

What seemed like the end for the band Gingerlys in 2018 was the fresh start for Lunarette. Members Kevin Doxsey, Brian Alvarez, Colin O’Neill, and electro-pop whiz Jackie Mendoza chose to start anew and return to the studio with Connor Hanwick (prod. Gingerlys LP) to record their shimmering debut, Clair de Lunarette, out today via Babe City and Topshelf Records.

Striving for release, both personal and communal, Lunarette lean into the pop sensuality of their polished, electronic world. Lush, swirling guitar layered over dynamic, jangling synth melodies fill Clair de Lunarette’s atmosphere with equal parts mystique and charm.

Erratum – FREEDOM HAWK release new “Liftoff” video!

Virginia Beach heavy rockers FREEDOM HAWK share their new single “Liftoff”, a raw and psychedelic 9-minute jam that will definitely take fans off guard. The band is currently gearing up to record their new studio album, to be issued in the fall of 2021 through Ripple Music.

This one-off track was recorded in one take, as a result from the band’s regular summer jam sessions. Displaying a rather rare and unseen freeform jam facet of their music, this is FREEDOM HAWK in their sheerest expression. “Liftoff” will be available on all digital streaming platforms and downloadable from Freedom Hawk’s Bandcamp page and website on April 2nd, 2021.

Alt-Pop Rocker Slush Puppy Drops “Juliette”

Rising 19-year-old alt-pop singer, songwriter, and producer, Slush Puppy, has dropped his first head banging single of the year, “Juliette,” available now across all digital streaming platforms via Sony Music’s Disruptor Records (label home to The Chainsmokers, Dove Cameron, Christian French). Co-written and co-produced with Tom Randolph (YUNGBLD, Kiiara, Carlie Hanson), “Juliette” serves as the lead single off Slush Puppy’s forthcoming EP due out later this year.


Rising global superstar Tate McRae releases her latest EP, TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD, today via RCA Records. The eagerly anticipated 6-track EP features Tate’s smash hit single, “you broke me first,” already released tracks “slower,” “rubberband” and “r u ok” as well as two brand new songs.

Brazilian duo Quattrovalvole debut on Disco Halal

Quattrovalvole is a Future Past Disco Drive project designed by Joone & Miss Zagato.

Inspired by Ferrari’s 308, join them in enter a world of curb crawling, speeding and swerving off the road. The windscreen shatters, and your fingerprints are everywhere. Run.

THE LONELY HARPS CLUB: Releases Single & Video For “Spin”

“Spin is a foot-tapping harp-driven pop song with rock influences. Writer Julia Mascetti attempted to capture the mania of working in the creative industries in the 21st century through fast, frenzied lyrics and catchy riffs. The video, produced by up-and-coming French filmmaker Max Benoist, has an urban and darkly vintage aesthetic. We see Julia roam the streets of London at night, rock out on her harp in a basement bar, and document it all on a 1930s typewriter. What stories could she be spinning? Watch to find out.”

Watch the sweeping new video for “Black Car” from Bristol UK’s Penfriend, out today!

I WAS THE LION & Peter Groenwald Team Up For ‘Come To Life’ EP // New Song “One More” Out Now

Esteemed Nashville-based artists Peter Groenwald and duo I WAS THE LION recently announced they teamed up for a new collaborative EP titled Come To Life. Out on May 21st, the six song collection finds the trio combining their decades-worth of acclaimed songwriting/production history into a sonically rich, vivid, and mellifluous debut effort. Today they shared their new single “One More,” a sweeping atmospheric offering inspired by existentialism and shooting stars.

The Immediate Family Launches New Single and Music Video “Can’t Stop Progress”

The song was co-written by band members Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, alongside former Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch. The music video was filmed and directed by the five members of The Immediate Family and edited by Michael Perlmutter, who has worked on some of the band’s previous clips.


For the final single ahead of their highly anticipated new album, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Congolese vocalist TRESOR present ‘FolaSade’ with an enigmatic video.


Consistently keeping his rapidly growing fanbase fed with new music, Damien dropped his debut track “Catch Me” last November and has since released “Monsters,” “Here’s ur chance,” “i can’t stop,” “Ride,” and most recently “Ashes.” Releasing his music as fast as he experiences emotions, Damien has amassed nearly 250k monthly listeners on Spotify in nearly four months.


Sam Ryder has announced details of his stunning new single “Tiny Riot” which is available now on all streaming platforms via Parlophone Records/Elektra Records.

“Tiny Riot” is a dramatic tour-de-force which showcases the incredible power and range of Sam’s voice. The song was written by Sam alongside Max Wolfang and Amy Wadge (Grammy award for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”) and produced by Koz (Madonna, Nicki Minay, Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa).


Chicago rapper VIC MENSA has just released a new seven song project I TAPE, a formal follow up to last summer’s acclaimed V TAPE. The new EP turns its focus to the injustices that Vic has long addressed in his work, both as an individual and through initiatives of his nonprofit organization SAVEMONEYSAVELIFE. I TAPE showcases Mensa’s adept lyricism, detailing American dysfunction with a poignancy and articulation that few could match. Among the highlights are “Moosa,” about an incarcerated friend for whom Vic successfully petitioned to get parole 12 years early, “Shelter,” a powerful collaboration with music heavyweights Chance The Rapper and Wyclef Jean that unpacks the tangled web of poverty and criminal justice, and “FR33DOM,” which is paired with a new music video by Chris Simmons that just made its network premiere on BET. “The I TAPE is a cry for freedom, a visceral look into the soul of a man in America,” states Mensa. “Lyrically I wanted to explore themes of rebellion and incarceration, weaving real stories with hard truths.”

Out today: Ervin Stellar’s Feel-Good Americana EP, Nothing To Prove

“I left New York City with a gold nugget in my pocket,” sings Ervin Stellar in the opening line of the opening song on his new EP Nothing to Prove. A dancing, melodic bassline and tastefully twangy guitar flourishes could slip in unnoticed on Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks if it wasn’t for Stellar’s smooth, intimate vocal delivery. An album that will certainly warrant a relisten to catch each impeccably crafted line, Nothing to Prove is a shining example of how Stellar pulls off a balancing act of being earnest, lighthearted, and virtuous—one song at a time.

Premiere | Ervin Stellar – S.O.S.

Instrumental Duo STELLAR DEATH Release Ambient EP ‘Knowledge of Enceladus’

Washington D.C. Instrumental Duo STELLAR DEATH have released new ambient EP Knowledge of Enceladus on Bravemusic, the band’s own label. The music was inspired by Saturn’s ice moon ‘Enceladus,’ and takes you on an almost meditative sonic journey, as if you are exploring its frozen, reflective surface firsthand.

Phoebe Bridgers joins Luminous Kid for new single out today

Multi-talented experimental pop singer-songwriter Luminous Kid has announced today’s premiere of an intensely moving new single, as reported by PAPER, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. “Mountain Crystals” – which features a spoken word appearance from 4x GRAMMY® Award nominee Phoebe Bridgers – is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; the song is joined by a powerful official video, directed by Luminous Kid and streaming now at his official YouTube channel. “Mountain Crystals” heralds Luminous Kid’s eagerly anticipated album, at the end of the dream, due April 23.


Tilian wrote “Is Anarchy A Good Hobby?” about “the joy that is released after a necessary destruction” – and the result shows a brand-new side to his artistry. “Musically, I tried to take production risks and try things I haven’t before. I imagine it might be more polarizing for current fans, because it’s meant to stand out as a dramatic moment in the middle of the album.”

Grammy-nominated artist Teddy Geiger unveils new video for “Love Somebody”

“Love Somebody” grew from a night Teddy spent with Reed and Wilson during the first few months of quarantine and was influenced by how much her two collaborators have taught her about “real love and family.” “It felt like a fun challenge for me to bring these feelings out in a live setting and get comfortable allowing [them] to be a part of the things I create,” she says. She cites both Reed and Wilson as central male role models in her life, helping her to gain a deeper understanding of herself and her relationships, including her relationship with her father. “I am so proud of what I see in both of them in their family lives and how that affects who they are as creators and what they hold to be valuable,” she says. “[‘Love Somebody’] is a challenge to myself to keep growing and learning and being able to relate in new ways and really be with the people around me.”

3hattrio Share ‘Lost Sessions | Album Out Today

American Desert Music group 3hattrio (three-hat-trio) return with their first studio recordings since 2018’s acclaimed Lord Of The Desert. With Lost Sessions, 3hattrio continue to explore the frontiers of desert music, setting up an outpost amongst the starkly beautiful terrain of ambient music.

Joe Strummer album, ‘Assembly’ feat. remastered versions of Joe’s greatest solo work available today; official video for “I Fought The Law” out now

“I Fought The Law,” along with the other live track, The Clash favorite, “Rudie Can’t Fail,” were thought to be lost, but were discovered and mixed and mastered by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles / John Lennon / The Rolling Stones / David Bowie) especially for the release of ASSEMBLY. The accompanying video for the track was created by Spencer Ramsey.


Black Theatre United (BTU) releases the new song and video, “Stand for Change,” today in partnership with the Republic Records Action Committee (R2AC). The incredibly powerful and emotional song is brought to life by 13 acclaimed and award-winning veterans of the Broadway stage, and features BTU founding members Vanessa Williams, Billy Porter, Audra McDonald, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White, Allyson Tucker, Michael McElroy, NaTasha Yvette Williams, LaChanze, Wendell Pierce, and Capathia Jenkins. Created as the theme song for BTU, 100% of net proceeds from the sale of the record will support the ongoing social justice efforts of the organization.

Rebelution Release New Single “Satisfied” – Listen Now

“The song is all about being satisfied with where we are,” said frontman Eric Rachmany. “As much as Rebelution has grown, it still feels like a tight-knit family between us and the fans. No matter your profession there’s always someone in your ear telling you to go bigger and sometimes you forget to enjoy the moment. This song is recognizing and praising a minimalist attitude and mindset moving forward.”

Celebrating Their Fans On New Single, Rebelution Asks: Are You Satisfied?

Enigmatic Indie-Pop Singer-Songwriter Portair Announces Debut EP; Shares New Track       

Alternative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer/artist, and producer Portair is excited to announce his debut EP, The Light That Gives, will be released on June 24, 2021. As a songwriter and a producer, his songs and scores have appeared on networks such as Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS, but those were merely experimentations. He elaborates, “When I moved to LA, I wanted to start something organic. This project is all my passions I can express in one cohesive art form.” The result is an alluring introduction to the Sydney-born and Los Angeles-based storyteller, whose earthy folk-pop wades through life’s pain to discover its harmony. The record explores themes of nostalgia, childlike excitement, and curiosity through the lens of Portair’s personal struggles with depression, chronic pain, and upheaval.


Revolutionary Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions releases new single “Cog In The Machine,” available today via Def Jam Recordings. This marks Bobby’s new single since winning his first career Grammy Award® for Best Rap Song as co-writer of Megan Thee Stallion & Beyonce’s landmark RIAA platinum “Savage Remix.”

Grace Pettis Releases Empowering Track “Never Get It Back” with ‘Cosmic and Cool’ Vocals from The Watson Twins

“I co-wrote this song with two good friends, Hane Skot and Nicole Dean,” Grace shared with The Boot. “Somebody’s always going to be there to tell women to leave the glass ceiling intact. There’s always going to be somebody that tells you that this is not your moment, but every moment that you’re alive belongs to you.”

Multi Talented Soul,Jazz,Folk SInger Riah Knight Releases New Single

As a child Riah Knight took to the tree tops of her Sussex village to write, often coming down with a song. At the age of eleven she had joined her first band, going on a European tour in her early teens. She made her breakthrough music appearances in 2017 opening for both Jimmy Webb and Portico Quartet while resident artist at the London Roundhouse. Following these early successes, Riah continued to write music while also working with Just Jack on two of his albums.

Jason Charles Miller’s New Album, From The Wreckage – Part One, Out Now!

Produced by Jason Charles Miller, Stewart Cararas and Matt Hyde, From the Wreckage – Part One is Miller’s fifth full-length and sixth studio release. The album features several collaborations, including Adam Shoenfeld (Tim McGraw) playing lead guitar and “Cowboy” Eddie Long (Jamey Johnson) playing pedal steel on “Better Late Than Never,” Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band on “Expiration Day,” and Katie Cole from Smashing Pumpkins on “Day After Day” along with Eban Schletter (film composer) playing the theremin.

Ashley McBryde Releases Scorching Live Version of “Shut Up Sheila” From “Never Will: Live From A Distance”

“There’s somebody in your family that you want to smack in the face and tell them to shut up,” the four-time GRAMMY nominee said as she shared the story behind “Shut Up Sheila” with Rolling Stone. “But because we are from the South or we live in the South, we use our ‘company manners’ all the time. We don’t always get to ball that fist up and go ‘Shut up!’ Now you don’t have to — now you can just listen to that song.”


Elektra Records artist Maddie Medley has debuted new single “Wild Parts.” Written alongside Sam DeRosa (lovelytheband, Lukas Graham, Madison Beer) and fellow Nashville darling Briston Maroney, the lush ballad is available now on all streaming platforms. The track is accompanied by an official music video featuring creative direction from Medley herself, streaming now on the artist’s official YouTube channel.