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“The air in the house is different now,” says Ryan Boldt, the creative force behind The Deep Dark Woods. Boldt’s house is now full of pets and plants, and happiness. It’s a house by the ocean, far from the rural prairie landscapes of his childhood and a defining feature of The Deep Dark Woods’ sound and lyrics. The house is also an emotional dwelling, an inner place for processing upheaval, finding new direction and making peace with the past. On Changing Faces, The Deep Dark Woods’ sixth album, Boldt works through the complications, unique to him and recognizable to many, of leaving one place for the next.


“Use Me” pays homage to one of the greats of soul, Bill Withers, who passed away on this day last year. Joy Denalane has reinterpreted the song in memory of the late singer. Joy’s version of “Use Me” is a powerful tribute of respect, femininity and love to one of the most influential soul artists of all time. For Joy Denalane, “Use Me” has a special meaning:

Jade Jackson (ANTI-) shares new single and video “6FT Changes”

California singer-songwriter Jade Jackson has shared “6FT Changes” today, a new song detailing the adjustments that have been madeto daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Six feet changes the way it was / Handshakes and hugs in a crowded space / Dancing with strangers and holding up beers / Tapping on shoulders and whispering in ears / Was taken for granted all these years,” Jackson croons in the song’s timely lyrics.

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

The band released the following statement concerning the new EP:

“First and foremost, thank you for supporting our music over the past year and for all of the great feedback on our debut album Fragments of Light. You never know what to expect when forming a new music project, and the response so far has exceeded our expectations.

We’d now like to introduce you to our new ambient EP Knowledge of Enceladus. As with our debut full-length, this music was written based on particular ideas and themes within astronomy; specifically, Saturn’s ice moon ‘Enceladus.’ We wanted to narrow our focus on this recording, and really consider the vibe and atmosphere (no pun intended) of this incredibly reflective moon. It is thought that Enceladus could even host life within its icy surface.

While this EP is mostly ambient, we are not necessarily veering in this direction overall. In fact, we are working on another full-length which ventures back to our metallic roots, delving even more into the post-progressive aspects of our debut. More to follow on this as progress is made. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy Knowledge of Enceladus.”

‘Conversations’ out now on all streaming platforms

When someone’s having a conversation about you or with you it doesn’t mean that you have to engage with them.

My new song, “Conversations,” is about not giving a fuck about what people have to say.

People will always try and bring you down, but you gotta remember to value yourself.

BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT Releases Title Track “Paint the Sky with Blood” + Official Video

“The guitar hero’s posthumous farewell salute to his fans – and how he’s hitting it off with it again!” – METAL HAMMER GER

When matchless vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg joined forces with Waltteri Väyrynen, Mitja Toivonen and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto to form the explosive new metal pillar BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, it was meant to mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Their sonic plans were massive – including an EP release in the spring followed by a full-length album later in the year. But this promising force ended far too soon in very late 2020.


The Emma Garell band have returned to the scene with their latest single/video “Bad Intentions”. Taking time during this pandemic afforded the band a gift of songwriting, recording, and producing their sound, honing in closer yet to who they are clearly defining to be. “Bad Intentions” brings the sultry pop vibes to the sensual rock mode – a marriage that subsequently embodies the lead vocalist, Emma Garell.

THE LA MAYBE Release Second Single. “Oh Sugar,” Debut LP, ‘Dirty Damn Tricks’ Out NOW!

Carolinas based heavy rock band THE LA MAYBE–fronted by lead singer Alvi Robinson, made famous when he was nearly selected to front the legendary band AC/DC in 2016–have released the official music video for “Oh Sugar.” Directed by Ridge Beck, “Oh Sugar” is the electrifying third track off of the band’s debut LP, Dirty Damn Tricks, and the kind of rock n’ roll tune that comes together when you combine the down and dirty riffs of AC/DC with an earworm pop hook that is sure to be embedded in your brain for months to come.


The boldest personalities exert the biggest impact. A clever west Londoner whose passions run the gamut from classic literature to nineties flicks, Hope Tala immediately asserts herself as a bold presence. Twisting up turn-of-the-century R&B with Bossa Nova bliss, the UK singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist daydreams about girls who aren’t afraid of fistfights, tackles heartache without fear, and muses over the kind of love reserved for the big screen in her music. After posting up 20 million-plus streams independently and garnering wide acclaim, she answers an important question with action on her 2020 EP, Girl Eats Sun.

Dorothea Paas (ffo The Weather Station, Bernice, U.S. Girls) | Shares new single, “Container”

This new album is in part birthed from Doro’s own push/pull relationship with the church, Paas initially felt uncomfortable about religion’s utilising of music to control people and their emotions – now, however, Paas wants to tap into that idea, questioning the power and ability that music has to cause transcendence. Her lyrics, whilst being pretty straightforward, offer some compelling and unique observations – “Container”, for example, is a track built (or homed) around the C chord which reminisces on home and recurring feelings that can also feel too familiar sometimes, in this case, anxiety, something that Dorothea has always struggled with. Dorothea wrote the track as something a love song to her own anxiety – it draws on some lovely Joni Mitchell Hejira sounds to me, coupled with Grouper and Fairport Convention.

Moontype talk debut LP with VICE & Paste/Share “Stuck on You” via Consequence of Sound/album out this Friday on Born Yesterday

This Friday, Moontype will release their highly anticipated debut LP Bodies of Water (due out April 2nd). The Chicago band have been subject of a great deal of excitement since announcing their signing to Born Yesterday Records in December. Released as a standalone single, their first release on the label “Ferry” received an immediate and overwhelming response, earning comparisons to Galaxie 500 and Beach House in The New York Times and praise from outlets like FADER, MTV, VICE, Stereogum, NPR, Paste and Bandcamp. The anticipation only grew with the announcement of the band’s debut album in February, and last week Moontype were dubbed The Best of What’s Next by Paste and a Noisey Next artist by VICE, who praised the bands “masterful” debut LP.

Moontype Reveal Origins of New Song “Stuck on You”: Stream

Daddy’s Gone for Cigarettes is a classic theme of abandonment

Barrelling through the saloon doors with wobble-pop indie anthem ‘Daddy’s Gone For Cigarettes’ and a point to prove, Trunky Juno continues his exploration of lo-fi bedroom pop, injected with a healthy dose of Americana. Driven by a gigantic hook capable of uniting hipsters and truckers alike, the track deals with running away from problems and expectations for a little while – or maybe even forever. As Trunky explains:

IMPURE WILHELMINA Releases New Song, “Dismantling”

The band comments: ”Built like a crescendo, this song evokes the war that each individual must wage against mediocrity, against ideologies, against the dismantling of the world, against guilt, against everyone, against himself. This war cannot be won, but the perpetual struggle makes it possible to never admit defeat, and to cultivate one’s singularity, even if it means finding oneself alone facing the abyss. We are born to hurt each other.”

NEWS: “Bitcoin Gambler” is second single from Cole Quest & the City Pickers’ forthcoming EP, ‘Self [En]Titled

Taking inspiration from songsters like Cole Quest’s grandfather Woody Guthrie and the great John Prine, “The Bitcoin Gambler” is a modern take on the traditional gambling ballad, updated for the pandemic-fueled perils of the NFT and Cryptocurrency craze. Released on Omnivore Recordings and brought to life by a multi-Grammy-award-winning team including producer Steve Rosenthal, mixing engineer Tom Camuso, and mastering engineer Michael Graves, the track buy Cole Quest & the City Pickers has an updated bluegrass arrangement with roots and traditional sources in mind.

A song named RENEGE? “… a powerful and raw delivery..impossible not to enjoy”

Birthday Ass Share “Plubbage Blubbage” via Post-Trash

The head of the household sets the standards, makes the rules, and can break them as they see fit. Priya Carlberg, vocalist, composer, and maestro leads Birthday Ass wherever she directs, and on Head of the Household, she announces her unique musical vision in boisterous fashion.

OUT TODAY: Brighton’s ĠENN unveil eagerly anticipated new EP ‘Liminal’

Drawing influence from a wide range of eras and genres, Brighton-based troupe ĠENN (pronounced Jenn) release their highly anticipated new EP ‘Liminal’ today via London independent Everything Sucks Music. From the opening bass ostinato of its first track’Feel’ to the hooky refrain of closer ‘Falling Out’, through rock’n’roll, psychedelia and funked-up, post-punk vibes, ‘Liminal’ is a veritable journey.

Working Men’s Club Share New Track “X” || Out Now On Heavenly Recordings

“X” is the first new music from Working Men’s Club since their acclaimed self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2020. The album was the band’s perfect statement of intent and “X” functions as the delivery, the message, the action.

SpitSickBeats Ft. RBX The Narrator & ChangerMusic “Tear Down” [Video Submission]

“Tear Down” is a work out, MMA type of underground Hip-Hop song. This Boom Bap rock vibe, celebrates traditional old school roots and aims to sonically rip your head off. The lyrics from RBX and Changer, deal with being fed up. Changer wrote his lyrics while working in a 107 yr old brutal welding factory, wanting to tear down the archaic management he was done with. RBX writes from the LBC vets perspective of “You don’t want none”.

DE ARMA announce new album and release first single

DE ARMA have released ‘Illusions of Love’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Strayed in Shadows”, which is slated for release on June 25, 2021. The Swedish goth rockers also reveal cover art, tracklist, and further details of their sophomore full-length. Please view all information below.

Oh the Humanity! “Never Worse” Music Video

Here’s your last sneak peek at the upcoming Oh the Humanity! LP before it releases this April. “Never Worse” might be a bpm or two slower than their previous two singles but it still packs a lot of punch. The clean guitar work in the verses instantly stands out and makes each chorus pop even more. Oh and there’s a gang vocal section. Stay for the gang vocals. The band worked with Justin Owens (Animation) & Aaron Marinel (Videography) to put together a very unique music video for the song. “‘Never Worse’ is a song about bad habits and not being able to get out of your own way. In the video, our protagonist (or antagonist depending on how you look at it) represents this both in their actions and in their physical form. The worse their behavior gets, the more their form changes into something unrecognizable and negatively impacts those around them.”

$NOT Shares the Contemplative and Cinematic Video for “Life”

A master of lilting melodies and emotional songcraft, $NOT excels at expressing the pain he feels inside. In “Life,” a highlight from his 2020 Beautiful Havoc album, a vulnerable and philosophical struggle $NOT opens up about the everyday struggle. Directed by Omar Jones, the song’s new video illustrates $NOT’s inner conflict with visual panache, dramatizing how his demons disrupt his search for inner peace. The video alternates images of the 22-year-old artist brooding in his bedroom on a rainy night with shots of him taking in the natural landscape–though he looks to run from his problems, he can never truly escape them. “Life” is the latest in a line of quality videos from Beautiful Havoc, most recently the Denzel Curry-featuring “Sangria.”

Versvs x Merkules – Man of the House

Man of the House is a collaboration between Canada’s up and coming verified artist “Versvs” and one of the biggest underground artist globally known as “Merkules” who has over 1 billion views on his music. The song discusses the struggles of artists and never giving up. The song is filled with word play with many underlying messages between the lines.

“Poe Park 2 AM,” New Song by Hank Wedel

THE SUN AND THE MIRROR: Invisible Oranges premieres breathtaking new album

As Brucia Records prepares to release “Dissolution to Salt and Bone”, the highly anticipated first album from experimental doom / ambient drone duo THE SUN AND THE MIRROR, Invisible Oranges is hosting an exclusive premiere of the record at THIS LOCATION!

New Music From YSB Tril & Bankrol Hayden “Touchdown” Out Now On LISTEN TO THE KIDS/Interscope Records

For its first full week, “Touchdown” recently passed 500K global streams to-date on Spotify and was featured on a bevy of playlists including Hip-Hop Mixtape, Most Necessary, Signed XOXO and NMF. After its release, the record also went as high as No. 2 on SoundCloud’s New and Hot chart.

Katie Kittermaster’s TikTok hit Friends

With her spry pop framework, Katie Kittermaster articulates the melancholy of young adulthood with wit, warmth and clarity. On songs like ‘The Problem’ and ‘Lukewarm Lover’, Kittermaster is able to express some of the more difficult, confusing aspects of human relationships in a lucid, plain-spoken way. That makes her songs, even in their most downcast moments, a study of resolve, strength and triumph. Because in the end, that’s what great songs tend to do: they clear up murky matters into something more transparent and easy to grasp.

Garbage to unveil highly anticipated new album No Gods No Masters June 11

“This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins,” says the band’s iconic frontwoman Shirley Manson of the album and its twists and turns from capitalism and lust to loss and grief. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”

WALKING BOMBS: No Echo Premieres “I Will Miss You”

No Echo is now hosting the premiere of “I Will Miss You,” the infectious new single from Kingston, New York-based avant rock/punk outfit WALKING BOMBS. The track precedes the group’s fourth full-length release, Tears We Should Have Shed, nearing release in April.

Boomerang Kids EP

Growing up sucks. Our new Boomerang Kids EP speaks to the boomerang generation, exploring the part of growing up in your early 20s that isn’t so linear.

This collection of songs is all about coming into your own and figuring things out for yourself. Discovering who you are and where you’re going is a continuous process.

THE HIRSCH EFFEKT Share Music Video For EP Title Track ‘GREGÆR’ – OUT NOW

“We wrote GREGÆR together as a three-piece last year before our ‘Corona-Tour’ in Germany,” says guitarist and singer Nils Wittrock. “Preliminary the writing process, we already chose to lay a fundament that would serve well and leave enough space for the upcoming orchestral arrangements of Anthony Williams. Lyrically, the song thematizes areas of conflict. On the one hand the personal resentment and frustration due to the Covid-19 pandemic and on the other hand the resentment and frustration over those forming in the anti-government ‘Querdenker’-movement in Germany – a movement that either denies the existence of the virus or rejects the government measurements taken against it.”