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Jacq Charles – ‘Lay Low’

Hailing from Lyon, France, he is of Sudanese heritage and he is currently based in the UK. His single ‘Lay Low’ truly showcases his diverse upbringing and his music mirrors a global sound.

He cites his early musical influences were a mixture of UK and American artist, which was prevalent in France. He also was inspired by African artists and Congolese, Sudanese and Ivorian Zouglou artists such as Magic System was a massive influence.


MNDR, the LA-based project of synth-pop singer, songwriter and community activist Amanda Warner, returns today with a powerful new single, “Love In Reverse” with Empress Of. “Like bees to the honey, like a moth to the flame…” the song features the two vocal powerhouses reflecting on the push, pull and likely implosion of an irresistible and volatile love connection. Warner reflects, “Sometimes we can’t stop the magnetic pull of a relationship that’s bound to end in a pile of broken hearts. Logic is no match for passion and lust.”

Royal Metal Powerhouse HAMMER KING Releases First Single “Hammerschlag”

In the spirit of old school power metal, Germany’s up-and-comers HAMMER KING have gathered to release their first single, “Hammerschlag”, and set ablaze on their new album, Hammer King, out June 11 via Napalm Records!

Video: A-F-R-O – Line Em Up

Critically acclaimed MC A-F-R-O drops off his latest single “Line Em Up” on Dopeshit Records.

The track was produced by Dopeshit Records’ own VR and is the first release of the project “Uncut Raw Gems Vol 1”, scheduled to release May 7.


Death Dealer has released another song to the public via YOUTUBE and social media, off of their 3rd album, ‘Conquered Lands,’ that was released November 13, 2020 on Steel Cartel Records.

The track – entitled “THE HERETIC HAS RETURNED” – is a sequel to the song “CURSE OF THE HERETIC” off of their debut album WAR MASTER, and can be heard here:

Watch the beautifully animated video for Satomimagae’s “Houkou”

The single comes off her upcoming album, Hanazono, that’s out April 23rd via RVNG Intl. and Guruguru Brain.

Director’s Statement:
The innocence born of children’s souls and inside us all, is released. This innocence is somehow more than we can handle as adults (we were in such a hurry to grow), but we can find it by moving within our surroundings with levity and curiosity.

“Japanese artist Satomimagae makes ambient folk that feels uniquely tethered to the astral plane.” The FADER


Released Friday via Epic Records, Lamb Of God (Deluxe Version) includes the full Lamb Of God record with two bonus tracks and a live version of the album, along with a DVD performance of Lamb Of God.

Son Lux share call & response duet “Vacancy” feat. Kiah Victoria; ‘Tomorrows III’ out 4/16 via City Slang

Out today, “Vacancy” is the second single from the forthcoming final volume. A flurry of muted piano layers settle into a watery ostinato that forms the undercurrent of a lulling song of concession. Vocalist Kiah Victoria is featured in duet with the band’s singer, Ryan Lott. Shimmering, shuddering sounds operate in call and response with the pair, as drummer Ian Chang maintains a steady whisper of percussion with pieces of furniture and fabric.

Low Cut Connie Releases Cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight”

Today, Low Cut Connie shares a video and cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight” from their upcoming record Tough Cookies: The Best of The Quarantine Broadcasts, an album of cover songs pulled from Adam Weiner and guitarist Will Donnelly’s twice-weekly “Tough Cookies” livestream show recorded out of Weiner’s South Philadelphia home. The 23-track album consists of a small percentage of the 500+ covers Weiner has performed so far during the broadcasts, which celebrated its one-year anniversary this month. The album will be released on May 19 digitally and on vinyl and is now available for pre-order. The band have also announced a small run of east coast tour dates this Fall. Find a full list below.

INIT share their latest EP ‘Wrestle’

The duo INIT, consisting of Nadia D’Alò and Benedikt Frey, will release their new EP “Wrestle” on March 26th via the label and multi-channel platform Sound Of Berlin.

Despite the intensive use of analogue synthesizers and drum computers, INIT’s productions cannot be pigeon-holed into the techno drawer. The duo breaks boundaries and creates their very own soundscape. On their latest EP, rhythmic and hypnotic sounds meet distorted and mystical vocals, which moves the EP somewhere in the mysterious middle of acid house, techno, ambient and krautrock.

Garage A Trois Share “The Epic” – New LP ‘Calm Down Cologne’ Out April 16

OG GAT, as the current configuration of the band has been dubbed, recorded the album at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle with ace engineer Randall Dunn. It would later be mixed at AVAST! Recording Co. With all but a few edits on beginnings and ends of performances, ‘Calm Down Cologne’ presents the music as it was played in the studio that day. The title track is the only pre-composed piece on the album, while the remainder of the material was improvised live from the studio floor as the tape rolled.

Watch Now – Islander Drops New Music Video for “What Do You Gotta Lose?”

Of the visual, Islander lead singer Mikey Carvajal says, “Filming the music video for ‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’ was an exhausting experience – physically and emotionally. We filmed it in a small church building in Georgia. The air conditioners weren’t working, so every few shots we all had to walk outside to get some air. In the video, I play a version of myself where I come back to life at my own funeral. I’m there to remind everyone to “seize the day” (yes, that’s a ‘Dead Poets Society’ reference.) It was really important for us to approach the concept of death in a way that was relatable, while also finding a bit of joy in the celebration of life. I believe this world isn’t our ‘forever home.’ However, while we are here we need to do the next thing that is in front of us. This song is a plea for anyone thinking about suicide to hold on. It’s not always easy being alive, but it’s worth it. Joy comes in the morning.”

VREID Premieres New Song + Music Video for “Spikes of God”

VREID songwriter and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle comments: “A new chapter from our album and movie ‘Wild North West’ is revealed, and it’s a vile and intense chapter. This song is absolutely one of the most brutal, dark and most in-your-face songs we have ever written. The main idea for this song came to me one dark night in March 2020. I became haunted by this theme and spent the whole night in studio finishing this track. Afterwards I have barely made any adjustments to the original demo for the song. I wanted its primal ugliness to shine through and let it live its life without any corrections. The movie for this song dives into a black hole of human history, and is an illustration of how far astray we can go if we are blinded by the faith of our own perfection.”


Wake up at 5:00 am to make it to the gym in Episode 2, Season 5 of Action Bronson’s independently produced Fuck, That’s Delicious. Future MLB Hall of Famer and former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia joins Bronson for a morning of intense training – a lifestyle and regimen that Bronson has fully embraced over the last year dropping over 130 lbs (read more about that in today’s New York Times profile). For lunch, Bam heads to the handball courts to cook up two prime bone-in filets for himself and one of his longtime friends.

Alt-Pop’s Samantha Margret teams with Son of Paper on new video

San Francisco pop singer Samantha Margret has released a new music video for her witty and amusing new single “Saucy.” The tongue-in-cheek song about emotions is expressed through endless sauce puns, featuring condiments like sriracha, wasabi, sweet & sour, and more. The music video blends Margret’s typical indie-pop vibes with a rap feature from fellow SF artist, Son of Paper brought to life with vibrant colors and eye-catching imagery of the two artists having fun while cooking in the kitchen.


By taking their spectacular battery-powered shows to the mythic Tompkins Square Park, a place where any broke teen, wide-eyed toddler and old-school East Villager can enjoy their unique style of “doowop-crooner-punk”, ideally paired with a cold beer from the nearest deli.

Bonnaroo announces 2021 lineup

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announces the lineup for the internationally acclaimed camping festival’s upcoming 20th-anniversary edition. Set to take place September 2–5, 2021 on the Bonnaroo Farm, located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo will once again present an extraordinarily diverse bill featuring a remarkable selection of top artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day festival.

Hailed by the New York Times as the summer event that “revolutionized the modern rock festival,” Bonnaroo has drawn high-profile media attention and critical acclaim for two groundbreaking decades.

Bonnaroo Confirms 2021 Lineup: Lizzo, Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey, Megan Thee Stallion and More

Saccades shares new single ‘Older Than Tomorrow’, new album out next week

On ‘Older Than Tomorrow’, Wood says: “I wrote this song shortly after moving back to the UK from Berlin and it’s about the bittersweet feeling of leaving something behind and starting something new in life and how change can sometimes be good. It’s also about learning to accept the beauty and the flaws in the world around you. Written initially as an acoustic ballad, it ended up in a more dream-pop style with Kat’s added backing vocals. The song title is also a nod to my favourite Byrds album, ‘Younger Than Yesterday’”.


Today, Jordan Suaste shares the video for “If The World Ended Tonight (Stripped)” – a stark and stunning rendition of his latest single which he contributed to To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Music From The Netflix Film). The endearingly intimate visual marks the 19-year-old artist’s first official performance of the song, which is fast approaching 2 million total global streams.

Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth announce collaborative album on Third Man, share track & video

“Remember We Were Lovers” provides the first taste of what to expect from the album, with Gillespie and Jehnny Beth’s emotionally resonant vocals expressing desperately disparate views as their relationship flounders.

NEONFLY Unleashes Album Details and Brand New Video Clip (feat. Björn Strid of Soilwork)

Neonfly, formed in 2008 as the brainchild of guitarist and composer Frederick Thunder, took the heavy music scene by storm, releasing two highly acclaimed full-length records and an unforgettable debut EP to date. The four-piece have played countless tours with acts such as Sonata Arctica, Dragonforce, Epica and Alice Cooper to name just a few, and appeared at a raft of prestigious festivals notably Download, Bloodstock and Masters Of Rock.

French alternative-rock/nugaze duo Ron Moor streamed entire discography

A few days before the official release of their upcoming new album, Alternative-rock/Nugaze duo from France Ron Moor just streamed its past discography on Bandcamp.