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With a sound that unapologetically pays homage to the likes of Quicksand, Texas is the Reason, Hum, Far, Swervedriver and Sparkmarker among others, Dead History’s members grew up somewhat isolated in mid-sized towns like Mankato, MN, Sioux Falls, SD and Appleton/Green Bay, WI. In the early to mid-‘90s, these tertiary punk and hardcore markets had vibrant DIY scenes akin to the Champaign/Urbana scenes of the same era that contributed to the genres to a large—but less discussed—degree.
Roots of Creation Releases “Mammoth” Today!
Acclaimed reggae-rock group Roots of Creation drops “Mammoth” Today! The new single is the third release from the highly anticipated album Dub Free or Die due out this Spring. Created as an ode to the fans, the new single is an epic RoC jam session with influences ranging from heavy metal, rock, reggae, and even EDM. The song first appeared with Top Shelf Magazine who hailed, ” “Mammoth” is dripping with heavy rock vibes, as Roots of Creation sprinkles their signature reggae dub echo and reverb interludes in between. Laden with EDM elements for contrast, “Mammoth” twists and turns in such unexpected ways that it keeps listeners attentive from the first note to the last.”
A Killer’s Confession Release Brand New Song/Video “Light To Darkness”
A Killer’s Confession, the band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis have released a brand new song “Light To Darkness” via Wake Up! Music Rocks (a division of Wake Up! Music). This is the second song to be released this year and is from the band’s highly anticipated third album coming out later this year.
THE SILK WAR Releases New Single & Video “Barcelona”
“Our song ‘Barcelona’ treads heavily down two different paths,” explains The Silk War. “The music reflects the longing and love for a city filled with cathedrals, starting the song off with a recording of kids laughing heard outside of a window in Barcelona. The lyrics, however, wax and wane over the longing of loving someone who lives without you by constantly living in their past, in their ‘Barcelona.’ We see this as killing the present, ending your life to only end up as a dream to those around you. This is portrayed in the video by both walking into the ocean (vis-à-vis Virginia Woolf) and a surrounding vigil of candles with no audience. You cannot help but mourn the relationship that you are in if the other person cannot be present to everything that is right in front of them.”
Rising singer/songwriter Bri Fletcher has united a group of Nashville’s most promising up and comers for an all-female anthem entitled “Glow.” Written by Fletcher and Katie Austin and performed by Fletcher, Austin, Sara Spicer, Ashlie Amber, Brailey Lenderman, Tori Allen, Liv Charette and Kaylin Roberson, “Glow” speaks to women in every stage of life. Fletcher and Austin did not stop after recruiting the talented crop of artists, but utilized women in every aspect of this project. From the producer to the engineer and videographer, 17 women worked in front of the mic and behind the scenes to make this female empowerment tune a reality.
Engineered and mixed by Irving Lopez (Morbosidad) at Anomalous Mind Engineering and mastered by Jack Control (Cianide, Darkthrone, World Burns To Death, Totalitär) at Enormous Door Mastering, STEEL BEARING HAND’s Slay In Hell spews forth six sinister psalms that pay reverence to the likes of Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Autopsy while maintaining a singularly unholy vibe.
Adult Swim has just released Opus, an compilation of emerging female artists, available now as a free streaming global release in celebration of Women’s History Month. The collection amplifies the efforts of independent female artists from across a broad cross-section of genres and scenes, resulting in a musically diverse mix of electronic, experimental, indie rock, hip hop, and beyond. Much like last year’s Stimulus Swim mixtapes, Opus includes Bandcamp or other direct links to the contributors, in an attempt to encourage listeners to engage with or directly support the artists. The release is entirely the product of female efforts, from conception, to curation, to the contributing musicians, to the ethereal cover art by Robin Eisenberg.
Beanz Dreams Big in the Video for “Crackin” (Prod. by JetsonMade)
Fiercely independent and uncompromising behind the mic, Beanz never stops working. Chilling in her hood as she plots her rise to the top, Beanz shares “Crackin’,” her new video. Produced by JetsonMade, who’s made major hits for DaBaby and many others, “Crackin'” finds the Reading, PA native weaving between sirenic flute loops, talking down to fakes and assuring her fans that her time is soon to come: “I will never let this sh*t change me/I had to get it no matter the plan/I was just lucky to have me a chance/I made them b*tches get madder again.”
Gong Gong Gong 工工工 Announce ‘Phantom Rhythm Remixed’ LP – Stream Yu Su’s “Some Kind of Demon 某一種惡魔” Remix & Video
Beijing duo Gong Gong Gong 工工工’s raucous debut LP, Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏, was recorded live in a room, on open-reel tape, with little more than vocalist and guitarist Tom Ng’s 60-year-old Italian pawn shop guitar and bassist Joshua Frank’s 1970s imitation P-bass. The minimalist group created a drummer-less sound that was more than the sum of its parts, inspired by back-porch blues, Sahelian guitar music, New York no-wave, Cantonese lion dance percussion, and, seemingly most incongruously, techno.
THE ANTIKAROSHI: Treble Premieres “Constitution Shall Not” From German Post/Avant-Rock Trio
Treble is hosting an exclusive stream of “Constitution Shall Not,” the new single from German post-rock trio THE ANTIKAROSHI. The track precedes the band’s impending fifth LP, Extract.Transform.Debase, nearing April release through their friends at Exile On Mainstream.
Artist: Nogards – Track: Tai Sui
Inspired by rock legends like Foo Fighters, Audioslave and Marilyn Manson, as well as Heroes del Silencio, considered one of the all-time best bands in Spanish rock (Rolling Stone), Nogard’s debut single and video clip Tai Sui marks a successful career beginning, laying the foundations for the band to immerse themselves in the production of OMEN. This 6-song self-recorded debut EP was mixed in England by multi-platinum award-winning Kiwi engineer Clint Murphy (Devilskin, Blindspot) and mastered by Grammy-nominated Ryan Smith (Greta Van Fleet, AC/DC) in USA.
“Feel It Too” is the first single from my upcoming 2021 EP, Silk Sessions.
Based on a romantic evening with my partner, where he put on a beautiful song, lit some candles, and slow-danced with me in my little Queen West apartment in Toronto.
UK’s electronic HYBRID releases dazzling sci-fi mini-film for new single “Flashpoint”
“”Flashpoint’ is the first track from our sixth album and our first single and video to set the tone and story of where this latest album will take you” explains vocalist/songwriter Charlotte Truman. “It’s a sum of all of our strengths as a four-piece band but draws heavily on our legacy of heavy beats together with the sound of a band that’s been mangled through all the studio toys we can get our hands on.”
Vanity Fairy is the creation of songwriter and vocalist Daisy Capri, a vehicle within which she can escape to a world where disco remains Queen. Of this latest offering Daisy says –
“Angel is a song about when you find your special person and it changes your world. It’s about the ways people help people to flourish and open up to the world, like the sun opens up a bud into a flower; you feel alive and nourished and up for everything the world has to offer. I’ts about growth and change and happiness”.
This latest single marks Nebu’s return to music and his first release of 2021. Ever since he posted some sneak peek snippets of “Weekend” on social media, fans have long-awaited the release of this one. But Nebu kept fans happy in 2020, releasing “Straight Out The Lot,” “Raincoat” and “Can’t Deny” featuring Lil Tecca. Overall, Nebu has garnered over 645 million streams worldwide and counting across all platforms.
half•alive RELEASE “WHAT’S WRONG” – SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW
“What’s Wrong” was written by half•alive and Ojivolta and produced by Ojivolta (Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Jon Bellion). The music video was conceptualized and produced by lead singer Josh Taylor, directed by Brantley Gutierrez, and choreographed by and features frequent, much-beloved half•alive collaborators JA Collective.
A soaring video for the track premieres today via CBC Music and features two of the band members taking the the song to new heights, literally. Filmed at The Atlantic School of Skydiving, the clip follows Hillsburn singer/bassist Rosanna Burrill and drummer Clare Macdonald as they jump out of a plane 10,000 feet above the lush backdrop of South Maitland, Nova Scotia.
Caro Juna’s Violent Delights EP is due out on April 16th, 2021. Week In Pop stated that the single “dabbles in a hypnotizing retro futurism, confronting the inescapable influence of the past and the new conscious movements of excitement, possibility and light offered by the future and the power of now.”
Following the news of their much-anticipated debut album, life’s a beach – coming out June 4 via Interscope Records, easy lifereturn today with the Andy Baker (known for his work on ‘Rick & Morty’, Adult Swim, and with artists such as Anderson .Paak)-directed official music video for the album’s powerful opening track, “a message to myself.”
Dolo Money | “They Want Control” | Music Video
Featuring a replay of Busta Rhymes’ iconic 2005 hit “Touch It,” the track is an unapologetic statement of -self-confidence and trademark elegance complete with references to Rolex watches right down to Dior. It’s the perfect blend of catchy early 2000’s R&B alongside infectious pop vocals and comes off the back of an incredible year for the superstar in making.
Indianapolis hip-hop pioneers 81355 announce new project and debut LP
81355 (pronounced ‘bless’) is a meeting of the minds between three pillars of the Indianapolis music scene; Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones, and David Adamson aka Sedcairn Archives. Today they announce their debut album, ‘This Time I’ll Be of Use’, out 5/28/21 on 37d03d (the experience-based label founded by Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner, and Bryce Dessner). They also share the first single “Capstone” with a video via FLOOD Magazine.
Today: Post-Riot Grrrl Trio Blood Lemon (Built to Spill, etc) Unveils “Whistleblower”
Off the band’s self-titled debut album (out April 23), Melanie says the song reflects on “the inner dialogue that occurs when a person is debating on becoming a ‘whistleblower’ of sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, etc.,” ultimately declaring in the lyrics: “I’m gonna be one of ‘those bitches.'”
“Personal Shopper” is the Elton John-featuring electronic tour de force at the heart of Steven Wilson’s recently released sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES. Now the track has been remixed by the mighty Nile Rodgers who adds a Chic-esque rhythm guitar before pulling completely new shapes out of the track, effortlessly melding NYC disco to European electro-pop. “Personal Shopper (Nile Rodgers Remix)” is online now everywhere.
WATCH: Symphonic Metal Outfit UPON WINGS Release Video for “Eternal Way” ft. Ralf Scheepers
Symphonic metal band UPON WINGS has debuted the new music video for their new song, “Eternal Way” feat. Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR + GAMMA RAY) and Max Georgiev, lead touring guitarist for FALLING IN REVERSE.
Tom Odell Releases New Single + Video “monster v.2.”
Tom explains: “in 2019, my anxiety got so bad that I had to stop making music for a while. There was a period when it felt like I couldn’t leave the house without having a panic attack. I wrote this song, ‘monster’ about trying to overcome my struggles with those mental health problems. The more I’ve begun to speak about this subject, the more I’ve realized so many people are going through the same thing. I asked my fans to show me what the word ‘monster’ meant to them, and I thought I was just gonna make a 30 second video for Instagram or something, but the first time we put all the clips together I cried. It was so moving to see people being so vulnerable, so I scrapped the whole other music video I had made for the song and ended up going with this as the main music video, as it was so good. I think it’s one of the most powerful videos I’ve ever been involved with.”