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Watch John Moods’ 90’s NYC rom-com inspired video for “Talk To Me”

In this video I get to live out what I refer to as my “suit guy fantasy”. A young, unapologetic venture capitalist, a yuppie, the hero of 1990s romantic comedies, paces with fast steps through the streets of lower Manhattan while the coffee is steaming, the pretzels are hot and smoke is wafting out of the sewers as a reminder of what’s hidden beneath the hypernormalized world of finance.

At the end of the video the protagonist reaches the office where he works all alone in a dead and decaying building still unaware or unable to see what’s really surrounding him. The video takes place in a sort of fantasy version of 90s New York, with parts obviously shot in modern day, not in New York. It reflects the time that’s gone by since the found footage was filmed, and the strangeness of being so far from America but at the same time very heavily influenced by its culture, belief systems and dreams.

Indie-folk Singer-songwriter Cujo Moon shares video for ‘Mirror Image’ off his recently released Bridges II EP

Rising alternative folk singer Cujo Moon has released his indie-folk EP, Bridges II on 26 March via Cujo Moon and Tone Tree Music. Bridges I and Bridges II mark the musician embarking on his own solo adventure. While working in his earlier bands, the singer was featured on Coldplay’s website for the song ‘To The Moon’ and shared a stage with the Mild High Club. Cujo Moon has received over 1 million plays across streaming platforms with features on Atwood Magazine, CLASH Magazine and Under The Radar as well as features on the Spotify playlists Winter Acoustic, Morning Acoustic and Infinite Indie Folk and Apple Music’s Acoustic Chill Playlist to boot.

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band To Release “Leftover Feelings” May 21

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band will release Leftover Feelings on May 21st via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Jerry Douglas and recorded at Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tenn. A meeting of two American music giants in a legendary setting, Leftover Feelings is neither a bluegrass album nor a return to Hiatt’s 1980s days with slide guitar greats Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth. There’s no drummer, yet these grooves are deep and true. And while the up-tempo songs are, as ever, filled with delightful internal rhyme and sly aggression, The Jerry Douglas Band’s empathetic musicianship nudges Hiatt to performances that are startlingly vulnerable.

Gaten | “GM Shit” | Music Video

Gaten Music LLC and Art Rev Sol are back with another offering from Atlanta, GA.’s own “Gaten.” The Z6ne Street general drops off GM Shit featured on the street’s most demanded album Opp-eration Z6ne. GM Shit, produced by Rylouis is another on a long list of stellar projects by the rising rapper and recording artist.

Rhymefest Featured in Skypp’s New Music Video For “Fix Yo’ Crown”

“We live in a time where people are realizing their worth. Ownership, confidence, self-love and wealth are in abundance. It’s a beautiful thing. But like the lyrics say, “with power comes corruption.” For every step up, there’s a force trying to make you go backwards. This song is for the people who face those battles daily. You’re a target because you’re a threat. Stay focused and never let them get the best of you. Pick your head up and Fix Yo’ Crown.”

Canadian Female Vocal Group ViVA Trio Reveal New Theatrical Sound & Style in “Siren Song”

The three-piece’s two sopranos Anna Bateman and Katya Tchoubar, along with mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher, discovered a rare silver lining in the interruption of their international touring schedule due to COVID-19; the newly-freed up time meant they could create some new musical masterpieces to follow their breakthrough debut, Nothing Else Matters.

See What THE GREAT FUSS Is About For Toronto-Based Rockers’ New “Hairbrain” Single & Video

We’re confident the current year is 2021, but one listen to Canadian rockers The Great Fuss and their new single and video for “Hairbrain,” and… It’s hard to not double-check the calendar!

An homage to yesteryear’s pulsing piano melodies and indelible electric guitar riffs, this Saskatoon-based four-piece goes for a generational collision, capturing a decidedly 60s vibe within a new-age kaleidoscope of rhythm and lyrics on the track.

INTRODUCING: Didi + Ping Releases Debut Single “Buffalo Jump”

“My excitement is through the roof imagining people dancing and enjoying my debut single but the release is also hard to believe,” shared Didi + Ping. “Music is my first language, yet I’ve never ‘officially’ released for others to listen to. I’m not entirely sure why – maybe because music has always been a personal thing for me that I never even considered sharing. This has been a journey of self-discovery, and I’m thrilled to have people along for the ride.”

INCARCERATION: No Clean Singing premieres new EP “Empiricism” by Brazilian/German death metallers

As Dawnbreed Records prepares to release the highly anticipated new EP from Brazilian/German Death Metal quartet INCARCERATION, today No Clean Singing is premiering the full record at THIS LOCATION!


(Video) Vancouver’s DJ Moza Blends Styles, Regions and Languages With His “All The Time” Debut

After lengthy contributions to the music game as a DJ and music producer, which gave him the opportunity to tour alongside Jallal, Big Von and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) over several years, Vancouver’s DJ Moza is entering the ring as an artist in his own right.

With his debut, “All The Time” Ft. Tyler Loyal, RR Baby and Playy, Moza has brought together 3 artists both seasoned and upcoming, from 3 different regions and penned a catchy bi-lingual ode to the grind.

XASTHUR announce new album and release title track as first single

XASTHUR are now releasing a lyric video of the title track as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Victims of the Times”, which is slated for release on July 9, 2021. The American acid folk outfit are also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of their new full-length. Please view all album details below.

HANNES GROSSMANN Releases Music Video for New Single “The Sun Eaters” – Premiering via Metal Injection

“I am beyond thrilled to present the first song off my new album. It took a lot of work writing, recording and mixing it, but the effort paid off eventually. As a solo artist I aim to create fresh ideas which at the same time carry the spirit of a sound I started with Obscura back in 2009. But the most important thing for me is having fun with it. On this song and also on the rest of the album, I had some help from my very talented Alkaloid bandmates. It’s mind-boggling how Danny Tunker (Alkaloid guitarist) recreated the guitar solo I wrote almost note-by-note without even a sweat.”

Hannes Grossmann Streams Devastating New Song "The Sun Eaters" Feat. ALKALOID & TRIPTYKON Members

DVDDY’s Excision label debut is heavy on collabs, including Kellin Quinn

“Caslow, Kellin, and I spent almost a year working on this song,” says DVDDY. “We wrote it during the most transformative/difficult period of my life, and sometimes, every once in a while you get a song that’s a direct translation from your heart. This song is that for me. I’m ready for the world to hear this song, it’s a new era for DVDDY and a new era for me as a person. This song blends rock with electronic in a unique way that hasn’t really been done before, and we are beyond grateful to have had the support of heavy hitters like Kellin Quinn, Excision, and Illenium.”


ANCIENT DREAMS IN A MODERN LAND marks MARINA’s fifth studio album and first full-length release since 2019’s acclaimed LOVE + FEAR. The self-penned new album also sees MARINA co-producing six tracks alongside songwriter/producer James Flanigan (Dua Lipa, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hayley Kiyoko) and GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day, Bat For Lashes, Hinds).

Moneybagg Yo Announces New Album “A Gangsta’s Pain” Out April 23; Releases New Single “Go (With Big 30)”

Continuing his swift ascent as one of rap’s hottest superstars, hitmaking hip-hop artist Moneybagg Yo unleashed a new single entitled “Go” with Big 30 — the buzzing Memphis spitter who like Moneybagg is also signed to N Less Entertainment, in a partnership with Moneybagg’s own Bread Gang Entertainment.

Tooth and Claw (Earth Crisis, Sect, Magnitude) share new single & announce debut LP

Metallic hardcore band Tooth and Claw announced the impending release debut full-length, titled Dream of Ascension, via Good Fight Music on May 21st. The group also shared the scathing lead single “Your Crucifixion” and the accompanying music video via a premiere with Decibel Magazine. On the track, the band mixes pissed-off hardcore with hints of death metal, twisting menacing riffs in with plenty of groove before launching into an eerie chorus. Despite the unchecked anger found on the single and throughout the album, the band says, “Believe it or not, Your Crucifixion might be the most optimistic, uplifting song on our LP.”

Video Premiere: Tooth and Claw — “Your Crucifixion”

DEVORA Shares “Not Dead Yet (Live From Bowery Electric)” || New Music Coming Soon

Filmed and recorded amidst the complete halt of the live music industry due to COVID, the experience proved cathartic and reinvigorating. DEVORA comments: “Playing live at the Bowery Electric in NYC this fall was as exhilarating as it was inspiring. While filming this livestream, even with just a few people in the venue due to covid restrictions, the energy was undoubtedly infectious. Performing live is mind/body therapy for me and after a year long hiatus due to quarantine, all of those emotions associated with live music came rushing back at full force. I was reminded just how much live performance is an essential part of my life, and became even more excited getting just a small taste of what’s on the horizon for live music once it returns…”

“Sedated” out now

We wrote and recorded “Sedated” back in 2018, but felt it was darker than what you heard in last year’s debut album, Midnight Afternoon.

The Foreign Films Releases “The Fortune Teller (Pretty in the City)”

Bill Majoros is a Canadian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has released four critically acclaimed studio albums and an EP, including The Record Collector elaborate triple vinyl box set, under the name of The Foreign Films. His musical journey continues with the upcoming release of Starlight Serenade, a new LP that blends classic and creative elements to reimagine the sonic future; musical retro-futurism.

New single, “The Fortune Teller (Pretty in the City),” is a song to take the listener on a musical journey and illuminate the heart. Find magic and beauty in a heartbroken world. In these dark times, music keeps our sense of wonder alive – it shines a bright light.


Safe Distance – the new album from singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Janet Simpson, isn’t a concept record, but it does take a journey. From Nashville to Reno (well, almost), to running away from demons, retreating from your troubles, hiding in plain sight, and returning liberated – ready to skip away again while your past looks on with a dropped jaw. But nothing here rambles aimlessly: Simpson’s characters long to get free (and succeed) while navigating it all with confident purpose. They are reflective but never middling. They hurt but move to healing – or take the time to care for others. And they don’t shy away for a good time – even if they’re having too much of one.

Video Premiere: Janet Simpson “Slip”

REALITY GREY Present A Harmonious “Powerblast” Of Modern Extreme Metal; New Album Out May 7th

Reality Grey has been making their rounds through the Italian metal scene since 2004, having spent years touring and playing alongside bands such as Deicide and Municipal Waste plus three well-received full-lengths under their belts. This year, they will be adding a new album “Beneath This Crown” to their legacy.


Today sees London based critically acclaimed recording artist Rina Sawayama announce a special rendition of Chosen Family featuring Elton John. The single premiered on Zane Lowe’s BEATS1 show at 5pm followed by the video premiering on YouTube at 6pm.

Space Kamp Releases New Single “Waiting for Summer”

The east coasters, dreaming of warmer days, wrote the new song in the dead of winter. Featuring Space Kamp’s upbeat positive outlook both lyrically and sonically Space Kamp notes, “We wanted to release a song that gives everybody that summer feel a little early!” They continue, “We all tend to just feel better and stay on a higher vibration in the summer, being in the North East winter can get pretty grim. In some ways we are all Waiting for Summer.. We try to stay on that vibe all year round.” Set to be this season’s jam “Waiting for Summer” sweeps the listener away into summer bliss as Adoo sings, “Summer forever //Palm trees all day //sunrays no shade //Lemonade homemade //Highway unpaved //Renegades, eyes glazed…”

Fast-spitting MC TOKEN jumps into 2021 with “Dentures,” 1st single off upcoming project

After Token released the impressive “30 People” video last year, where he takes on many different personalities (30 to be exact), the freestyle maven returns after time in the studio with his first track of 2021. Listen to “Dentures,” out today on Token’s Never Too Different, in partnership with Atlantic Records.

Stitched Sound Premieres CLOVER’s Magical Video for “Sunman”

“Sunman” is CLOVER’s third single, which was released last week. The video is packed with love, magic, and light as we’re transported into a beautiful dream world. It’s hard not to look away at the art direction featured in the latest video. Filmed in Upstate New York, the video contains sustainable resources and clothing (all mentioned below in the video credits) as well as utilizing local area artists for video production and direction.

Sly Boy shares reflective alt-pop tune “Namesake” questioning faith and ideals

Nashville based producer and singer-songwriter Sly Boy is at a crossroads with his latest single “Namesake”. The explorative alt pop track deals explicitly with his personal struggles with faith.

Been dead for a little bit
Kill me, I’m counterfeit
Feel like I’m about to lose my namesake

Torn between the light and darkness inside him, Sly Boy shares, “‘Namesake’ is me feeling like I’ve strayed so far from the values of my own faith that I no longer fall under the definition of a Christian.”

The Ladles reflect on past mistakes, new album out Friday

As they approach the release of their new album ‘Springville Sessions’ this Friday (4/16), The Ladles are turning a critical self-eye towards past mistakes in the new music video for “Pages,” premiered today by Bluegrass Situation. Directed by E.S. Wochensky, the video was shot amidst the large rock formations of Little Rock City, a remote area of Rock City State Forest near Rochester, New York. “Pages” follows the release of the “gorgeous” first single “Sunset Pink,” featured by Pitchfork last month.

Oscar Lang releases new vid + announces album

Written to capture the emotions and complicated feelings that are often attached to the embarrassing situations we replay in our minds, Lang describes “Stuck” as “the point where you feel overwhelmed with all the voices in your head.” – (Photo credit Jordan Curtis Hughes)