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Villagers announce new album ‘Fever Dreams’ out 8/20, new song and video “The First Day” out today

Today, Conor O’Brien is pleased to announce Villagers’ fifth studio album Fever Dreams which will be released on August 20th via Domino. Escapism is a very necessary pursuit right now and Fever Dreams follows it to mesmerizing effect. It works like all the best records – it becomes a mode of transport; it picks you up from where you are and sets you down elsewhere.

Coinciding with the announcement, O’Brien has also shared the first song from the forthcoming album, “The First Day.” It was inspired by a trip to the fabled Another Love Story festival in County Meath – beginning as a snatched electronic doodle, it morphed into a widescreen, lushly cinematic evocation of the joy in human connection.

Billboard Chart-topping Singer-Songwriter JOSH X Releases “HENNY & HIGHGRADE”

Just as New Yorkers prepare to legally celebrate “4/20” for the first time in the city’s history, the KSR Group is proud to announce the release of “HENNY & HIGHGRADE,” the latest offering by singer/songwriter JOSH X. A celebration of all things decadence and self-care, the song also marks the beginning in a series of releases aimed at cementing Josh’s place in the hearts and playlists of fans as he fully transitions from established songwriter to R&B star in the making.


The bruising 11-track collection features a Scientists configuration much beloved by connoisseurs of the band’s work: singer-guitarist Kim Salmon, lead guitarist Tony Thewlis, and bassist Boris Sujdovic, all veterans of the group’s defining 1981-85 outfit, and drummer Leanne Cowie, who replaced drummer Brett Rixon on the storming 1986 release Weird Love.

VOID VATOR: get circle pit-ready with new album ‘Great Fear Rising’!

About this sophomore album, VOID VATOR say: “We completed writing the album Great Fear Rising a few weeks before our Spring Breakneck tour of March 2020. Little did we know how relevant the album would become as the year progressed from ridiculous to absurd. We recorded this album during late spring to early summer of 2020 with Mike Spreitzer of Devildriver and mixed/mastered with Nick Bellmore of Toxic Holocaust. The album kicks fucking ass.”

Rawayana Celebrates 4/20 With New Single “Double-Cheese & Bacon”

Rawayana celebrates 4/20, the munchies and our primitive human impulses with their new single “Double-Cheese & Bacon.” The Venezuelan artist collective collaborated with Irepelusa, Jambene, Willie Deville and Veztalone to create this track and video which was shot in Mexico City. “Double-Cheese & Bacon” is a bonus track that will not be included in upcoming studio album,’Cuando Los Acéfalos Predominan’ coming out at the end of May.

New England’s Myart Speaks On Mental Awareness With New Single “Easy Remix”

New England’s Myart addresses mental health with his new single Easy Remix. The somber instrumental makes you immediately connect to the melancholy lyrics. “The inspiration was my own struggles with depression. I thought what more therapeutic than putting it all on a track. I also thought it would inspire others knowing that depression effects everyone even rap artists who seem to have it together and giant egos” says Myart. Check it out now on your preferred digital streaming provider.

YAUTJA: Decibel Magazine Shares “The Spectacle” Video

Nashville underground trio YAUTJA will make their Relapse Records debut with their highly anticipated new album, The Lurch, out May 21st.

Recorded by Scott Evans at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, The Lurch amalgamates metal, punk, and noise rock into a ferocious hybrid that has propelled the band from the obscurity of the American South onto the international stage.

Track Premiere: Yautja – “The Spectacle”

French post-metallers pioneers DIRGE shared final compilation album ‘Vanishing Point’

A few days after the official release of the effort on 3xCD & Digital, French cult post-metallers Dirge just shared their entire final record on YouTube.

For reminder, ‘Vanishing Point’ is a retrospective compilation-album consisting in rare & unreleasing tracks + a live recording, available right now on physical/digital through the band’s own imprint Blight Records and the Swiss cult label Division Records.

Matt Bachmann (Orindal Records/We Be Friends, Big Thief and Mega Bog members) | Shares new single & album details

This is a deeply personal record/first single for Matt who lost his father to ALS in 2013 with this album, to an extent, being a grieving of that loss – tracks here pay tribute to his father in a few different ways but mainly with “Apple Pie” that remembers the baking his father was so fond of, a hobby of his that ran right up until his death, even when parts of his memory were beginning to deteriorate. Matt sculpts these teary ambient-electronic textures with subtle indie-pop sensibilities that sound like they could accompany Miyazaki films.

KHANDRA Premieres Title Track from New Album, ‘All Occupied by Sole Death’

Belarusian black metal entity KHANDRA will be releasing the new full-length, ‘All Occupied by Sole Death,’ via Season of Mist Underground Activists on May 28! The band is now premiering the title track from the record.


Canyon release “Minority Outspoken” single

Melbourne’s Canyon, an alt metal / stoner / prog power-trio, have released a new single. “Minority Outspoken”, which has just been premiered by V13, is taken from Canyon’s upcoming EP Static.

The song is full of classic heavy rock riffs and soulful vocal melodies that hark back to the great alternative rock and metal bands of the 90s.

Evolfo Debut El Oms-Directed Music Video “Give Me Time” via FLOOD Magazine

Expanding on the usual psych rock cocktail of phasers, fuzz, and echo, Evolfo blends in an array of less typical tones and textures such as soaring synths, mandolins, and ominous horns. “When I received the song I immediately liked it”, says the video director & animator Omar “El Oms” Juarez. “I love the way the guitar sounds so melodic. It’s like it’s telling you that summer is around the corner. I love the epic ending and how heavy it sounds. Around the same time I heard the song, I was rewatching the 1952 Mexican movie Los Olvidados. It’s a story about young kids facing everyday struggles with life. The verse that stood out to me was ‘no ones come to rescue me.’ I immediately thought of Los Olvidados and came up with the video concept. I presented it to Evolfo and we started to brainstorm on how we wanted the audience to go on this psychedelic and emotional ride.”

Get Lost in Evolfo’s Psychedelic, Buñuel-Inspired Visual for “Give Me Time”

Gaten | “2024” | Music Video

Gaten Music/Artist Revenue Solutions are back with another offering from the Z6ne Street general “Gaten” the Atlanta, GA. Rapper and recording join forces with Rylouis to deliver another street anthem. Featured on the full-length project “Opp-eration Z6ne” this is yet another in a long list of hits from the rising superstar.

NATRON: Italian death metallers premiere lyric video for “Enthroned In Repulsion”

Time To Kill Records is excited to join forces with Italian death metallers NATRON for the imminent release for the first time ever on vinyl format of “Hung, Drawn and Quartered”, the band’s legendary debut album (originally released in late 1997 via Headfucker Records).


Mills, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, troubadour, releases his new EP “Train of Thoughts” today via Keep Cool/RCA Records. Listen HERE. Along with previously released tracks “Hollow” and “Slide Thru,” “Train of Thoughts” features new tracks such as “Light It,” “Central Station,” “Creations,” “Wild Things,” “The End,” and “Fight Alone.”

Mills says, “This next EP is a collection of songs I’ve written the past two years while getting inspired by and living in Laurel Canyon. The history of this place fuels me to write songs that will ease the minds of everyday people in a time of such unrest and divide. I love the overarching theme here: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!”

Introducing Smoothboi Ezra; “when it comes to the unique ache of yearning, nobody nails it quite like Ezra” (NME)

From their poster-covered bedroom-meets-recording studio in sleepy Greystones, Ireland, a small coastal town, 19-year-old artist Smoothboi Ezra, writes catchy but subtle tracks; self-deprecating but never sombre; always utterly charming. They offer an often overlooked take on emotional relationships, as Ezra is writing as a person who is gender non-binary and on the autism spectrum. They are helping people who don’t often see themselves represented in the media to hear themselves in music and to know that there are songs which speak to their experience. They are moving the needle on what it means to write a love song.

Foo Fighters celebrate 4/20 with trippy animated video for ‘Chasing Birds’…

In celebration of 4/20, Foo Fighters have today released the trippy animated video for ‘Chasing Birds’. The track is taken from their critically-acclaimed 10th album Medicine at Midnight, which was released in February this year.