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Magic Theatre Announces Next Artistic Director, Sean San José

Magic Theatre (Kathryn Kersey, Board Chair and Kevin Nelson, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce that Sean San José will be the company’s next Artistic Director, succeeding Loretta Greco in the post. San José will begin working with Magic Theatre in June 2021 on a part-time basis, transitioning to full-time in August 2021.

Debut single, “Germ Free High Fives”

The night that “Germ Free High Fives” was recorded, Toronto was experiencing a massive flood. We considered rescheduling but Val was 8 months pregnant. So we set up all the mics and went ahead with a plan to record the song live off the floor. Everything began falling apart during the first take. Owen broke a string and by the time he replaced it, Paul’s amp started crackling and humming as smoke rose out the back – it was completely fried. Next, a major downpour started outside. The wind and rain pounded away at the studio walls, with the power soon cutting in and out.


Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) completely reinvents each track from Manos’ debut EP. This version of “In My Head” adds glassy strings to the tangle of heavy emotions on Manos’ 2019 Gold-certified breakthrough, which was named a Song You Need to Know by Rolling Stone, has garnered 350 million streams globally, and appeared on the soundtrack to Netflix’s To All the Boys: Always and Forever. “Tennessee,” which The New York Times said encapsulated “pure male angst,” gets an immersive rework that swaps gentle piano for the original’s plush synths.

Out tomorrow: Vanessa Peters (singer-songwriter) “Modern Age”

Vanessa Peters to release new album, Modern Age, on April 23, 2021, further cementing her stellar reputation among new generation of American songwriters with songs of exceptional lyrical and musical power

Texas-and-Italy-based singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters is set to release a new album, Modern Age, on April 23, 2021 via Idol Records. “Making this record over the last year was an exercise in patience and tenacity; the pandemic seemed to thwart us at every turn,” says Peters. “Every plan turned into a plan B, but strangely, I think it’s a better record for the adversity we went through to get it made. This was the year of working with what was in front of us, of embracing our limitations and turning them into strengths. I’m so proud of the album we created during such a tough and dark time.”

INTERVIEW W/ Vanessa Peters Talks (And Premieres) New Album

Rebellious Electro-pop singer Hanne Mjøen shares ‘Hell With You’. (FFO: MØ, Sigrid, Dua Lipa)

Celebrated songstress Hanne Mjøen is sharing her latest single ‘Hell With You’ on the 23rd of April via Physical Presents. The songstress has previously worked with well-known artists such as Matisse & Sadko, Deepend and Astrid S and helped write R3HAB’s legendary single, ‘You Could Be’. As a result, she has received support from well-known publications such as Billboard, Refinery 29, Pop Sugar, Pop Matters, The Fader, Teen Vog Your EDM, and Magnetic Magazine to name a few as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. In total, the singer has collected over 37 million streams on Spotify and Youtube with features on well-known channels such as MrSuicideSheep, 7clouds, SuperbLyrics, Taz Network and The Vibe Guide to boot.

Thrashers “Misfire” Stream Brand New Single – “Red Flag”

In 2004 at the age of 13 and 14 drummer James Nicademus and Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Johnson formed what ended up becoming the thrash metal band Diamond Plate. In 2007 Jay left that band and has since released multiple solo projects. Diamond Plate went on to be signed to Earache Records for 2 albums and played multiple tours and shows with Overkill, Death Angel, Testament, Megadeth, D.R.I. and many more. Fast forward to 2018. James Nicademus, Tommy Denniger of End of Sanity, and Sean Coogan of Vitrial formed Misfire. Shortly after Tommy decided to follow a different path so James called the only man for the job. His old friend Jay Johnson. A decision that would ultimately solidify Misfires line up.

Misfire premiere the song “Red Flag”

BACHELOR – Share new single ‘Sick of Spiraling’ // Debut album ‘Doomin’ Sun’ out 28th May via Lucky Number

Bachelor—the collaborative project of Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner—will release its debut album Doomin’ Sun on May 28th via Lucky Number, and today the duo share another single off of the record. Of the country-inflected “Sick of Spiraling” the band says “Sick of Spiraling is one of the last songs we wrote and recorded together in Topanga. Both of us initially tried to play drums on the song but the groove wasn’t right so we enlisted help from James Krivchenia.

Iceage share new single “Gold City”

Rønnenfelt comments: “At home and enraptured in the fleeting moment, the sky becomes technicolor in its makeshift lucidity. A culmination made so that everything felt briefly complete. Traffic lights and the setting sun through a polluted filter, shimmering and golden.”

Spud Cannon returns with runaway rocker “Supersonic” | New LP out 6/25

“Supersonic” is here today and I couldn’t agree with Northern Transmissions more when they said, “not only does it make our ears happy, we are all dancing too.” It’s the second single off of Spud Cannon’s forthcoming LP, Good Kids Make Bad Apples, out June 25th via Good Eye Records.

Spud Cannon Debut New Single “Supersonic”

Doss debuts “Strawberry” + video today; 4 New Hit Songs EP out 5/7

Written over the course of several years, the new track’s guitar loop came to Doss years ago while she was worked in a used guitar store in Baltimore. The lyrics are a more recent addition. “‘Strawberry’ feels like a pause, a punctuation between past and future moments,” says Doss. “It’s about realizing that you are good and ok.”

Forged from a sweaty 34c rehearsal space – dark, dreamy indie folk from Lucy Kruger

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys have just dropped this animated video for the single Stranger Chest, taken from upcoming album ‘Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around)’ which lands on the 2nd June 2021 via Unique Records.

Written by Lucy Kruger and forged in a tiny 34°c rehearsal space in Berlin, ‘Transit Tapes’ melts dreamy indie rock with dark folk and returns 12 pensive tracks exploring restlessness and a yearning to feel alive. This project is the first time Kruger has worked with drummer Martin Perret, guitarist Liú Mottes and bassist Andreas Miranda, who form The Lost Boys.

Texan Country Singer-Songwriter Savannah Rae Flaunts A Carefree Mindset On Charming “Soft Place To Land”

“I had an absolute blast writing this song with Britton Cameron,” said Savannah. “We really wanted to encapsulate my feelings of not knowing where I completely belong, not having any real roots anywhere, and the crazy life that music has blessed me with.”

Jake Manzi Releases Mellow New Single “How Long This Time”

Today Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter Jake Manzi has released “How Long This Time,” the third single from his debut album Whatever My Heart Allows (out May 7). Under The Radar say “The tender melodies of ‘How Long This Time’ quickly make for some of Manzi’s most passionate, heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting yet… Manzi has that coveted songwriting talent of translating personal heartbreak into universal writing that will hit anyone at their core.”

DORNENREICH reveal second single ‘Der Freiheit Verlangen nach goldenen Ketten’

DORNENREICH have unveiled the second single ‘Der Freiheit Verlangen nach goldenen Ketten’ taken from their forthcoming album “Du wilde Liebe sei” (“You Wild Love Be”) which is slated for release on June 11, 2021. Please view cover art, tracklist, and further details of the Tyrolean black arcane rock trio’s ninth studio full-length below.

Rising Star Aziya Releases New Single “Heaven For Me” Out Now Via Platoon

British musician Aziya is just 21 years old, but her talent and wisdom are far beyond her years. Today, she shares her newest single “Heaven For Me,” a track with psychedelic roots, that she wrote and co-produced earlier this year. This is her second single off of her debut EP, coming this summer, via Platoon. The accompanying video, directed by Thomas James (Young Fathers, Sam Fender, Nothing But Thieves), takes you on a dreamy, kaleidoscopic journey that serves to firmly bolster the feel of the song.

ALTARAGE Streams New Album in Full via No Clean Singing

ALTARAGE deliver exactly what the underground buzz around them promised. Their fourth full-length, ‘Succumb’ is bristling with black and dissonant death metal fury that immediately evokes a plethora of sinister images in the brain. Its origin lies in the destructiveness of nostalgia, among other things……



Multi-platinum selling artist iann dior releases the highly anticipated music video for his latest single “shots in the dark,” out now via 10K Projects. Featuring labelmate Trippie Redd, “shots in the dark” is the duo’s sequel to their 2019 collaboration “gone girl,” a fan favorite for both iann and Trippie. In the “shots in the dark” music video, iann and Trippie Redd are intergalactic outlaws, hunted by aliens on an unknown planet. Inspired by Star Wars and other sci-fi flicks, the music video was directed by Mooch and iann dior himself.

Fimber Bravo Shares New Single ‘F. Pan Landing’

‘F. Pan Landing’ amplifies the joyous sounds elsewhere on Bravo’s acclaimed new album ‘Lunar Tredd’

Right on time for the laid back days of summer, Bravo’s signature steel pan is prominent throughout ‘F. Pan Landing’, celebrating the beautiful pioneering sound of the F Pan – in one of its first outings on this planet! Partnering Bravo’s vocals, Cathy Lucas (of Vanishing Twin) – breathes extra vibrancy into the radiant mix with Tom Furse of the Horrors, creating a truly refreshing track.


European hard rock band, HEADLESS, composed of members who have performed alongside the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche) and Elegy – has signed with M-Theory Audio. Their new album “Square One”, which blends classic rock catchiness with heavier progressive metal influences, will be released later this year. The first single “Woman in White” – an energetic rocker with a melodic power metal vibe includes lyrics inspired by the works of classic American poet Emily Dickinson – is available for streaming and download now on all digital music platforms. A video in which the ghost of the death-obsessed poetess is projected in a typical video game setting, was directed by Dimitar Stamenov (Sabaton, Motörhead) and can be viewed at Youtube here:

BSÍ – Celebrate the first day of Icelandic summer on new lo-fi punk single ‘Vesturbæjar Beach’ // Debut album due 21st May

In celebration of Sumardagurinn fyrst – the first day of summer in the old Icelandic calendar, Reykjavík based, weird-lofi-cute-pop-punk-surf-riot-indie duo BSÍ release their new single ‘Vesturbæjar Beach’.

Despite the fact that this day often actually resembles a return of winter, accompanied by snowfall and sub-zero temperatures; BSÍ claim that it’s never too early for a summer tune and a decent beach party.