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I wrote “Better Drugs” eight months after watching the world burn, with everything so exposed and gross. Like we had all lost too many pieces of ourselves to put back together or something…I wondered how fundamental it was, like how broken are we, you know? On top of that, I had a very sudden death in the family 48 hours before we went into the studio to record.

ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Not A Burden Premieres on VOD June 1

IT’S NOT A BURDEN is an intimate, humorous and heartfelt journey into the stories of adult children navigating the challenges and joys of caring for their aging parents. Featuring filmmaker Michelle Boyaner’s complex and tender journey caring for her own parents, the film also provides a glimpse into the lives of several other families each with their own diverse backgrounds, unique challenges, and personalities. The heartwarming film explores not only the frustrations and fears, but also the transformative bonds that happen when familial roles are reversed, friends support friends and communities come together, exemplifying our capacity to love.


Caroline Polachek marks her 2021 live debut with the announcement of three tentpole shows across the US and UK this year. Polachek will grace stages at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (August 5th) with support from Alex G & Molly Lewis and The Roundhouse in London (October 28th) with support from oklou before closing out the year at Terminal 5 in New York (December 2nd) with support from oklou and Arooj Aftab, notably historic in LA as one of the first shows booked after it’s 2021 reopening. Tickets are available for pre-sale Wednesday 10am ET and on sale 10am ET Friday.

LANTLOS announce new album and release first single

LANTLOS are revealing the psychedelic tripping video ‘Lake Fantasy’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Wildhund” (“Wild Dog”), which is slated for release on July 30, 2021. The German alternative metal project headed by multi-instrumentalist Markus Siegenhort is also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of the new full-length. Please view all album details below.

WYTCH: watch new video “You” on Riff Relevant!

WYTCH may be newcomers in the form, yet in the substance all band members reveal a strong pedigree, being formerly part of cult Swedish bands such as Otyg, Spacious Mind or Vintersorg. Darkness-bound, catchy as can be, their debut album ‘Exordium’ hits the bullseye from start to finish, with thick commanding riffs, a razor-sharp rhythm section and Johanna Lundberg’s sultry and fiery vocals wrapping the whole album like a fireball. About new single “You”, the band comments: “The song is about society with all its norms and standards keeping you from being your true self. Everything is fine and dandy, as long as you fit the mould.”

Premiere: WYTCH Debuts ‘You’ Video Off ‘Exordium’ Album

NYC Tribute Heroes TRAGEDY to Release Metal-Meets-Disco Favorites Collection “Disco Balls to the Wall”

Prepare your air guitars and get the party started with the hottest metal tribute to The Bee Gees and beyond: TRAGEDY! The New York based cover song reinventors are set to release a “best of” collection chock full of remastered favorites, Disco Balls to the Wall, on July 30, 2021 via Napalm Records.

Brazil-Based Vocalist/Instrumentalist and Viral YouTuber Violet Orlandi, Premieres New Single via LOUD WOMEN

She has been putting out new videos every Sunday, and most recently her take on “Ain’t No Sunshine,” featuring Melodicka Bros, already has over 100k views since its release on March 7th. Orlandi states, “High Priest Daughter was written over the darkest period of my life. I didn’t even know I was doing it but writing these songs definitely helped me exorcise some of the demons that were taking over my life at the time. I started writing the album a year before my mom passed away and finished it a year after her death. Even though the album doesn’t sound as depressing as it seems, it explores death and coming to terms with it, depression, trauma, and a healthy dose of nihilism.”

Violet Orlandi: Blooming – premiere

Dorothea Paas (U.S. Girls, Jennifer Castle) | Shares new single / album out Friday

The record was put together between Hamilton, ON and Toronto with mixing duties helmed by Max Turnbull (Badge Èpoque, U.S. Girls) and Steve Chahley whilst taking in members of Little Kid and Robin of Bernice. Over the last decade or so, Paas has worked with a number of Toronto-based projects, cementing herself as something of a stalwart in the city – these include (but are in no way limited to) U.S. Girls, Jennifer Castle, Badge Èpoque Ensemble and more.


Inspired by the classic (Alan Jackson, George Strait) and contemporary (Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Eric Church) sounds he grew up with, Ludwig’s forthcoming EP follows his 2020 song, “Let Me Be Your Whiskey,” which he co-wrote with Mike Dulaney (Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me”).

Introducing Neckscars!!

Neckscars are a new outfit from Downstate New York that play a blend of rock and melodic punk with a gravelly vocal delivery. The band spent 2020 recording ten fiery, anthemic tracks that make up their debut album, Don’t Panic. Teaming up with Sell the Heart Records (US) and Engineer Records (UK), Neckscars will release Don’t Panic on June 18th. Your first glimpse into the album is a track titled “Jarring” which is a fist-pumping number about improving your health. You can watch the music video for “Jarring” now at BrooklynVegan.

WITHERED Premieres New Song “Casting in Wait” via No Clean Singing

Speaking of the song, the band comments, “Humanity’s obsession with glorifying the ego beyond death through legacy is one of the biggest exercises in futility. It’s perhaps the most elegant & noble way to waste one’s existence here. No matter the effort put forth, the earth will rise in tide, open up in darkness, and puke ash into the atmosphere erasing all traces. There is nothing immortal except what we all become. Worm shit that fuels earth’s inevitable return to harmony & humility.”


So Zuppy Shares “Eachother” Video Via MXDWN

Today, Milwaukee-based bedroom-pop artist So Zuppy shares the official video for “Eachother”, an abstract 3-d animated trip done by So Zuppy himself. MXDWN premiered the video, praising it as “a lo-fi chef’s kiss.” EARMILK featured the video with an exclusive Q+A, read here. In addition, Apple Music placed “Eachother” on their Indie Pop Playlist and Tidal placed it on their .WAV Playlist..

mxdwn PREMIERE: So Zuppy Shares Lo-Fi Video for New Song “Eachother”

Amazon Music Announces “A Lady Like That” Short Film on Ingrid Andress Premiering May 14

Amazon Music announced “A Lady Like That”, a new short film spotlighting 3x GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominee and multi-Platinum-selling singer-songwriter, Ingrid Andress, premiering on May 14. Today, fans can watch the trailer for a sneak peek of the film directed by Lauren Dunn, sharing a glimpse into the story of a young artist and songwriter forging her own path in the music industry. Also available today, Amazon Music listeners can access a new Amazon Original reimagined version of “Lady Like”, featuring a beautiful orchestral arrangement.

The Lone Bellow release hilarious and joyous video for new song

The Lone Bellow share the hilarious and joyous official music video for their new song “Dried Up River.” The song comes from the band’s newly expanded version of their chart-topping fourth album, HALF MOON LIGHT. HALF MOON LIGHT DELUXE EDITION arrives everywhere on Friday, May 14, and pre-orders are available now. “Dried Up River” is currently residing at #3* on the Americana singles radio chart less than 50 spins away from #1; and this week the track also just debuted on the Triple A Mediabase chart at #30*.

new single ‘500 days’ available everywhere

My new single, “500 days,” represents the time since the ending of an experience and the beginning of the next one. Written while in lockdown in Bratislava, Slovakia, this song reflects on the time that passes after the end of a meaningful relationship that continues to linger deep within your mind.

UNREQVITED announce new album and release title track as first single

UNREQVITED have unveiled the track ‘Autumn & Everley’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Beautiful Ghosts”, which is slated for release on August 13, 2021. The Canadian blackgaze project of multi-instrumentalist 鬼 (“Ghost”) are also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of their new full-length. Please view all album details below.

Reigning Sound get the band back together for their “Let’s Do It Again” music video

Today, Reigning Sound is sharing a music video for the boisterous opener from their upcoming album, A Little More Time with Reigning Sound (out May 21)! “Let’s Do It Again” captures the mundaneness and yearning that isolation creates but is imbued with optimism and a desire to reconnect with people, play records all night, and “dance like we used to do.” Summer arrives early:

GRIDFAILURE Featuring MAC GOLLEHON: Cvlt Nation Debuts “Transient Fault” Video

Dismemberment Cabaret – the harsh/jazz collaborative album between New York harsh/experimental soloist GRIDFAILURE and world-renowned trumpet player MAC GOLLEHON – will see release through Nefarious Industries in just over two weeks. As the intense experiment is prepared for public dispatch, a video for new single “Transient Fault” sees its premiere through Cvlt Nation.

Tune into the Network breakdown that is the GRIDFAILURE visual “Transient Fault” feat. MAC GOLLEHON

Jessie Ware Releases Video for “Please”

The video features that sense of sensuality that earmarks the entire album, with the highlight being the video’s enchanting choreography courtesy of Paris-based creative duo I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER. The pair, consisting of Carine Charaire and Olivier Casamayou, are no strangers to Jessie Ware’s prowess, having worked on the video for “Spotlight.” Since then, it is with tremendous pleasure that they’ve worked on every video or live performance from the What’s Your Pleasure? album. For “Please” they wanted to film a celebration, a timeless, ideal party that gathers gorgeous people of all kinds, united by the love of music and dance, with Jessie’s benevolence.


Los Angeles-based artist, innovator, entrepreneur and live show designer Laura Escudé has released her new single, and most personal work to date “Embrace Your Shadow,” co-written with Lila Rose and announces her new EP Enoughness, due out May 11. Synthesizing her skills as a classically trained violinist and technical prowess, and avant-garde electronic producer, Escudé infuses neo-classical & sleek futuristic style with raw emotion elicited with her musical machines.


Today, New York City born and raised newcomer Zuli Jr. reveals stunning new single Her Manner, an indie electronic cut showcasing sky reaching vocals atop a shapeshifting arrangement. Accompanied by a fever-dreamlike video, the track serves to heighten anticipation for the release of upcoming sophomore album, Stop It God.

Armlock (Members of Kllo & Nearly Oratorio) share “Turf War”

Armlock, the project of multi-instrumentalists, Simon Lam and Hamish Mitchell, are today sharing the new single, “Turf War” which follows on the heels of the Stereogum, NME and NYLON-tipped “Power of a Waterfall”. This comes as the second instalment from the forthcoming debut release, Trust which is out via Solitaire Recordings on June 2, 2021 (RS exclusive to follow later this summer).