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Homelessness and Domestic Violence addressed in the new video from Flora Cash

Platinum certified indie pop duo Flora Cash today premiere a new video, “Bright Lights” via the Swedish/American duo’s own Flower Money Records at YouTube. The video deals violence towards women and homelessness.

Cry in the club to I M U R’s new single + video “Sad Girls Club” out today | New LP ‘My Molecules’ out 6/25

Vancouver’s genre-blending make-out music-making trio, I M U R, share their latest single, “Sad Girls Club,” today along with a new music video. It’s the crying in the club moment of the summer wrapped into a song. With the imminent release of their third album, My Molecules, due out June 25, 2021, the new track by the unsigned band continues to serve up a mix of pop, electro-pop and R&B that is truly their own. The band consistently “tackle unconventional sexuality and timeless R&B grooves,” as Noisey puts it.

oddCouple debuts “Enemies” single with theMIND, shares album tracklist and release date

The Chicago producer and musician oddCouple debuted his newest single titled “Enemies” featuring fellow Chicagoan and vocalist theMIND. The track is taken from oddCouple’s new album Reflections, which is due out on May 28th. Along with the new single, oddCouple revealed the full tracklist for Reflections, which includes the previously released title track featuring Jamila Woods, as well as features from Elijah Blake, Melanie Faye, Fatherdude, and more. As the penultimate track on the album, “Enemies” is all about defeating the false narratives and negative projections in one’s own mind, which is represented in the stunning futuristic western-themed music video directed by the New Trash Crew.


It arrives on the heels of the video for “Wit Dat (feat. Polo G)” which gained over a million views in less than 48 hours and counting! Right out of the gate, “Wit Dat (feat. Polo G)” garnered widespread critical acclaim. XXL named it among “The 13 Best New Songs This Week,” and HotNewHipHop described the collaboration as “incredible.” In addition to plugs from REVOLT, HipHopDX, and more, Lyrical Lemonade put it best, “When it comes to artists making major moves so far this year, TheHxliday has got to be towards the top of the list if not in the #1 spot.”


“I want people to feel like they’re entering a world when they listen to my music,” says Stokes, “and I feel like this video sets the tone for what’s to come. I created the video concept with my best friend and creative director, Abbie Pitre, and we put together everything from costume design to shot direction. We wanted to capture the feeling of being alone in your obsessive thoughts, unable to distinguish between reality and fiction.”

Royal Metal Powerhouse HAMMER KING Releases New Single + Video “Atlantis (Epilogue)”

After releasing “Hammerschlag” as a first glimpse of what power metal up-and-comers HAMMER KING have to offer on their new album Hammer King (out June 11 via Napalm Records), today they reveal their anthem “Atlantis (Epilogue)” to the world! On “Atlantis (Epilogue)”, power metallers HAMMER KING reveal their melodic side as singer and guitarist Titan Fox V shows off his incredible vocal range. Dynamic songwriting meets multi-faceted, virtuoso guitar solos!

Saint Sister Share New Single/Video “Oh My God Oh Canada,” New LP ‘Where I Should End’ Out 6/25

Saint Sister—the Dublin-based duo of songwriter Morgana MacIntyre and harpist/arranger Gemma Doherty—today shared their new song “Oh My God Oh Canada,” the fourth single from their upcoming sophomore album, Where I Should End, out June 25th, 2021. Written as they were touring their 2018 debut Shape of Silence in North America, the song paints a clear picture of the care that goes into maintaining relationships when you’re living out of a suitcase. “‘Oh My God Oh Canada’ is about the intricacies within your most cherished and complicated relationships. It’s about not knowing where the line is, finding yourself on the wrong side of it and spending months trying to find your way back to the right place,” explains MacIntyre. “It’s about saying too much and at the same time, nothing at all, giving too much of yourself in one moment but not showing up when you’re needed most. I wrote it about wanting to be a better friend, but knowing I never would be.”

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Opens in Los Angeles on August 3

The United States has been confirmed as the fifth country to host The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the critically acclaimed major retrospective of Pink Floyd, their music, and the impact the band had on art and culture. Following its hugely successful debut at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, which saw over 400,000 people attend, the Exhibition will now take residency in Los Angeles.

‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’ Heading to Los Angeles Museum

THE PHANTOM ROCKETS – highly-awaited single CRIMINAL out now!

The Phantom Rockets are a power duo from Milan featuring Stefano Cascioli (vocals and guitar) and Mattia Giambini (drums).

The band offers a kaleidoscopic mix of rock, blues and alternative rock that creates a modern and aggressive sound, and today, May 5th 2021, it is proud to present its first single Criminal, now available on all digital streaming platforms. Here is Criminal’s visualizer music video created in collaboration with The Betrayed Tracks Revenge project on YouTube.


In a nutshell, my new single, “Golden” featuring Thieves Like Us, is about self (emotional) care. This crazy ass time we find ourselves living in has really given us space to think about all our fortunes and misfortunes.

DE ARMA unveil second single ‘Pain of the Past’

DE ARMA have revealed the second single ‘Pain of the Past’ taken from the Nordic goth rockers’ forthcoming album “Strayed in Shadows”, which is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021. Cover art, tracklist, and further details of the Swedes’ sophomore full-length can be viewed below.

Black Label Society shares reworked version of “House of Doom” with music video

Black Label Society premiered the official music video for “House of Doom” today in a series of new videos from the band’s NONE MORE BLACK box set, available now via Entertainment One (eOne). “House of Doom” is a ballad reworking by Zakk Wylde and co. of the original track taken from Black Label Society’s fifth studio album Hangover Music Vol. VI (2004). That album alongside the rest of the group’s catalog is now reissued, and remastered for the first time, as part of the new massive collection titled NONE MORE BLACK. This new, slow-burning version of “House of Doom,” and the previously released track “Blind Man”, are featured on the compilation of reworked originals and bonus tracks titled Song Remains Not The Same Vol. 2 as part of the box set.

Kandle Shares New Single/Live Performance “No Good”

As JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter, Kandle, creates sparks ahead of her new album, Set The Fire, out on May 28, she reflects on the beginning of the process with her single, “No Good.” Recorded just before the pandemic took hold of the world, Kandle gathered around a mic with her musical cohort The Wiccs to create a timeless piece with heartfelt and cheeky lyrics of self-realization through a filter of brass arrangements, 60s flavour, and groove-centric rhythms for a fresh summer jam.


Directed by Matt Eastin and also featuring actor Adrian Martinez, the video sees Munn at the DMV. Finding herself in a constantly increasing state of agitation, the video is a parallel visual of the song’s thunderous and frenetic sonic build. The video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and on the ViacomCBS Times Square billboard.

Shad releases new track “Out Of Touch”

Shad shares his take about the video: “I wanted to make something energetic for this song that ideally also reflected the idea of fragmentation that’s central to the lyrics and the choppy (fragmented) style of the beat too. Justin, as he always does, captured something honest that reminded me of the simple joy of music and performance.” Director Justin Broadbent had this to say about his creative process: “This video concept was born out of the unique sound of the track. I wanted to make something fragmented, alive, honest and colourful. Almost every background shot in the video came out of spontaneous moments while wandering the city. In the foreground, Shad’s performance is an energetic, classic, lo-fi performance video.”

Heavy Crossover Stars SUMO CYCO Drop Eclectic, Timely New Single “Bad News”

Frontwoman Skye “Sever” Sweetnam says about “Bad News”:
“I’m sure many people can relate to feeling like everyday is ‘Bad News’ over and over again. There was a point in 2020 when I was so glued to the news and current events it felt like my personal identity was fading away into an abyss and replaced with a scrolling, media consuming robot. It made me miserable, but I felt like I had a responsibility to know what was going on. It took me a while to peel myself away from the constant barrage of negativity and find a balance.”


The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi platinum band has shared the first single off the release, the anthemic “We Are Between,” a song driven by Brock’s trademark vocals vacillating between sonic isolation and the support of a full chorus, with lyrics alternating between “the best” and “the worst” parts, determining that “we are somewhere between the dust and the stars.”

Lydia Ainsworth shares new single “Cosmic Dust” from forthcoming album Sparkles & Debris – out 5/21

Written and produced by Ainsworth in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles over many years, Sparkles & Debris reflects her usual composer’s mindset and instinct for idiosyncratic melodies and structures. The album also marks a departure from the more solitary creative process that her previous releases were born from. Ainsworth recorded all her vocals at her engineer/mixer Dajaun Martineau’s studio in Toronto. Mark Kelso provided live drums and Neil Chapman and John Findlay added electric guitar and bass in the city’s Desert Fish and Noble St. studios. These live elements blend with Ainsworth’s own samples, programming and voice to create the record’s sonic tapestry.

Baba Ali | Shares single and announces debut album (recorded with Al Doyle of Hot Chip / LCD Soundsystem)

Baba Ali is now London-based but initially hails from Fort Lee, New Jersey. The record comes informed by the sounds of adolescence, absorbing No Wave and the hip hop on NYC’s Hot 97, his time immersed in the techno scene in Berlin, and the experimental punk spirit of his current base in East London whilst also tracing his Nigerian heritage. Baba Ali found tips in the UK previously from the likes of DIY, The Line of Best Fit and BBC Radio for his EP, This House which was released on Danger Mouse’s label and produced by Jamie Hince of The Kills. “Black Wagon” levels up on all of those early promises though cutting this spiky electronica with fuzzy guitar; it’s quite a cool segue, I think, which definitely shows traces of Doyle’s influence on the music.


Throughout the history of collective human culture, we have continually searched for a connective meaning between the instinctual collision of sound and color. For some, this connection is purely metaphorical, and for others, it is an unavoidable and innate sensory experience. For Tym Cornell, the predominant songwriter and founding member of Results of Adults, it is unmistakably both. Growing up immersed in the lush, overgrown landscapes of rural Alabama, from the moment he remembers opening his eyes, Cornell’s life has been guided by an uncannily synesthetic path.

Water From Your Eyes sign to Wharf Cat for Structure LP/share “”Quotations””

There’s no perfect way to describe Water From Your Eyes, the New York duo composed of Nate Amos (he/him) and Rachel Brown (they/them). Both known independently for their solo work under the names This Is Lorelei and Thanks For Coming respectively, the pair have been together since 2016, and in that time they have developed a clear-eyed approach to forward-thinking dance music that combines austerity and satire, abrasion and charm in a package that is consistently innovative and unlike anything being made by their contemporaries in the Brooklyn DIY scene or outside of it. After a series of smaller releases the band made their mark in 2019 with the release of Somebody Else’s Song, which earned praise from outlets like Stereogum, FLOOD, GoldFlakePaint and Pitchfork who declared that “wading through Water From Your Eyes’ whims is a delight in itself, and discovering the unexpected loveliness buried within is especially worthwhile.” Today, the band are announcing their signing to the beloved Brooklyn indie Wharf Cat Records (Palberta, Gong Gong Gong, Dougie Poole) for their latest LP Structure (out August 27th), and sharing the first single from the LP, the hypnotic “”Quotations.””

New Today – “A Little Cruel” from Parks N’ Rec (Supergarage)

Parks N’ Rec is the new project from Canadian singer Marco DiFelice (Supergarage), songwriter, music supervisor (Orphan Black, Lost Girl), and producer. On top of running his own music studio out of Toronto, he released a solo EP titled The Sun that Somewhat Sets under the moniker Marco Solo in 2007. Now, DiFelice is collaborating with producers at Self Titled Studios to write songs against the backdrop of his own life in Parks N’ Rec, covering topics of lost love, polarizing societies, and self-renewal.

OPHIDIAN I Unveils New Album Details, Shares First Single

OPHIDIAN I comments, “With ‘Desolate,’ we set out to create a very technical album but with a strong emphasis on harmony and songwriting. With ‘Diamonds’ being written late in the process and at a point where we had become comfortable with the direction and sound of the band; it came together very quickly and truly embodied the spirit of what we’d been going for. We spoke to Guilherme about making a video for this song and he was quick to get on board with the concepts we brought to him. The end result came out fantastic and we are ecstatic to bring you ‘Diamonds.'”

SONIC BLAST – “Queen Isis” from upcoming album “Humanity Divided”

Sonic Blast is a Greek Heavy Metal band. The band was formed in Kozani,Greece (2015). Nick Dedes (Guitar) and Dimitris Gkatziaris (Guitar,Bass) were the founding members, while Thimios P. (Drums), Nick Vogiatzis (Keyboards) and Dimitris Vachtsevanos (Vocals) are the latest additions. The band has participated in local music festivals such as “Sourdstock” and “Kozani Four”.


MONARCH consists of Ryan Williams, whose term as guitarist and songwriter for Red Sun Rising helped thrust the band from garage to greatness and James Lascu and Matt Puhy, AKA the powerhouse rhythm section from rock band Wilson (a band known for their amazing live shows)! Adding fresh perspective is MONARCH’s vocalist Sebastian Duke.

ILL NIÑO Debuts Video for “All or Nothing” Featuring Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D.

“Like P.O.D., ILL NIÑO have always incorporated their culture, roots and heritage into their music and sound, which have set them apart in this metal scene for over two decades,” Sandoval says. “It was my honor and privilege to have contributed to this record. After knowing them for 20 years now, I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner.”

Dizzy Share “Sunflower, Are You There?” Feat. Kevin Garrett

Following their recent JUNO Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year, Dizzy are excited to release their new single “Sunflower, Are You There?” featuring Kevin Garrett. The new track is the second offering from a forthcoming collaborations EP titled Separate Places. The EP will be released by Royal Mountain Records and Communion Records on 11th June, and features recent single “The Bird Behind The Drapes” featuring Luna Li.