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JASON PAYNE & THE BLACK LEATHER RIDERS Announce New Video ‘The Dark’, Reveal First Teaser!

London based metallers JASON PAYNE & THE BLACK LEATHER RIDERS have announced their new video ‘Dark’, available on all major platforms on June 4th.

Jason Payne reveals first details on the video:

“I’m very pleased to announce that our new video “The Dark”, which will be released on the 4th of June (2021), across all major platforms. This song talks about death, obscurity and the “nothing”. It’s about feeling confused and betrayed, and someone that’s losing his essence. Without a consciousness, and with no purpose in our lives, we’re just a bunch of roamers taking a road to the abyss, and that leads us to the dark and lashes us to insignificant beings floating in “the nothing”. Can’t wait for its release!”

Out Now: ORKID ‘Shy Boys’ & Ada Moreau ‘By Your Dreams You Shall’

“Shy Boys” turns the norms around. Usually it’s the girl who’s stereotypically seen as the shy one. This song is about reversing those roles whilst showing some love for all the shy boys out there. In the media women are often seen pursuing “bad boys”, trying to change them, but there are a lot of us out here who like the sweet and shy ones. We just want to have a good time and be treated with respect, instead of trying to find validation from men who treat us badly.” – ORKID on her upcoming single ‘Shy Boys’

The Flatlanders Announce First Album In 12 Years ‘Treasure of Love,’ Out July 9 // Lead Single Out Now

Today, The Flatlanders, the iconic Texas-based trio of Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore announced their first album of newly recorded music in more than 12 years. Treasure of Love will be released on July 9 via Rack’em Records/Thirty Tigers. The band released the album’s first single “Sittin’ On Top of the World,” which is well known by fans of the Flatlanders to be one of their most notable show closers.

Mary Jennings Reveals Mother’s Day Single “Matriarch”

Mothers, especially those that are making it through the pandemic with any sanity, are queens and Nashville singer/songwriter, Mary Jennings, is no exception. In her latest single, “Matriarch,” she pays tribute to the enormous strength that is passed through generations between mothers and daughters. It is not by accident that she releases this anthem 20 years after the passing of her own mother and “Matriarch.” Although never getting to meet each other, Jennings finds beauty in that her mother’s life and legacy continues through her daughter. This is a song of the struggle and strength that binds women everywhere together.


Slathered in classic Rock ‘n’ Roll soul and soaked in gritty, hard-baked riffs, and topped off with rich, raunchy vocals… Welcome to Heavy Water and their debut album Red Brick City, the lockdown 2020 project between Saxon’s Biff Byford and his son Seb Byford, ten songs which bring you on an irrepressible raw blues-backed journey through influences and invention, a journey which has you hooked from the first note.


Global Asian pop star, Amber Liu, released her highly-anticipated album “y?” on all digital streaming platforms today via EMPIRE. Over the past several weeks, Liu has teased the release of the album with already released hit singles “vegas” plus the Mandarin-language version of “blue” along with the Mandarin-language and English-language versions of “neon”. The music videos for the fourth single off the album, “complicated” was released today on video streaming platforms.


Prolific hit-making trio Cheat Codes, popularly known for their smash single “No Promises” (feat. Demi Lovato), has released the first part of their wildly anticipated three-part debut album, Hellraisers Pt. 1, available now on all DSPs and streaming services HERE. The groundbreaking eleven track project is highlighted by standout single “Lean On Me (feat. Tinashe)” out today.

Elgin release emotive new single ‘Stone’s Throw’

Elgin have released their brand new single ‘Stone’s Throw’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album Weightless / Still out on May 28th via Pixie Pace Records (ARC Music Productions International).

‘Stone’s Throw’ is an emotive song of personal reflection on the more solemn points in life, yet the message is uplifted with anthemic musicality in a huge soaring chorus of beautiful vocal harmonies awash with glorious keys.

Teesside indie newcomer JAK LVR shares infectious second single ‘Take a Ride’ | out May 7th

Bursting onto the indie landscape with his latest pop-fuelled effort, Teesside newcomer jak lvr reveals second single ‘Take a Ride’, and announces the arrival of debut EP ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)’ set for release September 10th.

Sibling Emo Punks Are The Best Emo Punks!

The Tin Can Collective is a Long Island based emo punk band set to release their fourth album, Axiomatic Alarm Clock on July 16th 2021. (Two of the founding members are also siblings!) Always earnest and full of intent, the band is considered a “band’s band” because of their cult following and chaotic live shows. Axiomatic Alarm Clock explores the struggle to find meaning in a 40 hour workweek. It’s blue collar, relatable, just the right amount of angry. (There’s also a really cool Modest Mouse vibe.)

Nathan Lawr Reveals Bold New Single “Restless”

Now, almost a decade later, Lawr has come into his own, finding his voice as a pop singer and releasing his most powerful collection of songs to date. Nathan’s upcoming album, Apocalypse Marshmallow, is a meticulously-crafted, dynamic powerhouse.

The newest single from the album is “Restless” – a song about living in the modern dichotomy: we can have anything we want but we’re relentlessly unsatisfied.

Swedish alt-pop artist Skott releases music video for ‘Tired’ a duet with Shylde – 07.05.21

On April 28th, critically acclaimed Swedish singer, songwriter, and producer Skott shares her music video for her exquisite duet ‘Tired’ (rel 07.05.21), released via Skott’s own record label Dollar Menu in partnership with Cosmos Music.

Travis Linville Premieres “Blue Sky Bound” 360 Video at Holler.

Produced by fellow Oklahoman JD McPherson, I’m Still Here is full of, in McPherson’s words, the “fantastic songs and consummate musicianship” Linville is known for, but the contributions from his collaborators shine throughout. Yesterday, Linville shared a 360 video for his new single, “Blue Sky Bound,” which premiered at Holler. They praise, “If ‘Blue Sky Bound’ is anything to go by, then it’s safe to say we can expect I’m Still Here to be the perfect soundtrack to the world opening back up again.”


2nd single released from forthcoming LP, Phoenix Rise.

LISTEN: DIRTYBIRD Brings Arnold & Lane on for Full EP

Today, Arnold & Lane take their relationship with DIRTYBIRD to the next step with their first full EP on the label, ‘Dinky Whale.’ The two-tracker follows up the duo’s debut via the 2020 ‘Couchout Compilation,’ as well as various live stream appearances on DIRTYBIRD TV.

ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS Return With New Single “YOU”

There’s something about the way ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS execute their music that makes listeners feel both at home and taken on a new journey at the same time. Existing within the band is a songwriting dynamic that has only gone from strength to strength since their break out back in 2017 and now, heading into 2021, the Potsville/Brisbane group is back to belt it out the park once again.

Music discovery app adds new features to help artists connect with listeners

Pefoma, the free-to-join social media app created exclusively for Independent musicians has announced a host of new features for both artists and audiences. The new additions to the app will be available worldwide and are all designed to help unsigned acts tap in to new ways to share their music, and build a fan base.

Launched earlier this year, Pefoma enables artists to upload audio visual content and monetise live stream performances all through a single platform. It has made history as the only app available today that allows each artist to retain 100% of their earnings. With its newest latest update, Pefoma will launch three exciting new engagement and awareness features that aren’t available as standard through other global social media platforms.



Today, viral hitmaker SpotemGottem delivers a brand new record “Federal” the first new record and video to release from his forthcoming project out later this Spring. “Federal” showcases the same raw talent and unique flow of freestyling that propelled SpotemGottem to widespread success over the past year. The track follows the Jacksonville-based rapper’s hit “Beat Box” whose remixes have taken the world by storm, and was recently hailed by THE NEW YORK TIMES as “a thunderous, pulsing sneer of a track”.

Cassadee Pope Releases New Single “What The Stars See” Featuring Karen Fairchild and Lindsay Ell

Platinum-certified singer-songwriter, Cassadee Pope, has released her latest single, “What The Stars See” featuring Karen Fairchild and Lindsay Ell. The track was written by Pope, Jake Rose and Lindsey Rimes, and was produced by Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects) and Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town.)

Inhaler Release New Song “Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House)”

Inhaler release their new song “Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House)” today via Interscope Records. The track is a swaggering indie-pop anthem and the latest slice of indelible songcraft from the quartet, who are made up of Elijah Hewson (vocals and guitar), Josh Jenkinson (guitar), Robert Keating (bass) and Ryan McMahon (drums). “Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House)” will be featured on Inhaler’s debut album It Won’t Always Be Like This set for release July 9 and available to pre-order now across all DSPs.


Drawing inspiration from favorite authors such as Stephen King, the lyricism takes the spotlight on the menacing “Lay Wit Ya.” Claustrophobic bass and haunting keys underscore his breathy rhymes before Duke wilds out with a fiery cameo.

However, it just sets the stage for The House Is Burning as he reaches a new apex in terms of his bars, wordplay, and hooks.


Produced by James Flannigan (Dua Lipa, MARINA, Matt Maeson) and co-written with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Helen Croome, “War In Your Arms” marks the first track off Abraham’s forthcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.

Of the heavy-hearted lead single, Ben shares: “It’s about that point when the relationship is done and you’re trying so hard to hold onto love, it almost becomes like an act of violence. All you’re really doing is hurting yourself and hurting the other person, until you can gather the strength to say, ‘Enough. I’m done.'”

YSL Signee YTB Trench Releases New Single “F.O.F.G” Off The Back Of Slime Language 2 Release

Today, Young Stoner Life Records signee YTB Trench releases his new single “F.O.F.G” off of his forthcoming project. The name of the song, which stands for “Fucc The Opps, Free The Guys”, aligns with Trench’s lyrical content complimented by his soulful cadence and poetic delivery. When talking about the song Trench states “This song is really about a young n***a who got a lot on his mind and he only has one way to get it off. This song is a vibe song but it also has its own story. Every song has its own story, and every song has its own meaning. You’ll be able to tell the story as soon as you listen.” The vlog-style music video also has guest appearances from other YSL members such as Young Thug, Yak Gotti, Lil Keed, and more.

Justin Sullivan shares harrowing new single ‘Unforgiven’

Today, May 7th, New Model Army’s founder and singer/songwriter Justin Sullivan unveils his third single ‘Unforgiven’, taken from his highly anticipated new studio album Surrounded, the first in 18 years, and second solo album overall.

Kyd The Band relives the hurt of a past love in sorrowfull ballad “Somebody’s Song”- ‘out now via Sony Music

“Somebody’s Song” is dedicated to those who have hurt you in the past, a cathartic expression of the feelings of betrayal and loss. Instead of moving on and pretending everything is fine, Devin expresses the importance of understanding and unburdening yourself of those feelings. “Everyone celebrates someone who hurt them and shows that they’ve overcome the hurt, but there’s a flipside where you have to relive those feelings and work through them.”


Following the runaway success of his label debut “Mvinline”, Boys Noize (Alex Ridha) returns to Defected for the anticipated follow-up single “All I Want”, featuring the unmistakable vocals of Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. Alongside the release of the single comes the official music video, directed by Dan Streit and produced by Grin Machine HERE.

Dentist (band) teams up with local brewery to promote new single

Coming off of their February release of “Don’t Let Me Catch You,” along with a hilariously twisted video that fans of the band’s dark humor found comfortingly familiar. Now the band has prepped the release of another new single that takes its emotional content a little more seriously and straight-faced. “Let Me Let Go,” is a reverb drenched tune that kicks in with bouncy indie pop and explodes into fuzzed out garage rock by the first chorus. The video, directed by Mat Hale of Image 8 Nineteen brings the lyrics and energy of the track to life in a surreal world of anxiety and uncertainty.


Created in his producer/collaborator Bedroom’s basement, Emanuel recalls that the lyrics “floated up to the surface” as “Worldwide” spontaneously took shape: “During that time, we were really dreaming out loud in the way that we would talk about our futures and in the way that we were trying to summon this grand reality. This song was really born from the deep want to take the music to the world.” Years later, “Worldwide” has morphed from a manifestation mantra into a song of celebration and a prayer for the future.


Whitehorse pick up moments after the release of Modern Love, the duo’s blueprint for love in the digital age, with the announcement of a second new album. Strike Me Down, set for release in September, showcases Whitehorse’s masterful, fantastical storytelling and melodic sensibilities, with plenty of space made for guitar shredding, epic basslines and spaced-out vocal layering. High-impact production and prismatic visuals contribute to Strike Me Down’s high-stakes mood.