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Windsor, ON Rockers RAVENSCODE Set Speakers Ablaze with New Single, “Fire”

The latest from their recent album, Fire and Storm, the Windsor-based band releases an inferno off the opening note: heavy electrics, pulsating percussion, pounding bass and an explosion of melodic vox. The listener is drawn into a fury of emotion, and explosion.

Hail The Sun announce North American tour this Fall

Following the release of their album New Age Filth this past April, Hail The Sun have announced they’ll be touring in support of the record this fall across North America. Presented by Equal Vision Records, the tour will also feature the openers Kaonashi, who will release their debut album on May 21st via EVR, as well as Kurt Travis and Body Thief.

VIDEO: Don’t Ya Love Democracy!

After last year’s eponymous debut, El Misti return with their second album in 2021. Despite turbulent times and ever-changing circumstances, ‘All is Lost’ marks a striking development in their sound and musicality. However, before this epic LP gets its full release this summer, the Liverpool/Cheshire band have offered up their first single entitled ‘Don’t Ya Love Democracy!’ which comes with a steady flow of insightful instigations towards an unbalanced centralization of power throughout the lands.

LIP TALK Gets Her Hair Cut By The Devil & An Angel In New Video For “More”

“It’s about trying to hold onto things, while the world rapidly and relentlessly changes. It’s about life under consumer capitalism,” says Pedinotti on the song made as part of her ongoing writing experiment called ‘These Are Photographs,’ where Pedinotti writes songs while meditating on a single image. The inspiration for “More” came from a photograph submitted by her friend and former bandmate, Ian Chang.

Francis Lung (Wu Lyf, ffo Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys) | Shares new single

“The Let Down” is the latest in a run of singles from the new record following the BBC 6 Music playlisted “Bad Hair Day” (now on the B-list, also tipped at The Times, Guardian, NPR, DIY, Best Fit, etc) and “Lonesome No More” which arrived in March. This new one was written on piano as opposed to guitar marking a significant change in Francis’ approach to writing. It’s sequenced as the final track on the album because it provides something of an underscoring of all the emotions and catharsis that Lung processes on the album; it’s a deeply personal record for the ex-Wu Lyf member, largely looking at mental health and his move to sobriety.

John Alone weaves a tale of unacknowledged feelings with his latest pop-influenced ‘september lightning (moment with you)’

Hot off the heels of his most recent single ‘On The Run’, which has been supported by the likes of Soulection Radio, Clash Magazine, Mixtape Madness and GRM Daily to name a few, London-based R&B vocalist John Alone returns with new single ‘september lightning (moment with you)’.

khai dreams to embark on the “I Guess I’m Doing A” tour in September, tickets on sale May 20

Eugene, Oregon singer, songwriter and producer khai dreams will embark on the “I Guess I’m Doing A” tour in September, their largest headline tour to date with stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Denver and more.

Des Rocs Announces DES ROCS ALIVE Debut Headline Tour    

“I feel like I was put on this earth to play shows,” says Des Rocs. “Since I was 13 I’ve played my guitar in basements and dive bars across the country to anyone who’d listen. This tour is a lifetime in the making. All the bumps & bruises along the way have made me who I am, they’re gonna pour out through my veins every single night of this tour. I can’t wait to finally put all these songs on a stage after dreamin’ about it for a year in isolation. I’m ready to lose myself again, the way I always have.”

PACKS premiere “Hold My Hand” with Matt Wilkinson/Take The Cake LP out Friday on Fire Talk & Royal Mountain Records

PACKS debut LP Take The Cake, is out this Friday on Fire Talk Records (Dehd, Patio, Mamalarky) and Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, Mac DeMarco), and today the band are sharing a final single from the album, a track called “Hold My Hand” that premiered this morning on Matt Wilkinson’s Apple Music 1 show.

OUT TODAY for Skope: XOR (Secret Shame’s bassist Matthew) announces solo darkwave/synth-pop debut album + shares lead single/video, “Path”

Having completed the album in the midst of the 2020 pandemic (after releasing a stellar set of hand-picked covers via Bandcamp — think New Order, AFI, etc!), Matthew felt the urge to start singing again. After hunkering down in his basement studio atop a mountainside on the outskirts of Asheville, NC, Matthew got to work fiddling with a Roland JX-3P vintage synthesizer, and writing songs for the end times.

Aesop Rock shares “Jumping Coffin” video

Aesop Rock has just shared another installment in the visual saga surrounding last year’s masterstroke album Spirit World Field Guide (via Rhymesayers). “Jumping Coffin” deviates from the episodic narrative established in the previous videos (“The Gates,” “Pizza Alley,” and “Coveralls”). Like the previous installments, the visual was directed by Aesop’s longtime collaborator Rob Shaw, who rotoscoped animation on top of action footage of renowned professional skaters Emile Laurent, Enzo Kurmaskie, Anthony Del Togno Armanasco, and Silas Baxter-Neal, yielding hallucinatory images of skeletons shredding with reckless abandon.

Punk Rock Collective The Crew Release “One Voice”

“Collaborating with Tim Armstrong, Mike Muir, And Matt Freeman has been an awesome experience, obviously Byron Mcmackin and I go way back. Byron and I had a demo of ‘One Voice’ laying around for couple years, and I thought it would be cool to bring a couple old friends on board to breath some new life into it,” explains Fletcher Dragge. “Watching these guys lay down their own personal trademark styles on this song was nothing short of amazing! I think it’s safe to safe we’re all pretty fucking stoked on the final product, and being able to donate proceeds to Musack feels pretty awesome as well. Find it, crank it up, and enjoy!”

Martha Wainwright releases video for new track ‘Love Will Be Reborn’…

Martha Wainwright is beginning again. The beguiling performer and songwriter makes a most welcome return with Love Will Be Reborn, her first new album in five years, released August 20th on Pheromone Records/Cooking Vinyl.

It’s her first album since 2016’s ‘Goodnight City’, and the first since 2012’s acclaimed ‘Come Home To Mama’ to feature so much original material. All eleven songs on ‘Love Will Be Reborn’ are written by Martha. She wrote the first song, and what would become the title track, a few years ago in what was a very dark time for her personally.

MA’s Blak Madeen Breaks It Down With New Video “Free The Dome”

Blak Madeen (Al-J & Yusuf Abdul-Mateen) break it down with a new video Free The Dome directed by Sando Films. The track serves as the intro on their latest project Let The Good Get Even FT. Chuck D, Freeway, Sadat X, Tragedy Khadafi, Blacastan, El Da Sensei, Daddy-O and More. “This is the first song on the album for a reason. The lyrics and the scratch chorus set the tone for the entire project. Straight Hip Hop” says Yusuf. “UNLOCK YOUR MIND FROM THE CONFINES FROM WHICH LIMITS YOU IN EVERY ASPECT” says Al-J. Check It out now on YouTube and your preferred streaming provider via SpitSlam Record Label Group.

Released Today – “3%” by Sia Shells (Pop)

Sia’s moody, self reflective and intimate new track, “3%,” is out today – highlighting the all too common feeling of phone separation anxiety. This past year has resulted in no other means of really communicating with our friends and loved ones than from a distance. Our attachment to devices is felt through the low percentage we experience and the chaos that ensues.

Wanderlust Electronic Musician shares Pablo Bolivar ‘Dusk Light’ video

Originally from London and currently based in Malmö, Sweden, EBlo has allowed his love for travel to permeate the video as he displays richly textured landscapes to the rolling minimal waves of Pablo Bolivar’s ‘Dusk Light’. Mirroring the synchronicities and complex behaviours found in nature, the video carries a reverence for the chilled mood that entrances the listener within the single with small whimsical elements of adventure throughout.

Lucid Express Share New Single “Hollowers” | Debut Album Out July 16 Via Kanine Records

Lucid Express today return with “Hollowers”, a nod to doomed infatuation that sees the band exploring some of the darkest corners of their shimmering, bright dream pop sound. Amongst “Hollowers” arpeggiated synth lines, and crashing chords, singer Kim Ho details the gnawing realization that even if two people have all of the passion in the world, a lack of deeper understanding leaves a relationship with finite time on the clock.


Produced by Tha Audio Unit, Mekka Don captures a message of unapologetic self-love and a call-to-action of perseverance amid oppression and discrimination; racist systemic forces made to deter Black people from the light, love, and happiness that everyone has a human right to enjoy. Serving a music comeback filled with purpose and passion, Mekka Don cites the murder of George Floyd and other incidents as the watershed moments that sparked the creation of this exceptional anthem of Black excellence and exuberance.

SINOPTIK Release Music Video for New Single “The Call”

Ukrainian Psychedelic Prog-Rockers SINOPTIK have launched the pre-order for their highly anticipated new album ‘The Calling’, as well as releasing their fourth single from the record, titled “The Call”. Filmed at the “Museum of Cosmonautics dedicated to Sergei Korolev” in the city of Zhitomir, Ukraine, “The Call” clocks in at over 9 minutes, and serves as proof that Sinoptik are not just here to rock, but also have a message in their music.


Back in the early 2000’s, Leonard Cerzosie Jr. started a band with his brother called The Infinite Staircase that did very well as an independent band. the band worked with artists like Earl Slick from David Bowie’s band, Candlebox, Sevendust, and even Zakk Wylde. In 2009, they scored a slot on tour with Black Label Society, Sevendust, and Dope that sealed a lot of friendships they still have to this day.

“In 2010, the love of my life passed away suddenly. Pill overdose. It was a devastating time. She was only 27. Morgan Rose and I wrote and recorded the EP, No Amends that was a dedication to my love” says Leonard Cerzosie Jr.

Blurry The Explorer Releases ‘Yoru Ni Yuku (Remixes)’

Blurry The Explorer is a fearless new project lead by the experimental composer, drummer, photographer, and world-traveler Jeremy Gustin, with Ryan Dugre (guitar), Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass, synth, vocal), Leo Abrahams (guitar) and their collaborators: Tenniscoats, Brian Eno, Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket), Sarah Pedinotti (LIP TALK), CJ Carminieri (Ymusic, Sufjan Stevens), Fiona Forte, and more.

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