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Morray Doesn’t Have Time for Relationship Drama in “Nothing Now” Video

With sharp songwriting and a passionate singing voice, Morray is one of the biggest breakout stars of 2021. Coming through with another video from his debut project Street Sermons, Morray shares “Nothing Now.” Emoting over twanging guitar and thumping low-end, Morray bares his soul to an unfaithful partner, making it clear that he’s better for leaving her and she’s much worse: “You not mine, so don’t waste your time/Act like you don’t know me/That nice guy that you used to like/I no longer know ’em/Held him down and ripped out his heart/I feel bad for homey.” In the video, directed by Christian Breslauer, Morray packs his things and leaves his woman, before finding the last payphone in North Carolina to call her and speak his mind. “Nothing Now” follows the video for “Can’t Use Me,” which dropped in April.

Rolling Stone Picks Megan Palmer’s “Stop For A Minute” For This Week’s Best Country Songs

Rolling Stone picked Megan Palmer’s “Stop For A Minute” as one of this week’s Best Country Songs. The song is a track from the upcoming mini-album“Take Good Care”: a soul-stirring, genre-busting document of hope by an artist, a survivor, and a healer, that brings shimmering hope with heart-felt connections.

Recorded with some of East Nashville’s finest musicians, Megan Palmer’s eighth release is the latest in her extensive body of work. After starting out with Ohio’s Spikedrivers, she became a driving force behind Music City’s roots-friendly scene as an artist and back-up instrumentalist/vocalist for Tim Easton, Amy Speace, Anne McCue, Darrin Bradbury and many others.

RS Country Music Picks for Week of May 24th

Andrew Rinehart – “Have Fun Idiot” EP

On May 25 Louisville (and sometimes LA) based artist Andrew Rinehart will release a new single / video, “Zoë” – the video is loosely based on the film The Doom Generation and was directed by Cory Nixon who’s done most of George Clanton’s videos (Clanton himself also makes a cameo in the video). Also on May 25 we’ll be announcing Rinehart’s Have Fun Idiot EP which also features a duet with Bonnie “Prince” Billy (on a Grateful Dead cover) and a cover of a rare Arthur Russell track (“More Real” from The Necessaries which Arthur played in circa 1982).

AZIOLA CRY: Chicago Progressive Metal Trio Issues Video On The Making-Of The Ironic Divide

With Mike Milaniak on guitar, Jason Blake on Warr guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums, AZIOLA CRY formed in 2004. The band released their debut album, Ellipsis, in 2005, followed by Ghost Conversations in 2007. Along the way, the band performed live alongside Behold… The Arctopus, Don Caballero, Tiles, Far Corner, and many others, while appearing at progressive rock festivals including M.A.R.S. Fest. In 2007, the band went dormant, and remained that way for nearly fourteen years, reforming two years ago and beginning work on what would be their third record, The Ironic Divide.


Eclipsing yet another benchmark, GRAMMY nominated Nashville band Old Dominion just achieved the biggest radio impact date of their career with the new single “I Was On A Boat That Day.” Right out of the gate, 132 stations added the song to rotation. As such, “I Was On A Boat That Day” is the second most added song of 2021!

Young Devyn shares new video “Act Bad”

Brooklyn’s fast-rising teen rap sensation Young Devyn follows her latest single “Act Bad” with an unruly new video. The high-energy clip features Young Devyn and her crew living their best life as she effortlessly weaves her powerful lyrics over the track’s hard-hitting bass. The 19-year-old “acts bad” while flaunting electric blue hair, Prada boots, and blinged-out nails. Young Devyn’s musical influences are made clear in “Act Bad” as she utilizes Pop Smoke’s famous drill basslines, Ms. Lauryn Hill-level rhymes, and Nicki Minaj-like Caribbean cadences. The rising star is definitely one to watch as she remains the youngest artist to ever perform at the BET cypher, amasses a growing fanbase and accumulates over half a million video views on her previous single “Straight to It.”

Woody and Jeremy – Gravy in my Coffee (out on 6/4)

Can I freshen up your drink? Gravy in my Coffee is the stylistically far-reaching sophomore release from duo Woody and Jeremy. It may surprise you with its depth of emotion and complexity. Less fusion-cooking and more à la carte dining, Gravy in my Coffee is a crowded plate where punk, funk, indie and psych sit side-by-side, smothered in delicious homemade gravy. What is the unifying secret which brings the meal together? “Self-loathing?” Jeremy wonders. “Drum sounds?” says Woody. We think maybe, friendship?

out today: SUNRISE (Ukr) “Equilibria” @ Power metal

Prominent Ukrainian power metal act SUNRISE has recently revealed details of the 4th full-length album, coming on May 25th under the name of ‘Equilibria’.

This time band, mostly known for the sound highly valued by the fans of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius, promises far more than its classical musical approach. Thus, 13 songs of ‘Equilibria’ will be a mix of classic power metal, symphonic, epic, modern and progressive metal with some experimental touches, such as traditional Ukrainian instrument bandura.

John Carroll Kirby shares new single “Sensing Not Seeing” / New album “Septet” out 25th June via Stones Throw Records

Pianist and composer John Carroll Kirby is releasing his first ensemble album Septet June 25th via Stones Throw, and here is a new selection from it. For “Sensing Not Seeing” Kirby explains, “I imagined running through a forest in the dark. The drums have a frantic energy and the melody is ominous. In the middle section where there would traditionally be an improvised solo, the rhythm section backs a silent instrumentalist, as if wandering through the dark with nothing to guide them.”

Rising emo-pop stars, The Post Romantics, release new single & video for ‘LEFT4DEAD!’

Rising emo-pop stars The Post Romantics today share new single ‘LEFT4DEAD!’ alongside a video for the track. Released on DEADBOYSCLUB records, ‘LEFT4DEAD!’ is the band’s first single since their highly praised 2020 release ‘bad friend’ made them Kerrang! Radio’s “Featured Artist of The Week”.

Evan Wright (Solitaire Recordings, ffo Kurt Vile, Cory Hanson) | Shares single and announces album

This new body of work comes entirely mixed, produced and recorded by Evan, partially in his NY apartment before he had to decamp to his parents’ place in NJ due to Covid (which is where he ultimately completed it). It’s a lovely fusion of country-folk-tinged psychedelia, it definitely holds some comparison with the likes of Andy Shauf and Cut Worms, but also with the slightly more psych-indie shades of Beach Fossils, Jacco Gardner and Cory Hanson. It’s a pretty fun sound, and I think this first single is a really great intro to what Evan is trying to do with this record. His voice has this great way of gleaning over pools of washy guitar and electronic drum beats to present a somewhat hypnotic feel. Lyrically it presents this rearview reflection of friendships and why people disappear and how close friends suddenly become strangers all of a sudden – it’s a nostalgic, pensive look at the ineluctable changes in relationships.

Listen to nikolaj grandjean’s highly anticipated album

After a lively and varied musical career over the past 20 years, including hit singles in Portuguese-speaking countries, film music for TV shows and a collaboration with Danish actor Hr Skæg, Danish singer and songwriter nikolaj grandjean has now released his latest album The Wide Open – an Americana-inspired album with songs that revolve around the many challenges and facets of love.

The Danish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist nikolaj grandjean is one of a kind in Danish music, who has come a long way in this world in music and through collaborations with other creative souls. As a songwriter, guitarist and co-singer in the band, grandjean released three albums and received two Danish Grammy nominations before releasing his first solo album Carrying Stars under the name n* grandjean in 2008. The album was a great success, not least the single, “Heroes And Saints”, which became a hit in Brazil and Portugal, and “Shift To Reverse”, which also gained prominence through its appearance on the TV show “House Of Lies”.

Apocraphe – No Way Out Single & Video

In the final lead up to the release of the album ‘The Escapist Handbook’ on the 1st June, Apocraphe presents his third single from the project, this time featuring young Toulouse (France) up-and-comer Misiek of Les Autres (CMF Records).

Lost Division – Cuts And Scars

Finnish Oulu-based female fronted hard rock band Lost Division is set to release their debut album Cuts And Scars on May 28th 2021 via Inverse Records.

Lost Division is founded in Oulu, Finland back in 2015. Their first single release Wish You Were Dead was released in 2018 by Inverse Records. In 2019 their singer changed and they started to compose material for the upcoming debut album which was recorded in 2020. The album is recorded at Liiteri Sudios and it is mixed by Mika Lammassaari at Demolition Center Studios. Mastering is handled by Stefan Pommerin at Illusia Productions.

MAPLE GLIDER – Shares delicate new single & video ‘Baby Tiger’

On “Baby Tiger,” Zietsch elaborates: “‘Baby Tiger’ was written soon after I’d returned home from Brighton. I was really struggling with my mental health, but I was going out and kind of using dating as a distraction from dealing with it. It never really worked. I’d just end up feeling worse when I was alone. Coriander hates closed doors. She’ll always want to know what you’re doing on the other side. It kind of became comforting to hear her scratch at my door. It was something that felt constant and unwavering and regular at a time when I was a bit vacant. Her energy made me feel lighter. I’m very detached from the ‘man’ I address in the song, but I beg for him to comfort me. Though I am feeling unwell, I am pretty certain that it is temporary. I know that ‘I’ll come back to me soon.’ My housemate says she sees this as a kind of happy song because it features Coriander, and I really love that perspective, because even though I was in a bad place when I wrote it, there is an element of hopefulness.”


New England, USA – From Anaria’s ‘Sessions’ series, symphonic metal band Anaria releases their stripped-down acoustic version of “Leaving You Behind”. Anaria’s power ordinarily finds itself exploding into their full orchestral delivery but there are times when the band likes to take their full sound and peel back all the layers. This allows the band to offer their listeners a taste of Anaria music from the heart of uncomplicated truth. A pure and simple truth. “Leaving You Behind” is such a clear vision presented to really hear everything Anaria brings.

RVBY unveils music video for her latest single ‘Glitter’

When speaking about her new single RVBY explains, “I’m chasing this physical ‘sparkle’ on a journey. The meaning behind my new single is that I’m chasing this dream which in the video takes the form of a moving magical cluster. The sparkle is calling me to follow it and it symbolises something I really want.”.