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Zoe Wees – who was named as “One To Watch” in this recent Billboard article – explains, “This is a song about losing someone you really love and feel close to. It’s dedicated to my great-grandmother, who sadly passed away. She was such a strong woman and the funniest person I knew, and I can still feel her great energy. She is my inspiration and I know she is still here.”


“I’ve been drawn to Country music since I was handed my first guitar at nine years old,” said Alexander. “So many other styles of music try to sell a dream or something you need to attain. But in Country music, the dream is already here. You’re living it. You don’t need a big house or a bunch of cars; you can be happy with the blessings you already have in life. For someone who’s always on the road, it was Country music that helped get me through the tough times. It’s always reminded me to take a breath and be grateful for how good things really are.”

Grammy-winning artist Michael League shares new single “In Your Mouth”; debut solo album So Many Me out 6/25

“Politicians often foment the actualization of some of our ugliest impulses as humans,” says League. “This song is about the desire to return the favor.” Directed by Jep Jorba, the music video features residents of a small village outside of Barcelona dressed in wearable paper sculptures by artist Aloma Lafontana (Rosalía, Rita Payés).

Betta Lemme longs for human connection in “Ce Soir” out now via Ultra Music

There’s something about the way Betta Lemme effortlessly layers introspective lyricism over beats you can dance and cry to that has critics raving around the globe, from Cosmopolitan (Italy) and ELLE (France) to NYLON, PAPER, among others in the US. Tenaciously diving into the industry despite a music school rejection, the trilingual singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has never backed down. Since co-writing and lending vocals on Sofi Tukker’s “Awoo” and releasing her first track in 2018, the rising star has cemented herself as a visionary with no bounds—blending genres and pulling from classical composition to Europop and creating club-friendly bangers that examine the human condition and our most intimate thoughts.


American Songwriter exclusively premiered “No Man”: “…genre-fluidity is still apparent in her artistry. The concept of “No Man” began as a Blues song, but as anger reared its head, “No Man” evolved into a transcendent rock track, leaning into electronic influences to better tell her story.”

Daily Discovery: Emily Wolfe Rejects Oppressive Masculinity with New Song “No Man”

Penfriend releases debut album ‘Exotic Monsters’

Exotic Monsters builds on Kidd’s accomplished ear for melody and ambitious production style, marrying disparate influences from Tanya Donelly, Juliana Hatfield and Nevermind-era Nirvana to the gritty tension of Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer and synth soundscapes of Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears and Sylvan Esso.

Samantha Margret Releases Alluring New Single “The Party”

Singer-songwriter Samantha Margret has released her spirited and carefree new single “The Party.” Mirroring old Hollywood glamour with a flirtatious demeanor, the track rings of seductive musicality. With subtle chirps of saxophone combined with hoppy lyrics, Margret delivers a playfully canny and sophisticated piece of music with a music video soon to follow. “The Party” is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.


Kidd Kenn, the 18-year-old critically acclaimed Chicago hip-hop sensation who has forged his own unique path and has created a safe space through his music for himself and his fans, releases his new single, “Moves” featuring Rico Nasty, available today via 4th & Broadway/Island Records. “Moves,” produced by OG Parker and Pooh Beatz (Nicki Minaj, DaBaby, Migos) is the first single from Kidd Kenn’s forthcoming EP, PROBLEM CHILD, due to arrive on June 11th.

New Signing Boy Willows Shares “Tuff”; Watch The Official Music Video Here       

In art, the balance between light and dark conveys emotion, conceptualizes thought, and transcends language. To mold it with intent and focus it into a singular message is a distinctive skill. Meet Landon Fleischman, the Los Angeles-via-Maryland musician who records as Boy Willows. The vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist makes music that is spacious and special; his songs, while about specific experiences and moments, also capture those unique, diaphanous moments that seem to only exist in memory: the feeling of the sun filtering through threadbare curtains, or club lights captured from behind the eyelids.

Ross Copperman Delivers Solo Project with EP: ‘Somewhere There’s A Light On’

“It’s been a joy to release tracks from Somewhere There’s A Light On over the past weeks,” expresses Copperman. “I’m so grateful for the life lived both personally and professionally between my own solo recordings. It has been so exciting and maybe a little nerve-wracking but I’m excited to re-introduce myself with these songs and can’t wait to get on the road this fall and play them live!”

Listen to “Fight” the 1st single from Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars) solo release A Meaningful Connection

Pete Hamill starts his liner notes for Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks this way: “In the end, the plague touched us all.” I’ll start there, too. Goddamn, we’re all beat up. A wreck of a nation. A wreck of a world. A wreck that has been reassembled with screws missing and busted corners and a bad tilt. What remains—what carried me and carries me—is good art. Andrew Bryant’s voice is one I’m consistently thankful for, and I’m more thankful for it than ever in this time of feeling scraped out and ruined. On this new album, A Meaningful Connection, he’s constantly tangling with his wants and needs and fears. He Whitman-wanders through his own wreckage. He’s “looking at the quarrel of the self,” as Hamill said of Dylan. What better way to make sense of things?

Song Premiere: Andrew Bryant, “Fight”

Hip-Hop Artist MoThoro Releases “HOW TO BE A PLAYER” – Out Now!

It’s been said action is part confidence, part courage and part tenacity. Los Angeles-based rapper MoThoro validates this statement in his latest single “HOW TO BE A PLAYER.” Produced by Virginia native DJ CeeHudd and featuring fellow Angeleno rapper RepXL, “HOW TO BE A PLAYER” is MoThoro’s second release off his upcoming album Now or Never, out July 16, 2021. The feel-good hip-hop track and accompanying music video are OUT NOW!

Band Of Silver Share Lyric Video for Latest Single “Caught in the Headlights”

Band Of Silver—made up of Avery Silvernagel (vocals), Alex Silvernagel (guitar and vocals), and Evan Silvernagel (drums)—are an alternative pop trio out of Nashville. Their music blurs the lines between alternative rock, 80’s new wave, and modern pop, and their explosive, electrifying performances hint at everything from Def Leppard and Madonna to Weezer and Panic! At The Disco.

WANDERER: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Marionette” Video

WANDERER is extremely excited to finally release a record that saw many delays due to the global pandemic. Delivering ten caustic tracks in just over twenty-three minutes, the lyrics discuss topics such as escapism, suicide, self-reflection, the concept of beauty, and existential trauma.

Free Your Limbs from the Puppetmaster’s Grip with WANDERER “Marionette”

Charlie Worsham’s “Believe In Love” debuts today; official music video premieres at CMT

Reflecting on the song, Worsham shares, “‘Believe In Love’ takes me to Worsham Service Center, to stopping by after school and visiting with my Nanny and Papaw, who ran the shop. It takes me to dozing off in the pew of Emmanuel Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, my mom letting me nap during the sermon. It takes me through all the great dogs our family has known. These are the landmarks, the road map I was sent into the world with, from a family and community that raised me to know and value love. And most importantly, it was these landmarks that steered me to Kristen, marriage, and parenthood. I’m now in that chapter of life where I get to help map out new landmarks for our son as he grows up. ‘Believe In Love’ is where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going.”

The Hilo Hi-Flyers Release New Single “That Old Hawaiian Moon

The Hilo Hi-Flyers are an exotic jazz band based in Southern California. Their unique sound follows in the tropical tradition of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, while blending elements of Hot Swing and Rat Pack era Jazz. One of the band’s standout qualities is their focus on creating a vibe that transports the listener, much like that of a classic film score. This is why the use of exotic instruments is so essential. Anyone who enjoys a tropical cocktail and a sonic vacation will surely appreciate The Hilo Hi-Flyers.


Dempsey says, “”picture perfect” is about how life is not like the movies, romance is never laid out for you and it doesn’t ever go perfectly. but with some true effort it can still be “picture perfect”.”

#NewMusicFriday: Kool Keith Drops New Single “Pipes”

Written with a libidinal urgency that has come to characterize Kool Keith’s legendary lyricism, Keith’s Salon explores our current obsessions with luxury, beauty, and notoriety. But rather than fetishize the beautiful dum-dums who walk red carpets in black Prada gowns, Kool Keith’s most recent studio album shifts our attention to the work and workers that underpin our fantasies of American excess and the good life. As such, the album is also a timely meditation, during quarantine, on the economic precarity many of us now find ourselves in. Having teamed up with Triple Parked, the production duo of avant-techno maven Bruno Pronsato and Benjamin Jay Keith’s Salon moves between halcyon sonics and atonal warlord dystopia, while keeping beats minimal for Kool Keith to spread extra ketchup on the hamburger.

After Cancer Recovery & Mental Health Struggles Andrei Lucas Shares Defiant, Upbeat New Single & EP

Electro-Pop newcomer Andrei Lucas returns with his new single ‘London Baby’, a single released alongside his debut EP ‘Paradise Passé’ set for release May 21st. The now London-based songwriter and producer takes inspiration from his multicultural background having grown up in Romania before learning English in Canada in his early teens. A constant source of musical inspiration, his background allows him to draw upon his many influences and give his music a distinctive sound.


After teasing its arrival throughout the week, GRAMMY nominated Nashville band Old Dominion have just released their brand-new single “I Was On A Boat That Day.” It marks the group’s first new music since their 2019 self-titled third full-length album, Old Dominion—which became their second straight #1 bow on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200.

Listen to our new single “Grace”

Our vulnerable and haunting new song “Grace” is the first from the upcoming album, and our last anonymous release as we look to further connect with our fanbase, revealing who we are and what we look like. “Grace” is our most personal song to date and it’s out everywhere now.

Dive Index’s new remix LP is streaming everywhere today

Refolded: Waving At Airplanes Remixes is the sixth full-length album from electronic composer/producer Will Thomas’ collaborative Dive Index project. The original Waving At Airplanes appeared last spring, at the height of the early pandemic turmoil. Exposé Online described it as “stellar, full of imaginative touches and interesting echoes,” while Electronic Sound compared it to “reading a short novel, energies and perspectives shifting throughout.”

Pete Tong Future Stars’ ‘Tibasko’ release ‘The One’ out now

Over the last three years, London duo Ken Petalcorin and Andy Bowden better known collectively as TIBASKO, have been creating heat with an appetite for their productions and a deal of attention coming from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Jaguar, Ben Malone and more.

As they continue on their inspiring trajectory, the young pair drop new single, ‘The One’ out May 21st. Released via Another Rhythm in partnership with Three Six Zero Recordings, the powerful euphoric track is an exercise in tension arguably beyond their years and affirms TIBASKO as one of 2021’s breakout artists to watch.


“The past year has been a difficult one. People have lost their loved ones, jobs and livelihoods. Hope has been replaced by fear, anxiety and uncertainty. We have all been forced to live our lives in isolation, detached both physically and mentally. This song is about all those feelings. An inner dialogue of hope and hopelessness. During this time, music has been a source of comfort and solace. Something to rely on and return to. And while we have become withdrawn and reticent, our music tolls now ever stronger,” states INSOMNIUM guitarist Ville Friman.

Mannequin Pussy New EP ‘Perfect’ Out Now

At the start of 2020, everything was looking up for Mannequin Pussy. The band had released their third album, Patience, and was touring steadily behind it. After nearly a decade of playing, the band finally had gotten the chance to turn music into a full-time occupation. And then, COVID-19 reached the United States, rescinding life as many people knew it. For a while, it seemed like maybe the lull would be temporary, a brief pause before things could resume as they were. And then the numbers ballooned, and the months stretched on, and memories of rooms packed with strangers started to feel alien, dangerous even in imagination. Mannequin Pussy’s new Perfect EP bursts forth from those sprawling months of social isolation and internet-fueled anxiety.

LIVINGMORE Sophomore Studio Album ‘Take Me’ Out Now!

Anchored by glossy guitar and under the glow of neon keys, Livingmore convert kinetic motion into instantly irresistible rock anthems that shimmer, shine, and soar all at once. The four-piece — Alex Moore [vocals/guitar], Spencer Livingston [guitar/vocals], Mike Schadel [drums/keys], and Rodrigo Moreno [bass] — is ready to move listeners more than ever with Take Me. Produced by Schadel and mixed and mastered by Josiah Mazzaschi (Built To Spill, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Light FM), the new album, recorded at Livingmore’s own studio, has received early support from PopMatters, American Songwriter, Culture Collide, Atwood Magazine, Glide Magazine, Buzz Bands and more.

Smash Into Pieces release brand new video ‘Broken Parts’

Continuing their episodic storytelling after three adrenaline-fuelled instalments, ‘Rise Up’, ‘Real One’ and recent double instalment ‘VR’ featuring the tracks ‘My Wildest Dream’ and ‘Bangarang’, ‘Broken Parts’ is the fourth episode of their hi-tech second season of Arcadia World. Velvety melodies and dream-like electronics collide with a thunderous soaring chorus that sees their protagonist face a difficult choice at a fork in the road. Watch the futuristic video here.


Coming off the release of his 2019 breakthrough EP B.L.I.S.S. (Because Love Is So Special) with hit tracks “Hills” and “Crush” which have racked up over 100 millions streams across all platforms, “DRUGS” explores the ebbs and flows that come with a toxic relationship and wanting someone who is not good for you. Written by Souly himself, the mid-tempo track is produced by Hennedub who is best known for his work with Jessie Reyez and 6LACK. “This single compares a relationship to addictive substances. The first verse explores each persons’ faults and dives deep into a specific situation pushing further into the most negative aspects of the relationship. The second verse is the flip side by going back in time to the honeymoon phase and the beginning of this addictive relationship, foreshadowing the worst to come,” said Souly.


Having amassed success spanning over three decades for his pioneering milestones and culturally-shaping achievements in the space of Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop, and more, Cham (p.k.a Baby Cham) has crafted an undisputable legacy that remains peerless to the greatest in class. Today the multi Grammy Award-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist unleashes the highly anticipated visual to his fiery single “Lock Down.” Lock Down takes on its masterful flare from the Clockwork Riddim, which is produced by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Bolt, in a few short years, has shown that there is nothing off the table for him, and that success follows in every endeavor as long as passion is upheld.

Sweet Imperfections bring an undeniable light in dark times

Even though Bri Schillings had an emerging presence in the San Diego music scene with consistent gigs and a full fledged EP out in the world, there was something in her heart that was breaking. She felt alone, unseen, and unloved in her relationships and life. This struggle led her to fall back to a dark place and a life threatening eating disorder. The only place she could turn to at the time was music. So after pouring her heart into creating songs of nature, empowerment, and hope, and meeting the love of her life, Schillings resurrected from that catatonic state and worked to bring light back into such a dark place. The result of that is the ME is Better with WE, a work filled to the brim with lush violins and poignant piano work. These set the backdrop for Schillings’ earnest yet powerful vocals calling out for unity and compassion.

Exclusive Premiere: Stream Sweet Imperfections’ Debut Album “ME is Better with WE”


The four-track EP highlights the dynamics of Melvoni’s inimitable signature sound. Clean guitar bristles up against on melodic rhymes on “Million Dollar Peasant” as his voice echoes on the chantable chorus. Meanwhile, he pulls up over trap piano on “Call” with slick storytelling as he urges, “If you ever feel alone, just give me a call.” For the explosive finale “Blaze of Glory,” he bodies a skittering beat with commanding and confident bars.


Julie Says, is a new single and EP by American indie-band Cave States, formed by Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner, and Todd Schnitzer. The songs were written, recorded and mixed at Todd Schnitzer’s Popscreen Studios.