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Today, Lav shares a powerful double release which combines an original track called “Sardine Song” and a cover of Sparklehorse’s “Spirit Ditch”.
“Sparklehorse and Mark Linkous has inspired my writing style and got me through a very dark time” says Lav.
David Duchovny To Release Third Album Gestureland August 20th
August 20th (GMG/King Baby). The set is the follow-up to Every Third Thought (2018) that All Music called “eloquent, alt-rock-kissed country-folk in the vein of Wilco and the Wallflowers.”
Gestureland builds on the musical and lyrical themes of its predecessor while exploring some new territory as heard on the first single ‘Layin’ On The Tracks.’ Duchovny felt passionately about putting a song out around the election as the country braced. It premiered on Rolling Stone.com and of the track he says: “I just wanted to go on record in a way that was both personal and political.” The songwriting for Gestureland is indeed a mix of political and personal exploring how people are more immersed in a virtual world, everyone making gestures rather than truly connecting.
GOLDFORD SHARES THE CINEMATIC NEW VIDEO TO ‘DREAMS OF SUMMERTIME’
Goldford’s recent singles ‘Dreams Of Summertime’ and ‘Ride The Storm’ have demonstrated the artist’s whole-hearted approach to writing: songs that chart deeply personal tales of life’s challenges, but crafted in a way that’s universal enough for people to connect them to their own experiences. They’re brought to life by a voice that’s clearly lived through everything he sings about, a voice with a tender, velvety soul but also a gravelly tenacity.
THE FRONT BOTTOMS TEAM UP WITH BLINK-182’S MATT SKIBA ON NEW SINGLE “VOODOO MAGIC”
Fueled By Ramen band The Front Bottoms have released a new single “Voodoo Magic.” The track is available today on all streaming platforms with an accompanying animated music video streaming on The Front Bottoms’ YouTube channel.
“Day in, day out. The same old voodoo follows us about,” remarked The Front Bottoms’ Brian Sella and Mathew Uychich.
POWERWOLF Releases New Single + Music Video “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend” ft. Alissa White-Gluz
2021 is once again completely under the spell of the wolves: With the announcement of their new studio album, Call Of The Wild, POWERWOLF, the high priests of heavy metal, have turned the heads of fans and critics internationally and hereby seamlessly continue on their unique success story!
Along with a powerful video starring Alissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY and Falk Maria Schlegel, they are more than ready to present a brand new version of their hit single “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. If the original version of the thrilling track already managed to reach over 50 million streams across platforms, the exciting new version will set the international heavy metal world on fire!
SLEEPING DOGS marks the new spinoff project of the late 90’s SoCal group WANK who first made their mark in 1998 with their debut album on Maverick Records, which featured “Larry Brown” (produced by Mike Ness) and the KROQ hit “Forgiven.”
SLEEPING DOGS features WANK members Bobby Amodeo (bass, vocals), Danny Walker (lead guitar), Higgins X-13 (guitar), formerly of The Offspring, and Spider (drums), along with newly added keyboardist George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley).
PWNT (support from NPR, Complex, ffo Pond, Hether) | Shares new single / Album out June 25
Galanopoulos, although new to releasing solo material, has actually worked on the US live circuit for over a decade now, performing as one half of Hether and as a drummer with the likes of Joni, Adam Lambert and Magic Giant, playing at Coachella and Bottlerock. To musical world of PWNT (an acronym for Play What’s Not There – the Miles Davis quote) sits amongst the like of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Crumb, Pond, and that vein of glistening, pop-leaning psych.
LANTLOS release second single ‘Magnolia’
LANTLOS are now releasing the magically catchy tune ‘Magnolia’ as the second single taken from their forthcoming album “Wildhund” (“Wild Dog”), which is scheduled to hit stores on July 30, 2021. The German alternative metal project headed by multi-instrumentalist Markus Siegenhort has previously revealed cover art, tracklist, and further details of the new full-length, which can all be viewed below.
José González stands up for reason and against dogma on new song/video, “Head On”
“I wrote ‘Head On’ as a combat song or a list of instructions…a manual. I mean both ‘straight ahead’ and head ON – as in switching on your mind,” says González. “It was inspired by Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’ and the way I used to write lyrics for my hardcore band. It’s also in the vein of my song ‘What Will’ from 2015. That one and this one are both anti-dogma, pro reason songs. Some of the terms I use like ‘rent seeker’ or ‘value extractor,’ are from books on economics that I’ve been reading, like The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato.”
With this year’s video game hardware sales up 81% compared to the previous year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best Cities for Gamers, as well as accompanying videos.
LIP TALK–the solo moniker of Sarah K. Pedinotti, an experimental pop producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York—today, shared her new single and music video “Bargain Day”. “It depicts a world in which ‘living on the outside’ is unachievable and the fantasy of counterculture life is instantly subverted, and woven back into the matrix” says Pedinotti, “Bargain Day is about the façade of equity and the ways in which inequality, exploitation and illusion are built into the core of American capitalism. When every day is bargain day, the bargains become vampires, sucking our attention, feeding off our longings with promises of happiness. It’s a satirical song. And I love Josh Karpeh’s (of Cautious Clay) sax solo.”
“This song is important because of how relatable it is. We are all still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, whether you are still living in lockdown like in Toronto, or you are experiencing the aftermath of the shift in culture that took place as a result. Covid-19 has affected us all. I wanted to create a song that shed light on this so none of us felt alone in trying to get through it.”
Christen Lien shares “Breathless” featuring Ari Afsar (American Idol, Hamilton) single + video, out now
Christen Lien and Ari Afsar (Hamilton, American Idol) have teamed up on new single, “Breathless,” out today. Lien, a contemporary classical musician who creates stunning, emotional work based around the viola and use of loop and effects pedals, creates the instrumental landscape for Afsar’s tender vocals to soar, creating a deep and introspective tune that leaves a lasting mark. The accompanying music video pairs director Heather Gildroy with creative director Dilly Gent (Phoebe Bridgers, Radiohead) to create this stunning companion piece, made by an all-star cast of women. – Photo credit: Heather Gildroy
AC/DC CAST THEIR “WITCH’S SPELL”
Directed, edited and animated by Wolf & Crow using band performance footage shot by Clemens Habicht, the band and their creative director Josh Cheuse have brought this stand out track from POWER UP to life.
Melodic Death Metal Artist PLAGUESTORM Unleashes Brand New Music Video! “Purifying Fire” Out Now on Noble Demon!
Today, Argentinian melodic death metal solo artist PLAGUESTORM unleashes his blistering sophomore full length record via Noble Demon. Founded by Sebastián Pastor in early 2014, on “Purifying Fire” PLAGUESTORM continues to spread his blend of sweeping melodies, heavy, dark and melancholic arrangements, while mixing the old and new Scandinavian sound of Death Metal, as if it were based on a Swedish manufacturing standard.
DESTROY BOYS RELEASE THEIR NEW SINGLE “DRINK” PRODUCED AND MIXED BY WILL YIP
Northern California’s Destroy Boys are excited to announce the release of their single “Drink”, produced and mixed by Will Yip (Mannequin Pussy, The Menzingers, Quicksand, Code Orange etc.) out now via Hopeless Records. Being keenly in tune with issues such as
The always-evolving DOPESICK has returned with a crushing new single, “Day Eraser,” and as does the explosive music video, produced and conceptualized by Wacy Jahn of Film/Facer.
Driven by potent guitar riffs, groove-tinged basslines and thrash infused drum sections, “Day Eraser” is one of, if not the, heaviest the California troop has ever sounded, while also remaining catchy with an energetic swagger. The track is a dark and atmospheric thrill ride that takes aim at the negativity people encounter in everyday life.
“People who waste your time and energy are day erasers,” says DOPESICK mastermind Adam Albright. “‘Day Eraser’ has a hypnotic heaviness to it like Hannibal Lecter to your face.”
On May 28, 2021, Swiss-German duo BOY returned with their first new music since 2015’s We Were Here. Released by Groenland Records and SilverDoor Music, “FIT BACK IN” is an emotionally complex but typically bewitching teaser for their as yet unfinished, untitled third studio album. Showcasing their distinctive bittersweet style, with Valeska Steiner’s enviably charming vocals riding Sonja Glass’ delicately arranged composition, the song’s like running into an old friend you’ve not seen for ages and suddenly remembering just how much you’ve missed them.