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Kitner “Beth Israel” Single
Sometimes the smallest moments can be the jumping point for bigger things to come. For example, the beginning of Kitner starts over sharing beers with a co-worker while gushing about The Get Up Kids. Six years later, the Boston based emo-punk band is gearing up to release their debut full length, Shake the Spins. Ironically or maybe even intentionally, Shake the Spins, sounds just like the type of album that would serve as the soundtrack for a couple of friends drinking while bonding over music. “Beth Israel” is the lead single from the album and the band put together a Replacements inspired lyric video for it that is currently streaming at The Alternative. Kitner will release Shake the Spins on Relief Map Records on October 1st, 2021. Vinyl preorders for Shake the Spins are available now from Relief Map Records.
“Wink World” Creator Chris Wink Debuts Original Music Video For “Loving Tone” By Singer-Songwriter Lucy Weld
Experience Designer Chris Wink introduces an original music video for the song “Loving Tone” by up-and-coming singer-songwriter Lucy Weld. The vibrantly colorful video was filmed inside “Wink World: Portals Into the Infinite,” which Wink describes as “a hybrid between a psychedelic art house and a carnival fun house” located inside Las Vegas’ new immersive art and entertainment district, AREA15.
OSS (feat. Alex Paterson of THE ORB) releasing “Enter the Kettle” in October
Enter The Kettle is the second album on Orbscure/Cooking Vinyl, the new label from The Orb’s Alex Paterson. It’s primarily a duo LP with him and old friend Fil Le Gonidec, who together are OSS.
OSS have played at Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, supported Kraftwerk and played chess with Robbie Williams, who also stole their speed.
SKEPTA RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “NIRVANA” FEATURING J BALVIN
In anticipation of the release of his highly anticipated All In EP (coming tomorrow, July 30th, via Boy Better Know), Skepta today reveals the first single from the project. Featuring production from JAE5, “Nirvana” is set to be one of Skepta’s biggest global tracks to date. It sees Skepta teaming up with Colombian superstar J Balvin, whose feature crowns a Latin American influenced anthem inspired by the time Skepta spent in the region.
RUIN: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Slow Degradation” As Spread Plague Death LP
Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Slow Degradation,” the new single from Phelan, California-based death metal collective, RUIN. The track has been issued ahead of the band’s new Spread Plague Death LP, set for August release through Nameless Grave Records.
Artist: Careful, Brother – Album: A Thousand Weeks
This dynamic indie-folk trio is a by-product of lockdown and has been featured in Brooklyn Vegan, Music Bugle, and more. Including members of Get Married, The Moore Family Band, and Rove., they have garnered a dedicated local following across multiple genres and are ready to dive into their latest project head-first.
Viserion release “Vaporized”
New York black metal band VISERION have released their single “Vaporized” via Metal-Rules. The song is taken from “Natural Selection” which will be released on August 13th.
The band commented “Vaporized” details the horrific aftermath witnessed by a survivor of an atomic explosion. The instrumentation represents the apocalyptic destruction and darkness that follows the blast.”
FLOOD on 25 Years of Vagrant Records with Chris Carrabba & Matt Pryor
When it comes to punk, emo, and hardcore, Vagrant Records is one of the most important record labels in existence, having put out dozens of seminal albums within those genres. In celebration of the label’s 25th anniversary, they recently launched the Vagrant Records: 25 Years on the Streets podcast, which sees host Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids having in-depth conversations about the culture with Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Trever Keith (Face to Face), as well as members of Thrice, The Hold Steady, and Manchester Orchestra, to form a holistic picture of the label from fans, friends, and peers.
Jordi Up Late Shares “IDRK” + Music Video
On the track, Jordi says: “More than anything ‘IDRK’ is about being honest with myself. I’ve been in lust and I’ve maybe loved people from afar but I’ve never fallen in love, told them, and meant it. I’m coming to terms with the fact that sex, for me, can create the illusion of intimacy where lust and love become tangled and confused. In truth ‘I don’t really know’ what it is to fall deeply for someone on a mental and physical level. I’ve only experienced one or the other. Writing this song meant coming to terms with that and singing it keeps me self aware, reminding me what it is I’m ready and looking for”
Lila Iké Delivers Call-To-Action Message To Protect Our Children in Brand New Single “Batty Rider Shorts”- Listen Now!
Lila Iké continues to turn heads as one of the most promising stars. The fast-rising songbird hailing from Jamaica unleashes her first single “Batty Rider Shorts” since the release of her 2020 debut EP The Experience. The powerful song (produced by Ziah .Push) carries an important message of responsibility to protect and nurture our youth.
Just Tommy – New Video “Happy”
After releasing his stunning version of Pharrell Williams single for “Happy”, Just Tommy has followed it up with an incredibly fun and unique video worthy of this infectious groove that is out now. The singer-songwriter from Tempe, AZ., has an innate ability to inspire and motivate through action and his video for “Happy” is no exception.
Vents Magazine Premiere’s Matt Jaffe’s New Single Release “Save Your Sorrow”
Jaffe explained to Vents Magazine the meaning behind his latest single, “Save Your Sorrow”, in which we can all relate to in one way or another. “Sometimes songwriting feels like hacking at a piece of stone forever until a worthwhile song emerges properly sculpted, but “Save Your Sorrow” is a song that arrived as if premade, collected from the air. The lyrics and the title line serve as a mantra for me. What is actionable? And what expression of mourning is productive? It’s a song about regretting regret. As much about the response to sadness as it is about the sadness itself. Despite the somber feeling, it’s actually a call to arms.”
Adelaide’s Pinkish Blu release their new EP ‘people just do good things sometimes’ today. The EP is a collection of authentic, romantic and nostalgic indie-pop songs that will delight fans of alt-pop artists such as The 1975 and Owl City.
Australian media have already embraced tracks from the EP including ‘Start A Band’, ‘Backward’ which was added to Triple j rotation, and emotive new single ‘Old Blue’. On their new EP the all male four-piece band are open and vulnerable with their stories and lyricism.
AIDAN BISSETT SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO, “SO HIGH”
Born in Florida, Bissett was raised on classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. He moved to Oregon with his family when he was five and started playing electric guitar in second grade. By the time his family moved back to Florida, he was a teen. Enamored with indie rock, he began teaching himself to produce his own music. Channeling the pressures, anxieties and wildly heightened emotions of adolescence into songs, Bissett has forged a high-energy breed of indie-pop built on his shimmering guitar work, heart-on-sleeve sincerity and self-effacing humor.
CUTWORM: Denver heavy industrial/darkwave unit debuts video for “Apostasy” at Post-Punk.com
“The story starts with ‘Apostasy’ and ends with ‘Means of Control.’ The story behind the videos is mostly about the cycle of creation. For my process when it comes to making music, art, etc., I prefer to be alone when I do it, hence the character in ‘Apostasy’ walking a great distance to find a place to create. I suppose the character’s process could be interpreted as the usual trial and error before he realizes what he’s creating consumes him. Then in the ‘Means of Control’ video (which will be released later) that character is basically undoing the errors of the character from ‘Apostasy.'”
OSCAR OSCAR returns with intimate new single + video for ‘Set In Stone’
After a short hiatus, Oscar Oscar returns with ‘Set In Stone’, showcasing his evolving sound of intelligent electronic music; bridging the gap between bedroom pop and alternative electronica. Known for evoking the sensibilities with delicate and atmospheric soundscapes, ‘Set In Stone’ however, pulsates a darker, provocative tone. The release is an exploration of his subconsciousness and of new sounds.
KAYMA ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP
Introducing Tel Aviv’s hottest new act: KAYMA. Fronted by the commercially successful multi-instrumentalist/producer Ori Toledano (known for writing and producing music for some of the world’s largest brands under the pseudonym Snowstar.Company), KAYMA is an edgy pop project with an irresistibly catchy Top 40 feel.
Video Out Today from MIHI NIHIL
MIHI NIHIL (say: Mee-Kee Nee-Keel), a Los Angeles based act who just released their self-titled album April 15th, unveiled their music video for the closing track on the LP, “Ticking Clocks.”
Canadian Doom/Punk/Psychedelic band Slowpoke stream the second single – “Slumlord” from their debut self-titled album via The Ripple Effect which will be released on all platforms on July 31st.
Jimmie Allen Unveils “Freedom Was A Highway” Music Video
“Freedom Was A Highway” is currently Top 20 at Country radio and has garnered more than 20 million on-demand streams. The breezy, windows down tune was hailed No. 1 on Taste of Country’s 10 Hottest Songs For Summer 2021 as well as featured on Country Now’s 13 Best Country Songs of Summer 2021.
ISAIAH RASHAD MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN ON NEW LP THE HOUSE IS BURNING
Today, Top Dawg Entertainment star Isaiah Rashad returns with The House Is Burning, a mesmerizing album full of emotional raps, dream-like production, and guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Duke Deuce, 6LACK, Smino, and more. It’s been nearly five years since the release of his critically acclaimed album The Sun’s Tirade, but this new record reaffirms Rashad’s status as one of rap’s most gifted storytellers.
X AMBASSADORS RELEASE NEW SONG “OKAY” AND ANNOUNCE ALBUM RELEASE DATE
Today, multi-platinum-selling rock band X Ambassadors share a new song called “Okay.” Released via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, “Okay” follows the June release of their darkly cinematic track “My Own Monster” whose black-and-white visual finds Harris performing a choreographed routine with his own shadow.
JAMAICAN ARTIST PROJEXX OWNS THE SUMMER WITH NEW SONG AND VIDEO “UNDA PRESSURE” FEATURING TOIAN
Jamaica native and one of the most captivating prospects the country has seen in recent memory, Projexx links with fellow Jamaican and song maven Toian for a new scorcher, “Unda Pressure.” The two artists bring the heat for a mid-summer celebration and show both of them as the stars they’re evolving into. Shot in Miami, the new video depicts Projexx and Toian connecting for an unforgettable night in the magic city, complete with the skyline in the background and their palpable chemistry on full display.
“I’m really excited to share the second single from my upcoming ‘Motions’ EP,” says Freddie. “This song was written over two years ago, which is crazy to think. It’s always been one that I’ve wanted to get out so to be finally release it feels incredible, and the timing couldn’t be better.”
ArrDee drops cold new single ‘Jiggy (Whiz)’
Underpinned by a cold drill beat, ‘Jiggy (Whiz)’ sees ArrDee shift away from the playful vibes that characterise his recent output, with the Brighton-born artist showing his versatility by delivering darker, hard-hitting vocals to match the production. It’s straight-up party vibes in the accompanying official video, with the cheeky chappie and his contingent rocking up to a mansion party and cranking the energy up a few notches.
AQUILO SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘OUR BONES TURN TO STONE’ – WATCH HERE
Directed by Blake Temple (Niall Horan, Mabel), the ‘Our Bones Turn To Stone’ video sees Aquilo work with a family of model makers continuing the theme from the Out In LA video. They constructed an intricately detailed model village of their hometown of Silverdale which they’re using as a visual representation of ‘A Safe Place To Be’.
US Group RESIDUAL SELF Release New Official Video For ‘Mistress Of Pain’
US hard rock band Residual Self have released a new official video for the track Mistress Of Pain. The song is the second track from their recent album Revenge, released via Sliptrick Records on April 27th.
ZUZU announces debut album “Queensway Tunnel” and shares new single “My Old Life” | “Queensway Tunnel” out Nov 12th
“This last 18 months have brought about some of the biggest changes in my life. I’ve had to learn how to set boundaries. Learn how to walk away from people and how to let people walk away from me. This song is about a particular period I had to dig really deep to find enough self-worth to move on from an emotionally exhausting situation that – at the time – felt like the end of the world. It’s about pushing through those dark times and coming out stronger and wiser. Writing ‘My Old Life’ really helped me to shake off all of the toxic energy I was holding onto and truly let go.”
After 2 years since their last release (that wasn’t a Christmas single), the UK Indie-Punk outfit, Brutalligators, are back with their brand new single, Coffee & Codeine. Released today through Beth Shalom Records. Produced by Tom Hill (Muttering, Death Goals, Modern Rituals) in early 2020, the long-time crowd favourite now sees its release alongside their very own coffee, made in collaboration with The Brew Project.