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Jay Kinser Takes Aim With New Single “Clockwork” FT. M-Dot
Back at it is workhorse Jay Kinser of EXP The Expendables with a new energetic single Clockwork Feat. M-Dot. Produced by Silly Grinn, the New England pair keep it real with another day in the booth full of mic smoke. “We wanted something that would Melt faces. Since me and M-Dot both been grinding like crazy recently, I decided to call the song Clockwork” says Jay. Be on the lookout for Germain Ave dropping Aug 13th. Check out the single now on your preferred digital streaming provider.
POPPY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FLUX, SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK
Musical polyglot Poppy has just announced Flux, a new full length album slated for release September 24 via Sumerian Records. Flux marks yet another artistic leap for the ever-evolving musician, featuring a stream-lined songwriting approach that puts her indelible earworm melodies at the foreground of a kaleidoscopic mosaic of overdriven guitars. Flux was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Air, St. Vincent), who had Poppy and her band record live to tape, resulting in an organic feel that lends a decidedly personal touch to the new set of material. The announcement comes paired with the release of a music video for the album’s title track, self-directed by Poppy. “Flux” is set in a pastel dream world constructed by Australian visual/sculpture artist Pip & Pop in which Poppy is beset by a veritable cavalcade of bizarre characters.
ARIZONA ZERVAS EMBRACES HONESTY AND PROGRESS ON “STILL BREATHING”
“Still Breathing” is Arizona Zervas’ first musical offering since the release of “RIP,” “NIGHTRIDER,” and “24”. Zervas’ certified gold hit “FML” has surpassed over 200 million combined streams worldwide and followed hot on the heels of “ROXANNE.” The billion-streamed smash has been certified 4x platinum, reached Top 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100, hit #1 on rhythmic radio and received a remix featuring Swae Lee.
Latin Sensation Maria Becerra Releases New Music Video “Mi Debilidad”
Today, Argentina’s most streamed artist, Maria Becerra, releases her new single “Mi Debilidad.” In the chic music video, she shows a glamorous and vulnerable side to her artistry. “Mi Debilidad” follows Becerra’s last single “Cazame” with Argentine rapper Tiago PZK. This time she goes it alone for her new song. Becerra lets down her walls to let a loved one know that she cares deeply for them. In the reggaeton banger, she gives a heartfelt performance asking for them to come back into her life. Like her mood in the song, Argentina’s leading urban pop star shows her vulnerable side. A tear runs down her face as she’s singing. Becerra also shows her glamorous side, wearing a sparkling dress while covered in diamonds.
Elke Announces Debut LP Prod. by Zac Farro + Releases Single & Video “I Can Help”
Elke – the moniker of Nashville musician and model Kayla Graninger – has announced her debut album No Pain For Us Here, due out on September 24th via artist collective Congrats Records. No Pain for Us Here marks a colorful art-pop rebirth for the singer-songwriter who let go of her creative crutches after working in the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Zac Farro (Paramore, HALFNOISE). Farro’s most recent production credits include Becca Mancari’s critically acclaimed 2020 LP The Greatest Part.
Seattle born and raised and current LA native, recording artist Ryan Caraveo today releases his highly anticipated new album Northend Sweetheart. The new album comes out just after his surprise performance last night at Lollapalooza where he performed the classic “Complicated” alongside Steve Aoki. Ryan was originally featured on Steve Aoki’s reimagination of Avril Lavigne’s iconic hit, “Complicated”.
Electronic neo-soul artist – Nnic – is pleased to present her debut EP: ‘Slow Motion Fantasy’; a collection of three, equally evocative and enigmatic alt/pop creations that explore all corners of the alt/pop universe.
Born out of a need for vibrant energetic escapism whilst living amongst the slow outdated attitudes of cushy suburbia, the Dublin artist joins forces with esteemed producer Yurn to deliver a remarkable debut offering.
New music from BiSH! ‘Kingdom’ anime theme tune ‘STACKiNG’
BiSH – the Japanese group known as “the punk band without musical instruments” – have released ‘STACKiNG’, the opening theme song to the second season of anime series ‘Kingdom’, which began broadcasting on July 18. The single is available digitally now, and will be followed by a new album on August 4.
DEE SNIDER Reveals Music Video for Charging New Track “Down But Never Out”
Legendary heavy metal vocalist and pop culture icon DEE SNIDER will release his triumphant fifth full-length album, Leave A Scar, this Friday, July 30, 2021 via Napalm Records! Produced by Jamey Jasta with co-production, mixing and mastering by drummer Nick Bellmore, Leave A Scar sees DEE SNIDER & Co. continuing in the invigorated, modern direction of his previous release, For The Love Of Metal, infusing a dose of classic heavy metal flavor that longtime fans will rush to embrace.
SCOREY RELEASES EMOTIVE NEW VIDEO “GUARDIAN ANGEL”
The track pays tribute to his best friend Zachary “Zuly” Holloway who was tragically killed by gun violence in May 2020. The emotive song describes his relationship with Zuly and his personal struggles with his loss. The Trigg directed music video was shot back in his hometown of Syracuse and highlights touching moments of their friendship.
CRADLE OF FILTH Start Pre-Order for New Album “Existence Is Futile” + Unveil First Single and Hellish Music Video for “Crawling King Chaos”
Belched from Hell’s depths into the rustic charms of the Witch County, Suffolk, thirty long and disturbing years ago, CRADLE OF FILTH are undisputed giants of the heavy metal realm. Imperious purveyors of a perennially unique strain of dark, dastardly and willfully extreme metal, with deep roots in the worlds of gothic horror and occult curiosity, the band led by Dani Filth has weathered three decades of tumult and trial, earning a formidable reputation as both a singular creative force and one of the most riotously entertaining live bands the metal world has ever produced.
NEEDTOBREATHE RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM INTO THE MYSTERY
“For us to be in a band this long, still enjoy it, and make what we believe is the best record NEEDTOBREATHE has ever made, it comes down to resiliency,” the band shared. “We’re still hungry. We’re ready to take the next step. We also don’t have passive fans. They are living their lives to these songs. They’re resilient. We’re pretty honored and proud to carry these songs into a world that’s hurting right now. Maybe we could be a picture of hope that inspires someone else to keep going.”
Ex-Yell! vocalist and actor Daniel James is back with another self-penned release today (30th July) entitled ‘Don’t Want To Lose That Girl’. The single, an uplifting summery track, celebrates good times and happiness and is the follow up to ‘Set Your Spirit Free’ a song about coming out of lockdown.
Powfu Teams Up with Jomie and Mila Moon on New Song “tinted green”
“tinted green” follows Powfu’s recent collab with DVBBS on the single “Losing Sleep” and is also his first new track following the June 2021 release of his EP drinking under the streetlights, which featured an array of different artists including Travis Barker. With over 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Powfu continues to evolve through each release, displaying his artistry through relatable lyricism and melodious versatility. His double Platinum hit song “death bed (coffee for your head) has accumulated over 2 billion streams to date. The infectious song solidified Powfu as an artist to watch, positioning him as one of the pioneers beginning the lo-fi genre to the mainstream.
Seattle’s Parisalexa today announces her signing to revitalized legendary Hip Hop label, Payday Records, debuting on the imprint with her latest single, ‘…Better Than Being In Love’.
‘…Better Than Being In Love’ is the Seattle R&B singer-songwriter’s first new material since the release of her 2020 debut full-length, 2 Real, which won acclaim from NPR Music, KEXP, DJ Booth, Bandcamp, HotNewHipHop, and more for its artfully genre-fluid celebration of Blackness, body image and self-worth.
Out today – The Stranglers x If Something’s Gonna Kill Me Track Chat
It’s one of Baz’s favourite tracks from the new album and there’s lots to uncover from its lyrics, with a wonderful sentiment at its core.
TRAVIS THOMPSON RELEASES BOISTEROUS NEW ALBUM BLVD BOY
BLVD Boy’s title is a nod to Thompson’s youth, to the days he spent growing up and hanging out on Seattle’s Ambaum Blvd. The production’s electric energy and Thompson’s vivid bars evoke carefree days of skateboarding and house parties, and the all-around good vibes of his past and present. It’s all there on standout “Dead Prezis,” a G-Eazy-assisted, hyphy-inflected bop with soaring West Coast synths, lithe rhymes, and a hook that evokes the mellow lifestyle of a Blvd Boy. “All I ever wanted was a couple dead prezis in the pocket, and a couple of bad hoes going steady,” Thompson raps on the chorus. “And a lil’ neck pain, from the gold chain heavy.”
PARALLAX premieres music video for “Esoteric” via New Noise Magazine
Kansas-based modern metal band PARALLAX have partnered up with New Noise Magazine for the premiere of their official music video for the single “Esoteric.” Watch and listen now.
New LANTLOS album “Windhund” out today
German alternative metal project LANTLOS release their highly anticipated new full-length “Wildhund” (“Wild Dog”) today, July 30, 2021. Cover art, tracklist, and further details of the album can be viewed below.
AYOKAY PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “BETTER WITH YOU” AND OFFICIAL VIDEO TODAY
As the first new music from the Detroit-bred artist (born Alex O’Neill) since his acclaimed 2019 EP we come alive., “Better With You” marks the start of a bold new chapter in his ever-evolving career as an artist, vocalist, and highly sought-after producer. To that end, the song unfolds with a raw honesty as he pleads for a lost love to return, delivering an achingly soulful vocal performance wrapped up in radiant melodies. At the same time, ayokay offsets the song’s melancholy mood with the brightly inventive sound design he’s previously brought to hits like his gold-certified debut single “Kings of Summer” feat. Quinn XCII (a 2016 release that’s amassed over 125 million streams on Spotify to date).
DARREN CRISS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FOR A NIGHT LIKE THIS”
“for a night like this” arrives on the heels of two previously released singles, “i can’t dance” and “f*kn around,” each showcasing a completely different side of Darren as an artist. Describing this collection of songs as “character-driven singles,” Darren explores even more personas on Masquerade. Darren will perform songs from the EP live for the first time at Elsie Fest on August 29 in NYC as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
The ‘Over It’ EP is a raw, emotional story packaged with ethereal soundscape, captivating melodies, and vivid lyricism. Written as a means to traverse her own transformative heartbreak, Bailey explores the confusing yet painfully familiar feelings of despair, sadness, frustration, and regret over the course of the 5 tracks. Eventually, Bailey emerges from the ashes of heartbreak — and gets “over it — through self-love, growth, and acceptance.
Wilder. Announce Debut EP BAD BAD LUCK Out August 27 On Rude Records
“After such a long time in anticipation, we are thrilled to finally release this EP,” shares the band. “It’s an accurate reflection of who we are today, and an ode to our journey up until now. From establishing our presence as artists over the past 10 years, to the pains of letting our old band go, as well as outgrowing certain relationships and leaving organized religion; This EP tells the story of it all. The page has finally turned, and it’s time to get wild!”
Liily Shares “Odds Are It’s Blue” via Flood, READ American Songwriter Feature, Single Out Now Via Flush Records
Almost two years later, and now all of 22 years old, the band returned with new music starting with “I Am Who I Think You Think I Am” on June 25th. Produced by Joe Chicarelli and mixed by Alan Moulder, a highly aggressive single, more strange and abrasive but also far more three dimensional than anything the band has done before. The new single, “Odds Are It’s Blue is about battling with the fear and indecision that comes with relinquishing all forms of control over one’s life and learning to be comfortable with letting things be and transpire the way they’re supposed to”, says Dylan Nash. ‘Odds Are It’s Blue’ continues the momentum and still contains the unbridled energy of early shows and singles but feels stripped of anything passive or unintentional.
American Authors show off folk side with acoustic edition of “Nice and Easy” featuring Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray
This summer, pop rock trio American Authors released the perfect summer anthem “Nice and Easy” with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray. Today, they share an all-new acoustic version with an arrangement reminiscent of their earlier music that brings clarity to their upbeat, always positive message. A stripped down version of the song gives listeners the opportunity to hear “Nice and Easy” at its deeper core. Lead vocalist Zac Barnett explains, “Even though ‘Nice And Easy’ plays into the ‘90s rock we grew up on, we wanted to make a version that showed off the band’s folk side. Stripping it down to banjo, guitar, and voice shows off the essence of American Authors.”
Vocalist/guitarist, Roberto Cappellina, shares, “This batch of songs has been a vehicle for healing for all six of us in some way, so there are a lot of different, but raw themes throughout the record. Even though we’re currently all isolated from each other, the one person you can’t escape is yourself. We’ve been to some dark places between us, but ultimately, ‘Start Again’ is about coming out the other side. This record is about facing that darkness, owning it and letting go of the past. It’s about being at peace with it and moving forward and saying that it’s actually OK to start again.”
17-year-old rock sensation, Mia Morris, just dropped her hard-hitting new single, “We Were Never Friends.” With honest lyrics and earnest vocals, Mia Morris describes this track as, “the straightforward story of ending a relationship and realizing there wasn’t any real genuine friendship at the base of it.” It’s the perfect retaliation anthem for anyone who has experienced a similar situation. The grungy track exudes a nostalgic 90’s rock sound with elements of pop-punk. “We Were Never Friends” is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.
KIANA LEDÉ RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “UR BEST FRIEND” WITH KEHLANI
Continuing to electrify the culture, platinum-selling Phoenix native and Los Angeles-based artist Kiana Ledé unveils the music video for her buzzing single “Ur Best Friend” with Kehlani via The Heavy Group/Republic Records today. GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum R&B femme fatale Kehlani even directed the red-hot video herself, which features an appearance by Vic Mensa. You have to see it to believe it…
OUT NOW: SRY releases intense new single and video “Coffin”
With experience touring in metal and rock bands, SRY’s unique blend of dark soundscapes, knocking drums, wavy bass-lines, and soaring vocals stake his claim in the land between urban trap and modern rock. Since launching his project in 2018, SRY (also known as Lee Fenstamaker) has worked in the studio with Internet Money and MDDN, played SXSW TAKEOVER with Rae Sremmurd, and earned over 6 million streams across all platforms.
MEET ME @ THE ALTAR UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “BRIGHTER DAYS (ARE BEFORE US)”
Rising pop-punk trio Meet Me @ The Altar have unveiled new single “Brighter Days (Are Before Us),” the latest track from the group’s upcoming major label debut EP Model Citizen. The single is heralded by an official music video, which is streaming now on the Fueled By Ramen official YouTube channel. “Brighter Days (Are Before Us)” is available now on all streaming platforms, with the Model Citizen EP arriving August 13th via Fueled By Ramen.
“I’m Crazy (But You) Like That” is the lead single from Neutral Snap’s sophomore album, Tell Me How I Feel. Due out October 22 on Orange Music Records, Tell Me How I Feel follows the band’s 2020 debut Sorry, I Passed Out and comprises 11 high-energy songs dealing with topics such as romantic and familial relationships, mental health and adjusting to post-lockdown life.
ARISTA NASHVILLE SINGER-SONGWRITER RYAN HURD DROPS “COAST”
Already amassing over 95 million streams, Ryan Hurd’s “Chasing After You” with Maren Morris is No. 22 and 23 and climbing on Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country airplay charts, respectively. Hurd and Morris performed their “smoldering new duet” (Rolling Stone) for the first time on national television on the “56th ACM Awards” on CBS.
ANTHONY OKS UNVEILS NEW SINGLE “ALL ABOUT YOU”
A chill, lyrical hip-hop track about finding strength in the people you surround yourself with, recognizing the importance of community, and showing love to others, “All About You” is the second offering from the upcoming OKS EP, In The Garden.
Deftly navigating the inspiration of Mos Def’s thoughtful rhymes and Saukrates’ soulful melodies, the new single – which features production support from fellow Winnipeger paalsh – emphasizes a longing for connection and togetherness: “Don’t waste your time not loving your circle.”
SOUNDR speaks out against feeling like a burden in raw emo-pop single “Mania”
SOUNDR has been making a name for herself since 2017, becoming a feature artist for the world’s biggest electronic producers and amassing millions of streams. As a feature artist SOUNDR was just scratching the surface on her story.
ADRIAN + MEREDITH SHARE NEW TRACK, “DOA” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM “BAD FOR BUSINESS”
Nashville-based folk power duo Adrian + Meredith are thrilled to share a new single, “DOA” from their forthcoming album Bad For Business, arriving August 20, 2021. A spirited anthem set to an infectious surfer-rock guitar hook, “DOA” channels the exuberant, “fly-off-the-handle” sensibilities of being young and carefree in the dog days of summer. Preceding the release of the couple’s sophomore LP effort, the bold singalong makes a strong case for living on the edge, blissfully unaware of consequences.
There is a direct line of DNA running from the Sonny & the Sunsets album New Day with New Possibilities to their cult release Longtime Companion, the laid back country record which marked the beginning of the Sunsets as an explorative project and not just locked into one sound. It’s an album that sounds like it’s part of a genre that should have happened: sixties teen country music that merged with sixties pop. It’s out today on Rocks In Your Head Records, Sonny’s own imprint that released the acclaimed Fake Fruit self-titled release earlier this year.
New Clip for RESPECT – In Theaters Everywhere August 13
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
DIRECTOR: Liesl Tommy
SCREENPLAY BY: Tracey Scott Wilson
STORY BY: Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson
PRODUCERS: Harvey Mason Jr., Scott Bernstein, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, Stacey Sher
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jennifer Hudson, Liesl Tommy, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
CAST: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige
Dot Allison will always be identified with the band that initially launched her, One Dove, whose Andy Weatherall-produced album Morning Dove White became a downbeat electronic landmark, but her own albums and collaborations amount to a much more significant body of work, with a commanding range across genres and narrative ambition. “The records that I have made were more like a window into my world,” she says. None more so than her first album in 12 years, out today — Heart-Shaped Scars. Tranquil in sound and passionate in spirit it’s Allison’s most personal record yet. Framed by a backdrop of exquisitely sparse and intoxicating dream-folk and Allison’s vocal at its most ethereal, the album is, she reveals about “Love, loss and a universal longing for union that seems to go with the human condition.”