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Alcopop! Records are delighted to announce that they have signed fast-rising Los Angeles indie rock trio Cheekface, who release their new b-sides EP Emphatically Mo’ on 22nd September 2021.
As a taster of the record, new single ‘Ted Talk City’ is out now and available to stream on all good digital service providers.
Watch + Listen: Unique forward-thinking artist and producer Sola returns with the gorgeous ‘Feels Like a War’
A truly unique artist whose music is enriched with powerful reference points, Sola’s new single ‘Feels Like A War’ takes cues from the doo-wop sound of the late 1940’s and 1950’s. A lush, textured production formed by a resample of Sola’s own vocals creates an elegant backdrop for the track’s nostalgic feel, yet her modern touch of ‘warped soul’ still firmly remains. Elevated further by trumpet work from Ife Ogunjobi (member of Jazz band Ezra Collective) ‘Feels Like A War’ is a gorgeous blend of Sola’s influences that meander between timeless R&B and jazz styles – inspired by the likes of Sade and Nina Simone – and experimental, electronic soundscapes. Its supporting video, directed by Destine Paige, captures this melting pot perfectly as SOLA elegantly performs in a range of classic, and then futuristic, settings.
Andy Shauf announces new surprise album “Wilds” (out 24th September) + shares new single “Jaywalker” | ANTI- Records
Andy Shauf is “a gifted singer-songwriter. More than that, a gifted storyteller” (NPR Music). Today, he announces Wilds, a surprise new album out this Friday, September 24th (digitally)/November 19th (physically) via ANTI-, that offers a peek into Shauf’s creative process and how the multi-instrumentalist first begins building his songs into more ornately arranged final products. Additionally, he presents a new song, “Jaywalker.”
Vic Mensa Shares New Single “The Taste”
The new song comes on the heels of Mensa’s acclaimed seven song I TAPE project, which showcased Mensa’s adept lyricism, detailing American dysfunction with a poignancy and articulation that few could match. The project was anchored by “Shelter,” a powerful collaboration with Chance The Rapper and Wyclef Jean that unpacks the tangled web of poverty and criminal justice. Vic, Wyclef, and Peter Cottontale turned in a stunning performance of the single on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert featuring imagery and symbolism that honed in on the song’s urgent call for change.
Nicole Haber Releases New Track “Took It Too Far”
Fast forward three years and her music has been heard by over 150,000 listeners worldwide, played in over 50 countries, put on 100+ playlists, showcased on numerous blogs and featured on local stages.
Now Nicole is returning with “Took It Too Far,” a dynamic and melodically rich electro-pop song about the experience of an old friend cutting herself from Nicole’s life completely last year.
Barrett Martin on Seth Meyers – Oct. 4th through Oct. 7th
Barrett Martin is releasing his 10th solo album and 3rd book of short stories, both titled, “Stillpoint” on October 1st. He will be appearing on LATE NIGHT with SETH MEYERS October 4th through October 7th.
DRILL PIONEER 22Gz UNVEILS NEW RECORD “RETALIATION”
This single closes out what has no doubt been an eventful Summer for the Brooklyn rapper. Starting with a first of its kind performance at the historic Pyer Moss couture show. The enigmatic performance was followed by the kickoff of 22Gz landmark THE T.W.I.R.L. (THE WINNERS IN REAL LIFE) TOUR. With support from PNV Jay, 22Gz launched the landmark tour in Atlanta, GA and performed for fans all over the country before wrapping up in Poughkeepsie, NY this past weekend.
Deerhoof Share Ritchie Valens-Inspired Single “Scarcity is Manufactured” From ‘Actually, You Can’ LP Out 10/22 (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Deerhoof today released the jubilant “Scarcity is Manufactured,” the latest single off their upcoming LP Actually, You Can, due out October 22nd via Joyful Noise Recordings. Accompanied by an animated collage-style music video by Gabriella Molina, the new single originally blossomed from Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez’ vibrant guitar demos: “The anthem’s spirit comes from Ritchie Valens’ rendition of the traditional song ‘La Bamba.’ I was moved by his declaration of Mexican pride and that he did it in his own style. He was able to be his past, present and future, everything at once. I’ve struggled with my identity, being raised by parents who embodied their culture yet pushed me to be more American, hoping to shield me from the racism they endured. I never felt like a ‘real’ Mexican but I also wasn’t seen as a ‘real’ American by many. At our shows, people began to tell me it meant a lot to them that there was someone of Mexican descent playing in Deerhoof. Community gives us the strength to accept and celebrate ourselves in a way that we may not be able to on our own.”
Calling All Captains Share New Song “Wasted”
Originating from small towns outside of Edmonton, AB, pop-punk/post-hardcore band Calling All Captains, consisting of Luc Gauthier (vocals), Brad Bremner (guitar/vocals), Connor Dawkins (guitar/vocals), Nick Malychuk (bass), and Tim Wilson (drums), has been manifesting the release of their debut full-length record, Slowly Getting Better, for the past few years and are eager to finally share their creations with the world.
TOM MORELLO RELEASES NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
“Bring Me The Horizon is really the current standard bearer of hard rock/metal today, and thank God for them for that. I had a couple of huge riffs and we just started mashing it up with Zakk Cervini, who has worked with them before. This song was written on three continents — Oli was in Brazil, Jordan was in England and then I was here in L.A. It was a real United Nations of metal coming together to produce this song, which really feels to me like it captures the angst and the frustration of the pandemic boiling over into an all-time mosh pit. This song also has one of my favorite guitar solos that I’ve played in quite a while, as I was really digging deep to make a solo as devastating as the track,” said Morello.
Bria shares an official new video for their cover of The Walker Brothers’ “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”
On the heels of Bria’s previously released covers of Karen Dalton’s “Green Rocky Road” and Waylon Jennings hit, “Dreaming My Dreams With You,” comes a new video for their interpretation of The Walker Brothers’ song “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Directed by Andrew Matthews, the video was shot at a friend’s farmland in the country. “We were all struck by the dilapidated beauty of the property and decided to create a series of tableaus, hoping to capture the spirit of the place and our time there,” shares Matthew’s. “The decaying, sun-baked farm seemed a good companion to the song.”
Blackened Death/Doom Offensive 1914 Reveals Second Single, “Pillars Of Fire (The Battle Of Messines)”
After revealing their massive first outburst, “…And a Cross Now Marks His Place”, featuring none other than Paradise Lost icon Nick Holmes, the blackened death/doom metal frontrunners now reveal another scorching new track, entitled “Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)”. The second single depicts The Battle of Messines in 1917 and starts off with an atmospheric introduction, drawing the listener deep into the album’s theme. Just within the blink of an eye, it erupts into a massive blackened death/doom outburst – freezing the blood in every vein.
Ada Lea shares new single ‘can’t stop me from dying’ with video | New album ‘one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden’ out via Saddle Creek this Friday
Today, she presents a new single/video, ‘can’t stop me from dying’. Throughout the track, there are subtle sonic flourishes that make it especially compelling. Although other songs feel timeless with a 70s studio sheen, ‘can’t stop me from dying’ sounds completely modern in its use of electronics, sound effects, and pitched vocals. Its video, directed by Katerine DM, reflects this modern feel, mimicking a Sims character wandering through a town before having a wild, dancing-filled night.
Boy Scouts Share Video For New Track “A Lot To Ask”, Watch Now
On “A Lot to Ask,” Vick wrestles with the conundrum of having to live in the world among others in all your peculiarities and self-destructive flaws. How can you burn a path to belonging when you can’t sit with yourself long enough to light the flame? “I don’t mean to come off like this but / Being myself’s a lot to ask,” Vick sings in a signature moment of downplayed self-effacement.
Brian Fallon announces new album of classic hymns; shares first song
Brian Fallon announces a very special new album comprised of his recordings of classic hymns. Night Divine, produced and recorded by Fallon himself, arrives on November 5 via Lesser Known Records/Thirty Tigers. The album is available for pre-order now. To herald its arrival, Fallon shares the first single and album opener, “The Virgin Mary Had One Son.” Soulful and spirited vocals glide over lithely picked acoustic guitar and add another dimension to the original composition.
Ovlov Return w/ “Land of Steve-O”
Formed in 2009, Ovlov are the kind of cult phenomenon that seems to never stop growing despite the stop-start pattern of the band’s existence. Led by songwriter and guitarist Steve Harlett, the Connecticut four-piece has released two LPs and a handful of EPs over the last decade and have broken up more times than they have made albums in that span, and yet their reputation (and with it their audience) has steadily expanded, largely as a result of a kind of grassroots, word-of-mouth excitement that feels of a piece with the band’s DIY origins. Fixtures at now legendary Brooklyn venues like Shea Stadium, the band’s two LPs (2013’s AM and 2018’s Tru which both saw release on the Brooklyn label Exploding In Sound) have seen them praised for picking up the torch of ’90s indie rock groups like Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, making what NPR described as “big, fuzzy rock n roll that you can drown in,” while carving out a unique sound that has had a surprisingly persistent influence on the indie rock bands that came after them.
Watch Foamboy’s “Logout” music video via Audiofemme; debut LP out on October 1st
Foamboy are a Portland-based duo comprised of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek. They met in Salem, OR and worked together for a number of years in the experimental musical collective Chromatic Colors. In this group, Wil and Katy collaborated with a wide variety of instrumentalists, released 2 full-length albums, and graced the stages of many outdoor festivals, bars, and basements. In the events of 2020, Wil and Katy took this time to take on a new project, and Foamboy came to be.
NECROFIER Shares Official Video for New Song, “Betrayal of the Queen”
Texan black metal battalion NECROFIER will be unleashing their debut full-length record, ‘Prophecies of Eternal Darkness,’ onto the masses on October 22 via Season of Mist Underground Activists! The band is now unveiling the official music video for their new single, “Betrayal of the Queen.”
Chicago’s singer/instrumental polymath Ben LaMar Gay announces new album + shares video
Today, the last day of Summer 2021, composer, singer and instrumental polymath Ben LaMar Gay announces the release of his new album Open Arms to Open Us, out November 19th on International Anthem / Nonesuch. The first offering from the Southside Chicago native’s newest project is a pulsing melodic bellow featuring OHMME singers Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, titled “Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks On You.”
Mass Worship Release Title Track And Video For “Portal Tombs”
Portal Tombs is a terrifying but electrifying exploration of the gloomy depths of human nature: a monolithic manifestation of the musical force that is MASS WORSHIP. Drawing inspiration from bands such as At The Gates, Mastodon and Meshuggah, MASS WORSHIP could be likened to many bands, but somehow forge their musical identity into something exceptionally distinctive and transcendent, and with enough confidence and conviction to win over even the most orthodox fans of the genre. It was obvious from the first riff on the first song from their very first album: MASS WORSHIP were born fully-fledged, utterly unique and magnificently destructive. Stay tuned for more details about pre-orders for Portal Tombs.
14-Year-Old Canadian Pop Artist ANNA GOLDSMITH Inspires Audiences to “Shine” in Dazzling New Single
While many other 14-year-olds can find themselves nervously transitioning from senior youths to junior adults, Canadian pop and musical theatre artist Anna Goldsmith is here to say she’s in their corner with this, her dazzling new debut single, “Shine” — available now!
#ATLTop20 #Certified !!! BABYGRANDE RECORDS Presents: Chelly Flame x Spinabenz – “Red Shirt” [NEW VIDEO]
DAXMA: hear breathtaking new single “The Clouds Parted” on Cvlt Nation!
Californian post-metal goldsmiths DAXMA share a breathtaking debut single of their sophomore album ‘Unmarked Boxes’, due out November 19th on Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records. Get awestruck by “The Clouds Parted”, streaming courtesy of Cvlt Nation!
VHS Collection announce new album, Night Drive, due out Feb 2022 || New single “The Deep End” Out Today via Tiger Tone / PIAS
On the song, the band shares:
“The Deep End was written on one of our last trips to LA before travel stopped. It was written pretty organically, one part flowing into the next. We really fell in love with the pre-chorus drop as soon as we came up with it and wanted to build around it. The verse is shouty and sparse, describing someone who’s angry/confused with their way in the world, searching for meaning or something better. The pre is a groove, hopeful yet with a twinge of darkness. It moves you along. The post-chorus/outro we went full sail on, maybe too much – celebratory and complete in the range of emotions. We didn’t hold back. It’s a track about finding where you fit, and searching for comfort and companionship in trickier times.”
Cuffed Up Announce New EP / Share “Bonnie”
Today, LA-based post-punk quartet Cuffed Up are sharing their driving and propulsive new single “Bonnie,” as well as well as announcing their new EP Asymmetry, out on October 22nd via Royal Mountain Records (Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ). “Bonnie” sees vocalists & guitarists Ralph Torrefranca and Sapphire Jewell trading vocals amidst a relentless onslaught of soaring guitars and crashing drums and bass via Joe Liptock and Victor Ordonez.