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BLACK WAIL Release New EP ‘Dead Mountain’
Today, Jersey City’s BLACK WAIL have released their second EP of 2021, Dead Mountain (Rhyme and Reason Records). This release, the band’s fifth, was recorded and produced by Mike Moebius (Kings Destroy, Pilgrim) at Moonlight Mile Studios, who they last worked with on their 2014’s self-titled debut EP.
“This record is definitely on the darker side with all the down-tuned guitar goodness lovers of heavy music will enjoy,” says vocalist/guitarist Michael Tarlazzi of the release.
ICYMI- Doom Scrolling in the 80s! Stream Jack and the Dull Boy’s Latest, “Video Drugs”
Seattle’s Jack and the Dull Boy are a prog-metal band and they’re set to release their refreshingly retro debut album, ‘Failure In Three Parts’ on November 19th.
The band has shared, “Video Drugs,” the final single from the album and boy, is it a doozy! Sonically, the track is a nod to the guitar (and synth) heroes of the 80s but lyrically, we have a biting commentary on late night doom-scrolling, internet hoaxes, and misinformation. The band says the track refers to “dopamine addiction normalized as technology use is the ultimate vector for malignant propaganda.” You can listen below!
MARK STEIN, THE VOICE OF VANILLA FUDGE, RELEASES SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE TEMPTATIONS CLASSIC “BALL OF CONFUSION”
Iconic musician Mark Stein is set to shine with his new collection of songs about Hope, Unity, Concern and Redemption. Sidelined by the Covid-19 pandemic and unable to perform live with popular rock band, Vanilla Fudge, lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein decided to put his down time to good use. He wanted to write and record songs about what was going on in America and the rest of the world. He saw social unrest, racial disparity, political division, violence, widespread sickness, and an entire world on the brink of an economic disaster due to the spread of a disease like no other. Yet, at the same time, Stein saw a great opportunity.
Justin Bieber today announced new dates for his much-anticipated Justice World Tour. Taking place from May 2022 through to March 2023, Bieber will tour five continents, travelling to over 20 countries and playing more than 90 dates, with more shows to be announced in Asia and the Middle East very soon.
Rock-infused empowerment anthem from Dan Owen
Combining hard-hitting drums with rumbled piano chording, ‘Wide Awake’ depicts the moment of realisation for a relationship that did nothing but drag you down. Deepened with Dan’s distinct rock-edged tones and gritty vocals, ‘Wide Awake’ weaves soaring melodies between poignant lyricism for an anger fuelled empowerment anthem.
AMY STEELE drops sublime cover of Drake’s ’44 22′!
London futuristic soul singer Amy Steele is back today with the final instalment of a series of covers she has been working on, of records that move her, and which she feels hold important messages for this year.
The final cover is a reinterpretation of Drake’s ‘44 22’. A track that serves as a metaphor for when people only live up to half of what they promised to be, with 22 only going halfway to 44….
The DONDA deluxe contains previously unreleased tracks and alternate versions, including “Life Of The Party” featuring Andre 3000, “Up From The Ashes,” “Never Abandon Your Family,” “Remote Control 2” with Young Thug and a new feature from Kid Cudi, and more.
Rocky Mountains, AB Folk-Roots & Appalachian-Country Swing Band OVER THE MOON Release “Lonesome Bluebird”
Straight from their ranch nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Alberta folk-roots and swing duo Over The Moon deliver their signature stone-ground sound in the form of new single, “Lonesome Bluebird”— available now via Borealis Records.
LORD OF THE LOST Releases Gripping Music Video for “My Constellation”, Featuring Criminal Biologist Dr. Mark Benecke
Today, LORD OF THE LOST once again provides a music video of the utmost quality and direction, arriving just before their upcoming Christmas store livestream on November 18. With the surprise music video for “My Constellation”, LORD OF THE LOST present a gripping, cinematic Christmas blockbuster that first spreads contemplation through frontman Chris Harms’ mesmerizing voice before subsequently ending in a shockingly unusual case, unraveled by the expertise of famous forensic biologist Dr. Mark Benecke.
LEONA LEWIS UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS SONG ‘KISS ME IT’S CHRISTMAS’ FEATURING NE-YO
Record-breaking global sensation Leona Lewis has released the official music video for brand new original song ‘Kiss Me It’s Christmas’ featuring Ne-Yo. The video – directed by Blake Claridge – was shot in London, and stars both artists as they enjoy a romantic, family Christmas together, a celebration of a love- fueled festive season at home. Watch here.
Portland’s Reptaliens announces new album, ‘Multiverse,’ shares new video plus 2022 US tour
Today Portland band Reptaliens announces its third album, Multiverse (Captured Tracks) and shares the first single / video “Like A Dog.” You can pre-order the album here – the label exclusive first pressing comes with branded rolling papers, a nod to the fact that the band members’ day job is working on an Oregon weed farm. They have also just announced their first ever headlining US tour which launches Jan. 24 in Salt Lake City and features openers Yot Club and Renata Zeiguer (see full dates below).
AWAKEN RELEASE THEIR SINGLE/VIDEO “FALL/BREAK/RISE”
Awaken is an Alternative/Hard Rock band that presents an in-your-face experience. Music that builds a resounding measure so complete it leaves their listeners hungry for more. Every single release from their album, Monsters & Machines, showcases the intensity-driven sound and development of their energy as a force in the music world. Their powerful melodies mixed with hard-hitting guitar riffs and thought-provoking lyrical material continues to strike with “FALL/BREAK/RISE”.
Out Now: R&B/pop triple threat Erika Tham & GRAMMY-winning Brian Kennedy release new video for “Admit It”
LA-based triple threat, singer-songwriter and actress Erika Tham releases her stripped-back performance of her recent debut single release “Admit It.” The track debuted with incredible support from tastemakers such as Azeema, HollywoodLife, Raydar, Viper, Wonderland, among others. The brand new live acoustic rework featuring GRAMMY-winning record producer Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson) brings a whole new vibe and energy to the track. Erika’s superb gut wrenching songwriting ability, plus her spellbinding vocals, shine atop the piano rendition.
Producer Flip and rapper Mile breathe new life into the “one rapper, one producer” format and show that this system often delivers the best results.
Flip, a veteran among Austria’s producers, has been in the business since the 90s and is still involved in the Austrian rap crew TEXTA. Rapper Mile has recently been in the spotlight with his indie & rap-loaded band project Sharktank.
Producer DJ Alkemy returns to his weekly routine of celebrating the new website DJALKEMY.CO.UK. with a third single release Mi Amor FT. Edison Ave, Empuls, Philly Regs, Mike Dennis, DJ Jabbathakut. The track is dedicated to the absolute joy of creating music over some soulful and poignant Boom Bap production. “It’s the process. The part where you don’t care about Spotify numbers and YouTube views. Just that buzz. The reason we get into it in the first place” says Alkemy. Check it out now on your preferred digital streaming platform.