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Former NFL Lineman Joe Barksdale Releases New Single
Singer-songwriter and producer Joe Barksdale has released his brand new single “Alone”, and is pleased to announce the release of an all-new album titled Yours Truly this spring. Yours Truly features 16 tracks in his signature style, a unique blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock, with Barksdale handling guitar, electronic drums, and lead vocals.
Alexa Dark stops apologizing & reclaims herself in new single + video, “Ungrateful,” out today
Basement Revolver Share Latest Single “Circles”
Hamilton, ON indie/shoegaze group Basement Revolver are gearing up to release Embody, their forthcoming full-length album, on February 18th via Sonic Unyon Records.
‘Night Call,’ the incredible third album from Platinum-selling British pop outfit Years & Years is out today on Interscope Records. Fronted by Olly Alexander, now standing solo, the album features pulsating queer anthems “Crave”, “Starstruck,” latest single, “Sweet Talker” (with Galantis) and more future-favorites from Olly Alexander.
Premiering today courtesy of Post-Trash! “It’s hard to create something that can be considered “epic” in just over a minute’s length, but here we are. Stimmerman’s latest is bit sized grandiosity. With discordant stabs of guitars and melodically mumbled vocals we’re brought into “Geek” and just as quickly brought to the next micro movement synths burst with carnival flair, the melodies sharpen and every piece of the instrumental swings for the fences. It’s brief but vivid and you’re going to want to hit repeat.”
The single’s B-side is a bit easier to digest. In fact, it continues The Dickies’ long-standing tradition of crafting punk rock cover versions of well-known pop and rock songs. This time it’s The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” that gets the fast and loud treatment, and just even the rumor of its existence has got the Dickies faithful buzzing with excitement. Well, the wait is officially over!
The Frst collab with Dead Bundy for a Pop Punk revival, “Pop Punk Song” OUT TODAY!
Today, one of Nashville’s most unpredictable bands in rock, The Frst is back with a one-of a-kind pop-punk resurgence with the new single “Pop Punk Song (Feat. Dead Bundy).”
“‘Pop Punk Song’ is not only a humorous caricature of ourselves, but of the world at large. The lyrics speak to frustrations with dead end jobs, abusive cycles, and breaking free. It’s a cathartic call to arms for everyone!” Band leader Mikei Gray says.
THOMAS HEADON SHARES NEW SINGLE “HOW DO I KNOW?”
Headon expanded on the track, adding, “I wrote ‘How Do I Know’ after going on a first date. It’s basically a song about questioning whether you’re in love with someone or whether it’s just an in-the-moment feeling lol. It was written back in Australia when I was home for the summer. I think it’s super bright and fun for that reason and makes me glad I’m starting off the year by releasing this. It’s one of the first songs I made off this EP and definitely one of my favourites.”
Frankie Furm & Griffin Stone Share New Single ‘BABY BLUE’ From ‘PATCHES’ EP
Brooklyn producer Frankie Furm and LA singer-songwriter Griffin Stone share the first look at their upcoming EP with the new single ‘BABY BLUE’. Coming together for the new EP ‘PATCHES’, the pair showcase a striking musical chemistry while also shining a light on Stone’s songwriting and lyricism and Frankie’s indie-rock meets neo-soul infused sensibilities and guitar-driven production style.
Etta Marcus shares exquisite indie single ‘Provider’ plus debut EP OUT NOW!!
This impressively intricate 5-track record sees the newcomer navigate moments of vulnerability with her articulate and impressive songwriting. It’s both reflective and considered through-out, and executed in a way that makes it easy to earmark the 20-year-old as one to watch for 2022.
Folk Artist Eddie Berman Laments Life’s “Maddening Complications and Contradictions” In Pensive New Single, “Stay Dark”
For Portland-based folk artist Eddie Berman, making music is one way of working through the “maddening complications and contradictions” of his life. “My life, of course, is just this small, interconnected piece, forever being directed, knowingly and unknowingly, by all the physical and ethereal influences of the infinitely large thing to which it’s attached,” he reflects. His latest single “Stay Dark” is no exception. Featured on ‘Broken English’ – his 11-song suite of campfire-worthy, cosmic folk-rock, out today via Nettwerk Records – the song is about the struggle to stay connected to what Berman calls “the rapture of life’s connectedness.” He explains:
ATALHOS – Dreamy São Paulo Duo Release: “Teoría Del Cuerpo Enamorado”
LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE Release New Single “Sick Now” + Official Music Video; Announce New Tour Dates!
“I wrote these lyrics while quarantined during the first wave of Covid. It’s a true reflection of how I was feeling at the time, and what we were all going through. All I was thinking about was how I wanted to do shows and get back in the studio. We couldn’t even practice together because we were all getting sick and shit was changing life as we knew it. I was actually sick when I wrote the song. That day I decided to smoke a bowl and wrote some lyrics about how we are sick now and the feelings I had about that. Looking back now at that time, I didn’t realize how relevant the song would end up being and the significance of the concept. We ended up liking the idea so much we decided to make it our next single with a music video.” says Kyle Bolduc.
Sony Music Nashville announced the signing of exciting newcomer Karley Scott Collins today. Her debut track, “Heavenly,” is set to be released February 4.
“I am so thrilled and excited to join the Sony Music Nashville Family,” Karley said. “From the second I met Randy and the entire team at Sony, they’ve supported me and my vision for my songs wholeheartedly. I couldn’t be more grateful for this new adventure with them or ask for a better team.”
If bands like Foo Fighters, Weezer, and Pearl Jam are considered the last generation of guitar-based rock, then Noiseheads are the next generation’s exception. The trio has built a devoted and passionate underground following among fans of old-school garage rock. In the process, they attracted a lot of attention from many prominent figures in the music industry, sharing line-ups with the likes of Collective Soul, Fuel, K.Flay and The Psychedelic Furs.
Primed to spearhead the “new normal” of post-pandemic rock music, the band recorded “Big Money” with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies), an energetic new single with a blazing sax solo by Chris Spies (Marcus King Band).
BLOODYWOOD Release New Single “Aaj” Off Upcoming Debut Album
Mark Tuan of GOT7 Releases Second Single “MY LIFE,” Off Upcoming Album
Following the release of LAST BREATH, which quickly racked up over 10M streams on Spotify and YouTube, Mark Tuan continues his solo journey with his second single, MY LIFE. This piano-tinged track tugs at the heartstrings with introspective lyrics and a haunting string arrangement. The perfect counterpart to ONE LAST BREATH, MY LIFE continues to show Mark’s growth as a solo artist and gives fans a taste of what they can expect from the upcoming album.
RESTLESS ROAD RELEASES “GROWING OLD WITH YOU” TODAY
1021 Entertainment/Sony Music Nashville’s Restless Road released their new track, “Growing Old With You,” today. Co-written by Jordan Reynolds, Jordan Minton and Lady A’s Charles Kelley, the song was produced by Jerod Keim.
After teasing the song on their social media, the fan-favorite song quickly accumulated more than 6000 and counting user-generated content videos featuring real-life love stories. Additionally, the band released the “Growing Old With You” music video today.
[Video] M-Dot – Blood, Sweat & Tears (directed by M-Dot) + Album Pre-Order
Offering a supremely entertaining music video as well, the visual finds M-Dot (who also directed) cleverly navigating his way against various fictional battle rappers in this comical wrestling style ensemble. Look out for the hilarious “The Office” style interviews spliced throughout.
For Skope: BLVNCO & DØBER showcase Nicky Romero’s label’s sonic diversity with jackin’ house single “Do It” (out now)
JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) Shares “Fungus Shui Trinity” Video via Glide | ‘Fungus Shui’ LP Out Now on Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings
Following the recent release of his solo “space grass” banjo album Fungus Shui, JD Pinkus (mem. Butthole Surfers) shares the Fungus Shui Trinity featuring tracks “In Tension,” “Don’t Forget to Breathe,” and “Coming Down is Half the Trip.” On the video, JD Pinkus says: “‘Fungus Shui Trinity’ is the cornerstone of what this album was built off of. ‘In Tension’, ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe’, and ‘Coming Down is Half the Trip’ are the three parts that make this song a whole. As I may be too short for my height, Fungus Shui Trinity may be too high for its depth…”
Through both poetic and honest lyrics linked with simple melodies, Sean Waters creates an orchestral folk experience that explores the deepest parts of the human heart. This sonic blending creates an emotional honesty throughout the music that lures you into a playful yet challenging encounter.
Introspective new single, “Money,” encapsulates the slavery that money often requires of those who desire it and the feeling of being hollowed out by the thing you love the most.
Alt-Pop/Rock Songwriter Jon Stancer Explores Emotional Extremes On “In Light Of Everything,” The Title Track From His New EP, Out Today
Today, to mark the release of his new EP ‘In Light Of,’ Toronto-based alt-pop/rock songwriter Jon Stancer unveils the music video for “In Light Of Everything,” the album’s title track. Oozing an abstract melancholia that recalls Radiohead with its ethereal synth textures, sublime minor-key melodies, and its slowly unfolding arrangement, the song’s narrative revolves around a troubled soul who is always “the last to leave”, who rides the subway all night long on a loop, and who is “on the cusp of something unseemly.” Like the rest of the 6-song EP, which delves into the emotional fallout of living in these perilous and trying times, Stancer describes the video for “In Light Of Everything” as an appraisal of emotional extremes – “Darkness and light, stagnation and progress, confusion and clarity, anxiety and euphoria,” he explains. “The character on the train is going through it all, and all at once, and everything is apparently coming to a head.”