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BLACK LUNG: new video “Death Grip” feat. Shawna Potter of War On Women
About the video: “Death Grip is a critique of the funeral industry and those who profit off grief and death. It’s not a secret that funeral homes often take advantage of people at their most vulnerable, charging exorbitant prices for caskets and services. We decided to invite our good friend Shawna Potter (the frontwoman of War On Women and a champion of progressive values) to write and sing the chorus, as well as star in the video. My vision for the music video was a 70s-style occult horror, equal parts creepy and campy, and I’m pretty proud of what we pulled off with a shoestring budget. We see our antagonist, “The Death Capitalist”, relishing in his wicked business, until Shawna’s character, “The Witch of Justice”, kidnaps him. She takes him to her lair, where her acolytes (the band) mete out his punishment: torture by the power of rock n’ roll. It was a ton of fun to create and Jordan Miller (cinematographer/Gypsy Cab Productions) really helped us achieve our vision with his expertise in horror filmmaking.”
Holy Coves unveil new video for ‘Desert Storm’ single | Directed by Ukrainian Filmaker Taras Merenkov
XANA drops raw visuals for “12 Missed Calls” alongside debut album Tantrums
An unapologetic expression of emotion, Tantrums boldly takes listeners on a journey of love gone bad with honest vulnerability at the heart of each track. Detailing the tumultuous journey through a toxic relationship, Xana lays bare her innermost thoughts and feelings in what feels like an exercise of catharsis – tackling heartbreak all while maintaining an empowering self-determination. Incorporating themes of LGTBQ romance, female sexuality and self-discovery into her songwriting, Xana has crafted a release packed with timeless anthems, steeped in personal experience. The nostalgic influences are evident through the lively guitars and thumping drums of tracks like the brooding “12 Missed Calls”, as Xana laments over an ex re-appearing at exactly the wrong time.
Historical Power Metal Force CIVIL WAR Releases Second Single “Battle Of Life” + Lyric Video
Swedish power metal veterans CIVIL WAR – featuring former members of Sabaton – drop another martial power-anthem with their newest single “Battle Of Life”, beginning with synthesizer elements that lead into the band’s epic power metal trademark with a catchy chorus. The lyrics deal with inner conflicts and war – focusing on changing one’s perspective, conquering fears and calling on one’s inner strength. These topics serve also as inspiration for the impressive lyric video that’s released in tandem today!
V**GRA BOYS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “TROGLODYTE” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
Stockholm post-punk band V**gra Boys (**=ia for spam) return this week with new single “Troglodyte” from their recently announced album Cave World out July 8th via YEAR0001. Setting the tone thematically and sonically for the rest of the album, “Troglodyte” is a driving and upbeat exploration into the chaos and confusion of current events through the comparison of modern man with troglodytes (I.E. cave dwellers). Stewing on our current state of humanity, rife with violence and science-denial, headman Sebastian Murphy notes “People look down at apes as primitive life forms, but we’re just this horrible, lazy society killing each other and starting wars, while they’re able to love and feel. Does that make them the true ape or us?”
NEW // B Live Taps Harry Shotta For ‘Winters Coming’
If you were to grab a dictionary and look up the word “diverse” — B Live’s catalogue would likely be cited as a reference point. Spawning from the crackling, warped 140 BPM worlds of UK garage, bassline, grime as well as the plasticine, sharp-edged dystopia that is dubstep, drum-n-bass and electronic music; you’d be hard-pressed to find a rhymer more travelled than unsung UK legend, B Live. Continuing the wordsmith’s recent prolific run, B Live is back with his street-level scorcher ‘Winters Coming’.
Nashville-based ambient composer Rich Ruth has announced the upcoming release of his ambitious new album. I Survived, It’s Over arrives via Third Man Records on Friday, August 12. Preorders are available now on black vinyl, CD and Bandcamp exclusive cassette tape, with indie record store-exclusive light blue colored vinyl coming soon. Mixed by renowned Chicago producer/engineer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Stereolab), I Survived, It’s Over is heralded by today’s premiere of the opening track, “Taken Back,” in which sitar, shells, and bass are slowly joined by piercing lead guitar, synth blasts and drums as the track bursts open into psychedelic orbit. The song is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. A visualizer created by Brook Linder is streaming now via YouTube. Additional new music will follow in the coming weeks.
Danger Mouse & Black Thought: Album, Cheat Codes, out August 12th
Danger Mouse & Black Thought – two of contemporary music’s most exciting, respected artists – have announced their forthcoming joint album, Cheat Codes, out 12th August via BMG.
Cheat Codes is Danger Mouse’s first hip-hop album since his DANGERDOOM collaboration with the late, great MF DOOM, and follows Black Thought’s pioneering output with The Roots and critically acclaimed solo trilogy, Streams Of Thought.
ORIANTHI ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE RELEASE
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present “Live From Hollywood”, a new live album and long-form video from internationally renowned rock guitarist Orianthi. Available on CD/DVD and Blu-ray, “Live From Hollywood” will be released on July 15, 2022. The performance was captured on January 8, 2022 at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood, CA and sees the guitarist and her excellent backing band in fine form, playing songs from Orianthi’s most recent release “O” and cuts like her hit, ‘According To You’. Watch a performance of ‘Contagious’ HERE:
Watch Vonica’s “Some Swim Some Pray” music video
Today Vonica is sharing his new single/video “Some Swim Some Pray” (ft. Bernardo) which is the final single ahead of his forthcoming EP. Watch the video HERE. Vonica’s If You’re New Here Dance EP is due May 13th, 2022. ICYMI, check out the video for the Felix hot Chip remix of Vonica’s “If You’re New Here Dance.”
Psych-pop artist, Daydream Review, signs with Side Hustle Records & shares new single, “Sensory Deprivation,” + U.S. tour dates
Written, recorded and produced by Montez, “Sensory Deprivation” offers the musician the space to yearn, to love, and to be loved in return, exploring what it really means to be in a long-term relationship. Montez explains, “The song is about something that can be common in long term relationships–that while you’re still in love and enjoy each other’s time, the demands of life and work. can pull you away from your partner/wife/husband, and make you feel undesired. I’m definitely being a little dramatic in this song, but I think the chorus makes a nice point, especially in a long term relationship, that you only want to feel loved. The sonic qualities are kind of reflective of this, bouncing between a quiet state of unstated desire, and then a more emotionally charged statement of wanting that love.”
Lia Hide Blends Elements Of Avant-Pop, Jazz And Alt-Rock On New Single ‘Uterus Will’
Greek Avant-Pop artist Lia Hide returns with her new single ‘Uterus Will’ taken from the brilliant new album ‘The Missing Fourth Guest’. Following a stint signed to EMI-Universal, working with a number of acclaimed producers including multiple Grammy award winner Adam Ayan, the Athens-based artist has established herself as one of the most exciting names on the Art-Pop scene. Once again showcasing her strikingly unique blend of Pop, Electronica and Jazz, Lia’s three-piece band have signed with Conch Town Records and are releasing some of their most exciting music to date.
Maddie Jay and Bobbing Team up for new Single “Marie”: an ode to Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
The bouncing track floats the listener easily through the heavy feeling of watching your world cave in on you, wall by wall. Driven by funk elements, you hardly expect the weight of the lyrics as life seems to spiral. Lighthearted yet still a bit dark, “Marie” reflects how Gen-Z tends to discuss their mental health; burying the more serious topics underneath deflective humor.
Indigenous Mexican American R&B songstress, FLORES, releases her anticipated debut EP The Lives They Left featuring focus track “Brown”. Produced primarily by Maths Time Joy (Mahlia, Kevin Garrett, Gallant) and with select songs co-produced by FLORES via True Colours Records/ Venice Music.
Metallic hardcore band Simulakra throw down on new single “Follow The Flies”
Today, Delaware-based metallic hardcore band Simulakra have shared “Follow The Flies,” the second single off their upcoming album The Infection Spreads, set for release May 24th on DAZE. The track goes hard out the gate with pummeling guitars, rapid drums, and aggressive dual vocals featuring Tyler Mullen of Year of the Knife. Lyrically, “The track is a story of someone finding their dead relative a little too late and their remains are being tainted by flies.” says lead vocalist Dom Pabon. The Infection Spreads is available for pre-order now through DAZE. The band have also announced they will be playing This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, PA on July 9th with Hatebreed, Madball, All Out War and more.
Bret McKenzie’s Songs Without Jokes (8/26/22) + Shares Official Video For “A Little Tune,” International Headline Tour Dates
On August 26th, 2022, Bret McKenzie will release Songs Without Jokes, his full-length, solo debut, worldwide through Sub Pop. The album, which features lead single “A Little Tune,” and additional highlights “Dave’s Place,” “If You Wanna Go,” and “America Goodbye,” was produced by Mickey Petralia and McKenzie, mixed by Darrell Thorpe, with songs recorded at East West Studios and United Recordings, and mastered by Dave Ives at 101 Mastering in Los Angeles.
The Revivalists Release “You Said It All” (Made In Muscle Shoals) Song and Video
“I started writing ‘You Said It All’ during a time in my life when I found the things surrounding me were receding. The song was sparked late at night during an underground Mardi Gras parade and I found myself in a surreal world I didn’t recognize only blocks from my house. The first lines of the song came straight from that experience of being in a place I knew so well but seeing it as an unknown landscape full of danger and possibility. The original demo was built on sounds referencing back to 90s rap but when we arranged the song for The Revivalists it got a more live band treatment. FAME Studios is known for making hits in an era where everything was played live and you can feel it in the room. Recording “You Said It All” there inspired us to bring the same energy we put into our live shows into this version of the song,” shares drummer Andrew Campanelli.
Danish Metal Band STEELBOURNE Present The Lyric Video For “By Way of the Serpent”
“By Way of the Serpent” is a track taken from Steelbourne’s album “A Tale As Old As Time”, out via Wormholedeath worldwide.
A Tale As Old As Time itself is classic metal at its best, inspired by giants such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Accept, Primal Fear, Candlemass and many more.
Dear Rouge Share “Gimme Spirit” Music Video via Wonderland | Tour Dates w/ Vance Joy + Metric | ‘Spirit’ LP Out Now via Pheromone Records
On April 8, Vancouver alt-rock duo Dear Rouge shared their long-awaited third full-length album, Spirit (out now via Pheromone Records). As the band wrote of the record, “Spirit is the most vulnerable and raw side of Danielle’s inner thoughts, and the line being thrown from these questions and deep reckonings within oneself, urging you to grab hold and hang on for dear life.”
Seth Walker “Why Do I Cry Anymore” Out Today / European Tour Dates Announced
Seth Walker has released “Why Do I Cry Anymore,” the third and final single before his new studio album ‘I Hope I Know’ is released next Friday, May 20. A minimalist and evocative soul-blues number, Walker sings from the perspective of someone who’s experienced the pain of a broken heart one too many times. The track features just Walker and his producer Jano Rix performing all of the parts.
Tami Neilson Shares “Baby, You’re A Gun”
“Beyond The Stars” – which immediately hit the Official NZ Music Chart’s “Top 40 Hot Singles” and “Top 20 NZ Hot Singles” in Neilson’s adopted home country of New Zealand – was further met by critical applause from media outlets around the world:
RAP STAR DREEZY & COI LERAY TEAM UP FOR “BALANCE MY LOWS”
Today, 4x GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum rap star Dreezy releases the empowering anthem “Balance My Lows” feat. Coi Leray. Produced by 3x GRAMMY Award-winning Hit-Boy, the track features Dreezy and Coi Leray rapping over a hypnotic beat.
A densely layered mesh of discordant guitar lines and reverb-drenched riffs, “It’s All In My Head” is a fuzzy cut of distorted garage rock that deals with intensely personal themes for Brighton-based artist Ruby Taylor aka Yumi And The Weather.
Skope video submission: video: Anthony 3, “Summer Madness” Georgia Soul & Hip Hop Meets Experimental Rap
The avid portrait artist/rapper had this to say, “Being that these are my influences, my style differs and it is my own. It’s far beyond it’s time but definitely necessary for the current climate. I have more of a hip- hop, soul, and experimental sound to simplify it. My song called “Summer Madness”, is a guide to spiritual enlightenment. For the mental battle. Inspiration that expresses that the sky’s the limit and even further.”
Keegan Powell is a Toronto-based songwriter and performing artist combining elements of psychedelic rock with alternative folk, Brit pop, and shoegaze to create something completely his own. His debut solo LP, Previous Pain, features production credits from Matt Snell (Dua Lipa), Peter Van Helvoort (The Glorious Sons), Dylan Frankland (Tallies), and Phil Jones (from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).
TUSCOMA: MetalSucks Premieres “Impeccable” Single
TUSCOMA’s Gu-cci was recorded by Evan Pope at Studio 11b in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, mixed by Chris Johnson at Electric Bunker in Boston, Massachusetts, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York, and completed with photography by George L Clarke and design by Kurt and Olga Williams.
Video: ethemadassassin – Radiation ft. Young Hak (off his new album “Handz Of Stone”)
Dubinski Return With Hard-Hitting New Single ‘Soothsayer’
Featuring sinister guitar riffs and a dark chord progression, ‘Soothsayer’ is wrapped around imaginative lyrics lead singer Eugene Gaine wrote while sleep deprived from working night shifts. Soothsayer tells the story of someone who repeatedly visits a torturous fortune teller, one who predicts only horrific events for the clearly masochistic customer to expect in the future.
Vic Mensa/Mick Jenkins/Big Gigantic share new song; album arrives June 10
Big Gigantic have shared their latest all-star collaboration, “Just The Same (With Vic Mensa & Mick Jenkins),” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is from the genre-bending Boulder, CO-based duo’s eagerly awaited eighth studio album, Brighter Future 2, arriving everywhere on Friday, June 10. All pre-saves/pre-adds will be entered to win four tickets to any Big Gigantic show in 2022. In addition, a limited edition double LP printed on 180g light blue galaxy vinyl is available for pre-order exclusively at the official Big Gigantic webstore.
FIVIO FOREIGN TAPS CHLOE BAILEY AND KAYCYY IN THE SULTRY VISUAL FOR “HELLO”
ALESSIA CARA RELEASES NEW VISUAL FOR “YOU LET ME DOWN”
Alessia Cara uses pop music as a diary. Since catapulting to stardom with the quintessential loner anthem “Here” in 2015, the singer/songwriter has matured alongside her audience, capturing the highs and lows of adolescence and young adulthood with camera-like clarity. In many ways, Cara’s new era is a snapshot of an artist finally processing her meteoric rise in the music industry.
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER DROP NEW SINGLE“ME, MYSELF & I”
Of the song, Luke states, “‘Me, Myself, and I’ is a really exciting song for us to have on the record that we’ve spent the last two years making. We’re all big fans of Jon Bellion and when he sent us the idea, we instantly connected with it. So much of what we had been writing lyrically was extremely introspective and this song fit like a puzzle piece with the rest of the album. We then ended up finishing it with Jon, Jason, Pete and Mick.”
Gwenno Shares The Video and Title Track, “Tresor” || Out Now on Heavenly / PIAS
With her new album Tresor due out July 1st via Heavenly Recordings, Gwenno today shares the distinctive visual for the album’s beguiling title track and new single, “Tresor.”
HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA: New Noise Magazine Premieres “At Last He Will”
HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA was formed by musicians based in four countries across three continents who currently play with or formerly have played with the likes of Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle, Farmers Market, and more, the band coming to fruition amidst the early days of the global pandemic lockdowns. Gently playful in certain places, exhilarating in others, and even teetering on the brink of cacophony at times, the band’s debut The Egg That Never Opened is truly a dynamic and engaging listening experience for lovers of avant-garde, experimental, and progressive music of all shapes and sizes.