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WILL HOGE TURNS THE KEY ON “JOHN PRINE’S CADILLAC”
Written largely during the pandemic era, WINGS ON MY SHOES is, at its core, a testament to Hoge’s renowned gifts as a songwriter, highlighting the diverse perspectives of an expert craftsman whose songs turn Southern storytelling into universal sentiment. From the jubilant jangle of “It’s Just You” and the furious “All I Can Take” – the latter an inspired blast of bar band bombast recorded in a single take – to the stunning, string-laced “The Last One To Go” and the desperate narrative drive of “Dead Man’s Hand,” Hoge distills American roots music to its essential ingredients, carrying the torch for an enduring blue collar sound rooted in ringing guitars, anthemic songcraft, and steadfast lyrical integrity.
MIIRRORS Share the Dark Electro Laced Video for “Sinistry”
While little is known about Chicago group MIIRRORS, they remain a musical mystery that will grab your attention immediately. The band’s core is multi-instrumentalist Brian McSweeney and drummer Shawn Rios. McSweeney’s incredible, captivating vocals help to set the tone for their atmospheric production which vibrates intensely between the landscapes defined by Radiohead and Automatic for the People-era R.E.M.
[PRESS] Crozet “My Racing Heart” Out Now
Crozet’s extremely danceable new single, “My Racing Heart”, is streaming everywhere today. The Philadelphia indie duo stepped out of their comfort zone and wrote a song inspired by the work of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and absolutely hit a homerun. The attention to detail in their production is top notch and amplifies their ability to craft songs that sound like they are meant to score coming-of-age films. While their previous single, “Summer Nights”, was very much synth-driven, the funky bass and guitar work alongside Carl Cox’s sax playing really steal the show for “My Racing Heart.” Crozet will self-release their new album, Suburbia, on July 1st. Until then, be sure to give “Summer Nights” and “My Racing Heart” plenty of listens to tide you over.
Tempest shares new single and video “Agua”
Like a brewing tropical gale, Tempest returns with her highly-anticipated new single “Agua.” The tantalizing track co-written by August 08 and produced by Los Hendrix, PBNJ, and Matt Scheiner arrives alongside a fun and lively visual directed by frequent collaborator and friend Lakewood Mall. The video features Tempest hosting a studio session and showcases the budding artist’s effervescent charm as she outsmarts the boys at their own games via sultry, melodic, and off-the-cuff vocals. Bringing to life the steamy double entendre found throughout the track; Tempest empowers listeners and challenges male toxicity with bold femininity.
CHRISTIAN ALICEA REVIVE EL TEMA “VUELVE” DE EL MAESTRO LUIS SEGURA
OUT NOW: Apollo Brown Drops Third Single “Catching Moments” From Upcoming Album
OUT NOW // Dreamy Italian Alt Pop Duo Palmaria Release New Single
Palmaria are an Alt Pop duo from a small town in Italy, currently residing in London. Members Giulia and Francesco transport listeners on a journey of dreamy landscapes and uplifting experiences. Think The xx meet Sylvan Esso meet Little Dragon on a field trip to the Italian coast.
KAY FLOCK & FIVIO FOREIGN “MAKE A MOVIE” —DRILL STARS UNITE
UK Rapper 1sun Teams Up With Vic Prince For Summer Anthem “2A.M”
Rising Luton rapper 1sun has unveiled his latest single, “2A.M”, in collaboration with south London rapper Vic Prince. 1sun has been building his catalogue for several years with a series of well-received releases, such as 2020’s “Brotherhood” with Si Phili, and latest release “2A.M” looks set to see him continue his rise and break new ground.
GIRLZLUHDEV DROPS WOOZY BANGER “KILL TIME”
“Kill Time” boasts the sort of laidback, effortless cool that has made Dev one of California’s most exciting new stars. Over bouncy bass, colorful string patches, and woozy synths, the rap breakout unveils a barrage of bars that showcases his ability to conjure melodies out of thin air. “I’ve got some things, I really want to get this off my chest,” he raps with the precision of a seasoned veteran. “I’m stacking chicken and doing numbers, what’s the bigger flex?”
London queer artist ABISHA has shared the perfect anthem to celebrate love during this Pride Month titled “Say Wherever” out today. The dance-inducing track arrives ahead of her long-anticipated sophomore EP Everything Falls Into Place, which will be out on Friday, July 15th. Soaring over the lush garage production, the song has a pop sheen to it where the delicate silvery vocals encapsulate the buoyant rush of being with someone who is willing to move any barriers to be with their partner. It’s expansive and upbeat, yet captures the intimate sense of closeness that two individuals can share.
Dark-pop duo 6XT7 explore their sinful side with new single ‘Necessary Evil’
Formed in Los Angeles by members TASZ and LISA, dark-pop duo 6XT7 released their latest single ‘Necessary Evil’ today, June 17.
As the title suggests, the song explores the sinful side of modern society, when acting in pursuit of our own beliefs can lead us down a path that others may consider wrong. The weighty message of the lyrics is set to a dark, mellow tune.
For the music, the band once again worked with their production partner howie808. The song uses LISA’s gorgeous clear vocals and TASZ’s primal screams to unusual effect, which is worth checking out.
Today, Rhode Island-born and Los Angeles-based rapper JELEEL! releases two new singles, “UNCIVILIZED! (GO!)” and the Mike Dimes-assisted “CLUBHOUSE!”
NEW MUSIC: German Ambient Duo Psycho & Plastic Drop Ethereal Single ‘Fragile Targets’
Rising ambient duo Psycho & Plastic have released their latest single, ‘Fragile Targets’, on the 17th of June. The single follows the recently released singles ‘Back And Forth’ (which was accompanied by a monochromatic video) and ‘Imago’, all of which will appear on the duo’s upcoming LP, Phantom Bliss to be released on the 8th of July via GiveUsYourGold. The pair have already earned over 4 million plays across platforms with support from CLASH Magazine, Metal Magazine, VENTS Magazine, Faze Magazine, Electronic Groove, Data Transmission, The Club Map and Get Into This and BBC Radio 6’s Andrew Weatherall, as well as the UK radio station Worldwide FM to name a few.
glibs Drops Sleek New Single, “Soft Spot”
LA-based artist and producer, glibs, has released the dreamy single, “Soft Spot,” a silky depiction of holding a place in the heart for a special someone. “This song comes from my emotions of heartbreak,” admits glibs. He brilliantly infuses his songwriting into a lo-fi beat that allows listeners to feel the emotions laid out in the lyrics. glibs has mastered the ability to draw an audience in with relatable feelings of unrequited love.
LIOTTA SEOUL Reveal Gross-Out Video For New Single ‘Disgusting’ Out Now KROD Records
Koblenz, Germany alt-rock trio LIOTTA SEOUL are pleased to reveal the video for their new single ‘Disgusting’ which is out now on all good digital service providers, already crashing onto Spotify’s All New Rock and Alternative Noise playlists.
Wale The Sage Lives Life His Way in “Family Affair” Video
Stringing together bars with wit and easygoing sing-song, Wale The Sage’s rhymes reflect the wisdom his name implies. Telling a story familiar to any first-generation immigrant pursuing a career in the arts, Wale shares “Family Affair,” his new video single. Squeezing syllables between deep 808s and haunting synths, courtesy of producer NXMERCY, the Nigerian-born artist navigates the conflict between his artistic dreams and his family’s expectations–he remains grateful to his mom for supporting him as a child, but chafes against the judgmental attitude his family harbors toward him for living his truth. Still, despite the lack of support from the people he loves most, the Atlanta-based rapper is confident in his ability to achieve his dreams: “All I want is designer jeans, the finer things/A queen with a diamond ring/No stress in this life of sin/A violin that sing with a thousand strings.”
LUKE COMBS’ NEW SINGLE “THE KIND OF LOVE WE MAKE” DEBUTS TODAY; WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Of the song, Combs shares, “I wrote this song in Montana with Dan and Reid Isbell and my guitar tech Jamie Davis, who used to be in a band with Dan. I met Jamie through Dan. Jamie had the idea, and Dan and Reid brought it to me and I thought it was a killer melody. It ended up being one of those songs that wrote itself. Dan, Reid and I are all having kids within a month of each other, so maybe this song had something to do with that.”
Emerging singer-songwriter BYRNE shares his new single “Dreams on a 6 Train” via Boom.Records. The track’s lush production and peaceful melody set the tone for the laid-back sentimental song. BYRNE’s raw and highly polished vocals depict the track’s deeply personal and poignant songwriting. “Dreams on a 6 Train” follows the release of “The Best I Can” and showcases BYRNE’s nostalgia-inducing storytelling as he ruminates on and picks up the pieces of a past relationship. Listen to the beautiful, heartfelt track below and stay tuned for more news to follow.
Icona Pop Join Forces With Ultra Naté For ‘You’re Free.’
Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back today, joined by legendary singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer Ultra Naté for a brand new track titled ‘You’re Free.’ This undeniable summer-club-banger pays homage to Ultra Naté’s 1997 Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart #1 hit ‘Free.’
OUT TODAY: SINGER/SONGWRITER GRACIE RAY RELEASES DEBUT EP ‘NIGHTHAWK’
On Nighthawk, Gracie imparts raw honesty upon lively pop soundscapes punctuated by R&B grooves and jazz fluidity in her music. She tells stories with the candor of a late-night chat between lifelong friends, sparing no detail or emotion as she examines the ups and downs of love and life.
Australian Troubadour MARK WILKINSON Signs to Nettwerk; Shares the Evocative New Single “Belong”
On “Belong,” Mark strikes a gentle chord with his beautiful, clear vocals and muted piano. Soft string arrangements flow through the song, adding to the cinematic nature, yet there’s an emotional tension that Mark describes as “fighting for what’s important to you and holding strong in the face of adversity.” His gentle songwriting style and vocal tonality call to mind contemporaries such as Harrison Storm, James Vincent McMorrow, & Jack Savoretti.
It’s difficult not knowing what to do, especially when the choice is between your passions or the one you love. Constantly wavering and wanting to be selfish, “somebody to you” is his earnest new single, a desperate plea that wonders “what if I was better?” Would things be different?”
Today, Alice Merton releases her second album S.I.D.E.S. which features the new focus track “The Other Side.” This album campaign has seen Alice raise the bar from what she achieved with her debut album Mint (billion+ streams, Top 10 chart positions across Europe, becoming a judge on The Voice of Germany) with some of her biggest moments in fresh territories, including a US tour with Bastille, a career-defining orchestral concert of her biggest songs with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and being named as Jo Whiley’s Infatuation on Radio 2.
FLO MILLI UNLEASHES LATEST SINGLE AND VIDEO “CONCEITED” – ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM ‘YOU STILL HERE, HO ?’ COMING SOON
MANTAR Unveils “Odysseus” Video; Pain Is Forever And This Is The End Full-Length Nears Release Via Metal Blade Records
German metal duo MANTAR today unveils their latest video for “Odysseus.” The dark and atmospheric new hymn comes by way of the band’s blistering new full-length, Pain Is Forever And This Is The End, set to drop on July 15th via Metal Blade Records.
Toronto Alt-Rocker HARKNESS Say “Ciao To The Beauty” with New Single
LA-based singer and songwriter Isabella has announced her Human EP out in July and today shared the first single “Everywhere I Go” featuring Zacari of TDE. The 7-track EP is a collection of songs showcasing the creative growth of an artist who has the newfound confidence to come into her own. “Everywhere I Go” summons raw relatability by speaking to the enduring presence of love lost. A brooding alternative R&B gem, the single merges nimble yet sultry vocals with minimalist cyberpop production to deliver an evocative listening experience.
For Skope: Moodygee returns to Purple Fly with party-ready “Higher” with Azooland & Jordan Grace (out now)
Bobby Cool Breezes Into The Good Times With Easygoing Single “Salt Life”
Recording artist Bobby Cool’s new tune “Salt Life” kicks off with a bit of blue-collar perspective; its narrator singing “We load the boat up and we’re out by nine / On the water til quittin’ time.” But it’s only a matter of time before the tides turn the song into an easy-going, smile-inducing ode to the upsides of close proximity to a large, salinated body of water. In the end, driven by lively harmonica counterpoint, Cool’s character is fully and happily committed to not worrying whether the grass is greener on the other side. “And I may never live the high life but you know it’s alright / Cause livin’ up the salt life is so damn sweet.”
Love Long Beach was born in 2013 to bring the beauty of its namesake city to light and offer guests a singular, immersive festival experience outside the urban chaos of Los Angeles. Six fruitful editions later, the magic returns to its picturesque home of ShoreLine Aquatic Park on July 23 & 24 for its highly awaited seventh edition.
NIGHTWRAITH: No Clean Singing Premieres “Beguiler” Performance Video From Denver Melodic Death Metal Outfit; Offering Full-Length Out Now On Reaping Scythe Records
Denver, Colorado-based melodic death metal outfit NIGHTWRAITH today reveals their performance video for “Beguiler.” Now playing at No Clean Singing, the track comes off the band’s Offering full-length, released in March via Reaping Scythe Records!
Freedom Heartsong Details How To Thrive Despite Devastation and Despair With New Album The Humane Experience
Today, Freedom Heartsong releases his new album The Humane Experience, out now via Dark Star Recordings. The 11-track album combines the soulful lyrics of blues and the upbeat energy of rock to inspire listeners to find strength amidst intense suffering, to not only survive, but thrive and create the life they have always dreamed of living.
The Humane Experience “is a journey from darkness to light, a message of inspiration, courage, perseverance, and optimism to help make the human experience a little bit more humane,” Freedom Heartsong confesses.
Freedom Heartsong will be performing at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA on June 30th, PierFront Wine & Brew in Avila Beach, CA on July 23rd. On August 27th, Freedom Heartsong will take to the stage at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA to celebrate the release of this album.
“Moon Groove” is an entrancing tech house record harnessing a whimsical topline, mesmeric flute melodies, ethereal atmospherics, thumping basslines, and a playful message sitting front-and-center. It follows on his global breakthrough track “Summer 91 (Looking Back),” which garnered over 52M streams and was named the Hottest Record in the world by Annie Mac.
Title: Moon Groove
Label: Techne / Insomniac Records
Genre: Tech House
Release Date: June 17
AVAION RELEASES NEW SINGLE “KEEP ON DANCING”
After years of absorbing and educating himself in the art of the creative process, AVAION discovered, the hard way, that his most refined work comes from a place of profound pain, but even from the darkness he feels within, light still shines. After 13 releases and more than 200 million combined streams, the severe impact of prior experiences is also a beacon of hope, not just for AVAION but many others. While he radiates with a more positive mindset today, AVAION remembers the internal suffering that life brings and how it can weigh excruciatingly heavy on the head and heart. He recalls that pain vividly, but beyond that sadness, way over that mountain of agony, lies a breathable place of happiness and escapism. This is what “Keep on Dancing” represents—a tender reconciliation with the beauty of what’s positive inside you. AVAION’s way out of the darkness was music. Through this music, he can pick apart all the bad and good in life. Reflecting on his feelings in his music is not just a therapy for himself but has become something introspective for his growing base of fans.
INTENT Release New Single “Victims of Conquest”
High octane thrash outfit INTENT have unleashed “Victims of Conquest”, the first single from their upcoming album Exile. Delivering ludicrous speed, fierce energy and dynamic instrumentation, the new track is a feast of ferocious metal.
L.A-bred electronic artist yetep returns to Lost In Dreams with his third appearance. Joined by lauded singer-songwriter Josh Rubin, “Remember” finds them concocting a distraught melodic bass song urging an ex lover to reminisce about their relationships in hopes of getting back together. Underneath the forlorn vocal delivery is a moody beat characterized by lulling pads, sweeping arps, punchy drums, and cinematic layers.
Josh Rubin has previously featured on tracks for REAPER, Nurko, ARMNHMR.
Title: Remember ft. Josh Rubin
Label: Lost In Dreams
Genre: Dance / Electropop
Release Date: June 17
BROOKLYN RAP STAR BADDA TD RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO “WHAP WHAP REMIX” FEATURING SKILLIBENG
Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) Shares “The Birds Are Dying” Video via MXDWN
Today, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) shares a video for “The Bird Are Dying,” the latest single taken off the brand new reissue of his debut LP, The History of Dogs (originally shared in 1992), out now via Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise. The single comes alongside a music video created by Arturo Baston.
Kittrix Releases New Single “All Famous” on Insomniac’s Discovery Project
The buoyant synth chords, emotive string pads, pitch bending vocals, and hypnotic rhythms, provide “All Famous” with a flavor in a similar lane to Zhu yet one that is uniquely her own. When producing “All Famous,” Kittrix yearned to create a simplicity she had been unable to previously attain. Aiming to produce a more upbeat melody, Kittrix started with a simple chord progression. A major goal was to make “All Famous” into a track anyone anywhere could relate to. To attain this goal, she aimed to make the vocals not sound like her, so she pitched her voice up and down to achieve this effect. The final result of Kittrix’s efforts is a highly addictive and universally appealing dance tune that is a true testament to her undeniable creative talents.
Alanis Morissette ‘the storm before the calm’ Out Now
In conjunction with the wide release on traditional DSPs, the storm before the calm is also available on the leading mental health app, Calm. The platform has all eleven tracks available for on-demand streaming. Fans can download Calm now for iPhone and Android and receive a seven day free trial for first-time subscribers.