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Bristol Alt-Folk Duo Firewoodisland Release Beautiful New Single ‘Who Knew’

The work of Norwegian/Welsh musicians and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri, the now Bristol based duo have built a reputation for their emotive, intricate and cinematic soundscapes and stunning vocal harmonies. Following national radio play (BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales (A-List)), TV sync placements (Netflix’s Shadowhunters, Nurses and Vice, as well as an AirBnB ad) and a whole host of tastemaker press support (Wonderland, Clash, Atwood, PopMatters to name a few), the duo released two singles with Warner Music UK are now back with yet more new material once again showcasing their ability to sculpt stunning artistry.

MERA BHAI releases ‘Midnight To Dawn’ ft. Maria Uzor

Mera Bhai AKA Karthik Poduval, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & DJ also known as a founding member of Psych band Flamingods & member of the Internal team of Global Asian Underground collective Daytimers.

OUT NOW: Plasma Canvas Unveil ‘DUSK’ Via SideOneDummy

Today Coloradan punks PLASMA CANVAS share the album DUSK, out on all streaming platforms and on limited edition 12″ vinyl via SideOneDummy Records. Clocking in at eleven tracks over an hour, the record is by far the most expansive and ambitious of the band’s young career. DUSK finds PLASMA CANVAS at their loudest yet, whilst also at their most intimate and fragile.

FIDLAR Announce Brand New EP “That’s Life”

Southern California punk band FIDLAR have announced their forthcoming new EP That’s Life. Charging back after a four year hiatus, the EP arrives March 17th, 2023 and marks their first official project since 2019’s ALMOST FREE. That’s Life features six songs including their brand new single “Centipede,” as well as the previously released tracks “FSU,” “Sand On The Beach,” and “Taste The Money.” A song about the minutiae of relationships that crawls under your skin the longer you spend with someone, “Centipede” arrives today with a mind-melting music video directed by Ryan Baxley and produced by Alice Baxley.


The dynamic track showcases his genre-bending and culture-fusing production with its distinct Haitian bounce and universal appeal. Meanwhile, Oxlade turns up with a catchy melody and instantly chantable chorus. Together, they deliver a Caribbean-Afro-fusion anthem primed for global impact.

YVY MARAEY ft Raiza Biza – Water

The track itself is a multi-cultural coalesce, with half Brazilian YVY MARAEY working alongside New Zealand born talent: guitarist/producer Simon Abela, singer songwriter/producer Noah Slee, and Rwandan– Kiwi wordsmith Raiza Biza. Its title ‘Water’ and overall sentiment is about connecting with the natural world and its sacrosanctity.

Ward Thomas Reflect Childhood Themes In Video For Brand New Single ‘Next To You’…

Hampshire-duo Ward Thomas, today unveil their emotive childhood-themed video for brand new single ‘Next To You’ taken from their fifth studio album Music In The Madness – out March 10th, 2023.

A fun, yet beautiful video accompanies the track. Directed by Ed Rigg, the video documents a teddy bear, who is also a superhero, on a big day out in London. Treating the toy like a human turns the themes of friendship and love on its head, moving away from tired old cliches about lovers and injecting a sense of fun and beauty into the story.

Andrekza Enters New Music Era with “INOXENTE”

Venezuelan artist and creative director, Andrekza [An•DRECK•sa], releases “INOXENTE,” song 0 from her upcoming album. She returns recharged and feeling powerful with a new reggaeton sound and an optimistic outlook on life, “There’s no time to hate. We have to laugh not cry, just like Celia said ‘life is a carnival.'”

Media Alert: Wyn Starks Collaborates With Fisk Jubilee Singers On Stunning Gospel-Themed “At The End Of The River” EP

“It was a dream to work with the Fisk Jubilee Singers,” says Starks. “They’re iconic. They’re historic. I was surrounded by black excellence, and my goal was to highlight this amazing combination of voices.”

Slow Fiction Share “Jericho” Single via Atwood Magazine

Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles in 2022 (including as double A-side, “The Cut” / “Niagara,” and standalone tracks, “Nameless Harm” and “International Cherry”). In turn, the band has been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin (with whom they toured last spring), Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at last year’s New Colossus Festival (view the Paste live session).

Rising Rock Act Texas King Releases New Single “Whatever You Break”

With over 5.5 million total streams under their belt, Texas King’s new release marks a movement into the band’s biggest and boldest era yet. A driving power ballad, “Whatever You Break” continues to encapsulate the warmth and honesty that is signature to the band’s alt-rock outpourings. The song was produced by Brian Moncarz (Yukon Blonde, Moneen, OLP) and recorded at The Tragically Hip’s legendary Bathouse Studio just outside of Kingston, Ontario.

Fast Romantics Release New “Euphoria” Single + Video

Mereki pens the hymn for kindred spirits on “Twin Flame” – out today

Diving into the meaning of the single, Mereki said, “’Twin Flame’ is about meeting someone for the first time and knowing immediately that you’ve met before, maybe a million times. And that this being has played every meaningful role in your life and that no matter how many challenges you might face together or what role they might play this lifetime, you’ve found each other again and you are together forever.”


See You Next Tuesday release new album Distractions out now on Good Fight Music

Kerala Dust Release New Album via Play It Again Sam / Share Video For Opening Track

Bärlin — Farewell Song

After a first single that was noticed by the media in France (New Noise, Obsküre, Soul Kitchen…) and the rest of Europe (Everything is Noise, Impatto Sonoro, Muzikalia…), Bärlin returns with “Farewell Song,” a touching track taken from their upcoming album set to be released on March 3rd.

DATSUNN shares his values that matter, at the “End of the Day”

His new song, “End of the Day,” inspires a sense of peace and calm. It was created as part of a YouTube series he was working on, called Behind The Pads, where he picked a random sample and made a new piece of music based on it. This particular sample came from Toronto producer, The Kount.

The lyrics came to Datsunn easily as he was thinking about what he values in this world and wanted to share it with his audience: “All these things we need, like money, fame and greed. Do they mean anything? At the end of the day.”

New Music This Week from P!nk, Avey Tare, Shonen Knife, Orbital and More

New Releases for February 17, 2023 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.



Freya Ridings explores regret in mournful new ballad “Face in the Crowd”

Adding to the anticipation of her forthcoming Blood Orange album, “Face in The Crowd” is a heartfelt confession in which Freya bares her soul, the rich timbre of her voice overflowing with loss and heartbreak in one of the closest songs to her heart from Blood Orange.


rlyblonde Reveals “Fantasy” Music Video

After years of being the go-to photographer for New York’s favorite indie acts, Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist Carina Allen, aka rlyblonde, is taking her turn in the spotlight. She released her first single “Fantasy” earlier this week, and she is back today to reveal the song’s official music video.

Directed by rlyblonde herself and filmmaker Jisun Lee, the “Fantasy” music video is a playful riff on The Bachelorette. “I find The Bachelor franchise to be the strangest, most ridiculous, most engrossing socially accepted cultural phenomenon on television,” she says. “How the hell do you really get to know someone in 10 minute intervals? How real is your relationship when you basically fabricated romance the entire time?”


With this new track, MYRNE marks a new phrase in his career with a proclamation: “2023 is the year I make music specifically for dancing.”

In 2022 MYRNE released his single “What Can I Do”, where the prolific dance music producer gave fans a peek into his new outlook as a full-fledged artist, one who battled uncertainty and listlessness after navigating his way in the world as Southeast Asia’s most exciting newcomer in EDM. He then followed up with his EP Circles.

California hardcore band Torena drop new single “Bleed”

The California hardcore scene is producing many need to know bands, and the next to add to that list is the Oxnard-based Torena. Today the band announces their new EP, Evil Eyez, set for release March 14th through DAZE. Produced and mixed by Taylor Young (Mindforce, Age of Apocalypse) and mastered by Nick Townsend (Drain, Militarie Gun), the five songs on the EP sound as explosive as its artwork looks. Lead track “Bleed”, streaming everywhere now, finds Julien Urias throaty voice emphasized by fuller gang vocals before leading into an ignorant breakdown. The track itself is about questioning why you keep holding your emotions back, and how it can take a toll on a person.

Out Now: Singer-songwriter Izzy Mahoubi releases brand new single & music video “Torn In Two” (RIYL: Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift)

“The Last Kingdom: Destiny Is All” Album Out April 22 / “The Beloveds” Single + Video Out Now


“‘Favorite Song’ is about touching every dynamic of what a woman expects from a man,” explains Toosii. “It’s a heart throbbing, real life, and motivational record. But yet a distinct song that is bound to be your favorite song.”


Today: Multi-Platinum Selling Artist Virginia to Vegas Drops New Album life gets interesting…

The record’s focus track, “casamigos,” was born from a seemingly uninspired cottage songwriting session that turned into an immaculate-vibed, creative hang… once an unsuspecting bottle of Casamigos tequila entered the chat.

Victor Oladipo shares new album TUNDE

“I decided to do an Afrobeats album to give back to my culture, which has made me who I am and given me the strength to get through many storms,” explains Oladipo. “I felt like doing an Afro album would show my love and appreciation for my culture and my people. The love and appreciation they show and have shown me, I want them to receive that through this album.”

Francisco Martin returns with soulful, vibrant, electric “Passenger Princess”

On the heels of his breakthrough EP ‘Manic,’ which found dreamy falsetto and robust belting serving as conduits for conversations about mental health, relationships, angst, and human disconnection, singer-songwriter Francisco Martin is back with his first new release of 2023, the soulful, vibrant, and electric new single, “Passenger Princess.” This lullaby for the long-distance driver shows us a different side of Francisco—softer, more sensitive–where pleasure and happiness as the highest good is your crush’s feet on your dashboard.


United by a love of classic punk, ska and oi, UK based Grade 2 are bringing the raw power of old school punk to a new generation. Today the band unveils their third studio album, ‘Grade 2’ via Hellcat Records under the guidance of Tim Armstrong (Rancid). Appropriately self-titled, it’s their most representative work yet melding the uncompromising ethos of punk with the howl of contemporary injustice, personal identity and frustrations of Gen-Z youth.

Video: Rucci & Bankroll Got It – “Lamb Chops”

Parker McCollum Announces Upcoming Album, Never Enough, Out May 12

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Parker McCollum has revealed the title and cover of his forthcoming studio album, Never Enough, out May 12 via MCA Nashville. Set to showcase depth in his songwriting and the evolvement of his artistry, the project will include McCollum’s new song, “I Ain’t Going Nowhere,” out everywhere today. Written by McCollum, Lori McKenna, Lee Miller, Jon Randall and Liz Rose, the up-tempo track is told from a restless dreamer’s perspective – caught between the enticing pull of wanderlust and that special person that makes staying in one place more than worth it.

Levi Hummon Shares a New Side of His Artistry With “Rent Free” Available Today

“I had the title, ‘Rent Free,’ just because that phrase to me was so funny,” Levi shared about writing the song in an exclusive premiere with PopCulture. “It was like, ‘Yeah, oh my God, it lives rent-free in my head.’ And that was just such an obvious song idea. But then it’s like, ‘She lives rent-free in your head.’ And then the other side of that, it’s like, you were living with a girl that literally left and didn’t pay rent or whatever, and she lives rent-free in your head.”

Eric Sleeper Releases Ambient New Single “Dragons”

Singer-songwriter Eric Sleeper has released his latest single, “Dragons.” Bringing trippy loops, soulful harmonies, and poignant lyrics, the new track features an evocative guitar chipping away at a false reality. “Dragons” is available now on all streaming platforms.

Queer singer-songwriter Olive Klug shares new single “Parched” + music video via Nettwerk


Featuring the hit singles “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” and “TRUSTFALL,” as well as her latest release, “When I Get There,” TRUSTFALL marks some of P!NK’s most vulnerable and exhilarating work yet. Featuring collaborations with Chris Stapleton, The Lumineers, and First Aid Kit, as well as tapping notable songwriters and producers Max Martin, Shellback, Greg Kurstin, FRED, Billy Mann, and more, TRUSTFALL is an exploration of the highs and lows of uncertainty, freedom, and letting go.

Melbourne Indie-Folk Singer Hayden Calnin Releases New Song “If It’s Time”

“‘If It’s Time’ is a song that spurred from letting go of a lost love, and knowing when it was time to move on from all the bits that were weighing me down.” Hayden Calnin adds, “In this case, and with a lot of the upcoming music, it was a bit of a mending heart situation. I wrote a lot of this new music in a transitional stage of my life, living alone by the beach and really getting to know myself again. Surprisingly, for me, lyrically this is quite a happy song. I felt good writing it, and it was a bit of closure in knowing that I was emotionally ready to get my shit together and keep on keeping on. I think the lyrics speak for themselves in this one, no analogies or clever play on words, just straight up how it was.”

OUT NOW: Key Glock puts in “Work”

“Work” is the first single from Glock’s upcoming album Glockoma 2, dropping next Friday 2/24! Glock recently announced the project and shared some new Glockoma-themed Billboards on IG. His first full-length project since his Top 10 Billboard 200 charting album Yellow Tape 2 and the sequel to Glock’s fan-favorite 2018 project Glockoma, Glockoma 2 finds Glock honoring Dolph’s legacy and bolstering his own. Looking forward to seeing him perform tracks from Glockoma 2 on his upcoming headlining tour with TiaCorine and PRE risers Kenny Muney and Jay Fizzle!


The dynamic track showcases his genre-bending and culture-fusing production with its distinct Haitian bounce and universal appeal. Meanwhile, Oxlade turns up with a catchy melody and instantly chantable chorus. Together, they deliver a Caribbean-Afro-fusion anthem primed for global impact.

POSH SWAT (John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Andres Renteria) Share “THE SPENT SADIST” Single

Today, POSH SWAT, a new project helmed by John Dwyer (OSEES), Ryan Sawyer, and Andres Renteria, share their highly anticipated debut LP, POSH SWAT (out now via Rock Is Hell Records), alongside focus track, “THE SPENT SADIST.”

Seattle’s Telehealth releases new animated collage video for “Do the In Between”

The music video, by artist Amelia Jarvinen, is a visual exercise in doing ‘the In Between’. In response to their work, Jarvinen notes, “Once I started working on a scene, I just lost all sense of everything. Every time I “planned” out something, it has always completely changed. These scenes really have a life of their own and I have no control over them.”

Patrick Martin Journeys to Space in “Dandelion Eyes”

Today, LA-Based Wisconsin-born singer songwriter Patrick Martin shares his cosmic single “Dandelion Eyes” out now on Glassnote Records.

strongboi share gorgeous new single ‘flame’ + debut album OUT NOW

After teasing a string of stand-out singles, bursting with character, strongboi reveal their 7-track body of work ‘strongboi’. The collaborative pair have crossed genres & attitudes to bring an eclectic mix of bouncing bangers & smooth rolling grooves. You’re in for a treat.