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As he prepares to return to Las Vegas this Friday for his Usher: My Way The Vegas Residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM, global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher has announced 15 new dates in June and October 2023 for his Las Vegas residency, which sold-out all 2022 dates and is on track to sell out all previously announced 2023 dates.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale to the public Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. PT until Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. PT. Fans can text (404) 737-1821 to join Usher’s community and get access to the pre-sale.

Laura Roy continues the roll-out for her new EP with ‘Odyssey’

Two time Grammy nominated, Canadian artist, producer and songwriter Laura Roy is back with a brand new release ‘Odyssey’, the second single off of her newly announced EP to be released in March. This is Laura’s debut release after receiving two Grammy nominations as a contributing songwriter on Doja Cat’s ‘Planet Her’ album in 2022. Laura received recent support from BBC Radio, CBC Radio and Spotify Editorial Playlists: Chilled R&B Weekly, Fresh Finds, New Music Friday, R&B Weekly, R&B Fresh Finds & R&B Rising.

That Old Quiet Lighthouse continue to create their sad-boy multiverse with new single ‘Laughter’

New single ‘Laughter’ (out today 10th Feb) is an upbeat indie-pop tune, channelling folk influences through its tenor horn counter melodies. Wanted to see what you think.

8SNAKE – ‘The Unreliable’

‘The Unreliable’ is the new 8SNAKE single. The track has been mixed and mastered by Douglas Wheeler and the new video was shot by various video makers, featuring various past live performances of the band in London UK. Edited and produced by Douglas Wheeler, and released through 8MusicGroup.

MEGALITH LEVITATION: Russian doom metal cult to release new album “Obscure Fire” in March

Aesthetic Death is proud to present MEGALITH LEVITATION’s highly anticipated third full-length album, “Obscure Fire”, due out on March 31st 2023.

Lysergic, transcendent doom ritual. Purveyors of the eternal riff.

MEGALITH LEVITATION invite you to return, deeper into their lysergic world. Take the trip through a never-ending dirge of sulphuric doom riffs and monastic chant.

Ready for broadcast… Big City from Dutch singer-songwriter and producer Felicia Catharina

NOLA’s Jenn Howard Shares “Better Than You Think” in Celebration of Mardi Gras

New Orleans born and bred singer-songwriter Jenn Howard’s aptly-titled sophomore release, Valiant Women, is a profile in courage. The 10-song album of Americana-soul boldly chronicles a phoenix rising story to self-possession and artistic autonomy. “This body of work showcases what it was like for me to be a woman searching to discover myself again after losing footing in my hopes and dreams,” Jenn says.

audiobooks (David Wrench & Evangeline Ling) Share New Single ft. OneDa / Announce EP Out April 12 via Heavenly

David Wrench and Evangeline Ling – aka audiobooks – today announce a new EP, Gulliver, due for release April 12 via Heavenly Recordings. Today the band share lead single “Burnt Pictures” featuring OneDa.

Filmed on the slate grey Ogwen Beach on a cold Welsh winter weekend, the video for “Burnt Pictures” explores trying to erase memories. Pictures etched into the mind that won’t easily burn away. The clip was directed by David’s eldest son Louis and features his youngest child Auberon.


After performing his chart-topping full-length debut album, Give Or Take on multiple sold out US nationwide and European dates last Fall, electrifying Coachella and Wireless Festival performances, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum R&B star GIVĒON will touch down in Europe this Spring for a highly anticipated headline tour. This run kicks off on May 2 in Manchester, UK before rolling through Birmingham on May 3 and London on May 5. He crisscrosses mainland Europe with gigs in major cities such as Paris, France on May 10 and Berlin, Germany on May 12 before concluding in Stockholm, Sweden on May 16.

VOIDSCAPE: New Jersey Melodic Death Trio With Members Of Tombs, Replicant, And More Present Odyssey Of Spite EP Through Nefarious Industries; Lyric Video, Art, Preorders, And More Posted

New Jersey-based VOIDSCAPE will release their debut EP, Odyssey Of Spite, at the end of March through Nefarious Industries, today releasing the record’s details including the cover art, preorders, and lead single, “Burden Of Breathing.”

VOIDSCAPE – Odyssey of Spite

Reflective Singer-Songwriter Rona Mac Shares ‘Sense’ (FFO: Ben Howard, Phoebe Bridgers, and Damien Rice.)


GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum hip-hop luminaries The Roots and Live Nation Urban reveal the details for the 2023 installment of “Roots Picnic.” Renowned for its complete musical and cultural immersion, the two-day festival will be back at The Mann in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 2023. This year, a special stand-up comedy performance from Dave Chappelle and The Roots at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, June 2 will kick off the weekend. A fan club presale launches tomorrow, February 21 at 12PM ET, and general on-sale follows on Wednesday, February 22 at 10AM ET.

New Video! Stryfe Rocks the World with “Velvet Revolution” Music Video from “Cursed Theatre”


NONPOINT Releases New Single “Heartless”; Immersive “Twisted Wizard of Oz” Themed Tour with Special Guests Blacktop Mojo and Sumo Cyco Kicks Off March 2nd!

Nonpoint released their new single “Heartless” to all major platforms. The song was produced by Chris Collier, the mind behind Korn’s #1 album on Top Hard Rock Albums on Billboard, and released on Nonpoint’s independent record label, 361 Degrees Records.

TAKEDOWN FESTIVAL — Announce ‘Road to Takedown’ Showcase Gig Feat. Confessions of a Traitor and More

In the build-up to its first event in eight years, TAKEDOWN FESTIVAL will be showcasing three bands from their line-up at a one-off show in London this April.

Hitting Boston Music Room on Good Friday (7 April), the ‘Road to Takedown’ show will see performances from Confessions of a Traitor, Seething Akira and Crushed By Waves; all of whom will have a starring role at Takedown Festival 2023 later in the Spring.

OCEANHOARSE Release New Album and Share Lyric Video for “Fall Like Dominoes”! “Heads Will Roll” out now on Noble Demon!

Today, Finnish heavy metallers Oceanhoarse release their highly anticipated sophomore studio album Heads Will Roll via Noble Demon. With eleven brand new tracks, the album seamlessly picks up where its predecessor Dead Reckoning (2021) left off and even goes one step further! Heads Will Roll is an album packed with tense arrangements, vocal harmonies and crushing riffs and a must have release for all fans of heavier but dynamic sounds!

Post-Punk Duo LOW RES collaborate with Johan Hinders for Explosive new single STIGMA

Teaming up with seminal artist Johan Hinders of Audionom for the release, ‘Stigma’ sees the pair return with all the same power and captivating post-punk textures they are known for. Brimming with a raw and driven aesthetic that flows elegantly between their electronic and organic elements, their newest release cements them as one of the more riveting names on the scene today.

MOONLUST Unleash New Single “Beautiful Corpses”

Hard rockers MOONLUST have unveiled a second heartfelt single in “Beautiful Corpses”. Following the high octane, vintage vibes of “Six Years”, MOONLUST are on a roll with no signs of slowing.

Black Country, New Road announce new live film of entirely new material – “Live At Bush Hall” | Further UK headline tour dates to take place in May 2023

Today, Black Country, New Road have premiered a live film of entirely new material taken from their three sold out back-to-back shows at Bush Hall in December 2022. The film premiered on YouTube at 5pm and comes ahead of a film screening that will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London at 8pm tonight.

ICYMI: ANOVA SKYWAY team up with Costin Chioreanu to produce mesmerizing new music video for latest single “City Underground”

Houston’s alternative prog metal / rock collective ANOVA SKYWAY have teamed up with renowned Romanian artist, composer and graphic designer Costin Chioreanu to present a one of a kind visual journey into their newest offering, “City Underground.”

Well known for his graphic works for At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, Arcturus, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Ulver and many others; Chioreanu expertly captures the perplexing collisions among different spiritual beliefs and dissects the common theme of love that runs through them all in this stunning cinematic work of art.

FFO Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys: Dreamy synthpop single ‘You Shine On’ from London’s Magnetic Skies – out 17th Feb

Synthpop band from London Magnetic Skies are set to release their new single, ‘You Shine On’, on 17 February via independent label ReprinT Records. The track features dreamy melodies set against atmospheric synth backdrops, evocative of some of the 80s’ defining pop bands, such as The Human League, Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode. Accompanied by a kaleidoscopic music video, the single is delightfully infectious in its euphoria.


OL’ TIME MOONSHINE Release Video For “Hexslinger”

OL’ TIME MOONSHINE have unleashed the spellbinding new video for “Hexslinger”, taken from the latest album Magic. The quartet deliver a rockin’ & rollin’, dynamic exploration of all that is heavy, hooky, and full of groove.

“The song ‘Hexslinger’ has been a favourite in OL’ TIME MOONSHINE’s live set since its introduction, and was an obvious choice to be the second single and video from ‘Magic’. The lyrics are loosely based on the lore of ‘A Book of Tongues’ by author Gemma Files; the song weaves the fantastical tale of a magic-wielding priest and his outlaw gang battling an ancient goddess in the Wild West, played out over a rolling verse and crushing chorus. We hope you love ‘Hexslinger’ as much as we do!”


Lil Shakz releases another single ‘Pop Up’ lifted from his forthcoming debut project release ‘Tunnel Vision’ out March 10th.

Following on from the release of ‘Belong To The Streets’ which was Charlie Sloth’s Track Of The Week on Apple Music, and playlisted on Kiss Fresh, ‘Pop Up’ is one for the ladies showcasing his versatility to switch between different subjects.

ASKARA : New lyric video + Tour with EDENBRIDGE & DEEP SUN

Just a few days before the tour with EDENBRIDGE and DEEP SUN, the lyric video “To Ailsa Rock” from the current studio album “Lights of Night” was released, from which three singles and four videos were released beforehand.

“We all love Doom Metal with Death Metal influences. Sinister, reletnlessly grooving sounds harbour epic melodies. Melancholy wrapped in music that brings soothing comfort to every soul.