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Lil Lotus Shares Pop-Punk Anthem “When Life Gives You Lemons” Feat. Sophie Powers

Produced by Matt Malpass (Blink 182, MGK) “When Life Give You Lemons” opens with a brightly strummed guitar as emotional vocals from Lotus tell his side of a dysfunctional romance. Sophie’s verse is a spunky, tongue-in-cheek response to Lotus with a punchy delivery dripping in attitude. Through earworm melodies and engaging lyrics, the two artists lend their contrasting styles for an upbeat summertime jam.

ORYAD Unleash Emotive Video For “Wayfaring Stranger”

ORYAD have unveiled an emotive and scenic video for “Wayfaring Stranger”. Taken from their new album Sacred & Profane, this song explores deeply personal physical and symbolic connections to one’s ancestors. The mystic prog metal ensemble from Tennessee and Colorado combine a wide variety of influences, including opera, jazz and metal, into their distinctive sound. ORYAD’s music is also deeply connected to nature and the myths of their home, and these themes are central to Sacred & Profane, which is available now.

CYCLONE STATIC: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Boom Boom”

New Noise Magazine is hosting a premiere of “Boom Boom” by Jersey City, New Jersey-based punk outfit CYCLONE STATIC. The track is the lead preview of the band’s new EP, Cave Pop: Dance Songs For Primitive People, nearing July release through Mint 400 Records.

Track Premiere: Cyclone Static – ‘Boom Boom’

Neo-psychedelic indie rock Pearl Earl New Album

Pearl Earl is the neo-psychedelic rock project of multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Ariel Hartley formed in Denton, TX in 2014. Originally debuting as a three piece, the band now consists of a rotating cast of original and touring members including Bailey K Chapman, Stefanie Lazcano, Chelsey Danielle, Teddy Georgia Waggy and Leeza V. The band has been in constant evolution and shape-shifting since its birth as a bedroom project on Hartley’s laptop in her early college years. With heavy nods to spacey prog and golden era glam rock, Pearl Earl invokes the cosmic nostalgia of the past while carving new territory of its own psychedelic universe. Once described as “Pink Floyd in the sunlight” the band’s live performances are captivating and euphoric with an ominous grin.

VANTABLACK WARSHIP Deliver A Solid Wall Of Thrash With Video “Inside His Mind”

The title of the album speaks to blacklisted writers of yesteryear and reminds us not to take freedom for granted of expression and freedom of thought. “Last of the Hard Mouthed Poets” also refers to the ending eras, to dying races, to lost generations, and to cherish those who remain. It’s a hard-hitting bomb of an album ready to blow your mind with thrash metal riffs and expertly written lyrics. Vocalist Yannick “Pil” Pilon comments on the band’s latest single “Inside His Mind”:

Video Premiere: Vantablack Warship – “Inside His Mind”

Out Today Folk singer Sarah Segal-Lazar examines the meaning of home in “This Old House”

Segal-Lazar didn’t feel like she could intrude with a question, for fear of bringing up painful memories. Instead, she let her imagination take her on a journey, and wrote the song “This Old House” for him – and all the older folks whose stories we don’t always get to hear – incorporating personal details like his grandmother’s rug, faded family photos, and the embroidered tapestries.

GHØSTKID – Release Video for “HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE”, Announce UK Tour Dates

GHØSTKID is happy to share a flashback to their tour supporting BAD OMENS earlier this year with the latest video for “HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE”:

NYSSA Releases New Song “Breakup Party”

A goth Gambler of Toronto’s west end, NYSSA knows when it’s time to walk away, and when it’s time to run. Led by cards of a different deck, NYSSA reads the room and knows what we need. Cue “Breakup Party,” NYSSA’s new song and first release on Six Shooter Records.

Power Pop Icon MATTHEW SWEET Leads A Cast Of All-Stars And Legends On A Trip To Revisit THE BEATLES’ “ABBEY ROAD!”

Sweet sings, plays guitar and even adds a little bass to a brand new version of Abbey Road’s punchiest blast of rock psychedelia, “Polythene Pam.” The fourth segment of the album’s magnificent Side B medley, “Pam” is the perfect showcase for Sweet’s deft interplay of rapid fire vocals and powerfully overdriven guitars. Assisting in the track’s creation is fellow singer/guitarist Jason Berk, who adds texture with his acoustic guitar, and Fernando Perdomo who supports Sweet’s guitar with some tasteful Hammond organ. Perhaps the only thing that can be said against the track is that, with a running time of 1:27, it leaves too soon. But then, that’s what the repeat button is for!

Skope: Palehound single out today (Polyvinyl, Jimmy Eat World)

Palehound released their new single “Independence Day” today alongside an official video. The new song wrestles with a newfound emotional clarity over a fireworks display of masterful guitar, crashing percussion and El Kempner’s (they/them) signature croon. Palehound also added a new date to their 2023 North American headline fall tour opening for Jimmy Eat World! The new album Eye On The Bat is is due out July 14 on Polyvinyl.

Public Image Ltd. Release New Single “Car Chase”

The video to “Car Chase,” gives an insight into the recording of the new album and features handwritten lyrics by John Lydon. Talking about “Car Chase,” John said, “Typical PiL, unpredictable to the last. It’s a fantastic smash-and-grab of a song. It’s about someone who cleverly breaks out of the mental institution every night, unbeknownst to his owners. It’s based on having to go to shopping malls at night for cigarettes and wine and seeing the vast carpark space and lighting surrounded by a little village and a lot of dark trees and country lanes. It’s a really creepy scenario, what if somebody creeps out of there, like a mad lunatic?”

Punk Rockers MOORE AVE Turn A Bad Brain Day Into Good Music With New Single “Relapse”

For those who have to work hard to manage their mental health, there will be days when your brain just doesn’t want to deal with anything. Some people refer to this as a “bad brain day” but it can be hard to explain what is happening when other people haven’t experienced it. With their new single, “Relapse”, Aylmer Ontario punk rock band Moore Ave manages to turn a bad brain day into good music.

Argentine Superstar Maria Becerra Releases “Corazón Vacío” + Named Spotify’s Second Highest Streaming Latin Female

“Corazòn Vacío” was released alongside an accompanying video, in collaboration with director Julián Levy, to push the boundaries beyond the lyrics’ scope. The filming served as a transformative experience that fostered Maria’s artistic growth. Every scene became an introspective quest to infuse authenticity into her performance, enabling her to embody a character that, as is customary for her, transcends the confines of the camera.

Caroline Romano Announces ‘A Brief Epic’ EP & Shares New Single “This House”

With her new EP, ‘A Brief Epic, Caroline reintroduces herself with a more mature and intentional alt-leaning sound. The EP will include past singles “Mississippi Air” and “Guts,” as well as her new release, “This House.”


Fresh from a sold out run of shows across the UK and Europe, British singer-songwriter Henry Moodie releases his boldly autobiographical new single “pick up the phone.” The new single was inspired by a conversation he had with a friend at one of his lowest moments, Henry opens up about his struggles with anxiety through his most intimate and earnest lyrics yet, as the track unfolds with a candid piano-tinged arrangement, a guitar driven chorus and cut through vocals. Listen HERE.


Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum, chart-topping artist, fashion disruptor, and Young Stoner Life Records Founder Young Thug presents his new full-length studio album, BUSINESS IS BUSINESS—available now via Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment.

Finnish pop-punk band Broken Trend reveal new video

Broken Trend is a 5-piece Pop-Punk / Post-Hardcore band from Helsinki, Finland. With a melancholic, fast-paced and grungy sound they bring a new sound to the stage.

“Oceanview Drive” is the first single from their upcoming debut album. View the video on YouTube:

Producer-Artist Taylor Deupree Shares Abstract New Single “Something That Looks Like Stars”; Announces New EP      

Today, renowned ambient artist and mastering engineer Taylor Deupree announces his forthcoming EP Eev and shares the soft, abstract composition “Something That Looks Like Stars.” The prolific musician quietly explores an imaginary landscape with a hybrid of natural sounds and technological meditation. Lush tones focus on stillness while embracing the restlessness of our natural world.

LA-based Singer-Songwriter Emily James Releases New EP ‘Grey’

Today, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Emily James releases her new EP Grey, a six-song collection that chronicles her journey to self-acceptance and self-love. Born out of a ‘grey’ time in her life, Emily carefully combined anthemic indie-pop tracks such as “Think I’m Gonna Make It” and “Happy For Me,” and sentimental singer-songwriter offerings like “Lovely Enough” and “New Name To Heartbreak” to sonically reflect the state of uncertainty out of which the project was born. Ultimately, Grey sees Emily immersed in a newfound vibrancy as she escapes the in-between and comes into her own.


The new album marks McGraw’s first new record since 2020’s Here On Earth, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. On Standing Room Only, fans can expect an album full of McGraw’s enduring Country sound, distinguished vocals and meaningful songs.

US Conscious Rock Artist Andrew Thomases Drops Thought-Provoking New Single ‘Back At My Life’

US Conscious Rock artist Andrew Thomases releases his latest single ‘Back At My Life’. The San Francisco Bay Area artist is known for writing thought-provoking tracks with observational lyrical commentary that varies across a wide variety of subjects, including climate change, society and morality.

Keni Titus releases new single “if u want” // listen here

Today, rising Los Angeles pop artist Keni Titus shares her latest single “if u want”, along with a heavenly music video directed by Keni and her best friend, Victoria.

Returning with her first song of the year, since her track “Come Back” in 2022, Keni has spent the last year writing a lot of new music, using songwriting primarily as a way to reflect on her experiences and relationships to date, and “if u want” is a product of that process.

Carthus: Melbourne Metal Act Announces Debut Album “Images of Tyranny” & First Single ‘Fed to the Lions’

With epic melodic scores and solid groove metal riffage, the 5-piece squad expresses their multi-influential dynamics in this hard hitting, head banging, riff raging debut album. The tastes of hubris and insignificance, splendour and delusion, invasive ideologies, and suffocating conceit. It’s glory. It’s pain. It’s heavy metal and it’s Carthus!

In conjunction with the album announcement, the band have released the first single titled ‘Fed to the Lions’. Listen here:


Today, rising indie-folk artist quinnie reveals gorgeous new single, ‘Ribbons’, the latest cut taken from the deluxe version of her debut album, ‘ flounder’. An artist of rare emotion and empathy, her work – floral bedroom pop, acoustic in tone and ambitious in execution – sits in a unique place, both beautiful and highly complex.’Ribbons’ exemplifies this – gorgeous, refulgent, and striking, it’s a sensual treat, while also packing an emotional punch.

Only Fire drops new single “Squirt”

With the release of “Squirt,” Only Fire continues to break new ground, provoking thought and inspiring listeners to embrace their individuality. As he works on his highly anticipated upcoming EP, scheduled for release in Q3 2023, Only Fire’s footprint in the music industry and popular culture is poised to expand even further.

Nika D (Virus Syndicate) Taps MC Altaf & Karan Kanchan for ‘Burn’

The emcee community in the UK has been thriving, even more so when Grime emerged in the early 00’s and made huge waves in British music. That being said, the lack of British-Asian emcees has been a topic that arguably isn’t spoken on enough. On a mission to help bring awareness and encourage others to pick up the mic is Nika D (50M+ streams), the founder of Virus Syndicate Sharing his latest single ‘Burn’ alongside Asian hit-makers Karan Kanchan (20M+ streams) and MC Altaf (90M+ streams), Nika D is eager to open a wider conversation.


Grammy® Award-winning and chart-topping artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have joined forces with ILLENIUM & Carlie Hanson on their new collaboration, “See You Again,” out today via RCA Records. The song marks their third release in three consecutive months in the new TCS5 Era.

BOYS LIKE GIRLS release new single “LANGUAGE”

Lead singer Martin, known for his candid and introspective songwriting, shares his thoughts on the intricacies of communication: “According to Google, there are around 6,500 languages in the world. I took French, Spanish, and Latin in school, but can barely get through asking where the toilet is in Montreal or Mexico City. I guess I’m a one trick American pony, and there are even some versions of English I barely understand. They say the two universal languages are mathematics and music. I suck at math, but I can tell you, having played some decent-sized shows in non-English speaking territories, that the latter is true for sure.”

Train Releases Brand New Song “I Know”

The breezy new song, which premiered exclusively on PEOPLE.com, showcases the distinct signature sounds of all three artists over an infectious beat. Featuring an instantly captivating melody, bouncy pop production, and undeniably catchy hooks, “I Know” is the perfect feel-good summer jam. The track marks Train’s first new music since the release of their critically acclaimed 11th studio album, AM Gold, in May 2022.

Vancouver Musician Dust Cwaine Releases New EP + Single/Video

17 is Dust Cwaine’s EP follow up to their debut album Arcana and continues in the same nostalgic vein, playing as a spiritual second act. These songs touch on parts of Dust’s inner world and reflect on their experience growing up closeted in a small town. Lyrical themes throughout speak to the power of trans bodies, love, and the skillful avoidance of vulnerability. Josh Eastman’s production brings a 80s inspired indie rock flare that highlights the glimpse back the lyrics offer. Listen to EP here.


LA-based, NY bred rapper-singer-producer, Hudi, drops his new project Holy Smokes!, along with an official video for track “In the Cut.” Holy Smokes! finds the talented wordsmith channeling the slick confidence of the hip-hop giants that soundtracked his childhood.

AiramFM – Deep Blue

“I started releasing music in September 2022 after I lost my mother in April 2022 to cancer. I needed to let that grief and pain go, and that’s why music helps me heal. My mother also always encouraged me to sing, as she herself had great musicality and had a beautiful voice. I also have a hope that my music can help others who are going through the same thing, so they don’t feel alone in their pain.”


For most of its runtime, “Before” seems to fill the mix entirely, its gorgeous production finding every nook and cranny of the listener’s speakers or headphones. NOBY dances over it nimbly—sometimes ducking inside of it, sometimes gliding on top. Focused lines like “I was lost before” are sung deliberately, clear and doubled, while revelations just as stark are rendered as something closer to off-the-cuff utterances to himself. The effect is intoxicating, expertly planned, and improvisatory at once.