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Tommy Prine Forges A Path Of His Own With Debut Album This Far South

It took a while for Tommy Prine to share the songs he’d been writing about the triumphs and tragedies of this life, only letting friends in on what he was quietly creating. Fortunately, two of those friends-turned-collaborators, Ruston Kelly and Gena Johnson, were enthralled with what they were hearing. Kelly and Johnson called Prine and urged him to quit his job, get in the studio, and share his music with the world. Today, Prine released his debut album This Far South to a swath of hard-won fanfare and critical acclaim.

Lastlings Unveil Anticipated Sophomore Album Perfect World

Today, Japanese-Australian sibling electronic duo Lastlings release their anticipated sophomore album Perfect World, out now on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue Records.


The upbeat single, which happens to be the trios first newly written original song in ten years, shines a light on the world’s struggles and significant need for something we could all use a little more of – love.

Hannah Wicklund Announces New Album ‘The Prize’ Due October 13

Hannah Wicklund — the acclaimed singer, songwriter, visionary and fierce guitarist — makes a statement with “Hide and Seek,” the atomic lead single out today from her forthcoming sophomore album, The Prize (due October 13). “Hide and Seek” is a thrilling declaration of love characterized by powerhouse vocals and vivid imagery with an even blend of adrenaline, melody and fiery fretboard charm. “It’s unlike any song I’ve written,” Hannah admits. “Usually I’m writing about the end of a relationship, and not the beginning of one. The chaos of the chorus encapsulates that explosive feeling of wanting someone so badly that it almost doesn’t make sense. The anxiety of just the idea of losing someone at the same time you’re falling in love with them is such a bizarre experience.”

Queer folk artist Olive Klug shares Pride anthem “Song About America” | Debut LP out August 11 via Nettwerk

LA-via-Portland queer singer-songwriter Olive Klug (they/them) has just unveiled their latest musical creation, “Song About America.” With thought-provoking lyrics and a captivating melody, the track serves as a poignant reflection on Olive’s personal experiences as a queer individual while touring the United States. Olive Klug’s debut album Don’t You Dare Make Me Jaded is out August 11th via Nettwerk.


Commenting on the new album Maisie explains, “This is my heart and soul, my blood on the page, the collection of stories that I’ve managed to capture in the past year. A true chronicle of my life in recent history, it is my own twisted version of a breakup album and it all draws upon the same couple of months’ worth of experiences and inspirations. It ducks and weaves between the real and surreal, and centers my own universe, of which I am of course the keeper of the keys and the holder of the cards – the good witch, if you will. It goes from light to dark in the flip of a switch and I hope takes you on a journey whereby the end you feel like you’ve gotten lost in someone else’s planet for a bit.”

Tino – Like I Do

Ready to make his indelible mark in 2023, this young rapper’s distinct melodic flow and clean approach to lyricism is both mesmeric and a credit to the rising talent of the next generation.”Like I Do” is no exception, as his first release of the year.

Alaina Castillo embraces hopeless romance with new single “Luna de Miel”

Continuing her journey of growth as an artist and person, Alaina Castillo releases vibrant Latin dance track “Luna de Miel” via Chosen People/ AWAL. Castillo continues with longtime collaborator and Grammy-nominated producer, RØMANS (Maluma, Billie Eilish, Labrinth, Fred Again…, etc.), to hone in on her unique sound. “Luna de Miel” gives fans another taste of what to expect with Castillo’s upcoming EP as she welcomes fans onto the dance floor of her euphoric world.

Cody Lawless releases debut LP ‘Sunshine State of a Happy Camper,’ shares “Grace” video

Cody Lawless (née Cody James Henn), an indie-pop singer-songwriter hailing from Mission, B.C., has released his debut album, Sunshine State of a Happy Camper, via MNRK Music Group. Sunshine State of a Happy Camper frames Lawless’ heady yet introspective timbre with booming basslines, delicate guitars, and addictive beats. The album explores the tests and triumphs of characters in the fictitious town of San Araya. Lawless also recently announced that he will be supporting Powfu on the “Gathered by the Lantern” Tour in Europe and UK later this year.


For the uninitiated, Ralphie Choo exists as an equally-measured cocktail of unpredictable pop flare and the musical traditions of flamenco in Spain. His warped, glitchy reinterpretation of flamenco with his 2022 track “BULERÍAS DE UN CABALLO MALO” was awarded Best New Track by Pitchfork, who said of the song: “With each turn, Choo opens up the jagged depths below the music’s glimmering surface.” Ralphie and the entirety of the Madrid-based Rusia Idk collective that he’s a key part of along with Rusowsky, thrive on crossing wires between modernity and tradition, creating music meant to surprise and challenge the conventions that separate the genres they love.

LISTEN: Dylan Matthew Channels Heartbreak Into Expertly Crafted Indie Pop

Written alongside Ricky Manning (Lennon Stella, Carlie Hanson), and co-written and produced by Whakaio Taahi (LANY, Tonight Alive), the shimmering indie pop ballad pairs raw vocals with truth-laid-bare lyrics in tale of leftover love now unrequited. Production builds with each propulsive chorus, leading up to a synth-drenched bridge that abruptly ends and leaves us with nothing left to do but be in our feelings about it.

Bre Kennedy Announces Debut Headline Tour; Shares New Single “Meantime”

Singer, songwriter, and producer Bre Kennedy is excited to announce her fall headline tour, starting on September 28th at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta and making stops in D.C. at DC9, Chicago at Schubas, Philadelphia at World Cafe Live, New York at Mercury Lounge and more before wrapping up in Boston at Deep Cuts on October 15th.


“’Manzanita’ is a track I’ve kept exclusively for the dance floor for a while,” says Surf Mesa. “The texture and atmosphere this song makes me envision a rainforest in the future. It resonates with me so much as I begin my next chapter of music! I’ve been playing this one live for about a year and I’m so glad to finally release it.”


Award-winning music video director and culture-defining creator Cole Bennett and his multimedia company Lyrical Lemonade – the community-driven platform and YouTube channel with over 10 Billion views worldwide – today announce a partnership with Def Jam Recordings. Under this newly minted deal, Lyrical Lemonade proudly presents its debut single “Doomsday,” a fabled and recently unearthed collaboration between Juice WRLD & Cordae.


With a soundscape helmed by lauded producer Hitmaka, a thick bassline thumps in the background as BIA sets the scene with an attitude-laden verse. Busta leans into the pocket with charisma and confidence, countering with hyper quotable bars punctuated by his signature punchlines. Their call-and-response culminates on a raunchy, raw, and raucous refrain. “BEACH BALL” bridges eras and styles as a downright dynamic summer anthem. The accompanying visual finds BIA and Busta on the beach as life literally passes by behind them—in addition to cameos from friends such as DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, CJ, El Alfa, and more! It perfectly captures the energy of the song.

Deadbeat Girl shares d&b inspired new single ‘When You Went’

Coming as the follow up to their debut EP, When You Went is a stand out next move from this exciting emerging artist. Tender vocals, honest songwriting and a chorus that will floor you; When You Went is born to be kept on repeat.


“Worry About You” describes the cycle of life, one’s experience with humanity and desire to make the world a better place. At the center of the track we see Michael Costello’s sincere songwriting and empathy for mankind among the inevitable transitions we face. Themes of love, loss, and humanity are demonstrated, allowing the track to become an ode to strengthening human nature.

Trapland Pat is a “Hood Star” in His Latest ‘Professor Trap’ Video

Trapland Pat emerged from Broward County with a big dream and talent to match. Chronicling his rise from the bottom to his current status, the Deerfield Beach native drops “Hood Star,” his brand new video. Produced by Pat’s longtime running mate PepperJack Zoe, “Hood Star” is a breezy and propulsive banger, mixing a soothing electric piano chord progression with percussion perfectly suited to a top down drive. Going toe-to-toe with fellow Florida rapper Lil Toe, Trapland Pat skates atop the instrumental with aplomb, doling out street lessons in elongated phrases: “Heard the plug got flavors, gambling with your life, that’s a pretty small wager/Blowin’ up my phone, you gotta hit me on the pager/You ain’t met a n**** like me cause we endangered,” spits Pat. In the video, Pat and Lil Toe take a trip to Cali, as the Packwoods jersey-clad Broward denizen and the ska masked Palm Beach native bring a Sunshine State attitude to the West Coast.

Big Freedia Releases ‘Central City’ Album

Big Freedia, the Queen Diva of Bounce, makes a triumphant return with her first album in nine years, ‘Central City,’ releasing today via her label Queen Diva (ADA Worldwide).

Grist Mil create a hazy, emotional swirl on midheaven EP out today

On their four song EP midheaven, out today, Grist Mil have created the perfect chill record to soundtrack the start of summer. Waves of haze and distortion move across guitars, crossing paths with bright synthesizers and emotionally packed lyrics. Fresh off shows supporting Balance and Composure and Oso Oso, fans of both bands will find appeal in the music of Grist Mil, also striking similarities to indie-elctronic acts like M83, and blips of shoegaze and more pop-forward elements. The EP is written in concept, following through the main character’s tumultuous journey.

Rich Amiri Kicks Games in New Single, “Punt”

Manifesting his sky-high ambition for stardom with a versatile vocal range and a suave appeal beyond his years, Rich Amiri has more than enough talent to back up his shining confidence. Asserting his heartthrob status, the Boston native returns to kick off his city boy summer with “Punt.” Anchored by a celestial synth-like instrumental by Devstacks and JayXXL, the track continues Rich’s recent streak of diverse beat selection, allowing him to demonstrate the full potential of his vocal instrument. On “Punt,” Rich takes full advantage of that creative mindset, adopting a flow that juxtaposes his full-bodied baritone voice with equally smooth high-pitched melodies. Exhibiting his range like a peacock proudly displaying its feathers, Rich channels that same confidence throughout the track: “Baby, I ain’t no cheater/Step so hard my feet hurt/She don’t want him, she feeling me.”

Nashville Chill-Pop artist Mokita shares “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” EP featuring new single “Cure” via Nettwerk

Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter), the talented Nashville chill-pop singer-songwriter-producer known for his introspective and emotionally charged music, is back with his latest EP, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? This latest release showcases Mokita’s musical evolution, as he fearlessly ventures into new genres and explores profound themes of self-discovery, dependency, fractured relationships, and the pursuit of happiness.

Award-winning Pop Sensation BANNERS Releases Cheerful Single “Have You Ever Loved Someone” 

AZRA Wants You To Claim Your Throne With “Bring Me The Crown”

Today, Los Angeles based, genre bending artist, AZRA, shares her powerful and anthemic new single, “Bring Me The Crown.” Co-written by AZRA and 2x GRAMMY nominated producer and songwriter Natalia Bortolotti, “Bring Me The Crown” is an embodiment of the phrase, “Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” and serves a reminder that even after going through so many obstacles in life, we deserve to wear our “jewels” with confidence and we’re allowed to see ourselves shine. The vibrant pop-rock anthem oozes in AZRA’s confidence as she invites us to step up and share the spotlight in solidarity. The songstress takes listeners by the hand, demonstrating how our personal imperfections make us no less of the true kings and queens we really are. In fact, it’s those same faults we must wear proudly, like the crowns high on our heads.

Nothing But Thieves Share New Single “Keeping You Around” // New Studio Album ‘Dead Club City’ Out June 30

“‘Keeping You Around’ is the first turning point people will hear about Dead Club City,” shares the band. “Up until now, it’s been the perfect life and a change to follow. Not for everyone. Within the concept, the song follows the same characters as ‘Overcome’ and what happens once they reach the city. In general, it’s about an outside force pulling at you, or pulling you apart. Newer isn’t always better and old doesn’t mean dead. ‘Tell me how a modern human should be. It’s so easy. You’re so pretty when you lie to me.’”

Anya Baghina releases self-titled solo debut album

Anya Baghina spends “For Now” self-analyzing and talking to herself, trying to understand why she makes certain life choices and how to follow her own intuition rather than others’. It’s about accepting insecurity and doubt, realizing you don’t have to follow another’s path or follow someone’s footsteps. “It’s Clear To Me” blends contemporary indie synth-pop with grunge and garage-rock sounds seamlessly. Incorporating honest and heartfelt lyrics and raw vocals, it’s a single that cuts across genre lines.

PHASERS ENGAGE Release New Single, “Awoken Intelligence”

Electronic Rock band PHASERS ENGAGE has released their new single, “Awoken Intelligence.” Fusing bouncy synths with infectious guitar rhythms and energetic percussion, “Awoken Intelligence” is off of the quartet’s debut album, Departure Initiated!

Candlebox Releases New, Live Acoustic Album Featuring Original Members

Multi-Platinum rock band Candlebox releases Live at the Neptune, a new acoustic album featuring the original members of the band. The LP has hit songs from Candlebox’s self-titled release, as well as their sophomore release Lucy. Live at the Neptune was mixed and mastered by Candlebox’s very own Peter Klett and is available through Pavement Entertainment.

quinnie RELEASES NEW TRACK “ribbons”

Says quinnie, “ribbons is about being exhausted with the time and effort it takes to present feminine, and a desire to just be. I was inspired by Joni Mitchell’s song “Carey” and the lyric “got me used to those clean white linens and my fancy French cologne,” considering these motifs as markers of girlhood and feminine cleanliness.”

SKATERS Share “Girls Like You” Single

10 short years have passed since SKATERS’ formation in Lower East Side Manhattan. Within months of forming and a self-released EP, the band was signed to Warner Brothers Records, toured around the world, had global critical acclaim from NME to the New York Times. Two years later, they released their debut album, Manhattan (2014) with WBR, were dropped, self-released their sophomore album Rock and Roll Bye Bye (2017) independently, and then disappeared. It was a whirlwind ride for the band that came at one of the most difficult transitions in the music industry – the exact time digital downloads plummeted, and streaming had not yet reached the masses. SKATERS were caught in the shuffle, and broke up.



Multi-PLATINUM Country star Brett Young today uncovers plans for Across The Sheets, his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, August 4 via BMLG Records. Young says the title of the eight-track album is a recurring theme throughout the lyrics the new songs, inspired by “the person you want to share everything with, the one you lay your head down with every night.” In celebration of the announcement, Brett released the brand-new track “Back To Jesus,” an up-tempo tune about faith and forgiveness and the person that is “an answer to a prayer I never prayed, and now somehow I have everything I never even knew I wanted.”

California’s Próxima Parada shares new song “Tunnel Through a Mountain”

Today, San Luis Obispo indie-rockers Próxima Parada, just off a hugely successful tour supporting Wild Child, are thrilled to share their new song “Tunnel Through A Mountain.” The band offers a tender and emotional landscape for the track, creating the space needed in a song centered around depression.

Mammatus’ first album in eight years, Expanding Majesty, is out now on Silver Current Records

Like Stanley Kubrick, Mammatus are slowing in output as they forge surely and steadily down the path of their artistic legacy. Now, 8 years since their last release and 20 years since their inception as a band, Mammatus have recorded a sprawling masterwork. Expanding Majesty is not just a career defining album for the band but one that pushes the boundaries of 21st Century heavy music.

Atlanta shoegaze group Kid Fears releases new single “Say” today, June 23rd!

In moments of sparse clarity, and in those shrouded behind layered blankets of distortion, these songs each approach the elusive human truths that lie just outside the scope of understanding. Rose Ewing writes with moving honesty and gentleness, weaving together everything from ineffable grief to quiet encounters with the sublime, as Emma Shaw, Michael Whelan, and Ben Ewing join to create the lush sonic environment in which the songs unfold.

Premiere: Kid Fears – “Say”

New Music This Week from M. Ward, Albert Hammond, Jr., Portugal. The Man and More

New Releases for June 23, 2023 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Alt-pop artist Maggie Andrew disses her exes on “Better Than You”

“Better Than You” is a cheeky song about being better than your exes. Maybe you’ve been called crazy or insane, told to try therapy, or self-medicate – but at some point you’ll realize that it’s not you, it’s them.

The song was written at a songwriting camp in 2022, produced by Corey Lerue and Carleton Stone. Maggie lost her voice on the second night of camp and it wasn’t coming back; she wasn’t able to sing like normal and instead went for something with an edgier rock ‘n roll vibe.


“Can I Shower At Yours” is an explosive 1 minute 54 second whirlwind release from Shark that sees her exploring a new kinetic sonic realm, taking listeners through the eclectic feelings that come with the early stages of a new relationship.

Indie Pop Sleaze Couple Mannequin Online Announce New EP; Share Infectious Single “Talking About”

Los Angeles duo Mannequin Online are excited to announce that their second EP, BOOM, will be released on September 8th. The EP will feature their infectious recent single, “Tempo,” and the catchy dancefloor-ready new track, “Talking About,” which dropped today.

Media Alert: Curb | Word Entertainment Artist Sarah Reeves Packs One-Two Punch With Viral Hit, “Get Back Your Fight,” at The Request of Fans; Available Today (6/23)

“I’ve done a lot of digging deep and healing this year, but sometimes I surprise myself when something comes up that triggers me or takes me back a few steps. It’s discouraging, but at the same time, I never want to be afraid to confront those issues that are deeply rooted in my heart. Let’s keep growing, keep healing; and don’t be too hard on yourself when you mess up. No hurt is ever wasted. We’re all in this together. Be kind to one another,” Reeves encourages fans, who continue to share her reels of “Get Back Your Fight.” “I’m so glad this song is helping and connecting with so many of you.”

aldrch Announces Debut Album ‘industry standard’ Out 9/22, Shares Single “TM2TB” Featuring Madelline

NYC-based artist-producer aldrch has announced his highly anticipated debut record due for release on September 22 via renowned alt incubator Epitaph Records today. Aptly titled industry standard, aldrch sets a new bar for himself and his peers following an extensive run of collaborations and experimentation over the past two years, including his recent Gossip Team split EP with labelmates poptropicaslutz!

Eddie 9V Releases New Single “Chamber of Reflection”

Eddie 9V is pleased to announce the release of his latest single, “Chamber of Reflection,” via Ruf Records. About the track, Eddie declared, “I was listening to “Chamber of Reflection” by Mac Demarco one day & I thought to myself, “what would a soul version of this sound like?” So, I just took the psychedelic synth & replaced it with horns. We had our horn player layer the melody & then we added Rhodes & Wurlitzer through a Leslie cabinet speaker. We ran some vocals through it, trying to capture that Allen Toussaint meets Mac DeMarco vibe. The result is quite astonishing. It was the first song my girlfriend ever said, “That’s a hit.”


Detroit rapper Baby Money has dropped his new album today, Young N**** Old Soul 2 via Quality Control Music. The album, which features Kash Doll, Gloss Up, Lil Yachty, and fellow Detroit rappers Skilla Baby and Babyface Ray showcases Baby Money’s signature Midwest cadence with a new sound and delivery of hard-hitting bars that chronicle his relentless hustle and rise. Today along with the album, he’s released a video for “Step Slide,” watch HERE.

Cable Ties release new album via Merge Records

Australian garage rock trio Cable Ties have released their stunning third album All Her Plans, out today via Merge Records. Having attracted new fans not only in concert audiences, but also from the likes of Henry Rollins and Simon Le Bon, All Her Plans is the mark of a band finally coming into their own and ready to push their full-throttle, white-knuckle music to the masses. In celebration of the release, the band has shared a highly entertaining official video for the album’s opening track, “Crashing Through.” In addition to a recently announced run of dates with Superchunk, the band has also shared that they will be touring with Pile on the west coast later this year. See below for all currently announced tour dates.

VALLETTA Share Striking New Music Video For “Serpents of Solomon”

The band shares: This song is about losing yourself in the circle of life that keeps going. Each day we keep getting more and more separated as people. Dehumanizing each other on the “other side of the aisle”. How I’m slowly dying (inside) with the endless cycle of blame/confusion.

Out Today! “Milo Wears a Tutu” – New Single from Austin’s Charlie Faye & The Fanimals – Retro Sounds with Modern Themes for Kids & Families

Huffington Post praised Charlie Faye as hearkening back “to Motown, Spector, and the Brill Building.” In keeping with the ’60s-tinged soul/pop sounds for which Faye is acclaimed, “Milo Wears A Tutu” is set to a playful backbeat reminiscent of a Temptations record. The song tells the story of one cheerful kid bucking convention and wearing what he wants to.

New Dobet Gnahoré Single & Video – “Ayoka”

Ivoirian tour-de-force Dobet Gnahoré announces her upcoming album Zouzou with the release of the first of three singles. “Ayoka,” which means “Thank You Very Much” in the Bété language, is an upbeat Afropop gem with a funky stutter-beat groove and catchy, sing-along melodic hooks. The single and album were produced by Momo Wang, aka Dr. Wang, one of Abidjan’s most in demand beat makers and producer for top international talents such as Malian R&B superstar Aya Nakamura, leading coupé-décale singer Ariel Sheney and many others.


Recorded primarily in Nashville, TN at The 808 Farm and Darkhorse Studio with esteemed producer Jim Jonsin, A Lone Star Story finds Mahone digging deep into his Texas roots while also pulling inspiration from all of his musical influences across pop, R&B, country, rock and more.


Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning singer, songwriter and composer Andrew Wyatt returns today with his first new single as a solo artist in a decade, “Beyond The Pale”, out now on Think Think Think Records / Lowly. While the multi-hyphenate has stayed in high demand crafting hits with the biggest names in pop music (Dua, Miley, Charli, Lykke) and soundtracking + scoring blockbuster films including this summer’s most exciting cinematic release Barbie, it was a combination of a global pandemic and the disintegration of a long term romantic relationship that became the impetus for Wyatt to finally pick up the pen again for personal reasons. “Beyond the Pale” is a breakup song about memories and regrets of failed love. But those feelings can also act as a powerful energy fueling transformation and pushing the confines of reality.


With carefree and inviting lyrics like let yourself come alive, this could be our lives, maybe, doesn’t have to hurt, baby, “Skinny Dipping” will undoubtably make a splash with listeners this summer season.

Chad Tepper Announces Debut Album ‘Never Stood A Chance’, Shares Lead Single “Light My Fire”

After winning over millions of supporters obsessed with his optimistic outlook and extroverted personality, once Chad Tepper started focusing on his music career, he was able to showcase a side to himself that resonated deeper than any one of his crazy stunts or gnarly skateboard tricks. Five years later, with 30 Million global catalog streams and a single climbing the Alternative Radio charts, he finally announces plans for his debut album ‘Never Stood A Chance’ via Epitaph Records, out on August 11.

Texas In July return with heavy new single “False Divinity”

Today, Texas In July return with the intensely heavy single “False Divinity.” Teaming up with Equal Vision Records, the release marks the first new music from the band in nine years. “False Divinity” opens with a ferocious callout from vocalist J.T. Cavey before diving head first into an onslaught of high octane guitar work and rapid drums. The soaring chorus could probably shake a stadium crowd, as Cavey sings “Set ablaze, reanimate / through suffering we will remain.” The monochromatic video for the track finds the metalcore band as dynamic as ever, giving an impassioned and exhilarating performance.