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Kyle Hollingsworth

Song Premiere: "Step" (Vampire Weekend cover) by Kyle Hollingsworth

25 February 2020

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of the renowned The String Cheese Incident, reveals his psychedelic take of a Vampire Weekend track.

Freezing Cold 2

Video Premiere: "Teenage Insights" by Freezing Cold

24 February 2020

New York-based indie/punk rock band Freezing Cold drop a fun narrative video for a vibrant and heartfelt track off their debut album.

The Informations

Video Premiere: "Strange Habits" by The Informations

24 February 2020

Danish sound-crafter Frederik Tao unwraps an absurd, Monty Python-esque video for a jittery/flowing hybrid track from his upcoming LP.

Aaron Beckum 2

Album Premiere: Songs From a Triangle Room by Aaron Beckum

21 February 2020

LA-based singer/songwriter and filmmaker Aaron Beckum releases his Jason Lytle-produced (Grandaddy) LP via Devil in the Woods.

Howardian 2

NEWS: Art-pop/punk outfit Howardian drops new album via Rad Girlfriend Records

21 February 2020

Howardian, led by Ian Vanek (ex-Japanther), just released their melodic and driving 7th album via Rad Girlfriend Records.


Video Premiere: "Daydream" by Loveblind

20 February 2020

Shoegaze/dreampop supergroup (members of Saint Marie Records, Seasurfer, Crash City Saints, and Whimsical) deliver a brooding new video.

Low Hums

Video Premiere: "Cosmic Fruit" by Low Hums

19 February 2020

Seattle-based garage rock ‘n’ roll/psych-pop band Low Hums unveil a trippy kaleidoscopic-view video for a brooding track off their latest LP.


Video Premiere: "Crystal Waves" by Easy

19 February 2020

Easy, one of Sweden’s most notable indie groups, releases an engaging new music video for a track off their upcoming album.

Ben Noble

Video Premiere: "Bluebird" (Alt Dance Video) by Ben Noble

18 February 2020

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter delivers an exclusive-for-The Big Takeover video of a high-flying electro-pop/post-rock song from his upcoming LP.


Video Premiere: "Ocean Ground" by Alois

17 February 2020

Swiss electro-pop band Alois dive into a Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic-like scenario on an engagingly quirky video for a track off their upcoming LP.

Guided By Voices

Album Premiere: Surrender Your Poppy Field by Guided By Voices

16 February 2020

Legendary indie rock band Guided By Voices, spearheaded by Robert Pollard, release their umpteeth, always compelling and relevant album.

Cruel World Festival

NEWS: Cruel World Festival in Los Angeles Sells Out in Minutes

15 February 2020

The Cruel World Festival takes place May 2 in L.A. with Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, English Beat, the Psychedelic Furs, Drab Majesty, The KVB, and Sextile among many others.

Mountains for Clouds

Album Premiere: Anxious & Aware by Mountains for Clouds

14 February 2020

Chicago-based math rock/post-rock band Mountains for Clouds release their soaring, expansive, and contemplative final album.


Video Premiere: "Is This What You Really Want?" by Manor

13 February 2020

Australian downtempo/ethereal duo Manor release a kaleidoscopic-images video for a aurally dreamy new stand-alone single.

the Good Graces

Video Premiere: "Sit On Your Hands" by the Good Graces

12 February 2020

Indie folk/Americana band the Good Graces, led by singer-songwriter Kim Ware, drops an engaging video for a symphonic-folk track.

The Academy of Sun

Song Premiere: "The Parts That Need Replacing" by The Academy of Sun

11 February 2020

Brighton-based post-punk/chamber pop band The Academy of Sun drops an engaging new tune from their upcoming hypnotic album.


Song Premiere: "Subtle" by HALLOWS

11 February 2020

Seattle-based darkwave duo HALLOWS unveils the sleek and noir title track off their upcoming EP on Phage Tapes.

Cielo Oceano 2

Album Premiere: The Space Has Always Reduced Me To Silence by Cielo Oceano

11 February 2020

Puerto Rican artist Andres Lugo and Philadelphia based noise-pop creative Tom Lugo unveil their atmospheric shoegaze/ethereal rock debut LP.

Mechanimal 2

Video Premiere: "Scavengers" by Mechanimal

10 February 2020

Greek industrial/synth-punk outfit Mechanimal unleashes an intense, hyper-driven video created from speed-freak editing of images from Athens’ city steets.

Loose Buttons

NEWS: Track By Track rundown of new album Something Better by NYC's Loose Buttons

7 February 2020

Eric Nizgretsky, lead singer of the indie rock band goes into the meaning behind the songs on the LP out today via Moon Crawl Records.

High Waisted 2

Video Premiere: "Boys Can't Dance" by High Waisted

6 February 2020

NYC’s High Waisted announce their 2nd LP, Sick of Saying Sorry, and share an explosive rock ‘n’ rock lead single with its official video.

Whimsical 2

Video Premiere: "Trust" by Whimsical

6 February 2020

Dream-pop/shoegaze band Whimsical release a warm video for a comforting track off their latest lyrically astute and sonically swirling LP.

Nat Freedberg

Song Premiere: "Call Me If You Want Me" by Nat Freedberg

5 February 2020

Veteran multi-genre musician Nat Freedberg (The Upper Crust) drops a shining, rockin’ track from his upcoming 3rd LP in a year.

Rachel MIntz

NEWS: Singer-songwriter Rachel Mintz unleashes an intense song and video

5 February 2020

The indie/alternative music artist delivers a bold storytelling animated video for a track about female empowerment off her new EP.

The Mystery Plan

Song Premiere: "Ballad of JC Quinn" by The Mystery Plan

4 February 2020

Psych-folk/trip-hop outfit The Mystery Plan enlist the talents of Micah Gaugh (The Veldt), Ian Masters (Pale Saints), and more on their new LP.

Matt Wilson

Video Premiere: "When I was a Writer" by Matt Wilson & his Orchestra

4 February 2020

Minneapolis musical stalwart Matt Wilson (Trip Shakespeare) launches his new orchestral venture with a tuneful and heartfelt track.


Video Premiere: "Disassociation Blues" by the Pedaljets

3 February 2020

Veteran rock band the Pedaljets unveil a fantastic ode to rock ‘n’ roll on a vibrant and fun video for a driving track off their new LP.


Album Premiere: VLLY by VLLY

2 February 2020

Seattle-based (by way of California) shoegaze/noise rock band VLLY release a compelling, roiling, dreamy, and captivating debut album.

Crowd Company

Album Premiere: Lowdown by Crowd Company

31 January 2020

London-located soul funk collective Crowd Company bursts at the sonic seams with a rich and vibrant new album that was recorded in Boston.

AM Clouds

Song Premiere: “Tune Me In” by AM Clouds

29 January 2020

Oregon-based indie rock/Americana band AM Clouds drop an engaging track from their upcoming debut album.

TIny FIghter

Video Premiere: "Strangest Thing" by Tiny Fighter

28 January 2020

Swedish-Australian indie pop/rock duo Tiny Fighter unveil an involving storytelling video for a sweeping track off their upcoming LP.

Johanna Kuvaja

Song Premiere: "Back For Good" by Johanna Kuvaja

28 January 2020

Scandi-pop singer-songwriter Johanna Kuvaja releases a heartfelt and melodic ballad that conjures up retro-‘80s Eurovision vibes.

The Black Watch

Video Premiere: "Brilliant Failures" by the black watch

28 January 2020

Long-running indie rock band The Black Watch, led by John Andrew Fredrick release a fun video for a track of their upcoming LP.

Guided By Voices

Song Premiere: "A Man Called Blunder" by Guided By Voices

27 January 2020

Indie legends Guided By Voices, umm, guided by the renowned Robert Pollard, drop an urgent and foreboding single from their upcoming LP.

Chance Emerson

Video Premiere: "How Can I" by Chance Emerson

27 January 2020

Taiwan-raised, Rhode Island and Hong Kong-residing singer-songwriter Chance Emerson releases an endearing video directed by his kid brother.

Paige Cora

Album Premiere: Instant in Time by Paige Cora

24 January 2020

Canadian singer-songwriter Paige Cora unveils her warm and heartfelt debut album that is attuned to the rhythms of the natural world.

TV Heads

Album Premiere: Devotional by TV Heads

23 January 2020

LA-residing electro-/post-punk trio TV Heads drop their second potent and absorbing LP that features Jessica Lankford on drums.

Starover Blue

Video Premiere: "A B Y" by Starover Blue

23 January 2020

Portland, OR-based dream-pop band Starover Blue unveil a dreamily drifting performance video that mirrors a track off their recent LP.

Greg Hoy & The Boys

Video Premiere: "Green" by Greg Hoy & The Boys

22 January 2020

San Franciscan rock ‘n’ roll band Greg Hoy & The Boys (led by multi-talented Greg Hoy) releases an engaging video for a spirited song.

Rolan Bolan

NEWS: Rolan Bolan goes on record about T. Rex induction to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

21 January 2020

“It is truly exciting for my father Marc Bolan and his band mates to be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It has taken some time, but his music has influenced musicians all around the world.” – Rolan Bolan

Mayflower Madame

Song Premiere: "Vultures" by Mayflower Madame

21 January 2020

Norwegian psychedelic post-punk hybrid band Mayflower Madame unveils an alluringly dark video for a track off their upcoming LP.


Video Premiere: "Mice of Men" by Perpacity

21 January 2020

UK/Denmark electronic/pop duo Perpacity release a vivid-imagery video for a lyrically incisive track from their upcoming fourth album.

Four Star Riot

Video Premiere: "Wrapped Up" by Four Star Riot

20 January 2020

Floridian indie pop-rock band Four Star Riot release an engaging performance video for a lyrically astute and musically catchy track.

The Basement Paintings

NEWS: Canadian post-metal band The Basement Paintings' latest LP out now

19 January 2020

Canadian post-metal band The Basement Paintings blends ambient and post-/prog-rock genres on their latest full-length.

Magical Beasts

NEWS: Folk ensemble Magical Beasts release new winter season EP

19 January 2020

Chicago-based folk/Americana ensemble Magical Beasts, founded and led by Nathan Paulus, have released a new EP.

Sunshine Boys

Video Premiere: "Infinity Girl" by Sunshine Boys

17 January 2020

Indie rock band Sunshine Boys (members of Blake Babies and Poi Dog Pondering) offer a perceptive and relevant message about our future.

Drop Diver

Video Premiere: "Leisure Suit" by Drop Diver

16 January 2020

Huntsville, Alabama-located garage rock ‘n’ roll band Drop Diver deliver an exciting performance video of a rousing track from their debut LP.

Jack Rabid Best of 2019

Jack Rabid’s Best of 2019 (280 Nods): Top 160 LPs (New Recordings), Top 50 Retrospective/Reissue Releases, and Top 70 Stand Alone Singles & EPs

15 January 2020

My best bets on another great year for music, old and new. (Never mind the cranks, here’s the good stuff as ever.) Hope this little list inspires you to find, or give a second look to, a few cool releases you might miss otherwise that you end up truly loving.

Broads and Milly Hirst

Video Premiere: "Happisburgh" by Broads and Milly Hirst

14 January 2020

UK-based electronic collective Broads teams up with folk singer-songwriter Milly Hirst on an expansive and calming track.

Harry Stafford - Photo Credit: Richard Davis

Song Premiere: "She Just Blew Me Away" by Harry Stafford

14 January 2020

Former frontman of Inca Babies, Manchester-based Harry Stafford is releasing a new album soon of music he dubs Gothic urban blues.