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Video Premiere: "Goin' Through Your Purse" by Honeychain

25 April 2018

LA-based indie rock band honeychain deliver a gritty and rollicking cover of a Material Issue tune while spotlighting their hometown.

Kurt Stifle and the Swing Shift

Video Premiere: "Swampee" by Kurt Stifle and the Swing Shift

25 April 2018

Long-time musician Kurt Schellenbach, back as Kurt Stifle and the Swing Shift, brings some fun back to music videos with a sock puppet romp.

Shriekback - Photo Credit: Karen Moskowitz

Video Premiere: "And The Rain" by Shriekback

24 April 2018

Renowned British New Wave / dark rock outfit Shriekback returns with an foreboding and rhythmically restless first single off their upcoming LP.

Hawk - band photo

Song Premiere: "Listen Like Thieves" by Hawk

24 April 2018

Supergroup Hawk (David Hawkins, Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello’s Attractions) deliver a classic power-pop number.


Song Premiere: "Hobbit Rock" by Cosmos Sunshine

23 April 2018

Brooklyn-based psych-rocker Cosmos Sunshine lights up with a rockin’ Tolkien- and Sweden-inspired track from his upcoming LP.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - comp LP

Song Premiere: "Clam Bake" (remastered) by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

23 April 2018

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ Bizarre Records output gets compiled and expanded with several bonus tracks.


Song Premiere: "This One's Taken" (Demo) by The Posies

20 April 2018

Renowned power-pop band (with core of Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer) returns with expanded reissues of 3 LPs and a world tour.

Landing - Landing

Video Premiere: "Secret" by Landing

19 April 2018

Connecticut psych/space-rock band Landing rises to the sky with a new video for an ominous to uplifting tune off its upcoming LP.

Kleenex Girl Wonder

Song Premiere: "Tratteggio" by Kleenex Girl Wonder

19 April 2018

Wordsmith extraordinaire Graham Smith (recording as the band Kleenex Girl Wonder) drops it like its hot, lyrically, on an upbeat power-pop/rocker.

Sixteen Jackies

Song Premiere: "VHS #2 (Masks)" by Sixteen Jackies

18 April 2018

Philadelphia-located indie rock band Sixteen Jackies brings the noise, and melody, on a moody new tune from its upcoming EP.

Soft Science - Chantel Elder

Song Premiere: "Sooner" and "Paris" by Soft Science

17 April 2018

California dreamgraze group Soft Science reveal their new double A-side single with a delightful original and wistful cover tune.

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Video Premiere: "Sunography" by Wylderness

17 April 2018

British shoegaze/fuzz-rock band Wylderness delivers a dynamic and expansive psych-rock number from its new album.


Song Premiere: "In Order" by Second Still

16 April 2018

LA-based (by way of Brooklyn) post-punk/coldwave band Second Still reveals a coolly alluring single from its upcoming EP.

Bloody Knives Jason Lamoreaux

NEWS: New LP and Tour Dates for dream rock/industrial/electronic band Bloody Knives

13 April 2018

Preston Maddox and company give track-by-track details of their new kaleidoscopically wild, drum ‘n’ bass-spinning, fever dream-rock album.

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Video Premiere: "Spiritual Riddles" by Jess Ledbetter

12 April 2018

Austin, TX rock/shoegaze band Honeyrude’s lead singer Jess Ledbetter goes solo on an upcoming EP out via Shifting Sounds.


Song Premiere: "Peaceful Valley" by Slow Dancing Society

11 April 2018

American ambient artist Slow Dancing Society (aka Drew Sullivan) unveils a guitar-inflected number from his upcoming album via Hidden Shoal.

Gene D. Plumber

Song Premiere: "I Like It Like That" by Gene D. Plumber

11 April 2018

Real-life plumber and long-time Hoboken musician Gene Turonis is set to deliver a new honkytonk/rockabilly album via Bar/None.

Flesh Eating Foundation

Video Premiere: "Futurelast" by Flesh Eating Foundation

10 April 2018

British EBM cyberpunks Flesh Eating Foundation unleash a lyrically relevant and urgent electronic cut from their upcoming LP.

Leon III

Song Premiere: "Jesus" by Leon III

10 April 2018

Members of Wrinkle Neck Mules set out now as Leon III and unveil a spacious, alt-country take on a Velvet Underground lullaby.

The Shut-Ups; Photo Credit: Tony Jenkins

Album Premiere: Just Another Generation by The Shut-Ups

9 April 2018

Power pop purveyors The Shut-Ups (including Jason Nesmith of Pylon Reenactment Society and Casper & the Cookies),spring their new LP.

Today Junior Hannah Blauner

Album Premiere: Single Forever by Today Junior

6 April 2018

Ride the dynamic and appealing wave of self-described surf punx Today Junior’s new indie rock, surf rock, and punk album.

Kristin Hersh  - photo credit Peter Mellekas

Song Premiere: "LAX" (Rough Version) by Kristin Hersh

6 April 2018

Indie rock/singer-songwriter icon Kristin Hersh drops a compelling new tune and UK tour dates following the Meltdown Festival.

3 Generations of Ska Tour Poster

NEWS: 3 Generations of Ska UK tour with The Neville Staple Band, Stranger Cole, Sugary Staple, and The AC30s

6 April 2018

Renowned act The Neville Staple Band and company kicked off a UK tour on April 5th in Glasgow with one date on May 12th in California.

Video Premiere: "Encrypted" by Vast Asteroid

5 April 2018

Space rock/shoegaze supergroup (members of The Warlocks and Slaughter And The Dogs) launches into orbit with new performance video.


Song Premiere: "Vanity" by STRVNGERS

4 April 2018

Canadian post-punk/darkwave duo STRVNGERS unleashes a dramatic, high-impact noir dance track from its upcoming album.

The Room in the Wood - photo by Yvonne Marsden

Song Premiere: "Magical Thinking" by The Room in the Wood

3 April 2018

Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson team up again as The Room in the Woods and release a new single ahead of its EP on A Turntable Friend.

En Las Montañas de Excesos

Album Premiere: En Las Montañas de Excesos by Chris Cogburn/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Bob Hoffnar/Henry Kaiser

3 April 2018

Musical collective Chris Cogburn/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Bob Hoffnar/Henry Kaiser premiere their masterful album of free rock, fusion, and new music.

Tiger Mountain

Song Premiere: "White Nights" by Tiger Mountain

2 April 2018

Manhattan-based electronic collective Tiger Mountain (members of Dead Heart Bloom) delivers a haunting, noir electro/rock track.

Great Lakes

Album Premiere: Dreaming Too Close To The Edge by Great Lakes

30 March 2018

Former members of the Elephant 6 Collective, long-running Great Lakes (led by Ben Crum) surfaces with a deep and meaningful album and track-by-track rundown.


Video Premiere: "Hummingbird" by Chatham Rise

30 March 2018

Psych/space rock band Chatham Rise delivers a gorgeous and dreamy number and video from its upcoming album.

Matt Costa Pamela Littky

Song Premiere: "Sharon" by Matt Costa

29 March 2018

California native and singer-songwriter/musician Matt Costa releases a new retro-infused tune from his upcoming album on Dangerbird Records.

The Bipeds

Video Premiere: "A Ragged Sayonara" by The Bipeds

29 March 2018

“Imagine a soldier returning home after serving in The First World War, and discovering the transformative effects of LSD while listening to 78rpm recordings of North Carolinian banjo music. This is the sound of The Bipeds.”

Dead Leaf Echo

Video Premiere: "Temple" by Dead Leaf Echo

28 March 2018

Brooklyn music/art collective Dead Leaf Echo reverberates vividly with a new video for a gritty and emotive indie rock track.

Flagship; Photo Credit: Elliot Lee Hazel

Song Premiere: "Philadelphia Babe" by Flagship

28 March 2018

North Carolina indie rock/folk duo Flagship drop a buoyant and melodic cut about new love from their upcoming album.

And We All Die - photo credit Darin Johnson

Album Premiere: Modern Day Privateers (Remixes) by And We All Die

27 March 2018

Industrial post-punk rockers And We All Die unleash a remixes LP with different spins from Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), and many more.


Song Premiere: "Demons In Our Midst" by Birds of Passage

27 March 2018

Singer-songwriter Birds of Passage (aka New Zealander Alicia Merz) returns with a haunting number off her upcoming LP.

PeelanderZPhotoCredit Ryota Mori

Song Premiere: "You Have Nice Tee Shirts" by Peelander-Z

26 March 2018

Must-see-live Japanese ‘action comic punk’ band Peelander-Z releases a wild and exuberant pop-rock track from its upcoming album.

Faithless Town; Photo Credit: Astor Morgan

Video Premiere: "City of Ghosts" by Faithless Town

23 March 2018

Americana/rock band Faithless Town unveil heartbreaking, resonant video that deals with the relevant issue of immigration in the US.

Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave

Song Premiere: "Mule Skinner" by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs

23 March 2018

Celebrated genre-blending artist Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs (aka partner Lawyer Dave) release the first track off upcoming equine-themed LP.

CurrentJoysPhotoCreditOlivia Hemaratanatorn

NEWS: Current Joys details 10 Movies that inspired new album A Different Age

22 March 2018

Nick Rattigan (Surf Curse), as solo project Current Joys, delves into the 10 movies that influenced his new album out via Danger Collective.

This Wilderness

Song Premiere: "Drop Dead" by This Wilderness

22 March 2018

NY/NJ electro-punk duo This Wilderness (Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop and Robert O. Leaver) drop a trippy tune from their debut LP.


Video Premiere: "Seesick" by For Against

21 March 2018

Record label Saint Marie to reissue three LPs and other merchandise by US ’90s post-punk/alt-rock band For Against via Pledge Music.

Reno Divorce Dale Nixon

Video Premiere: "She's In Love With The Avenue" by Reno Divorce

21 March 2018

SoCal-vibed, Denver-based punk rock ‘n’ rollers Reno Divorce are on a hot streak with a video for a cut off their recent EP.

Philippe Petit - photo by Manon Gary

Song Premiere: "Black Dog" by Philippe Petit & Friends

20 March 2018

Composer Philippe Petit releases a signature electroacoustic track with vox by Charlie Finke from his upcoming album.


Video Premiere: "This Light" by Angela Josephine

20 March 2018

On the vernal equinox, indie folk singer-songwriter Angelina Josephine unveils a meditative first video for the prelude of her upcoming folk-rock opera LP.

Alice Bag

Song Premiere: "Missed Your Mark" by Alice Bag

19 March 2018

Punk legend Alice Bag, who is set to release her 2nd solo LP, contributes a fresh and exciting track to Emotional Response’s femme punk compilation series.

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Album Premiere: Rites by Eoins

16 March 2018

Eoins (AKA Madis Järvekülg, formerly of Estonian post-punk band lack of Eoins) releases a mesmerizingly experimental album via Seksound.

NihilistCheerleader - AlexaRivera

Song Premiere: "You Love Proximity" by Nihilist Cheerleader

15 March 2018

Athens, Georgia Riot Grrrl-styled punk band Nihilist Cheerleader unleashes a raucous and engaging track off its upcoming album.

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Song Premiere: "Press Play" by The Lay Awakes

15 March 2018

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter couple The Lay Awakes drop their debut single that references NYC and the power of escaping through music.

Video Premiere: "The Cut" (live) by Serena Jost

14 March 2018

Serena Jost (an original member of Rasputina) unveils a live cut from her upcoming, fully realized solo album on Second Kiss.