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The Demon Rind

Video Premiere: "Got Me Believing" by The Demon Rind

18 August 2020

Seattle-based indie/psych/retro-rock band The Demon Rind unveil a poignant animated video for a jangle-pop track from their upcoming LP.


Song Premiere: "My Dearest One" by NRBQ

17 August 2020

Renowned veteran band NRBQ will release a collection of 16 rarities, including previously unissued songs, from Omnivore Recordings.


Album Premiere: Permanent Daylight by Rotoscope

14 August 2020

Virginia/D.C.-based veteran musician John Athayde (Juniper Lane, Honor By August, No Second Troy) releases a captivating and relevant LP.


NEWS: NYC-based indie rock band Gawn release their debut album

14 August 2020

The Brooklyn-residing outfit drop their scrappy and raw LP that channels their formative time playing the NYC club circuit.

Emily Barker

Video Premiere: "Where Have The Sparrows Gone?" by Emily Barker

13 August 2020

UK-based singer-songwriter Emily Barker releases a powerful and poignant cinematic-quality short film video for a track off her upcoming album.


Video Premiere: "I Love You Just The Same" by Krief

12 August 2020

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Patrick Krief (The Dears) unveils a psychedelic-tinted rock ballad/lament and video from his upcoming album.

Julian Shah-Tayler

Song Premiere: "Evolution" by Julian Shah-Tayler (AKA The Singularity) feat. MGT

11 August 2020

Acclaimed and diverse singer, writer, and producer Julian Shah-Tayler releases a nostalgia-infused synth-pop single featuring MGT.

ReMission International

NEWS: The Mission leads all-star cast in "Tower of Strength" remake for COVID frontline workers

11 August 2020

The Mission.frontman Wayne Hussey is spearheading a single remake of their hit “Tower of Strength” under the moniker ReMission International.

 Darrel William Herbert

Song Premiere: "If You Still Believe" by Darrel William Herbert

11 August 2020

Veteran musician Darrel William Herbert (the Toadies, Tomorrowpeople) returns with the engaging first single off his upcoming solo debut album.

Radiator King

Song Premiere: "Haunts Me Now" by Radiator King

10 August 2020

Brooklyn musician Adam Silvestri unleashes a punk-tinged folk ballad ahead of new album and livestreams from NYC’s The Bowery Electric tonight.

Backwards Charm

Album Premiere: Nevergreen by Backwards Charm

9 August 2020

Austria-based indie/dream-pop band Backwards Charm unveil their shoegaze-immersed, lyrically reflective and sonically effervescent LP via Somewherecold Records.

Harry the Nightgown

Album Premiere: Harry the Nightgown by Harry the Nightgown

7 August 2020

The combo of Spencer Hartling and Sami Perez (Cherry Glazerr, The She’s) forms engaging art-rock/odd-pop-leaning vignettes on their debut LP.


NEWS: New outfit PXPRS release bold and blazing rock 'n' roll debut single/lyric video

7 August 2020

PXPRS, led by Nikki Thomas (Client) and with Angelo Bruschini (Massive Attack) among others, unleash the number via Komplex Recordings.


Single Premiere: "Bison" by Stuyvesant

6 August 2020

Hard-charging, fist-pumping, turbo-suburbo-rock from the reliably excellent Stuyvesant

Grant-Lee Phillips; Photo Credit: Denise Siegel-Phillips

Song Premiere: "Mourning Dove" by Grant-Lee Phillips

5 August 2020

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips delivers another reflective, insightful. and poignantly resonant single from his upcoming LP via Yep Roc.

Felixity 2

Song Premiere: "The Bad Guy (EMP Remix)" by Felixity

4 August 2020

London-based neo-soul artist Felixity unveils an atmospheric electro-symphonic trip-hop track from her remixes LP via Komplex Recordings.


Song Premiere: "The Sheets" by LUMER

4 August 2020

British post-punk/indie rock (and Hedi Slimane-approved) band LUMER drop their latest restless and angular number from their upcoming EP.

The Velvet Hands 2

Video Premiere: "When This Is Over" by The Velvet Hands

3 August 2020

British indie/garage rock band The Velvet Hands unleash a fun, uplifting, yet poignant anthem/video in support of the UK’s #SaveOurVenues.


Album Premiere: Terminals by Net

31 July 2020

Oklahoma City-located space wave band Net (featuring members of Ester Drang, the Chainsaw Kittens, more) release their retro-futuristic 2nd LP.


Video Premiere: "Spinning in Reverse" by Swirlpool

31 July 2020

German shoegaze/indie rock band Swirlpool unleash a dynamically transporting shoegaze track and absorbing performance video.

Boy Deluxe

Video Premiere: "So Slow" by Boy Deluxe

30 July 2020

LA-based electronic/dark pop duo Boy Deluxe (formerly Ever So Android) release a chill, but brooding tune with an engaging performance video.

Video Premiere: "Go Small" by Seeming

29 July 2020

Post-industrial outfit Seeming, led by New York-based Alex Reed, releases a highly relevant track/video about survival in our crisis-filled world.

Jonny Polonsky 3

Song Premiere: "You Turn Me On (Jim Sclavunos Remix)" by Jonny Polonsky

28 July 2020

LA/NYC-based veteran musician Jonny Polonsky (Puscifer, Big Nose) gets treated to a Jim Sclavunos remix of an alluring track from his recent LP.

Kat Leon of Holy Wars

NEWS: Holy Wars' vocalist Kat Leon graces new Beauty in Chaos single/video "Stranger"

28 July 2020

LA-based alternative rock collective Beauty in Chaos presents their new track/video featuring vocals by the fiery Kat Leon of Holy Wars.


Video Premiere: "Diss Track Omega" by Thomas

28 July 2020

North Carolinian and touring musician Thomas McNeely (Future Islands, Boulevards, Reese McHenry) drops a warm and wryly wistful tune/video.

Immaterial Possession

Video Premiere: "Tropical Still Life" by Immaterial Possession

27 July 2020

Dark pop/art rock band Immaterial Possession unveil a mystical and mesmerizing video for a hypnotic meditation from their upcoming album.

Even As We Speak

Album Premiere: Adelphi by Even As We Speak

24 July 2020

Renowned veteran Australian indie pop act Even As We Speak touches down with a cinematic and brooding to vibrantly shining cosmic-pop album.

The Neptunas

Song Premiere: "Secret of the Sea" by The Neptunas

23 July 2020

Veteran LA-based surf-pop/garage rock band The Neptunas resurface with a brisk and buoyant new tune from their upcoming album.

Lisa Mychols & Super 8

Video Premiere: "You & Me, Me & You" by Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8

22 July 2020

West Coast power pop artist Lisa Mychols joins up with Scottish musician Super 8 (AKA Paul Ryan) for a delightful ’60s-retro-pop/Northern Soul LP.

The Pull of Autumn - "Holiday"

Song Premiere: "Holiday" by The Pull of Autumn

21 July 2020

Pop/rock collective The Pull of Autumn, headed up by Daniel Darrow, drops a new single ahead of their next album release.


Song Premiere: "Suicide Hotline" by Glorybots

21 July 2020

Pop/rock project Glorybots (AKA Jalal Andre of indie rock band Echo Texture) launches a soaring, poignant, and life-affirming single.

Gareth Koch and Steve Kilbey

Video Premiere: "Nero" by Steve KIlbey & Gareth Koch

20 July 2020

Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Gareth Koch return within a matter of months with their second engrossing album that unearths musical history.

Thin Lear

Album Premiere: Wooden Cave by Thin Lear

17 July 2020

Matt Longo, under the moniker Thin Lear, unveils a warm, rich, and intimate chamber-pop album that revolves around life, love, death, and dreams.

Ryan and Pony

Video Premiere: "Thunderlove" by Ryan And Pony

16 July 2020

Ryan Smith (Soul Asylum) and Kathie Hixon-Smith (Hundred Flowers) of The Melismatics return as the dynamic and dear duo Ryan and Pony.

Chris Stamey et al.

Song Premiere: "It Must Be Raining Somewhere" by Chris Stamey & The Fellow Travelers (ft. Brett Harris)

16 July 2020

Renowned musician Chris Stamey (The dB’s) re-enters the jazz realm with a reflective and intimate upcoming album via Omnivore Recordings.


Video Premiere: "Self Care" by ultrviolence

15 July 2020

The usually brooding Nate Jespersen of rock/post-punk project ultrviolence delivers a mischievously uplifting video about self-care from his upcoming LP.

The Sea At Midnight

Song Premiere: "We Share The Same Stars" by The Sea At Midnight

14 July 2020

Chicago-raised, LA-based musician Vince Grant, recording as The Sea At Midnight, offers up a sweeping and heartfelt track from his upcoming LP.

The City Gates 3

NEWS: Montreal's The City Gates unleashes "Siegfried 1969" featuring Alexander Donat of Vlimmer

14 July 2020

The moody (Cold War-era-themed) single previews the post-punk/shoegaze band’s next album that will come out this fall.

Woodhead 2

Video Premiere: "Lection" by Woodhead

14 July 2020

NYC-based Woodhead, the eponymous band led by Vern Woodhead, are back with a video for a track from their upcoming album release.

Faithless Town

Video Premiere: "What I'm Dreaming Of" by Faithless Town

13 July 2020

LA-based rock band Faithless Town offer up a hopeful single and video about unity during these unsettled and divisive times.

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12 July 2020

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Mia Doi Todd - Gea

NEWS: Renowned singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd premieres performance video today

11 July 2020

Great Performances will stream Mia Doi Todd’s filmed solo performance of five songs. ORG Music will also be reissuing her LP Gea on August 29th.

The Dragon Berries

Album Premiere: And the Moon Turned Red EP by The Dragon Berries

10 July 2020

Austin, TX-based alt-rock band The Dragon Berries take listeners on a dynamic male-centered, genre-hopping ride on their new EP.

Drug Couple

Song Premiere: "2027" by Drug Couple

10 July 2020

Brooklyn-based music (and life) duo Drug Couple unveil their lyrically reflective, vibrant ( alt-folk/dream-rock) lead single from their upcoming EP.

So Sure

Album Premiere: Caffeine Drip EP by So Sure

9 July 2020

Brothers Sean and Brendan Kelly of A Fragile Tomorrow are joined by Kyle Polk as the compelling new alternative music entity So Sure.

Young Antiques

Video Premiere: "Goin' Home" by Young Antiques ft. Kelly Hogan

8 July 2020

Reunited Atlanta, GA-based roots rock/power pop band Young Antiques drop a pensive and heartfelt duet with Kelly Hogan (Decemberists, Neko Case).

Short Hair Domestic

Video Premiere: "A song in Latin about the importance of comfortable shoes" by Short-Haired Domestic

7 July 2020

UK-based married musicians, renowned producer Tim Friese-Greene and Lee Friese-Greene, unveil a clever video for a track from their new band.

The Wolfhounds 2

NEWS: The Wolfhounds release new album via A Turntable Friends Records

7 July 2020

The new long-play from London-based, C86/John Peel faves The Wolfhounds is a stunning album that reflects the current zeitgeist.


Video Premiere: "Jack is the Pulpit" (Lyric Video) by Figg

7 July 2020

Seattle-based indie rock/chamber pop act Figg drop an uplifting lyric video for a track off their s/t debut album (recorded 10 years ago!).

Lara Taubman

NEWS: Folk/Americana musician Lara Taubman set to release new album

7 July 2020

The NYC-based (by-way-of-Virginia) singer-songwriter recorded the lyrically sincere and insightful LP at Wolfe Island in Canada.