Contemplative and soulful, MAYA is back with a powerful new single What We Are Worth, a meaningful song that pleads with the listener to look inwards and understand just how much they are worth to this world. It’s the perfect follow-up to her equally provocative previous single What After Now. MAYA will be celebrating the release with a launch show at Melbourne’s iconic The Night Cat on December 1.

Flitting between Los Angeles, New York and her hometown of Melbourne, MAYA has been hard at work, and What We Are Worth is the product of an artist who has found her true calling. “What We Are Worth is a conversation with myself about my constant questions about humanity – it’s a song about respecting yourself and the earth we live on. My music has to inspire people to reflect on both our actions and reactions to life,” MAYA passionately explains. “The song was made to shock and excite, while also opening up and expressing my feelings with intensity. This song was made to spread a message – to wake up and understand what we are worth to this earth.”

Melbourne’s Electric Mary have released a killer new video for the track Woman, taking from their upcoming fourth album tentatively titled Better Days Are Coming.

The band have signed with Melbourne rock label Dinner For Wolves who will release the album in March of 2018. Electric Mary continually SELL OUT shows in London, Paris and Spain, and have fans that include members of Iron Maiden and have been touted as Saving Rock N Roll in New York City.

The band, known to their fans as “The Mary’s” are revered as one of Australia’s greatest live bands. Better Days Are Coming is being released worldwide in March 2018 and will see them once again head out to tour across the planet.

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically acclaimed New Zealand songstress Kimbra unveils her latest single Top of the World. Co-produced by Skrillex, Top of the World stands out as a dynamic and hypnotizing anthem, equally inspired by bass heavy beats and global grooves. The high energy crescendo proves immediately irresistible and inimitable, unveiling yet another side of Primal Heart.

Top of the World follows hot on the heels of Everybody Knows. Within six weeks, the song has closed in on over 1 million Spotify streams and has already generated more than 240 thousand YouTube views.

Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues is out now, and a brand new video for the track If Time is Money feat. Method Man was released today. The album was produced by Mathematics and executive produced by RZA, with featured performances by RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, ODB, Redman Sean Price and more.

Ahead of their Australia & New Zealand tour kicking off in two weeks’ time, alt-J have today released an epic short film to accompany Pleader.

Directed by award-winning director Isaiah Seret, whose work has been featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Art Basel Miami, the short film stars Sophie Cookson (Gypsy, Kingsman) and Morgan Watkins (A Little Chaos, Suffragette) and was filmed in the Rhonda Valley in South Wales. The latest in an extensive list of uniquely creative, award winning videos by alt-J, the video for Pleader chronicles life from birth to death, with real birth footage lifted from an experimental film by Stan Brakhage from 1959 and apocalyptic moments fit for a disaster movie interspersed with shots of the glorious Welsh countryside, fitting as the track itself is inspired by Richard Llewlyn’s book How Green Was My Valley?.

Tonight Alive have announced details for their new album Underworld. Just as exciting Tonight Alive has released the music video for their first single Temple. Born out of a time when McDougall was experiencing severe depression and fatigue, the lyrics for this super-charged and energetic track were penned when she was entrapped in being sick in her mind, body and soul. Check out the video for the hard-hitting, yet deeply personal track below.

The Used has released Rise Up Lights the second track from their forthcoming album, The Canyon. The noisy super charged song picks up right away with singer Bert McCracken’s undeniable vocals and guitarist Justin Shekoski’s intense guitar power hitting you right in the face. Rise Up Lights is the follow up single to the recently released Over and Over Again.

Ivy League are thrilled to announce the return of The Rubens with their incredible new single Million Man; a soulful, groove-fuelled track that follows on where their certified Platinum, #1 triple j’s hottest 100 single Hoops left off.After a few nights spent drinking in New York at a bar that Torbitt and Wilder co-owned, it seemed their effortless friendship could lead to a pretty interesting musical collaboration. Fast forward to 2017 and those musings have become a reality when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio; a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West.

Penned at the height of their Hoops album campaign, Million Man marks the first single off the band’s highly anticipated third album, due for release in 2018. According to Elliot Million Man itself seemed to come on unexpectedly:

“The song itself kind of came from nowhere, just sitting at the piano and playing whatever came out,” says Elliott. “As the song developed, the lyrics slowly came and spelled out a story and the rest came from there. The chorus was an easy flowing one, which is rare.”

On the heels of releasing her Eastwick/Cold Caller 7”, Julia Jacklin now shares the video for Cold Caller.

About the video Julia says:

“Over my 5 years of dancing training I accumulated about 4 dance moves, which have all been utilised in this clip. You could say it all started here in this dance studio in my hometown, Springwood, where beginning at the age of 11, I laboured and then learned that I was not going to be a professional dancer. Nevertheless for those 5 years I did my best; tap danced at a casino in a high vis one-piece to ‘Working Class Man’, waved my arms repeatedly around at an event held in a McDonalds car park to Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)’, crammed my pre-pubescent body into silver hot pants for Pink’s ‘Get this Party Started’. It’s still my favourite thing to do, and this song is about something worrying, but also something incredibly joyful and all I could think to do to express that was to dance.”

KUREN; the 19 year old indigenous producer hailing from the tiny town of Hillston in Central West NSW (population 1500), has dropped his new single Bright Dawn, featuring ARIA nominee and ARIA Platinum selling rapper, Illy – his second release on ONETWO Records, after he delivered the track Mastercraft earlier this year.

In regards to how the track came together, Kuren comments – “Bright Dawn has been in the works for almost a year now. It started by the most simple beat and pop melodies. Bright dawn is a song to bring people back to earth. Small things in life go wrong and you forget the big picture. As long as we are breathing and are happy then that’s all that matters”.

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