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Drawing on a unique gift for writing songs that encapsulate and explore the innocence and simplicity of childhood, ‘The Joy In Sarah’s Eyes’ showcases Douglas’ honest and soul bearing reflection of his formative years. Composed using the autoharp – a new discovery for the multi-instrumentalist – the track draws on indie and folk influences resulting in a Jeff Buckley-esque ballad for a new generation.


Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group announced plans for a multi-million dollar revamp of its internationally acclaimed daylife destination, WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Pioneering the ‘ultra pool’ concept, the 54,500-square-foot poolside party mecca will undergo an enthralling architectural and audio-visual design revitalization slated to debut in summer 2020.

MALKA releases brand new single ‘Moving Together’

Scottish multi-instrumentalist MALKA has released her brand new single ‘Moving Together’. The new song is taken from her forthcoming third album I’m Not Your Soldier out February 28th.

‘Moving Together’ premiered with Clash who said, “The track is a bubbling, bright psychedelic reverie, MALKA’s crystalline vocals lifted ever upwards by its shimmering synths, driving world music percussion and its irresistibly funky bassline.”

WESTERMAN shares new single “Blue Comanche”

Today, West London’s Westerman announces his signing to Play It Again Sam and shares his first release on the label. “Blue Comanche” is a beautifully evocative three minute song, Westerman’s lyrics cutting deeper as guitar strings and buoyant synths slowly blossom into the atmospheric pop world he introduced on his critically-acclaimed Ark EP.

Speaking of the song, Westerman says, “Blue Comanche” is about the inevitability of environmental loss as a consequence of modernization. I’m not a Luddite, I don’t think we should go back to the Stone Age or anything, but there’s still something profoundly sad about what’s being lost.

ENORMOUS New tune From FARR // ‘Heal Me’

Rising duo FARR return today with massive new anthem Heal Me. Along with the unveiling of their sky-reaching new track, the band have announced the title of their debut album, ‘Weightless’, which will be released 27th March.

BRAND NEW FRIEND – Release Lloyd Cole-inspired Single

Following directly on from the warmly received ‘The Letter A’ released last Autumn, the Northern Irish indie-pop quintet make a fresh-faced return with a jubilant new single and confirmation of a 7 track EP: ‘A Cure For Living’, to be released via Xtra Mile Recordings on 14 February 2020.

Inspired by characters imagined by 80s indie veteran Lloyd Cole in his timeless ‘Jennifer She Said’ track, Brand New Friend’s ‘Nothing Stays The Same’ finds the band musing on just what may have happened next for its lovelorn protagonist… As the band explain:

“‘Nothing Stays The Same’ is a love song constantly shifting perspective between two people. It’s the sound of two people who love each other deeply but who know they’re running out of distance. It’s framed in the Botanic area of Belfast, in the old Botanical gardens near Queens University. In the rain, of course. I was heavily inspired by Lloyd Cole on this track, I love the way he colours his world so you can see who he’s singing about when you close your eyes. The girl in this song is Jennifer, from ‘Jennifer She Said’. Hopefully it all works out for her…”


Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ (formerly Nnamdi Ogbonnaya) has announced his newest LP BRAT, available April 3rd via his own label Sooper Records (KAINA, Sen Morimoto, etc.). The follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2017 album DROOL, NNAMDÏ wrote, performed, and engineered BRAT in a solitary process between long tours. As it became apparent that a singular focus on music led to neglect in other vital areas of his life, NNAMDÏ reassesed his goals as an artist, and his desire to be a happy and healthy human being. The result is BRAT, an album thatmeasures the depths of these conflicts and charts NNAMDÏ’s journey to restore balance between his wants and needs in relationships, self-growth, and life as an artist.

RYTE share mind-altering debut album in full today!

RYTE’s debut album is the result of an intense one-and-a-half-year writing process. The album consists of four long tracks, that pushes the boundaries of Psych rock as it is influenced by Doom, Prog Rock, Jazz and even World Music. The sound is dominated by down-tuned, sometimes doomy, sometimes epic twin guitars, dynamic and jazzy drums, distorted, playful bass lines and spacey Theremin landscapes. Drummer Hannes Ganeider recorded the LP at his own rehearsal space, while Michael Piller did the mixing and none other than the underground producer-legend Tim Green mastered the album at Louder Studios in California.

Nae Unleashes Music Video For New Single “80’s Arcade”

The music video is a genuinely fun and nostalgic take on the decade, filled with neon colors and a ton of dreaminess. Approaching her hew music with a genuine and unfiltered lyrical approach, Nae’s music is electropop perfection, filled with addictive melodies and sweet production. Although fairly new to the pop world, Nae’s sound is seasoned; “80’s Arcade” is a well-crafted single that’ll be candy to everyone’s ears.

The Districts Share Video for New Single “Cheap Regrets”

The Districts today shared the Laura-Lynne Petrick-directed video for new single “Cheap Regrets,” the second from their forthcoming album You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere, which will be released on March 13th, 2020 (Fat Possum). “‘Cheap Regrets’ is some late capitalist nihilism channeled into a Districts dance party. It’s about the extremes of American culture constantly reinforcing the self,” explains singer/guitarist Rob Grote of the kinetic track. “The mirror reconfirms you. It’s all iPhone, selfies, and mirrors. Sell yourself baby. The consumer gets consumed. I wanted people to dance together to a song about alienation to find some collective transcendence in that.”


Poliça today shared “Steady,” the third new track from the band’s forthcoming album When We Stay Alive, due out January 31st via Memphis Industries. An acoustic ballad with electronic arrangements, “Steady” finds Channy Leaneagh reflecting on motherhood. “It’s about looking around and realizing you and your kiddos are all alone and feeling terrified about taking care of it all and raising good humans to boot,” she explains. “I see my own weaknesses looking back at me everyday as a parent and I’ve also found my strengths. Building our own family and foundation.”


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum British singer/songwriter James Blunt has made one of the most compelling videos of his career for his new song “Monsters,” one of the highlights from his acclaimed sixth studio album Once Upon A Mind.


For its first production of Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 masterwork, NORMA, in nearly 40 years, Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) brings back the international star it introduced to the U.S. just over two years ago. Elena Stikhina makes her debut in one of opera’s most technically demanding roles – a powerful Druid priestess whose affair with the general of a warring Roman faction brings personal grief and despair. The Russian-born soprano made her American debut in BLO’s 2017 production of Tosca. Her subsequent national and international acclaim includes a lauded 2018 Metropolitan Opera debut in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Best known for its star-making aria “Casta Diva,” BLO presents Bellini’s dramatic bel canto opera for five performances from March 13-22 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Boston Lyric Opera’s NORMA runs for five performances only; March 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont Street. Tickets are $25-$282.

Mimi G – Homeless Mom in LA Now Fashion Empire CEO

With over 2.1 million social media followers and 12 and million website views annually, DIY Fashion Expert/Girlboss Mimi G has defied all odds after living on the streets of LA to become the most influential woman in DIY fashion, propelling herself into the ranks of Martha Stewart, Lauren Conrad, and Chrissy Teigen.

MimiGStyle.com began as a hobby and has blossomed into the world’s leading DIY fashion/sewing online destination, where Mimi G models her original designs/patterns ranging from business wear to swimsuits that fit the everyday girl, creates free tutorials of her on trend sewing patterns, personally answers every DIY sewing question and so much more. She also created the world’s #1 online sewing school SewItAcademy that works for everyone from the first-time sewing novice to the expert seamstress.