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Drew Fish Band, “Wishful Drinkin'” (Smith Entertainment)

Fish stands out among Texas roadhouse-circuit regulars with music that leans more heavily toward traditional country than the more typical country-rock hybrids.

He and his band can still kick up dust when it serves the song, but there’s plenty of old-school twang and swing here, thanks to the studio contributions of fiddler Jason Roberts, steel guitar/dobro player Geoff Queen and Reckless Kelly fiddle/mandolin ringer Cody Braun.

Tunes such as “Lone Star Saturday Night,” “One Beer at a Time” and the title track play too easily into the drinking-songs stereotype of his genre, but Fish shines brightly on the beautiful waltz “Every Damn Time,” wisely rendered as a duet with angelic-voiced country hitmaker Pam Tillis. — Peter Blackstock / Austin American-Statesman


Lil Mosey (Mogul Vision/Interscope Records) is keeping the momentum high in 2020 with the official release of his newest single, “Blueberry Faygo.” Over a subtle sample of Johnny Gill’s “My, My, My,” Lil Mosey’s melodic delivery and gritty lyrics combine to create a street anthem boasting of commercial appeal. An early version of the Callan-produced track made its way to the internet late last year; gaining popularity on TikTok and YouTube while also climbing the SoundCloud charts. Though most fans recognized Lil Mosey’s distinct and undeniable sound, the headline-making leak led to much success for a number of imposters, as detailed in Rolling Stone’s article “The Curious Case of a Leaked Hit.”

Danny De La Rosa Releases New Single/ Video “Third Wheel Man”

From the very beginning, Danny De La Rosa has been drawn to play the melodies he hears constantly in his head. “There was something about a distorted guitar and melodies that caught my attention at a very early age. It subconsciously and consciously pulled me in.” Music and Danny are magnets that just attract. Songwriter, self-taught guitarist Danny De La Rosa left the band Babylon A.D. in 2017 and began working on his own personal development: writing his own style of music, learning and playing the instruments and establishing his own brand of Hard Rock-Pop. It has always been Danny’s dream to establish his own sound. “Writing and recording is my passion. I constantly hum and have melodies in my head. I can’t wait to record a second album as I have it written already.” It took twelve weekends of travel to record his music at the American Made Studios in Fresno, California. Hence, Danny’s debut solo album will be titled 12 Weekends and is due out in early 2020.


In conjunction with today’s release of “Cut Me,” Sumney is announcing a residency and installation at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater from mid-February through early March. The residency finds Moses returning to the venue where his career as a live performer began 6 years ago to examine the concept of græ — the spectrum of greyness in regard to color, displacement, interstitial space, and marginal identity. Between the hours of 12 and 5PM on Monday through Saturday from February 13th through March 4th, fans will be able to enter the Bootleg Theater where græ will be playing in immersive, 3D Audio via Amazon Music HD on an Echo Studio. The space will aim to create community and conversation among those representations of græ-ness. Throughout the course of the residency there will be weekly free live performances by Moses Sumney every Wednesday night, starting on February 12th into the first week of March.

Prog Rockers Skyhaven are Reborn as an Electro-Rock Duo

In 2017, the LA electronic rock group Skyhaven sparked some hype in the instrumental prog rock scene after working with Polyphia’s Timothy Henson and Scott LePage on their debut EP Liftoff. Today, the band is reborn as a slimmed down duo as they share their latest single “U Do,” which features soulful guest vocals from Minnesota native, Keston Wright.

Norwegian rapper/r&b singer Ivan Ave shares self-produced “Triple Double Love”

What does it really mean to be a team player? In love, in business, in art. I dedicate this song to the James Millners of the world. To professional fouls, bruised knees and ankles. I hope that by performing this on tour, I remind myself that I wouldn’t still be playing the game if it wasn’t for my team. My dribbles are dope, but I also need to D up! The first song I ever produced myself. Slam dunk moment for me, with some top musicians on the alley oops. I sampled some chords Byron had played, made the drums, worked with Eikrem on the ARP, Sasac on bass, and of course the lovely Zee on background vocals. She is one to watch, a Mutual Intentions artist in the making.”

Lady Lamb Shares New Song “Arizona”

Speaking of touring, Lady Lamb heads out on a European tour this February with support from Toth. And in March, she presents an entirely different experience of her music, performing intimate “evening with” events at City Winery locations around the US accompanied by a string quartet. The arrangements (written by Spaltro herself) are fresh, intimate reimaginations of the songs from Even in the Tremor and previous albums.

Valeree releases the swinging soul rocker “Dive”

Today, the Los Angeles-via-Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Valeree releases her swinging soul rocker “Dive.” This release comes on the heels of the R&B-infused single “Any Other Way” that premiered last month. Tattoo.com praises Valeree’s “gorgeously sensual voice,” explaining that it, “delivers bewitchingly alluring timbres brimming with tantalizing nuances.”

Valeree is very candid about her history of addiction, opening up about her troubled past and using music as a cathartic release. She takes cues from classic R&B legends like Etta James and Otis Redding as a way to cope with her blues.

PREMIERE | Valeree Releases Sultry ‘Dive’

Darling West Release “We’ll Never Know Unless We Try” via Jansen Records

Mari Sandvær Kreken and Tor Egil Kreken, better known as Norwegian folk duo Darling West, are proud to share their anticipated new album We’ll Never Know Unless We Try, released today via Jansen Records. Leaning into sunny California dreamscapes, the album is a little west of center for the band’s sound—a sound that Lucinda Williams dubbed “Cosmic Folk” after her first time sharing a stage with Mari and Tor Egil—but never loses the charm and feel Darling West fans have quickly grown to love since the band’s first record was released in 2014.

Party Pupils Deliver Bittersweet Bop “West Coast Tears” Featuring Gary Go

Since coming together in 2016, Party Pupils have developed a reputation for crafting unorthodox party jams, with “West Coast Tears” serving as the latest example. The single follows recent releases “The Plug (feat. Drelli)” and Louis Futon collaboration “One Two Things (feat. TOBi),” the latter of which saw the group use samples recorded on-the-spot inside an IKEA store. Most recently, they reworked a live rendition of Blondie’s “Rapture” performed by The Disco Biscuits into a certified dancefloor-filler, adding to their back catalog of exciting remixes which includes Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson,” Billie Eillish’s “My Boy,” T-Pain’s “Can’t Believe It” and several others. This month they are set to bring their show on the road, joining Dillon Francis on a few dates, before heading to Florida for the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in March.

Cierra Ramirez Releases Sultry New Single + Video “Over Your Head”

Tribeca Music/EMPIRE recording artist Cierra Ramirez today releases her sultry new single and video “Over Your Head”. The song is the title track from her highly anticipated LP to be released on February 28, 2020.

Refinery29 served up an exclusive first look at the video this morning and said “Between Ramirez’s fearless vocals and parade of power looks, “Over Your Head” the music video is the precise aesthetic you’re going to want to take into the weekend.”

Chicago Farmer’s ‘Flyover Country’ Featuring The Band of Heathens Out Today

Illinois-based Cody “Chicago Farmer” Diekhof paired up with Texas’ The Band of Heathens for Flyover Country, independently released February 7. In the past two weeks the album debuted at #33 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart and shot up another 10 spots to #23 with DJs across the country spinning many of the songs from the album.

The current single, “All In One Place,” is a humorous look at the sad truth about making money in the music business and debuted on the Americana Singles Chart at #43 this week. American Songwriter Magazine says, “This tale of high hopes and low returns [is] an outlaw country number that resounds with heart and humor.”

Alexandra Lost – New Single + Video “Fleeting Dance” Out Now

“To illustrate the song’s emotional landscape, we decided to dig into century-old public domain silent film footage. As we consider our music to be a sort of recycling of 20th-century popular culture, this approach seemed appropriate. We liked the idea of creating a new story from an old one, and of amplifying a film’s existing emotional palette by juxtaposing handpicked images with contemporary sounds.”

Top Video // Tate McRae – “stupid”

Rising star Tate McRae releases the music video for her track “stupid.” The Jasper Soloff directed video sees Tate bringing the song to life through her creative concepts, catchy lyrics, and edgy choreography. “stupid” is featured on Tate’s debut EP all the things i never said, has over 24 million audio streams on Spotify alone.

Harry Styles to Perform for SiriusXM and Pandora in New York City

SiriusXM announced today that Harry Styles will perform for SiriusXM and Pandora on Friday, February 28 at a secret location in New York City. The intimate set for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners will feature Styles performing songs from his recent sophomore album, Fine Line, released via Columbia Records. The event will also include an interview with Harry Styles and The Morning Mash Up hosts Ryan Sampson, Nicole Ryan and Stanley T.

GOSS Ft. Selma Judith – “Fighting For The Gospel”

Danish newcomer Goss steps out with stellar new single ‘Fighting For The Gospel’ featuring Selma Judith. The track reflects the start of a new chapter for an artist who has earned international acclaim for his brand of left pop. Having toured with with Mura Masa and SOHN, as well as being the co-writer of MØ’s global hit “Kamikaze”, Goss is moving towards the release of his brand new project, set for release this year.