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Analogue synth pop exploring the comforts of childhood

Ellinor Sterner Bonander creates experimental, cinematic pop with a penchant for electronica and alt-jazz composition. Her lyrics often concern themselves with existential questions about the world, seen through a feminist lens.

New Solo Album From Ricky (Western Settings, Hey Chels) — ‘Palm Trees’- Out Now

San Diego, CA musician RICKY (aka Ricky Schmidt) writer/singer/bassist of Western Settings and writer/bassist in Hey, Chels, has just dropped his debut solo album ‘Palm Trees,’ which is now streaming everywhere.

Featuring 11 tracks of dreamy, unconventional indie pop, the album was produced by Tyson “Chicken” Annicharico of Dead To Me, engineered by Brandon Mericle, mixed by Scott Goodrich, and features drums by Shane Hendry and vocals/co-writing by Ricky’s partner and Hey, Chels bandmate Jax.

UK Band LOVEBREAKERS Drop New Single/Music Video “Family Man”

UK 4-piece LOVEBREAKERS has dropped its new single “Family Man” via Wiretap Records (US) and Little Rocket Records (UK/EU). The song appears on their forthcoming debut LP “Primary Colours” out in Spring 2021.

Jack Perry of LOVEBREAKERS says, “The song tells a short story of someone who has just became a parent. It’s influenced from some close friends of mine who recently started their own families. It’s a “homage” to those guys. It’s that back and forth of “DAMN THIS SUCKS, BUT I WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD.” The verses are the negative side of things and the pre choruses/choruses are the positive side.”

Romana – check out my new single “Energy”

I have had many conversations with my friends about energy vampires: individuals that can drain the life out of you! My new song, “ENERGY,” is about the give and take that each relationship needs to be healthy.

Jeia Rouge produced this track and it was one of the most floetic, fun and egoless experiences I have had. Jeia is also the first and only female producer I have worked with. There is always something special about women coming together to create!

KIT (of All Our Exes Live in Texas) Shares “Stranger” Video from New EP

The self-titled debut EP from Melbourne-based indie-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist KIT — aka Katie Wighton of the ARIA Award-winning folk group All Our Exes Live in Texas — is out now and available at all DSPs. The 5-track set includes co-writes with fellow Australian up-and-comer Ali Barter, Jake Sinclair (Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift, Weezer), and Jenny Owen-Youngs (Panic! At The Disco). It was produced by Dave Symes (Boy and Bear) and James Seymour (Feelds, Merpire) with additional engineering by Simon Berckelman (The Internet) and Liz Drummond (Little May).

Bay Area Indie Rocker Band The Happys Wrestle with Mental Health on New Track “Bipolar”

Frontman Nick Petty says, “Bipolar is a song written about a girl who I once liked who had bipolar disorder. In hindsight, this song is based on the give-and-take nature of love. The song dives into personal struggles from my childhood with bipolar emotions and tendencies. I always want to empower people through my lyrics to never feel less than anyone else for struggling with their mental health and differences.

I also want to emphasize that all people who struggle with mental disorders — whether it’s depression, mania, bipolar disorder or anything else—deserve a fulfilling and happy life and should not be scrutinized by society for their differences and struggles. I believe that if we want to grow as a society, we need to be more empathic and understanding of how others feel.

Brooks Hudgins Shares “February” Via Cool Hunting

Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Brooks Hudgins shares “February,” off of his debut album Drive Thru Communion, due out December 11th. A breakup track with dark wit and immaculate production, Cool Hunting premiered the song, praising “lyrics of conflict paint a picture of distaste and concern over a person caught up in vice-laden and content-streaming lifestyle. Almost two minutes in, the song takes on new life as it commits to its jazzier undercurrent.” Between his raw and emotive vocals mixed with swirling instrumentals, “February” solidifies Hudgins as a venerable songwriter with the ability to create a compelling track, more of which are to be expected on his upcoming debut record.

Brooks Hudgins: February

Stream SOMBRA’s New Single “Are You Well?”

Based out of Montreal, Quebec, and led by producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Cataldo, SOMBRA flirts with the borders of genre and style, often shifting moods within the same song. The trio blends chunky, hip-hop inspired electronic beats with alt-rock sensibility; heavily distorted bass riffs with spiralling synth and guitar lines are the foundation on which melodic vocal lines sit.


“After such a long time now without performing or being able to share our music via the stage, we’re excited to release our debut EP, Driving At Pace, and put our original music out into the world,” shares Emperors Night. “Each of these five songs is special to us in their own way, and we’re eager to give people the chance to explore them all. Toronto has been so good to us over this strange period in time, and we’re happy to represent the city via the music we have recorded here. The accompanying music video for ‘Driving At Pace’ shows off Toronto from some of our favorite angles and is our thank you to the city for embracing three brothers from New Zealand this past year.”

Exclusive Premiere: Watch Emperors Night’s New Video for “Driving At Pace”


LA Duo Analog Party Debuts Brooding New Video “One”

Formed in 2018, the young Los Angeles-based duo Analog Party has distilled their love for grunge, classic rock, post-punk, and industrial music into both a debut EP Model Youth (released April 19, 2019) and single Absolution (released June 19, 2020). Comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Animaan Pathak and bassist Charles Horin, the band’s unique sound walks a fine line between fierce riff-based rock and moody, atmospheric textures, touching on both introspective and existential lyrical themes. Their latest single “One” is reminiscent of bands like Alice in Chains and Deftones — soaring vocal harmonies, viscous heavy guitars, and mammoth drums serve as an immense sonic backdrop to a brooding reflection on how to exist in an increasingly chaotic society.

JD Shelburne Exclusively Premieres Latest Single, “Bottoms Up Sundown” With American Songwriter

Country music standout, JD Shelburne releases yet another staple country tune titled, “Bottoms Up Sundown.” The single details a simple day in the life of small-town America where you work hard, live right, and take the time to enjoy each blessing as they happen. When life gets complicated and all comes crashing down, this is the perfect song to ground listeners and bring them back to their roots. The release of “Bottoms Up Sundown,” builds anticipation for Shelburne’s upcoming album ‘Straight From Kentucky’ scheduled for release in early 2021, featuring more catchy country tunes like this.

J.D. Shelburne Tells His Small-Town Story on “Bottoms Up Sundown”


Clutch has released its new single “Passive Restraints” today. “Passive Restraints” originally appeared as the title track to the bands 2nd EP released in 1992. This newly recorded version is part of the Weathermaker Vault Series and features guest vocals by Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. Clutch and Blythe have collaborated on this track live for several years now, the last time at European festival appearances in the summer of 2019.


For the first time, Boston Ballet will bring Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker to homes across New England through a broadcast partnership with NBC10 Boston. The beloved holiday ballet will be broadcasted as a one-hour special excerpted from the 2019 production, with featured narration by Hoda Kotb (Today) and Colton Bradford (NBC10 Boston’s The Hub) as Drosselmeier. The broadcast also features local talent, NBC10 Boston’s JC Monahan and Telemundo’s Grace Gómez and Miguel García. The Nutcracker will air on NBC10 Boston starting Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NBC10 Boston, NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available free of charge on bostonballet.org for a limited time.


Kevin Max who is best known for being 1/3 of the award-winning pop cross over group DC Talk who went on to sell nearly 9 Million records has come full circle with his upcoming release of REVISTING THIS PLANET.

Larry Norman’s 1972 pioneering album ONLY VISITING THIS PLANET was the first of its kind. It was hailed as the first ‘Jesus-Rock’ album and was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. This paved the road for artists in the rock and Christian Music genre. Enter Kevin Max.

T-Rex Marathon Pay Homage To Alexisonfire w/ Video “A Prison Just For Us”

Ottawa’s punk/post-hardcore act T-Rex Marathon released their debut album “Days Without Incident” on October 16th. On the full length, the band wrote a love track to one of their collectively favourite Canadian bands Alexisonfire. Entitled “A Prison Just For Us”, the song’s structure and feel pay homage to AoF’s track “Accidents” and if it were to be described in one word, it would be atmosphere for its interesting production techniques and slightly improvisational guitar parts.