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Orla Gartland Shares “You’re Not Special, Babe” Ahead Of Debut Album

On new single “You’re Not Special, Babe,” a real highlight from Gartland’s debut album, she says: “Growing up is weird and my twenties feel like chaos. ‘You’re Not Special, Babe’ is a coming-of-age song written to remind myself that everyone goes through all of it; good times, bad times, strange times, dizzying highs & extreme lows. The title sounds mean but it’s really meant to be a comforting message!


Today, Peyton releases her latest single “What Did I Do” from her upcoming debut album PSA dropping July 23. “What Did I Do” is a breakup song about the ending of a friendship. Peyton despairs about what she could have done differently, but concludes that the friendship just ran its course and she has happy memories to hold on to. “What Did I Do” was produced by Jay Anthony and Warren Long. “Friendship breakups are never easy and sometimes hurt worse than romantic ones. These are the thoughts I felt at the start of it all, trying to figure out what went wrong, and remind them of how our union was special. The overall feeling of the song was inspired by ‘More Than a Woman’ by Aaliyah, which made me feel like a superhero whenever I listened to it.”

Listen to a new single from Poise (NY): “New Kind Of Love”

About the song, Murphy shares:
“I wrote “New Kind Of Love” as an offer of safety and solace to a friend of mine who needed it. I felt very powerless at the time, like any intervention might jeopardize the situation. So I did my best to show them support, and to be there in the few ways I could. It’s about time passing and everything being in flux, and the behaviors learned in childhood repeating in adulthood. But mostly it’s about the importance of friendship and solidarity in the lives of young girls.”


On the track, delicately plucked acoustic guitar curls around a laidback beat as his vocals glide from intimate confessions into a contrite chorus. Begging for a second chance never sounded so smooth as he croons, “Yeah I took you for granted girl I’m sorry, but no one ever loved me like you loved me.”


Directed by prolific and renowned video artist Sam Bayer, the music video highlights the song’s topical lyrics, and is meant as a social commentary on the upheaval of our times and ultimate fragility of America. Featuring a powerful performance delivered by bandmembers in gas masks, the video is intercut with microscopic images of blood – which is a nod to the current world crisis but is also a sly wink to lead singer Dexter Holland, an unlikely rock star with a PhD in Molecular Biology.

Smoke Bellow signs to Trouble in Mind! Their upcoming album, Open For Business, is out September 17th and you can watch the video for “Fee Fee” now

“Their sound can best be described as minimalist, but the record is far from sparse as they weave and loop melodies into pastiches of psych, post-punk, dream pop and kosmiche exploration.” Post-Trash

East Forest shares new song “Mend”

East Forest has released “Mend,” the final advance single ahead of his forthcoming album Possible (out July 23). The song is composed of an evocative solo piano performance, utilizing the warm tone of a restored 102-year-old Baldwin piano found in a local second-hand shop. The song’s minimalist, stirring melodies (with echoes of Erik Satie or Bing + Ruth) tap into the album’s broader theme of finding hope in the capacity for healing and rebuilding. Possible is the latest chapter in his ever-evolving career, which includes over 25 albums, including 2019’s album-length collaboration with spiritual pioneer Ram Dass, and collaborations with Typhoon, Laraaji, Dead Prez, Trevor Hall, and more.


Roger William Saro is A boy named ROSA. A Dutch-Native American singer, songwriter, rapper and producer based in Amsterdam. His sound fuses alternative R&B with Hip-hop, blending sub-genres while still exploring the aesthetics of mainstream pop music. Blood Orange, Kid Cudi, Anderson .Paak and Frank Ocean are amongst his main inspirations. After recently releasing the singles ‘Drunk Girls’, ‘Phone’, ‘BLOW’ and ‘Eye Candy’, he today releases FEMALE: His official independent debut album.

JoJo Pellegrino “Spiked Bat” (VIDEO directed by New Vegas Films)

Revered Portland Band TK & The Holy Know-Nothings Offer “Psychedelic Doom Boogie” On New Album THE INCREDIBLE HEAT MACHINE Out October 15

Hailing from Portland, OR, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings announce the band’s much anticipated sophomore album The Incredible Heat Machine out October 15th (Mama Bird Recording Co.). The band is led by frontman Taylor Kingman, whose equally irreverent, delicate and cerebral first-person narratives somehow merge seamlessly with the group’s bar band ethos. The Incredible Heat Machine takes the band’s *half-facetiously* self-described “psychedelic doom boogie” and delves further into the struggles of the working-class musician with themes of substance abuse and redemption, companionship as salvation and the ever-present shadow of disillusionment.

Allison Ponthier Releases New Single “Hell Is A Crowded Room” Today

“‘Hell Is A Crowded Room’ is a song about pushing through social anxiety, especially when it manifests in a really physical way,” explains Allison Ponthier, who wrote the song with Rick Nowels (Lana Del Rey, Stevie Nicks), who produced it along with Dean Reid and Brandon Shoop. “I always wondered why a shy person like me would choose to be an artist when it’s constantly putting yourself in front of people, and I think HIACR is a response to that. It took on a much more intense meaning post-pandemic, but I also think that it’s an applicable song for anyone that gets nervous in groups and is doing their best to be brave enough to get through it.”

Camie Shares Soul-Stirring New Single “claudia”

Ahead of the EP, Camie will share new single “claudia” – a soul-stirring, dreamy folk track with soaring synth and string textures.

New York Newcomer Paris Bryant Releases New Song and Video “Demon Time” Today

Today marks the release of rising singer/rapper, Paris Bryant’s latest offer, “Demon Time,” out now via Cinematic Music Group/Geffen Records. The third track since his debut, the promising young talent continues to emerge with his fresh forthright single. On “Demon Time” he channels a hard-hitting energy over a slick beat tearing through the production with fresh punchy bars and powerful vocals.


Asheville, NC’s Wednesday releases new video for “One More Last One” today