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Today, rising queer pop star Mike Taveira returns with his new single, “Sex for Breakfast (ft. Allie X),” from his forthcoming debut EP, ‘Cut Velvet.’ Due out in early 2022, ‘Cut Velvet’ is a glittering record of spacey 80s new-wave and rudimentary 70s synths balanced precariously over slap bass and funk grooves. It’s a conceptual record that chronicles Mike’s wide-eyed move to Los Angeles, the rise and fall of young love, and all the predators along the way.
Today, Nashville-based Americana-tinged Country artist Caleb Lee Hutchinson releases his critically acclaimed EP, Slot Machine Syndrome. Slot Machine Syndrome marks the beginning of a bold new chapter for the singer-songwriter, full of outsider’s pride and the sense of bold conviction shared by his heroes. It’s a chapter where he is finally the author of his own story.
SONS OF SILVER TO RELEASE NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR “HESITATE”
“Like many of our songs, Hesitate came about during a band writing session. It was the summer of 2020. We’d recently returned to the studio after not seeing each other since the pandemic began. All of us were both relieved and unnerved. Relieved to get back to work and unnerved as in, WTF is going on! Considering the circumstances of the pandemic at that time, we didn’t know how comfortable we’d be working closely in our somewhat small recording studio. But the uneasiness lasted all of 30 seconds. Once we got going, the work was carefree, cathartic and rejuvenating. New ideas poured out immediately and we chased them down throughout the fall of 2020,” says Frontman Peter Argyropoulos.
L’FREAQ showcases her raw talent in “LOUD” live & unplugged video, out today; ‘Showgirl’ EP out in 9/23
Today, LA-based dark-synth pop artist, L’FREAQ, shares a live and unplugged version of her newest single, “LOUD,” from her sophomore EP, Showgirl, due out on September 23, 2021 via Position Music. The intimate performance on plush red couches and a heart-shaped bed shows L’FREAQ’s literal comfort with vulnerability and also with her own power. Without a mic, and accompanied only by an acoustic guitar player, the glittering bones of this powerhouse song are brought to light.
goodboy noah Shares Video for Smooth Single “Hit N’ Run”
Rising Los Angeles-based pop and R&B-influenced singer-songwriter goodboy noah today shares the official video for his latest single “Hit N’ Run” available now on all digital platforms via The Orchard.
Jeremy Shada Channels James Bond 007 In Video For New Single “If Looks Could Kill” — Debut Album ‘VINTAGE’ Due Out October 1st
Bi-coastal Emmy and MTV Award winning actor and musician Jeremy Shada unveils another enticing teaser ahead of his debut album launch for VINTAGE, set for release independently on October 1st. With the assist from producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, it’s a collection of autobiographical vignettes fusing pop music’s greatest eras to redefine romance in the modern age. Across 12 tracks, Jeremy explores the crooners of the ‘20s to the funk lines of the ‘70s to the catchy hard-hitting pop melodies of the ‘80s through present day. In the new single “If Looks Could Kill,” the rising talent channels all things James Bond 007—the mystery of classic film noir, the seduction of the thrill and chase, and the timeless charm of a suit and tie.
On “Whatever,” Naliya loops a ghostly synth line around her sugar-coated croons. “I guess I’m kind of glad that you’re gone,” she announces with a smirk. Her airy vocals give the song a silky R&B aura and her sparse production keeps the track light and fluid, but eventually, blown-out beats crash sidelong into the instrumental, lending weight and drama to the proceedings. Altogether, the track sharpens the intimate electro-pop style that’s becoming her signature.
CAVO’S New Single “Cynical” Along with Their New Album ‘Bridges Bright Lights + Thiev
Hard/Alt-Rock band Cavo have released their single “Cynical” along with their album BRIDGES BRIGHT NIGHTS + THIEVES with TLG Entertainment/INgrooves. Following their recent release of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone”, and Cavo’s single/video releases in 2020 – “Muscle Memory” and “Lead On” a realization was noted that the band had a long catalog of written songs over the years. It was time for Cavo to gather them together and revisit them with their listeners. This culmination is Bridges Bright Nights + Thieves.
Vancouver BC’s Lydia Hol releases her new LP ‘Some Dreamers of The Golden Dream’ today on Amelia Recordings!
Back in the 1950s, an architect named Buckminster Fuller was awarded a patent for the geodesic dome. Due to its avant-garde aesthetics and breakthroughs of architectural design, this dome remains a symbol of futurism, a spherical structure representing all that may soon be discovered. Domes create lenses that allow us to peer inside enclosed environments, which can be meticulously curated. They’re a fitting metaphor for celebrity culture and social media, which make us feel distant from one another and fall into controlled narratives.
Indie Soul Artist Kitt Shares “Amnesia” From ‘Without You’ EP (Details Below)
Kitt (formerly known as Katherine Penfold) is an indie soul artist in the midst of a creative rebirth. In 2019, she released her full-length debut Sweetest Thing under the Penfold name, introducing her “as a dynamic performer and an artist to watch moving forward” [EARMILK]. In 2021, she returns. But with a new name propelled by a deep sense of self-discovery. Having always been Kitt to close friends, she wanted her music persona to reflect a similar level of vulnerability and intimacy. “As much as I appreciate my given name, walking on-stage to sing my originals – the authentic sound I want to bring to listeners – it never felt like a match,” she says. Adding, “through the massive life shifts and realizations of the last two years, I felt ready to present Kitt to everyone. I never imagined how good it would feel.”
JAMES TW RELEASES “HEARTBEAT CHANGES (PART 1),” FIRST PART OF LONG-AWAITED SECOND ALBUM, OUT NOW
Of the album, James says: “Heartbeat Changes Part 1 is a collection of songs documenting the emotions & realizations I had after the only break up I’ve ever gone through last year. It’s honest & as personal as my music has even been.”
2x-Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki has teamed up with dance icon Armin van Buuren on “Music Means Love Forever.” A perfect fusion of both artist’s styles, the festival anthem features a lively mixture of Steve’s big room electro sound and Armin’s signature progressive trance palette.
Psychedelic fuzz-rock outfit Craneium have released their new single, ”The Devil Drives”. The track highlights a straightforward and direct side of the Finnish band, with driving bass, big choruses, and colorful melodies.
American Hard Rock Band ARTIFAS Releases New Single “LEAVE ME FOR DEAD” via IMAGEN RECORDS
“Leave Me For Dead is a song about abandonment and the struggle to overcome the emotions associated with it. We’ve all had that person in our lives that we trusted, just to find out that they would leave us for dead when things got tough. This song is about just being in disbelief over something like that and the internal battle that follows when you’re left in doubt…” says the band.
“Count The Rings”, like the entire album, finds the Michigan trio leaning a bit more into their pop melodies and electric instruments while continuing to feature their Americana style lyrics, signature strings and dreamy harmonies delivered with punk energy. The overarching theme of Vessel is the power of one’s point of view with a consistent mental health conversation running through the songs as well. “Count The Rings” explores both.
EDEN RAIN CONTINUES TO BUILD HYPE WITH STELLAR NEW SINGLE, ‘BEING HUMAN’ // WATCH HERE
Having firmly established herself as a new artist to watch, Leeds born, London based polymath Eden Rain continues to cement her burgeoning reputation with her most widescale track yet in stellar offering, Being Human. Produced by JONAH ( Jorja Smith, Wale, Kenny Beats), the track sees Eden showcase her combination of searingly personal songwriting and stand out vocals in wonderful fashion. Speaking on the track, Eden states:
Walker & Royce have defined their career with three simple words: Rules Don’t Apply. This ethos is reflected in their genre-straddling studio output, and in their eponymous radio show, which puts other risk takers on display. Now, Walker & Royce take Rules Don’t Apply to new heights with its launch as a record label. Dances With White Girls inaugurates this new platform for dance music rebels, today unveiling “Skinny Dipping”—a piece already on its way to becoming a festival anthem.
Wordsmith – Bittersweet [Album]
Prior and during this pandemic, Baltimore’s multi-hyphenate Wordsmith recorded “Bittersweet,” his latest album mimics the never-ending tug of war of life. The listener is fed a bitter dose of reality followed by a sweet rebuttal on the proceeding song. A consistent ordering of melodies, storytelling, thunderous production and some intellectual content are all covered on “Bittersweet.”
Listen to Jeremy Pinnell’s Final Single “Red Roses” Out Now
“Red Roses” is a perfect example of rough-around-the-edges balladry. Flying above a bed of organ swirls and double-stop guitar flourishes, Pinnell sings about “having the realization that love isn’t about feelings.” And through it all comes this oaken identity; the devastating centerpiece of his work. Honest and careworn, Pinnell’s voice can touch on wry, jubilant, and debauched—all in a single line. Today, Folk N Rock and Americana UK featured Pinnell’s final single from his upcoming album Goodbye L.A, with the latter noting, “It’s a song with a touch of nostalgia, and a whole heap of regret.”
My Son the Doctor Announces EP Via Backseat Mafia, ‘Taste Those Dreams’ on Paper Moon Records Out 10/8, Second Singe “Bethany” Out Now On All DSPs
Brooklyn new-wave punk band My Son the Doctor announce the release of their upcoming EP Taste Those Dreams via Paper Moon Records (Daisy the Great, Brother Moses) out on October 8th. The second single “Bethany” is a grand anthem that playfully leans into nostalgic pop-punk tropes and is ripe with the infectious energy the band has become known for.
Rising Country Star Chase Wright Releases New Song “Why Can’t It Be Over”
“Honesty is a thread that runs through the songs I’ve been releasing,” shares Wright. “While it can be challenging to be vulnerable, it’s how we relate to one another. Fans have seen the light-hearted side of my songwriting but I’m excited to share the serious side too.”
Big Wild Musician: sun-drenched melancholic daydream
Haley Johnsen is a Portland, Oregon-born musician with a knack for genre-bending and a hard-earned career path that is uniquely her own. Raised listening to powerhouse singers such as Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Eva Cassidy, and Bonnie Raitt, her greatest inspirations become apparent in her soaring vocals, introspective lyricism, and cross-pollinated style of indie-pop, and bluesy folk rock music. Whether her songs muse on the aches of self-doubt, the joy that can accompany nostalgia, or simply trying to stay afloat in tough times, her bona fide songwriting combined with her performance ability is bound to evoke an emotional response. “I want my music to encourage people to push through their challenges and continue to have hope and belief in themselves and their authenticity,” she says.
For his long-awaited single, “Mawlee,” Riot Ten combined his talents with former G-Unit rapper Young Buck as well as hip hop/EDM artist DJ Afterthought for a show-stopping, in-your-face bass track. The wait is over Sept. 17 when “Mawlee” drops via Dim Mak Records.
Jakarta-based rising star, Afgan, has joined forces with Robin Thicke, for the re-release of his original track “Touch Me,” out today. Afgan’s honeyed vocals pair seamlessly with the addition of Thicke’s recognizable talent, for an undeniably catchy fusion of artistry. Produced by Grammy award winning producer Troy Taylor [Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole], “Touch Me” was originally released on Afgan’s highly-anticipated English-language album Wallflower; released in February 2021.
DYLAN FRASER UNVEILS “ONLY A FOOL” FEAT. SAMIA | RELEASES SOPHOMORE EP ‘THE WORLD ISN’T BIG WHEN YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS’
Fraser shares: “I wanted to make a ballad. I feel like everyone has to have one, but I wanted it to feel really beautiful but very dark and twisted at the same time. I was watching this random cheesy horror movie on TV and it had that super cliche scene where the girl in the white dress runs across the road in the car headlights. I remember just singing ‘driving in the dark just waiting for the girl in the white night gown to cross the road’ and thinking it would make a weird, twisted love song.”
Acclaimed Alt-Rock Songwriter My Silent Bravery Announces New Single via Celebmix
Matthew Wade had the following to say about the song: “This song could be the dark horse song of the new ‘Bigger’ album. When recording it with my team, Russell Ali said he thought this would be the song to break My Silent Bravery into the mainstream. The song has a pop accessibility to it. This song feels like the male version of a Taylor Swift romance song, and I mean that in a good way. I’m not afraid to wear my heart on my sleeve. Who doesn’t like a happy ending with a big, long-awaited kiss?!”