The pop songwriting machine that is TREY
The latest from TREY is a alternative indie-pop track called "Risk"; a love song that touches on 90's pop and twists into a current power ballad.
Piano based but produced into a colorful and bright pop song, "Risk" is a song that bares plenty when it comes to lyrics.
Wearing his heart on his sleeve, TREY's performance is spot on and the track comes through like something that could've been in an episode of Grey's Anatomy at some point.
Brandishing his own blend of pop styles, this song showcases this songwriters ability to write a song that is endlessly relatable and also a certain, not too over blown, but graceful pop style we need to see more of these days.
The song is a follow up his previous EP dubbed "Off Day" which also shows a ultra catchy and honest set of pop songs.
Honestly, there isn't a bad song from this artist whatsoever. His entire library of releases and collaborations are solid and well done.
TREY is one of those artists to really keep an eye on. One of those artists that don't just have potential, but have reached that potential and is just powering through and pumping out quality releases non-stop.
Keep it up TREY, our playlists need your singles.
Pop Perfected With Matt Kelly
The newest release from Matt Kelly is a heartfelt love song interweaving R&B and indie-pop with a building arrangement and some tasteful guitar harmonies giving the track a great atmosphere.
What really gets you with this song is the chorus. It's completely addicting and driving as you continue humming it all day long.
Yep, it's one of those "damn I can't get that song out of my head" bangers that you can't help but love.
It's natural radio pop feel is familiar but fresh while the songs luminescent sound feels like a cool breeze on a hot day.
Of course, writing radio pop songs that feel good to listen to is what Matt is about. His previous single "Circles" also hits the mark with ease.
You can hear a solid evolution in his vocal style on "Wait" and as an artist, Matt is growing in the right direction.
We suggest checking out both tracks as they are damn near perfect for any pop fan out there.
We can't wait for more from Matt kelly.
Mr. Mule's goblin rock opus sucks you in and may never let you go
Mr. Mule drops a dark trip into another world with Transmission From The Bog.
The 4 track EP is an audio visual story of sorts with fuzz toned guitars whaling away while chorus effected notes flicker in the outer banks of each track.
As the EP plays on it gives the feeling of being in a horror film and yes, you're the victim. A downward spiral into the depths of this wet desert rock opus, it's as if you found a diary of someone's last days and it's awesome.
There are elements of bands like Black Sabbath, Tool, and even Type O Negative dripping through as the notes sludge on in glory.
Mr. Mule put their all into this EP and it shows. Transmission From The Bog is pure escapism at it's best.
If you want a real experience it's either listening to this EP, or getting kidnapped by a cult.
Mr. Mule rules.
an oceanic sized journey with The Spiral Theory
The Spiral Theory just gave us a great work on indie rock with a classic twist. The Turn of The Tide album has it's alternative edge at times but really hovers around that late 90's radio rock .
Combining some progressive drumming with layers of guitars filling any empty space, these guys give off a vibe that crosses The Police with Gin Blossoms and sprinkles on some walking basslines and strong vocal harmonies.
The songs are a show of both light and dark and the record played in full feels like a concept album taking you on a set of physical and personal journeys.
Songs like "Gameday" hit the musical anthemic strong point. Completely instrumental but seriously fun and uplifting pulling off a song that could easily be in a film.
All this while others like "Dirty Water" get you bopping to it's addictive rhythm and rocking hard with the band.
The Spiral Theory sounds like a group of seasoned musicians that put some real love into this album and it's 100% worth a listen.
Keith Austin - Turning It On EP Premier
Los Angeles native Keith Austin just released a brand new EP dubbed Turning It On and he certainly does turn it on.
Right from the get go the EP starts in with a 90's feeling pop track interwoven with funk, and some damn fun synth work. "Turning It On" is a relatable song and has a lot of get up and dance power behind it.
But that's a staple with Austin's songwriting. "Grooving On The Red Line" will get your ass on the dance floor in seconds flat. It's endless fun disco feeling style encompasses you straight away and rocks into some great guitar hooks with all the attitude you can handle.
The album goes on to give out some great power pop ballad songs, and loads of synth and key hooks while you continue to shake your butt non stop.
"Later Tonight" works with some really cool layers of vintage sounding keys and you'll even get moving in your seat. This album as a whole is the perfect party record. It guarantees a good time.
It's that 90's R&B and dance styles crossed with all the 70's disco funk. You can hear Bobby Brown in there at times, and you can hear Rick James in other moments.
Turning It On is absolutely on point and it should be cranked to 10 on the volume knob.
D.EPiC Speaks Out And We Should All Be Listening
D.EPiC has an important message about the role we play with today's youth with "Rise Up".
A very conscious rap track that musically and vocally grows more intense as the subject matter does.
This is an epic song with a lot to say and a real passion behind its creation.
It's not too often you hear a song with such a straight forward way of portraying such an important subject matter and all performed with a realness that's hard to follow up.
D.EPiC has no problem articulating his words into an ingenious and seemingly endless flow that gets you hooked.
We've all talked about it. Especially those of us with kids. This is incredibly relatable to our generation of grown adults coping with how are kids are being raised.
Taking on the times is a tough thing for some of us. Or really for all of us and D.EPiC spins so much into this one track that it's beyond worth a spin.
In Dying Eyes Premiers Their new single "PaIn"
In Dying Eyes comes in swinging with their new single "Pain".
A brutal display of fist swinging metal, window rattling riffs and breakdowns are the name of the game here. Classic hardcore sections drive this track through the walls and straight into it's melodic chorus.
The song is angry but hints at an underlying sadness and all the while these guys seem to never run out of riffs while the drummer shreds through like a train crashing through your face at high speed.
"Pain" is a near perfect pit song and contends with some of the classics.
Growing up in a NY hardcore scene, In Dying Eyes hits the mark and gives me that same feeling I had listening to local hardcore bands growing up.
This is a blistering track and we want more from In Dying Eyes as soon as possible.
The Unique and deepening sounds of Great Square
The Austin based Great Square dropped their debut single called "LvL Me" and it's got it's own universe flowing around it.
The song edges on indie-pop and has a jazz foundation but all in all, the guitars are as unique as the vocals are. And that's a massive part of what makes this song so special. Vocally there's a a quiver or vibrato that makes it sound so emotional that it becomes quite addicting.
This is a different kind of song but works so well for folk, indie rock, and more. Reminiscent of Modest Mouse a bit, it's easy to become attached to this song.
A strong debut single from the up and coming Great Square, this is hopefully only a glimpse into what's to come from these guys.
A newish brand of emo indie rock, with a young energy and a mature standpoint.
We hope to hear more from Great Square soon!
carroll Gainey's Brand of Radio Rock
Releasing songs all throughout the past 3 years, Carroll Gainey touches on a lot of personal and hot topics while being able to instill his particular brand of alternative rock that's become his staple sound over the years.
One of Gainey's newest releases entitled "Beginning To End" reaches into and uplifting and inspirational song about facing things in life and being able to do it even though you may be scared. I think that's something we can all relate to quite well.
Maybe we can't all write songs about it but that's why people like Carroll Gainey are here. Maybe it's to help us understand everyone goes through life differently but everyone faces things they don't want to.
This song is about treading through choppy waters and coming through it all okay.
"Beginning To End" is a powerful radio rock track that boasts even a little pop-punk influence lurking in the undertone of it all. It's almost like a cross between Foo Fighters and Blink 182 but with it's own flare.
This can be said for a good chunk of Gainey's material. Great combinations of rock influence and always with heavy pop peaking through.
We recommend checking out his whole catalog as if you dig one song, you're likely to dig them all.
Dante Most Drops Some Haunting R&B Future Pop With "Matrix"
Dante Most just gave us an atmospheric and relatable R&B track that creeps in and takes you into his own world.
"Matrix" is full of musical swells and distant synth pads while smooth vocals hook you in and keep you paying attention to his message.
A slightly sexually charged song that peels back some layers about this story and touches on some realness "Turn off our phones how we practice our patience".
"Matrix" gives the feeling of a slow motion VIP nightclub vibe while keeping things a little haunting at the same time.
The track surrounds you and sinks it's hooks in. It even feels cinematic, like it would be in the scene of a film somewhere.
Combining an ambient future pop sound with R&B is the name of this game and Dante Most crushes it with "Matrix".
Zac the locust releases a pop-punk banger
Zac The Locust dropped a fresh pop-punk banger and it's a metric ton of fun.
"Leap In The Dark" is call back to classic 90's punk we all grew up on and that's also what the song is about. A track about change and what it would be like to go back and get another shot. But also about how this is where you are now and it's time to take that leap in the dark.
A high octane powerhouse of a song, "Leap In The Dark" touches on that Rancid style at times with running bass lines and bending guitars while the drums pound away.
The song has an excellent polish to it but still holds true to that slight grit of the staple punk rock sound.
Now, the song has all the bells and whistles you want and again, is loads of endless fun but the video shows how much fun these guys had making the it.
A maturity in songwriting and musicianship along with a stronghold on the captured youth the song is about come together oh so well and shows how Zac The Locust isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
These guys are set to release another group of singles throughout the rest of 2020 so keep a look out.
Do it "your own way" with sentient robot
In their second single release this year Sentient Robot cleans up with a perfected insanely catchy "From The Outset (Your Own Way)".
A clash of old and new, these guys culminate vintage chorus lines and future-pop synths and gets you grooving quickly with a beautiful polish.
Chanting, fists in the air crowd vocals, saxophones, and get up and dance attitude that just wont quit, Sentient Robot certainly does do it their own way.
The song encompasses a child like atmosphere with absolutely uplifting and energetic style you can really dig into while you dance across the living room.
"From The Outset (Your own Way)" is a follow up to a song released earlier this year called "Afterglow" which keeps those same staples that make this band what they are and it feels just as good to listen to.
Sentient Robot is the kind of band that you never want to stop making music. Tapping into the youthfulness we all sometimes miss, Sentient Robot has won us over.
The Heiden Underground takes you back with "Monday's Heroes"
The Heiden Underground nails that 90's radio rock vibe with "Monday's Heroes".
Think Semisonic (Closing Time) meets Dishwalla and then pepper in some super catchy emo lyrics and a progression that sticks with you.
"Monday's Heroes" takes you back to hanging out with friends on a Saturday night with the radio on in the background while you warm up the Playstation 2.
The aesthetic is perfectly done and this is a track you feel like you've heard before somewhere. Maybe in a movie or a show like Grey's Anatomy.
The Heiden Underground has been releasing singles at a time since 2019 and the songs are all a little different from each other but all catchy and radio worthy in their own right.
A great song that gives you that certain feeling from decades passed, "Monday's Heroes" hits the nail right on the head.
catalina Skies makes you get up and dance with "Hey"
Catalina Skies drops an addictively poppy track called "Hey". This song is great vibes and brings together a slightly classic 80's feel with today's pop style to create something that's warm, sunny, and familiar but also quite fresh.
The rock shines through in the bridge and the song bursts into an epic (and still very feel good) harder edged riff before swinging back into it's summer time, get up and dance chorus.
That's just it though. This song will have you dancing in your chair, in the car, or anywhere else honestly.
It's a great party song and with the video shines just as bright as the song itself.
The guitars are hooky and at times plucky with a U2 vibe while it's vocally empowering approach gives you the fuzzies inside.
It's a song literally for all ages and races and it's a damn good time for it too.
We can all happily welcome "Hey" by Catalina Skies.
John Michael hersey releases a massive concept album
The newest single from John Michael Hersey classically dubbed "I'm A Rat" is a portrayal of a metaphor using quite literal lyrics and the best way to listen to this track is to watch the video (above).
"I'm A Rat" has a rock vibe with an almost frantic jazz undertone as it's keys pound away while the song gets more lyrically descriptive with an edge of repugnancy and regret for the songs character.
The single is part of a massive full length album called The Reincarnation Of A Rock which contains some incredible piano work along with it's slightly outside the box rock style.
With cinematic instrumental songs, waltzes, and songs that sound like they could easily be part of a theatrical performance, this record has a lot to soak in but damn it's fun to do so.
The more you listen to The Reincarnation Of A Rock, the more it feels like a concept album which is why it's best heard in it's entirety.
The album is musically mature and showcases Hersey's experience as a songwriter and player all while having plenty of fun.
There are even classic rock styles along the ride but all the while the record is incredibly descriptive and detailed.
Hersey held nothing back with this album and it has a ton to offer.
The Synth Rock stylings of Into The fold
One man band Into The Fold recently put out a brand new single that rocks with a pure energy while remaining encompassing and ethereal.
"Detour" provides a great set of melodies and hooks during its course and keeps on track with a set of outlying synth pads and, in a way, takes you on a bit of a musical flight.
One of the coolest things about this track is that it's a rock song that focuses on synths as the main instrument of focus. "Detour" has an ability to give the best of both worlds in terms of dream suspension soundscape, and rock, at the same time.
All written and recorded by Chad Higgins, Into The Fold is his own personal pet project that's turning into something bigger.
Set to hit all the platforms for music streaming soon, right now you can stream this song above (his soundcloud page) and while your there, jump over to some of his previous works as they are all a little different but all very worth hearing.
A wonderful release from Into The Fold. Keep going Chad, we want more.
Sea Of Tranquility is "Lost At Sea"
Sea Of Tranquility just dropped a fresh new indie pop track called "Lost At Sea" and it's a damn near perfect blend of vintage pop utilizing classic key and synth sounds and putting them together with a vast spacey atmosphere, alt-rock guitars, and a slightly emo style.
These guys know how to get a chorus to stick with you as it replays in your head later on when you least expect it.
"Lost At Sea" feels like a great title musically as well as lyrically seeing the song has a huge soundscape.
Crossing synth-wave and rock together isn't a new concept by any means but doing right and making it catchy isn't easy.
Sea Of Tranquility isn't new to taking sounds and creating staples for themselves in the songwriting.
Songs like ""Last Night In Metropolis" is an uplifting instant classic.
Sea Of Tranquility is one f those bands that you want to dig deeper into and when you do, you'll find a library of neo-synth rock at its finest.
Dittomaster brings on the pop fun with "Always"
Portland native Dittomaster just released his latest and a series of singles. "Always" is a shiney pop song with it's own set of quirks and staples that make it a unique and polished form of pop music.
Incorporating a virtual troupe of instruments, "Always" hits the ground running with an edgy alternative undertone and gets you moving.
A fast paced romp with a blitzkrieg of colorful sounds will have you enchanted from the start.
Dittomaster has an uncanny ability to bring you into his own special world and once your there, you want to stay. Why? Because it's enticing and endless fun.
With a pack of singles dropped throughout 2020, this may not be the last thing we hear from him this year. And we certainly hope that's the case.
Keep an open ear out for Dittomaster and check out "Always" along with the rest of his catalog as soon as you get the chance. You're not that busy. Just do it now.
Wardrum Syndicate clears their own path
Progressive metal is the name of the game with Wardrum Syndicate's new single "Seasons Fall". There is a desert rock style with a blend of Alice In Chains and Tool, along with some new tricks.
The song has an epic sound and a legendary chorus. You can really hear the tasteful maturity in the songwriting and these guys still hit those breakdowns and smart time signatures that keep you coming back for more.
Guitar wise it's got some wild riffs that bend and crunch across the melodic heavy tones of the track while vocal harmonies belt. Gorgeous lead solo work builds as the drums begin to pound double kicks and the song explodes towards its finish.
Lyrically the song speaks truths about others speaking lies to cause hurt and it has a never ending relatability.
Wardrum Syndicate has begun to pave their way in the rock arena and "Seasons Fall" is the down right massive clearing of that path.
Totally outstanding track from these guys.
SIngle premier - "love & War" by xperience
know your enemy stands tall with "Same"
Know Your Enemy released a single called "Same" and not only does it have a strong message, but it rocks in a way we've missed.
A cross between Faith No More, Rage Against The machine, and Living Colour, these guys pack a punch with some melodic soul.
Now this doesn't mean they are missing a damn thing cause they aren't. The track has breakdowns, thrash outs, and a chorus that gets in your brain.
This is a track for our times without question. We are the same. Let's stop working against each other and start working with each other.
A heavy message from a heavy band. Know Your Enemy wants no enemies at all. And we should all learn from their message.
Look out for these guys because they are spreading like wildfire, and for damn good reason. They kill.
Kate Gala gives us great vibes with "I hope you know"
The latest from Kate Gala is among her best work indeed. The "I Hope You Know" single is a radio pop rival to the greats.
Crazy catchy, the track is something you can cruise along to or dance to in the club. But there's more to it than just that. It's got that sparkle you expect from a great pop song.
A summer song talking about driving along with the radio blasting, hearts breaking, and coming out feeling alive.
"I Hope You Know" hits all the right spots in today's pop regime and then some.
The single is one of several Kate has released this year so far including dream pop masterpiece "Hold On Tight" which is a little more of a power ballad but still gives that true pop feel you need.
Kate's songs seem to have a shiny polish and a very good vibe in terms of being very positive enough to get through things and we can all use her message in times like this.
Thanks Kate for giving us uplifting and strong pop songs.
Let The Wolves Speak crush everything with "The Lone One"
The new single release form Wisconson based hardcore metal outfit Let The Wolves Speak showcases the bands shear power and knack for combining distant melodies and pounding riffs.
A sure fire track to get any mosh pit started, "The Lone One" can get you going from 0-60 in a few short seconds.
A completely crushing sound, these guys have no fear bringing out the big guns with dual creaming vocals while the music breaks into and open landscape of earth rattling melodic progressions before it goes back into double kick hardcore deep cutting.
All fans of hardcore, back metal, and anything that will really get your blood flowing and your head banging will love this band.
You better have a damn good stereo system in your car cause you need to blast this track out loud.
A killer release from Let The Wolves Speak.
Byland just released a mammoth indie-pop record dripping with dreamscapes and immeasurable instrumental melodies and changes, and a trip into your own psyche.
Strings are laid out and flow across the span of the new Gray album and the record is vocally just as flowing. All of these songs puts you in a trance and you can't help but think about things in your life. This is a thinking album that's perfect for a very long drive or even walk so that you can focus on the music only and let it move you the way it was meant to.
Emotionally packed to the brim and brutally honest, Gray has moments of intense pinnacles and realizations both musically and lyrically.
Most songs give the feeling of laying in bed somewhere between dream and waking. Afloat in your own head for what feels like mere moments but really it's been minutes.
Incredibly picturesque and alluring, songwriter Alie Renee has reached deep down in herself to make this record and it's felt in every single song.
Byland just put out one of the most impressive indie releases we've heard all year.
Gray is an must hear.
Dylan Chambers launches pop funk single "I Can Do It Myself"
In the time Dylan Chambers has been releasing music he's gained an impressive following and an ever growing fan base and it's songs like "I Can Do It Myself" that make it easy to see why people dig him.
"I Can Do It Myself" is damn fun sing along, get off your ass and dance kind of track.
A solid blend of funk, pop, and rock slapped together with style and topped with fresh, bright attitude laden singing make this song a damn tasty treat.
You can't really help but have fun listening to this song and I feel like it serves as a light at the end of a tunnel of sorts.
Horns blaze as crew vocals chant back the chorus and it all feels right.
This song is one to put on to get yourself smiling in no time flat. And it works.
Having said all that, most of the Dylan Chambers catalog is well worth a good listen or ten.
We could all use "I Can Do it Myself" in our lives.
twin void melts your face with electric drone wasp
Twin Void just dropped a new single dubbed "Speakin' In Tongues" and it's 100% guts and glory rock.
Upon it's beginnings you already get an MC5 feel with an absolutely raw balls to the wall energy that's unbeatable. Screeching vocals and classic rock riffs keep the tack pumping as it melts your face through your earholes.
The single has a great raunchiness to it and it seems as though it's almost like a live performance as each player feeds of the energy of the next. That sort of thing is hard to come by. Like classic jazz records where everything is recorded live on the floor, Twin Void nails that live, in room sound blazing sound.
Just one of a solid set of tracks from their new Electric Drone Wasp EP, "Speakin' In Tongues" should be played at full volume at all times.
We can only hope Twin Void (along with many other bands) goes back to live shows so they can actually melt faces live which, I'm sure, they are dying to do.
For now, the Electric Drone Wasp EP will certainly do.
Video Of the Week - "From lucifer with love" by True Believer
Noah James Hittner just dropped a full length album and right from the start you get rolling Americana surrounded by layered vocal harmonies and a lot of heart.
A dynamic and guitar woven album, Hittner let's plenty out of his system with this record.
Songs like "White Man's Blues" is a sure fire message to the world right now especially upon watching the video. But that's what Hittner is about. He's got plenty to say and does so through his words just as he expresses the emotion attached to each song with his guitar playing.
The best thing about the album as a whole, is that it even has rap songs with acoustic backing and all the character you'd want. "Porch Step" is a perfect example of what we mean.
The Willing album flows through folk, blues rock, hip-hop, and more. Swelling synth pads distributing ambient vibes, real deal southern riddled blues guitar leads, and no holding back.
It's obvious this was a record he needed to make, and he did exactly what he set out to do with it.
An outlandish and impressive release from Noah James Hittner.
The Spider Accomplice Sheds Some Skin With "Crawl"
The Spider Accomplice has already established themselves in the alt-rock world with some crazy powerful songs.
Their latest single "Crawl" as an ambient and building track that seeps in and hits hard.
With absolutely vivid vocals and an edgy songwriting style, The Spider Accomplice can, at times sound almost like a modern day Pat Benetar.
"Crawl" is a seemingly theatrical and cinematic song and the video goes along with that tone through and through as she literally sheds her skin at the end.
Bright and unmistakably triumphant, this one pushes through a few borders in rock music especially with it's breathing arrangement.
The Spider Accomplice is definitely a band to be looking out for.
The new video and single "Hollow Man" from Spider Mike King bursts into a sly blues jam straight from the get go with harmonica, slide guitars, and a damn solid groove.
The artists particular vocal style is a major part of pulling you in and keeping you there.
Although the video and song are a visual and audio swaray of colorful action, the song has a strong political message to send.
Speaking out on corporate greed and and abuse of power is what "Hollow Man" is all about and it's something most of us can probably relate to in this day and age.
You'll certainly enjoy the video's imagery as it plays on with vintage VHS style effects and some pretty impressive eye candy, but while you do, make sure and pay attention to it's message.
Spider Mike King is an artist that's not afraid to speak his mind in song and that's something we need right now.
Tyler Hutton Drops Some Fresh Southern Tunes
The songs from Tyler Hutton's new release Dirtheel make you feel like your feeling the breeze of rolling hills as a young man.
The major country overtones crossed with all sorts of pop oriented backing vocals really make that southern twang sink in.
We all have a little of that in us and Tyler has a way of bringing it out.
You wouldn't think this was coming from a Los Angeles based songwriter but it surely is.
Slide guitars glimmer through the classic rock style. Layers of sweet, warm guitars have a way of rocking your soul. Acoustic breakdowns and a swarm of effects, harmonica, and plenty more roots rock instrumentation are part of what makes this record so genuine.
By far the coolest thing on this album is the set of songs dubbed Gunslinger Pt I and Pt 2 which serve assome low down classic rock jams you haven't heard since Carry On My Wayward Son.
Come get down with Tyler Hutton.
Lost In silence Crosses metal boundaries with "The Witness"
Lost In Silence recently released "The Witness; a new single from the alternative metal band that combines electro-synths and bending guitar riffs to create something that sounds what one can describe as future metal. If that's not a thing, it is now and Lost In Silence is a major part of breeding it.
It's very hard hitting and seemingly ever building but really it's those changes that make it so good. Sour to positive, and into think heaviness.
Then, before you know it, you floating along with the songs bridge.
"The Witness" brings to mind Static X and 30 Seconds To Mars all in one beefed up track.
Of course, taking their own path musically is nothing new for Lost In Silence.
These guys have been around the block and it shows in the music.
There is a solid maturity along with the space -metal and riff drudgery the song provides.
Strong and catchy vocal melodies are an excellent counterpart to the songs heavier screamier sections.
Lost In Silence certainly pushed their limits with this track and it was worth it.
The "Demons" single from Subxero is an absolutely destructive, anthemic, crushing good time.
The song features massive crew vocal chants, bone shattering drumming and a heavy yet melodic metal sound that hints to a dark side.
The track breathes and swells in and out of explosive, fists in the air chorus lines, guitar hooks, and a faded hope.
Cool thing is that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel as the song changes and sways. Brutal breakdowns and distanced lead guitars shredding along with damn solid production and a gigantic sound lands Subxero knee deep with the big guns of the metal arena for sure.
"Demons" is both a banger and a sing along for any fans of edgy melody driven metal with good taste.
The video also portrays some intense visuals to go along with this epic work.
A killer metal track from a killer metal band here.
Standard Broadcast Seeks Change With "Here We Go Again"
With so much happening in the world today, there are times when you can really feel like you've had enough. Times when you realize watching in disbelief isn't going to make things any better and maybe you can make a difference of some kind even though you're just one person.
Pittsburgh natives Standard Broadcast just released a single dubbed "Here We Go Again" and it absolutely hits the nail on the head.
The song talks about what we all think to ourselves and how we choose to react to the goings on in the world and even just in our own country.
"Here We Go Again" is dedicated to the many mass shootings we've seen in the past few years and especially the Tree Of Life shootings right there in Pittsburgh.
With an attack so close to home, Standard Broadcast took their emotion and put it into this song with a grace often seen.
The song showcases the experienced songwriters and musicians and still puts the topic first. This is a band with a message. It's time to make a change and it's up to us to do it.
Best listened to while watching the video above, have a good watch and a good listen and see what you make of it.
A valiant release from Standard Broadcast
The Twisted EP from The Charlie Kulis band is completely packed with some feel good country rock and a summer time attitude.
Songs about girls, drinking, and having fun all night just as you'd want to hear from a band like this.
Some glorious lead guitar work and all in all, songs you can pour some whiskey and dance to.
The main track of focus is "Come and Getcha Some" which plays out as a radio friendly banger that just makes you wanna go out and get the night started.
The video for "Come and Getcha Some" is just as fun as the song is and further gives off that summer vibe.
The Charlie Kulis Band really pushed the envelope with this release seeing that almost every track is radio worthy and should boast some die hard country fans in not time flat.
You can check these guys out on all platforms for streaming but we'd strongly suggest that you start off with the video featured above. You'll have a great time!
Baby FuzZ Drops An Indie-Pop Rock Anthem
With the future of pop music headed in so many different directions, it's tough to tell what you'll hear next.
Every once in a while, you'll run into something that is a bit ahead of it's time.
This seems to be the case with Baby FuzZ, and we're not just talking about the new single "Before Our Time" which, by the way is a major pop anthem with tasteful humor and top notch production.
Baby FuzZ has a knack for creating addictive pop songs and bright, colorful visuals to go with them.
"Before Our Time" gets you jumping and chanting along with it's huge chorus and even wondering if you heard some lyrics right.
"We were headed out on tour like Jesus Christ with a PS4" just as one example of what we mean.
This is a near perfect song for right now but with some outrageous videos he's got out there, a good deep dive into Baby FuzZ is a must do.
Megan Bee brings it home with her waiting album
Megan Bee just released her full length Waiting album and its riddled with roots folk instrumentation and a real southern bell style.
These songs touch on personal stories and each one paints a different picture.
Songs like "I Love You" leave you smitten in it's own way. A different kind of love song that says things you wish you could say.
"Waiting In The Wind" becomes an instant classic after the first time you hear it. A descriptive piece of Americana-folk mastery that leaves you wanting to lay in a field and stare out into the clouds.
Of course, it's not the wind she's waiting on but you'll have to listen to the song or even better, watch the video as it does a great job of giving you exactly what you'd expect .
Our favorite is "Rock & Roll"; a story that goes where you don't really expect it to but man does it make you want to find out what happened next.
Megan Bee has lined herself up with some of the greats in southern story telling and this record and is the proof in the pudding of just that.
When it comes to powerful songs, you have to be a great storyteller.
If you're looking for something to hit that emotional chord and make you feel something, Megan Bee is where you'll end up.
An outstanding effort from an experienced songwriter.
The Soul Rock of Carlos Arzate
If you're looking for a vocalist with the power and soul of the classics, look no further. Carlos Arzate sings with everything in his body and you can feel it with everything in yours.
Bringing some southern creole to rock, add some horns and you've got a hell of a recipe.
You're gonna groove to this within seconds flat. Slamming drums, heavy back bone and a powerhouse of a songwriter all rolled into one.
The Sonoran Soul album is incredibly well produced and covers a wide selection of moods is it plays through.
Think Martin Sexton and Ray Charles having a jam session with Carlos Santana's band.
Lush organs and keys, 70's backup vocals, and sweet piano performances along with blues rock can't go wrong.
The Sonoran Soul album is pure soul gold.
"Valerie" from Cold Shelter comes in with an almost comforting progression, combining piano and guitars to create an alternative rock sound with a classic rock style.
The song has the elements of an instant classic. Something you think you may have heard on the radio at some point.
Building arrangement and vocal harmonies keep this songs strength until it hits its chorus which by the way, is a sing along. It'd be pretty surprising to not start chanting "Valerie I'm losing you" after even just the first time around.
Follow this up with a tasteful guitar solo and an intensity that grows more and more up to it's final climax. This one does have the qualities of classic rock anthems. And that's really what this track is. "Valerie" is an anthem.
Jam with Cold Shelter and see what we mean.
connie Lansberg - "I used to be your girl"
Jazz vocalist and songwriter Connie Lansberg has had her foothold in the jazz world for years. The release of her single dubbed "I Used To be Your Girl" isn't her first rodeo, and you can hear that in the music.
A seductive and classy jazz vocal style is the name of her game and it's played well as the song feels afloat in the air around you.
A silky smooth storyteller, Lansberg lays out the ground work for the new jazz standard with almost every song, and in true jazz attitude, releasing singles is how she does it. A song at a time gives fans just enough to want more. A smart move from an experienced musician.
Taking an old school style and bringing it into today's world isn't an easy thing to do yet this artist seems to pull it off almost effortlessly.
Luckily you can watch her performances via her YouTube channel and get an even better feel for her live show. Live performance is a major part of being a jazz musician and upon watching some of these videos, you can see her love for it all. This of course also comes through in the recordings quite well.
Give this one a listen, you won't regret it.
"Side Effects" from Jay Luke is exactly what you've been missing in rock music. A song and artist heavily influenced by rock n' roll from a time it was truly on top. It's not hard to hear Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses pushing through the cracks with this song.
The track certainly built upon some real life experience and very relatable as it can be about drugs, booze, medicine or even sour relationships, "Side Effects" has a message but also keeps on the humorous side at times.
The single is only a small part of the It's About Time album loaded with songs about venomous girls, life and loss, and living life on the run. Packed with guitar harmonies, Sabbath style riffs, and ballads, most of these songs have choruses that make you want to stand up, hold your lighter high, and sing along.
An outstanding piece of work from Jay Luke.
The Classic Hard Rock Stylings of The Star Prairie Project
The Star Prairie Project recently released a full length record titled Panacea and it's a flurry of stylishly and slightly over the top guitar work (in a good way).
Now, don't get me wrong, this record is not just rock. It's a juicy group of songs that stretch through various genres. Sweet singer-songwriter ballads like "So Beautiful" are touching and heartfelt.
Acoustic classic rock songs infused with Celtic playing and soothing vocal harmonies, deep rooted slide guitar laced blues rock with tons of soul, and hard rockers like "Do What You Do", (the albums introduction track), all make for quite the musical journey.
This record does play out like a concept album and even with each song having it's own life, the full work as a whole is the most impressive thing about it all.
A fresh album from an experienced band you can really get into.
Free Shmoke: nyte tyme vibez (Instrumentals)
Producer Sanfer Chaney III releases a full length instrumental album that bleeds genres into each other from song to song but always keeps that seductive style.
These songs are meant for sitting in a roof top hot tub with a bottle of bubbly, staring at the stars in the night sky. Life is good.
R&B beats and some incredibly chill keys and synths, plenty of slow grinding jams that give you that end of the night just you and her, feeling.
Nyte Tyme Vibez has a mature style and a youthful attitude from start to finish. A lot of old school hip-hop and R&B influence showing face in these tracks but with some fresh polish.
Fans of classic R&B and soul will love this record!
Near death experience - "Moves"
"Moves" is the new single from London based soul rock band Near Death Experience. Packed to the brim with funk, this track is a sexual and personal dig into having the right girl on your side.
An outrageously fun song that gets into jams, and oh man what an attitude on these vocals. Singer Ian Whiteling packs a punch and really knows how to let loose just enough. It's infectious indeed since half way through the song you're already feeling that sightly crazy vibe.
This is a banger for sure. Play it at a party and watch everyone starting really getting down. Getting in a super groove comes natural to these guys and it shows.
Check out "Moves" and see if you can sit still. You can't.
Get Darkwave With Lunattack
Lunattack dropped a very on point dark-wave record and it's beautifully woven together with sensual synth progressions along with haunting vocals provided by front woman and songwriter Barbara Duchow.
The album Pont Neuf (Julian Laping Remixes) creates an entire world of emotional wastelands to roam through.
The album boasts a heavy feeling of being lost in the catacombs. Almost like a horror film, there is building tension, moments of peaceful bliss, and sadness that can only be brought on from heartbreak.
A sparking gothic masterpiece that has no challenge constructing a mature eeriness that swarms in early and seeps out in the end.
The album is part of a massive catalog from Lunattack that fans of anything alternative, edgy, and dark should be listening to.
"Breaking" (Dasco Radio Edit) by Shimmer Johnson bleeds passion and keeps true to it's radio pop style. Brutally honest lyrics pour out while perfected production spins round the atmosphere giving the track life.
Musically full and vocally powerful, listening to this song is like sitting alone on a beach at sunset. Heartbroken while purples and reds of the sky filter through clouds, it does begin to feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
"Breaking" is most certainly Shimmer Johnson leaving her stamp on the pop world and the track proves to be a breath of fresh air.
J-Definition Redefines Hip Hop
with Come and Find Us
Arizona hip hop artist J-Definition crosses deep rooted R&B with indie pop with the freshly dropped Come and Find Us EP. Kicking things off with the radio friendly title track "Come and Find Us", the record already has you dancing in your seat. Insanely catchy, the track sounds like something you'd hear coming home from the club at the wee hours of the morning.
"Summer Times" comes next and gives off a smooth and soulful reggaetón style with some vintage synths to fill the space.
Following up is the guitar based "Paralyzed". This is an example of how todays young recording artists do their thing without boundaries. The song has a little touch of darkness but keeps things very real. That's part of what makes it so good.
Finally we have "Say That Then" and again bringing hip hop beats and electric guitar together to create a neo - future style composition.
All in all this release has loads of soul and mass amounts of creative energy that can at times be tough to find. An excellent EP well worth your time.