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Ned and Wendy the Band - Back Around Again ('Nother World)

25 July 2024

Back Around Again, the third album from Portland-based glam-folk duo Ned and Wendy the Band, captures the ups, downs, ins, and outs of moving to a new city, beginning a new marriage, finding a new community, and realizing that, somehow, this new road still leads back to the same place: home.

14 Flamingos - Lawn Songs (self-released)

25 July 2024

Soundtrack to your bad decisions, lawn ornaments on your walk of shame. 14 Flamingos were established in Victoria in 2021 on a musical foundation of Psychedelic rock, Americana, and nu-wave. They explore intercultural rhythms from Brazil to the Balkans and beyond, while staying true to the pop tradition, a familiar sound you have never heard before. Lawn Songs, their debut studio release captures their diverse and unique sound.

Kingdom of Mustang - Glad Days (self-released)

25 July 2024

Kingdom of Mustang is a musical collaboration featuring Mark Roebuck [The Deal, Big Circle, Sub-Seven], Michael Clarke [The Deal, Left Lane], Tim Ryan [The Gladstones, Jeebus, Left Lane], and Rusty Speidel SGG&L, who first came together in 2016 to perform songs from Mark’s album The World and All Within. Discovering a mutual love for songwriting and making records, Kingdom of Mustang has since spent most of its time writing and recording, but once in a while pops its collective head out and plays some live music for the people before heading back into the studio to make the next record.

Kat Von D - Illusion (self-released)

24 July 2024

Long before the history-making tattoos, ubiquitous television shows, best-selling books, and influential beauty empire, Kat Von D sat down at a piano for nearly two hours a day and played. In essence, music became her first creative language and most trusted outlet. Classical training and a deep appreciation for music of all genres essentially underscored her life.

Rare Seed - Amor Fati (Silver Threads) (self-released)

24 July 2024

Rare Seed is a 4-piece, NOLA-based garage psychedelia outfit that takes as many notes from the sonic recipe books of Stereolab and Thee Oh Sees as it does from early Caetano Veloso and Tame Impala. With traces of garage rock, soul, psychedelia, and blues, Rare Seed adopts aspects and moods of everyday living and pumps them through a filter of melancholic whimsy to potent effect. Ethereal soundscapes, shifting times and tempos, pulsating rhythms, and melodic hooks are just some of what you can expect to hear in their brand of music.

Secret Towns - The Real Thing (self-released)

24 July 2024

From the suburbs to the city of Atlanta, comes Secret Towns. Started in 2018, this creative project started by singer and guitarist Luke Thornton grew over time into a full group, starting with bassist Sam Pena, drummer Harry Dulaney and then joined by keyboardist Irving Molefe and guitarist John Burns. Combining lush atmospheres and psychedelic pop, they started playing shows all over Atlanta’s music scene.

Priced Out - Four Songs (self-released)

24 July 2024

Priced Out is a new punk band from Vancouver, releasing a debut ep “Four Songs”. These songs were written out of frustration and desperation at seeing how easily people tend to punch down and ignore their own best interests in the process. We are told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps (which is a poor analogy, because that’s actually impossible), when what people really need is more opportunity. More support. More empathy. Instead, we get platitudes and entitlement from our leaders, who close doors instead of opening them. These songs are about being really damn angry about that.

Madame Psychosis - Foxtail (self-released)

24 July 2024

Hailing from Toronto, has been a steady presence in the city’s thriving music scene for nearly a decade – no easy feat for any indie rock band. Their staying power is the result of a steadfast focus on their collective obsession: creating music with meaning.

Lara Taubman - The Gospel of Getting Free (Atomic Sounds/CRS)

24 July 2024

Lara Taubman is a performing singer songwriter currently living in New York City. She is about to release her third album The Gospel of Getting Free. Lara calls herself a troubadour of the new world because she believes in the power of song and story to aid people who need respite and refuge in a world that is rapidly transforming.

Les Brown - The Next One (Self-Released)

23 July 2024

The Next One will appeal to almost any fan of the weird, left-of-center, and avant-garde, yet there is also enough melodicism here to provide a gateway for those who desire to enter the world of experimental music but don’t know where to begin.

HeavyDrunk - Love & Devotion (4142 Music)

23 July 2024

Flavoured with raspy vocals, brassy horns, a soul sister chorus, and stylish bluesy instrumentation, “Love and Devotion” is an anthem to rally together behind in our divisive times. The song asks what happened to the compassion and civility we used to treat each other with in a call for peace between neighbours. Endlessly catching and moving, Love and Devotion is a balm of cool reflection in these heated times.

The single is the perfect introduction to HeavyDrunk’s sound ahead of their upcoming UK tour with Watermelon Slim and Leonardo Giuliani this October.

Music UnLtd. - IT CROSSED MY MIND (self-released)

23 July 2024

Music UnLtd. is a verified artist on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and many other platforms. My songs fall in the Indie/Rock/Psychedelic/Soft Rock genres. They have premiered on VH1, 9xO, NWCZ Radio [USA], 94.3 FM RadioOne, 93.5 FM Red Indies, 107.1FM Rainbow; and have been covered by Rolling Stone & Raga2Rock magazines and bloggers/reviewers in USA, Europe & Brazil.

James McGowan Ensemble - Reaching Out (Self-Released)

22 July 2024

Reaching Out is a beautifully moving and fitting companion to the album before it and even manages to surpass it in terms of execution and the profound emotions expressed with deft nuance.

Rob Eberle - Collateral Damage (earthprogram)

22 July 2024

Rob Eberle’s songs serve as windows into the stories and moments of his life and the lives of those around him. Influenced by a diverse array of artists ranging from FINNEAS, Elliott Smith, Billie Eilish, Jeremy Zucker, Olivia Rodrigo, all the way to Alexander 23, Eberle has carved out his own genre-bending niche in the realm of darker alternative pop-rock.

The Sleeping Cliffs - Forget What I Said (self-released)

22 July 2024

‘Forget What I Said’ is a dynamic post rock track alternately featuring melancholic delayed guitars and solemn organs mixed with swelling amp feedback and screaming vintage 70s keyboards. The song is both quiet and introspective and loud and intense. Both sides of the song share the same sad feelings of regret.

Sonny Siminski - Wishful Thinking (self-released)

22 July 2024

Sonny’s humble approach to the songwriting process is taken and incorporated into daily life. It is used as a tool to escape the often mundane and remedial daily tasks but also as a first aid kit for life’s trials and tribulations. With over half a lifetime of writing, noodling, doodling, and performing, it is time to share.

MatAre - Forever Light (self-released)

22 July 2024

“My music is from the heart and about real emotions, hardships and events in my life. I hope you can connect with this type of “extreme emotional” songwriting.
Although I have only been active for one year as MatAre, I have over 400,000 streams on Spotify alone. I can only explain that by accepting the fact that people connect with my music.”

Jan Garbarek - Afric Pepperbird/Kenny Wheeler/Lee Konitz/Dave Holland/Bill Frisell - Angel Song (ECM Luminessence)

22 July 2024

The production quality of the average ECM release would sound great coming from a TDK cassette – on pristine vinyl it sounds as incredible as it does on CD, and in nice, full-size jackets to boot.

Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz - Contrapasso (Self-Released)

21 July 2024

Influenced by the likes of Tom Waits and Neil Young, there is an intellectual, referential quality to the songs as they explore the contemporary climate in four new songs.

Montresor - Autopoiesis (Self-Released)

19 July 2024

Listening to Autopoiesis is a wonderfully strange experience where you feel like you’re floating in space, completely untethered from any and all genre distinctions.

Danny Peck - Where Hope Goes, Fear Follows (Self-Released)

19 July 2024

By exploring ambience and space, Danny Peck has easily created his most profound and captivating work yet.

Spencer Skyline - Catalyst (Self-Released)

19 July 2024

Some might argue a trilogy is an overambitious way to begin a music career, but Spencer Skyline has meticulously crafted the first part with an incredible amount of skill and detail.

The Hinterland - Biology (self-released)

19 July 2024

London rock band The Hinterland release their latest single,’Biology’, on July 19th, the fourth single from their upcoming debut album, out in August. ‘Biology’ is a modern rock take on the timeless melody and harmonies of bands like Crowded House and Fleetwood Mac. Written, produced and mixed by Oliver Bailey (keyboards, guitar and bass), it portrays love and desire as an animal instinct that won’t be tamed, a sometimes self-destructive force that can’t be controlled. The song was recorded at Kore Studios in London and the band’s own studio.

Club Silencio - Being Late Is The New On Time (self-released)

19 July 2024

Club Silencio is a modern rock band from Canada. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Strokes, and MGMT for their minimalist yet driving use of rhythm, infectious vocal harmony and melodies over heavily distorted guitar leads and rolling arpeggios. Despite having no label representation, their debut album The Silent Answer attracted international attention from official Spotify playlist curators and social media icons such as Emma Chamberlain. Club Silencio’s most recent single “Real Estate” (released fall of 2023) marked a poignant return for the band and a shift from their previously atmospheric sound to a fresh, lyrically observational, instrumentally tight and taut version of power-pop.

HATS™ - hand me downs (RISER)

19 July 2024

HATS™ is a chameleon. Crafting dreamy soundscapes for weary souls. A bittersweet chorus of vocals slice through strange synthy songstories to weave blankets of sound for your soul. Their musical roots go back to their initial band, Vienna Ditto, where they sang bluesy riffs over rockabilly guitar. They’ve grown up now and branched out alone. Inspired by ANOHNI, Radiohead, and Kate Bush, HATS™ is unfurling leaves of musical tenderness, escalating tension and genre shapeshifting.

The James Warner Prophecies - Paint The Grey (Idiotplot Records)

19 July 2024

The James Warner Prophecies are a 3 piece band who play music with rocks in. They’ve done lots of cool stuff, most of which they cannot remember! But this includes winning UK Rock Music awards, writing and performing compositions with orchestras on the steps of Wayne Manor….. (yes, really!), and they have vomited into bins mid-solo. They have entertained crowds of thousands with arse trembling live performances, and also to Dave and his dog down your local while he nurses a pint of mild, increasingly irritated by their sonic intrusion. Dave did not buy a cd. Dave went home. They are still here. They are currently working on a new album. They still regret the name. They are a little bit like a rash but the cream will not help. And they are pleased to meet you

Emaginario - Interlude of the Duende (Ropeadope)

18 July 2024

The combo of performing expertise and melodic feel might well break the brain of a well-rounded picker, but just as easily speaks to the heart of the non-musician.

Pretend Collective - Children in the Trees (The Giving Groove)

18 July 2024

“Children in the Trees” is the new single drop by Alt-Rock and Psychedelic band Pretend Collective. The band is renowned for its highly conceptual lyrics, eclectic arrangements, and masterful performances by both instrumentalists and singers. They are led by Mike Reilly, with additional featured vocals provided by the rising star Beccs. “Children in the Trees” will mark the first single ahead of additional single drops and the full album release Summer’s End Parade (9/6/24 The Giving Groove Records).

SAMSARA. - how do you say my name? (self-released)

18 July 2024

SAMSARA, comprised of local New Yorkers from Queens and Long Island and partially based out of Boston, MA, features Dylan Trif (Lead Vocals), Charlie LoMonaco (Guitar/Background Vocals), John Devito (Bass), Ben Bustamante (Drums/Background Vocals), and Brendan Sandhovel (Rhythm Guitar). Their unique sound blends grunge, funk, metal, and alternative influences, creating an “alt sound” that fuses grunge with modern rock.

Chris Murphy - The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Murphy Music)

18 July 2024

Chris Murphy is a musician with a distinct talent, his ability to nurture and maintain a multitude of musical identities that includes being a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. Even more daunting is his chameleon-like music persona that embodies a wide range of musical styles and influences from jazz, blues, country, classical, ethnic and electronic, resulting in a distinct original and powerful voice. He is that rare breed of musician that creates and performs in a wide range of musical worlds with ease.

Sunstinger - Worthless (self-released)

17 July 2024

Following the release of ‘Endless June’ & ‘Aro’, Scottish Shoegaze/Alternative outfit Sunstinger are set to release their second EP – Worthless. An EP with a dismal overarching theme of searching for more, pushing for something better but it getting anywhere. The feeling of Isolation and being stuck within your city & your life. Written by Taylor Wright (Vocals, Guitar) & Dave McCulloch – a newer addition to Sunstinger.

Guild Theory - Indignant Swines (Guild Theory Records)

17 July 2024

Guild Theory is a British alternative rock band duo consisting of Matt Smith (vocals and lyrics, synths) and Rob Lewis (music, multi-instrumentation).​ Formed in February 2022, Matt and Rob began recording music together remotely after the two met on a music forum. The two musicians have been working together since, creating their unique blend of alternative and progressive rock. Guild Theory self-produced and published their debut album, Streaks Of Light Burn The Sky in May 2023; it is a fusion of musical styles with influences as wide-ranging as The Cooper Temple Clause, Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, Oceansize, and Midlake.

Driftwood Pines - Crimson (Dusk Moon Records)

17 July 2024

This EP may seem on the surface to have a lot in common with the folk genre, but the listener quickly realizes there really is nothing else exactly like it.

Indiana Rich - Gemini (Self-Released)

17 July 2024

In a year where there are a number of emerging names in pop music, Indiana Rich should be placed among them with Gemini as evidence why.

Museums - Sink Your Teeth in My Brain (self-released)

17 July 2024

“Sink Your Teeth in My Brain” is Museums’ debut release. It’s fresh and exciting, with its psychedelic flair, all while evoking a collective and personal nostalgia. Feedback on the music has been incredible, and the band is on the rise, with festival gigs lined up throughout the summer and a Canadian (Ontario) tour planned for the fall of 2024.

WOLVES X Kat Meoz - Empire (WildHRZN)

17 July 2024

“Empire” is the most intoxicating rock song to come out in 2024. Kat Meoz’s smoky and sultry delivery in the beginning, quickly followed by an industrial, almost techno beat that will hook you immediately. The song’s perfect structure and upbeat groove fills the room with an amazing energy. It ticks all the boxes and vocally it’s off the charts.

Bad Mary - Better(er) Days (Dead Pill)

17 July 2024

Long Island-based alternative-punk band Bad Mary releases Better(er) Days EP on July 16, a collection of re-recorded and remixed versions of songs from their first album Better Days, in celebration of its 10th anniversary. They are currently writing and recording new songs for an album of all new material.

The Boundless - As Angels Fly (Silenced Days Recordings)

16 July 2024

Formerly of Short Term Silence and reborn as The Boundless, it signifies new beginnings, new opportunities, new music that trascends all boundaries and limitations previously self-imposed. The Boundless offers diverse music, but is mostly rooted in one genre. Metal, after all, is the best way many people can express themselves: true metal reaches the soul. And with this instrumental approach, the listener can decide for themselves what the song means. The experience is individual, and no one can take that away from you.

TuskHead - Modern Electric Sessions (Sandwick Music)

16 July 2024

Patrick van Zandwijk, musically known as Tuskhead, is a rising star in the European Americana scene, known for his unique sound and heartfelt storytelling. In 2022, he celebrated two top 20 hits in the Gelderland Top 20 in the Netherlands, landed his first official Spotify playlist placement, and became an official artist of the British Vintage guitars brand. For “Modern Electric Sessions,” TuskHead travelled to Nashville to collaborate with singer-songwriter , crafting the captivating songs “Maybe” and “Goodbye, Music City.” He then recorded with producer Joel Raif and members of Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas.

Beggars Whisky - The Edge (self-released)

16 July 2024

Beggars Whisky is a band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, known for their unique blend of hard-hitting rock music and blues. The group was founded by lead singer Mike Daniels after a life-changing automobile accident, and he was later joined by Jeff McCurley, Paul Brown, John Cunnane, and Collin McCawley. Beggars Whisky’s music tells stories of hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. With their high-energy performances and dedication to their craft, they are sure to go far and continue to share timeless music with new generations of fans.

Pas Musique - Come Follow Me (Robert L. Pepper)

16 July 2024

Brooklyn-based experimental electronic artist Pas Musique is ready to reveal his new full-length album Come Follow Me, released via NYC-based label Alrealon Musique. Prepare to be led down a shadowy sonic path on this new full-length exploration of electronic dissonance with seven tracks that pays homage to the late Frank Tovey a.k.a. Fad Gadget.

Falconeers - Volume One (Christopher Alan Squier)

15 July 2024

Refugees from the 80’s rock heydays, Falconeers brings a sound that can fill arenas and your favourite coffee mug at the same time. Band members have shared stages with acts such as Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Mike Peters (The Alarm), Brett Michaels (Poison) and many more, and have been nominated for multiple local and regional music awards.

William Parker/Cooper-More/Hamid Drake - Heart Trio/William Parker & Ellen Christi - Cereal Music (AUM Fidelity)

15 July 2024

Bassist/composer William Parker has music oozing from his soul at all times.

Teni Rane - Goldenrod (self-released)

15 July 2024

Teni Rane is a Chattanooga, TN native. She grew up singing in the backseat of the car on the way to Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse. Her lyrics capture common experiences and her vocal performance captivates people in every age range.

Stuart Pearson - American Gothic (Stuart Pearson)

14 July 2024

Long Island-raised, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Pearson’s latest LP is the third in a series of “Dark Americana” albums which began with 2020’s Dark Americana: Stories and Songs and continued on 2021’s Mojave.

Broken Castles - The Smell of Victory (Vandalism Begins At Home Records)

14 July 2024

Broken Castles unleash their second EP The Smell Of Victory, a record built from atomic riffs, pummelling drums and savage vocals, featuring the groove-laden ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’, the unrelenting beast ‘Fuzz Brute’ and the epic ‘Deliverance’, plus 2 previously unreleased tracks that’ll set your soul alight.

Mortal Prophets - New Breed (Lux Astralis Music)

14 July 2024

John Beckmann and his evolving band of genre-bending roustabouts dig deep into America’s primal scream. Beckmann channels an apocalyptic vision fueled by the flames of pre-war blues legends such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Charley Patton, and Son House, which are then radically transmuted via the experimental ethos of German Electronica, groups as diverse as Neu!, Cluster, Harmonia, Eno, Bowie, and Suicide.

Shapes Like People – Fireworks (Single) (Jangleshop)

12 July 2024

There’s magic to be found on Shapes Like People’s debut single, “Fireworks”. Fronted by The Shop Window’s Carl Mann, the new band features wife, Kat Mann, on vocals. Beautiful indie chamber pop vibes ensue.

Brother Thunder - Staring Into The Sun (Hot Dog Records)

12 July 2024

“Staring Into The Sun,” it is about working together to overcome insurmountable obstacles. This song is about dropping this me vs. you mentality to work together and accomplish things that seem impossible. I think it’s saying, “When we fight each other, we lose, but when we work together, the possibilities are endless.” There is a lot of division in the world right now and this is a call for us to stand together for our mutual good.

Tatum Quinn - Back In Time (Tatum Quinn Records)

12 July 2024

Rock and roll isn’t just a genre; it’s a declaration of freedom. Tatum Quinn’s new single, “Back In Time,” captures this spirit with raw power and audacity. A bold call to arms, this track urges listeners to shed toxic pasts and embrace their unbridled strength. With its gritty, hard-hitting sound and themes of liberation, “Back In Time” transports listeners to the glory days of 70s rock.