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Gary Dranow - Jane (self-released)

20 February 2024

A force to be reckoned with, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have been releasing numerous singles prior to the release of their Destiny Road Album released May 26, 2023. The album features the talent of Jerry Manftedi on bass and Jethro DeFries on drums, , and Tommy Mars on keyboards. Having gigged extensively in Southern California, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are now looking forward to spinning magic in and around Salt Lake City and Park City, *UT

Leon Frear - A Morning House (self-released)

20 February 2024

Chicago-based rocker/ songwriter Leon Frear presents ‘A Morning House’, a song about regret and hope previewing his debut album Wild Rice. His first album under this moniker, this represents a new start since relocating from his home town of Chapel, North Carolina.

Hannah Connolly - Shadowboxing (self-released)

20 February 2024

Hannah Connolly is a singer-songwriter originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, now living in Los Angeles, California. Her debut album From Where You Are was released in 2020, soon to be followed by her forthcoming second record, Shadowboxing.

Hannah Fairlight - Lone Wolf (self-released)

20 February 2024

Classically trained on piano as a youth, and a staunch Tori Amos fan and band camp attendee, Fairlight quickly swapped out classical piano and small town Midwest for the Big Apple and electric guitars, debuting at the infamous rock club CBGB at 18 years old. A regular at haunts like NYC’s The Bitter End and Arlene’s Grocery, Fairlight went on to grace stages across Europe, the UK, and Australia before settling in Music City, USA when landing a starring role in A&E’s TV show ‘Crazy Hearts: Nashville.’

Matney - All Fired Up (Roulette Records)

19 February 2024

Matney is a 4 piece rocking band featuring Mike Matney and produced by multi-platinum artist producer Stevie Salas. Salas also co-wrote the album and is featured on guitar. The album The Redneck and The Red Man is set for release in April of 2024.

Circolo Vizioso - Walls (self-released)

19 February 2024

Kraut-inspired punk rock duo Circolo Vizioso presents their new single ‘Walls’, a song written in outrage over the Russian invasion in Ukraine. This is the second taste from their debut album Verrueckt (out March 1), a potent chaser to the first single ‘Choppy’, a high-octane song spawned from a bout of depression brought on by a failed love story.

Ghost Funk Orchestra - A Trip to the Moon (Colemine/Karma Chief)

19 February 2024

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Seth Applebaum has fingers in many pies: old fashioned analog instrumentation, up-to-the-minute digital and sampling technology, cross-genre arrangements, an interest in American space history, and an unfettered imagination.

Gary Dranow - Mother's Angry (self-released)

19 February 2024

A force to be reckoned with, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have been releasing numerous singles prior to the release of their Destiny Road Album released May 26, 2023. The album features the talent of Jerry Manftedi on bass and Jethro DeFries on drums, , and Tommy Mars on keyboards. Having gigged extensively in Southern California, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are now looking forward to spinning magic in and around Salt Lake City and Park City, UT

Vogue Villains - A Slow Ride (At The Speed of Light) (self-released)

19 February 2024

Vogue Villains are a hard rocking alternative band with a musical foundation planted firmly in catchy melodies and multipart harmonies. The live sound? Is big, dirty and full of raw energy while also having a humorous stage presence that goes hand in hand with their tongue in cheek lyrical sensibilities. Vogue Villains is made up of four members: Andrew Baskin (Lead Vox, Bass), Lucas Antoni (Lead Vox, Guitar), Nate Cox (Drums, Vox) and Robert Johnston (Keyboard, Guitar, Vox).

Lowest Fi - The Werewolf (self-released)

19 February 2024

There are only three of them, but they play as if they were possessed by an army of ghosts and demons. Every now and then, a playful faun or a lovely elf makes an appearance. All in all, a monster party that is great fun

Jason Lyles - The Light (self-released)

17 February 2024

Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jason Lyles is starting a positive music revolution. He plays a unique style of indie rock combining powerpop, folk rock, alt rock, indie pop, and Americana. His latest single “The Light” channels classic alt rock energy and feels like REM, Tonic, and the Black Crowes with a string section. The lyrics tell a space opera story inspired by author Stephen Baxter.

Big No No - All My Lies (Birds Records)

17 February 2024

You cannot step into the same river twice. After exploring ’90s indie rock and skewed kraut monotony on their self-titled debut album 2022,
Stockholm-based quartet Big No No return with a lighter, more sprawling and diverse sound.

Gary Dranow - Floating Away (self-released)

16 February 2024

A force to be reckoned with, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have been releasing numerous singles prior to the release of their Destiny Road Album released May 26, 2023. The album features the talent of Jerry Manftedi on bass and Jethro DeFries on drums, , and Tommy Mars on keyboards. Having gigged extensively in Southern California, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are now looking forward to spinning magic in and around Salt Lake City and Park City, UT

The Jack Rubies - Clocks Are Out of Time (Big Stir)

16 February 2024

Thirty-four years later, the Jack Rubies – consisting entirely of its original lineup – returns with the difficult third album.

James Clarke Five - Gadfly Groove (Favourite Recordings)

16 February 2024

UK indie rock artist James Clarke Five presents the new single ‘Gadfly Groove’, previewing the album Zoom and The Gadflies (out March 15 via Favourite Recordings). Celebrating the personal transformation of a quiet, tentative introvert to an outgoing, gadfly-like persona, this song presents uplifting crunchy guitars and a blistering sax solo. Ultimately a butterfly emerges!

Grace McLean - Albertine (Meridian/ECR Music Group)

15 February 2024

Grace McLean”s newly-inked record deal to Meridian/ECR Music Group (Sony) has already led to two breakthrough singles from her forthcoming debut album My Lovely Enemy, out May 10th. Now, she’s set to release the album’s third single “Albertine” which is out now.

Much like recording-artist contemporaries St. Vincent and Tune-Yards, McLean pursues both the visceral and intellectual on her new album––and its new single, ‘Albertine.’

Lovelorn Dolls - Beautiful Chaos (Alfa Matrix / SPLEEN+)

15 February 2024

Female-fronted dark gothic synth-rock duo Lovelorn Dolls presents ‘Beautiful Chaos’, the second tale unleashed from their fourth album Deadtime Stories, in which the band break free from the dreamy realms of goth pop offered on their latest single ‘Dream World’.

The Whistling Heads - Well...I Mean (Disasters by Choice)

15 February 2024

Four heads in non-stop refraction. The Whistling Heads mold guitars, bass and drums in a chaotic cloud of noise. It doesn’t matter who they are and where they come from. No matter if they are born in Messina or will die in Birmingham. They write songs that become stickers on your tongue. A roller coaster ride against the flow and then a rainbow cut by an airplane…

Fran Ashcroft - Waiting For The Britpop Revival (Think Like a Key Music)

14 February 2024

Renowned British producer, Fran Ashcroft, has announced his forthcoming album The Songs That Never Were, to be released on February 23 via Think Like a Key Music. While only his sophomore album as a solo artist, Ashcroft’s name stands behind dozens of other albums that have come to grace the music plane over the past few decades. Ahead of this, he presents the lead track ‘Waiting For The Britpop Revival’, a 2-track offering with a traditional A-side and B-side.

Trummerkind - Beauty Queen (self-released)

14 February 2024

Trummerkind are a digital gothic punk band. Their songs are comprised of complex digital backing tracks, hypnotic guitar riffs, refined drums, heavy bass lines and unapologetic lyrics.

The Sound of Mountains - Heal My Rage (self-released)

14 February 2024

The Sound of Mountains is the project of multi-instrumentalist, Christopher Morin. Originally from rural upstate NY, he had formed a 5-piece rock band based around Albany, NY where he was one of the primary songwriters and lead guitarist. However in late 2016, he relocated to Southern California. Eventually, The Sound of Mountains was born.

The Obsessed - Gilded Sorrow (Ripple Music)

14 February 2024

Gilded Sorrow, the sixth Obsessed album, bears all the hallmarks of the stoner doom pioneer.

The Graft - Superman (North West 1 Records)

14 February 2024

The Graft is an indie-rock band full of swagger, energy and tunes that will get you moving and singing along on the dance floor. Hailing from Camden NW1, The Graft have been writing original music and gigging since 2016. Their fusion of indie punk vitality and seasoned wisdom is not to be missed! 
Think Shame, Fat White Family and Squid, but with a classic Britpop, indie-punk twist.

Miles East - Lucky To Be Here Tonight (ECR Music Group)

13 February 2024

Miles East’s highly-anticipated second album Between Lightning and Thunder is a voyage through the dark waters of a relationship in crisis. Some songs serve as distant beacons of light guiding the voyager through that darkness, while others are the dark water itself, portending imminent danger or its ever-present threat. The voyage begins with a promise couched in desperate optimism, and ends with a redemption profound in its quiet simplicity.

The Pulltops - Here We Are (self-released)

13 February 2024

The Pulltops is a Milwaukee based duo delivering a hooky mix of Indie Rock, Power Pop, and Album Rock.

Drummer Mark Pierret and guitarist Tom Crowell were both eclectic record collectors, so they immediately clicked when they joined their first band together. While Mark always leaned heavier on old country and soul music, Tom drew stronger influences from the experimental and underground scene.

Otherworldly Things - Time Turns to Memories (Magic Door Records)

13 February 2024

NYC rock outfit Otherworldly Things presents ‘Time Turns To Memories’, offering an irresistible first taste of their Heavy Dream Cycle EP, out February 16 via New Jersey based Magic Door Records.

With a band name that brings to mind everything from aliens to angels and other creatures, Otherworldly Things is actually a four-piece band from New York City, formed in 2014 and made up of Jim Browne (guitar, lead and backing vocals, violin), Matt Revie (guitar, keyboards, glockenspiel), Jason Binnick (bass, backing vocals, keyboards, cello) and Travis Harrison (drums, percussion).

Vegas DeMilo - Black Sheep Lodge (self-released)

12 February 2024

Riff-driven power pop outfit Vegas DeMilo have announced the release of Black Sheep Lodge, their shimmering 4th album which one writer described as “The Replacements fronted by Liam Gallagher.” It’s an apt comparison as the expertly produced collection displays its 90s grit while also exhibiting the songwriting finesse of Paul Westerberg and Jeff Tweedy clamoring against the dramatic tension of Oasis anthems.

John Surman - Words Unspoken (ECM)

12 February 2024

As he approaches his eightieth year on the planet, John Surman chooses not to look back, but to move ever forward.

Onceweresixty - Don't Get Stuck (Uglydog Records)

12 February 2024

Onceweresixty was founded by Marco Lorenzoni (guitars, vocals and keyboards) and Luca Sella (drums, guitar and vocals), who began collaborating in 2001 via their old band MR60. The band is rounded out by Enrico Grando (keyboards and saxophone), who joined the band shortly after their 2021 release The Flood, a concept album about the consciousness of the insignificance of humans against the force of nature, and a society bent on self-destruction.

Gary Dranow - Self Sacrifice (self-released)

11 February 2024

A force to be reckoned with, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have been releasing numerous singles prior to the release of their Destiny Road Album released May 26, 2023. The album features the talent of Jerry Manftedi on bass and Jethro DeFries on drums, , and Tommy Mars on keyboards. Having gigged extensively in Southern California, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are now looking forward to spinning magic in and around Salt Lake City and Park City, UT

Ducks Ltd. – Harms Way (Carpark)

10 February 2024

Efficient, edgy-yet-melodic jangle pop is the order of the day on Ducks Ltd.’s newest and second long player, ”Harm’s Way”.

Wabi Sabi - The Love Insane (Self-Released)

9 February 2024

The Love Insane is hands down one of the most electric and dynamic releases to come out of the COVID era creative boom, and also stands on its own as a new peak for the ensemble.

Joel Ross - nublues (Blue Note)

9 February 2024

On his new album nublues, vibraphonist Joel Ross sets expectations early.

The Midnight Shepherds - Ann: Live From Steve's House (Inner Light Records)

9 February 2024

The Midnight Shepherds hail from Mobile, Alabama. The band prides its self on their all live discography that shows off their love of live Southern Rock and Blues. The Midnight Shepherds bring a powerful Southern flavor to everything they do. Ranging a tour route from Florida to Colorado, The Shepherds do it best when they do it live!

Slim Loris - Half the Glass (self-released)

9 February 2024

Formed in 2009 in Stockholm Sweden, Slim Loris consist of singer/bass-player Mattias Cederstam; guitarist Robert Barrefelt; drummer Jonas Ellenberg and singer/guitarist Leon Lindström. As the leading lights of Scandicana, the Swedish cousin of Americana, Slim Loris have already received glowing tributes from the likes of Huffington Post and Axs.

Head Sound - Like A Painting (self-released)

9 February 2024

Head Sound is a dream pop/shoegaze band influenced by artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Ros, Slowdive, and Radiohead. Their catchy yet sophisticated vocal melodies seem to float atop the bold, hypnotic instrumentation carrying them. Lyrics of love, loss, and longing offer hope amidst suffering, peace within sorrow, and joy beyond pain.

Amanda Grace - Give Me Away (self-released)

8 February 2024

Amanda Grace is a Minnesota native and has released music drifting between folk and alt- pop/rock. With roots as a pianist her writing is thematically varied with an emphasis on melody; with ballads wrapped in warm vocals. She is soon to release her eighth record in February called, Give Me Away.

Die Hard Habits - Hey You! (Brit Street Records)

8 February 2024

Die Hard Habits is a post-punk band based in the vibrant music scene of Austin, Texas. They say that their music is a product of their independent spirit and a desire to challenge the norms. Drawing inspiration from the pioneers of post-punk while infusing our own restless creativity, it is a sound defined by angular guitar riffs, pulsating basslines, and propulsive rhythms that convey a sense of urgency. In their live performances, they aim to captivate audiences with our raw energy and a genuine connection to the music

Gary Dranow - Chaos (self-released)

8 February 2024

A force to be reckoned with, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have been releasing numerous singles prior to the release of their Destiny Road Album released May 26, 2023. The album features the talent of Jerry Manftedi on bass and Jethro DeFries on drums, , and Tommy Mars on keyboards. Having gigged extensively in Southern California, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are now looking forward to spinning magic in and around Salt Lake City and Park City, UT

Omri Ash - Where is my Love (self-released)

8 February 2024

Omri Ash “I’m addicted to making people feel stuff so whenever they tell me I did, its like I’m high. Hopefully you feel stuff too I tend to be all over the place music wise, really I’m just throwing my own feelings about stuff into a song that then exists and I post it, so I feel a bunch of stuff and sometimes it’s sad and complicated and sometimes it’s dumb and fun and that’s the whole point. Feeling something as humans and getting that sweet empathy high.”

Alberta & The Dead Eyes - Slow Fool (self-released)

7 February 2024

Dave Boone’s work as Alberta has spanned many years and artistic iterations. When he first gathered the Dead Eyes crew, which consisted of Erik Washington on drums and Bhuti Bhuti on bass at the time, the trio cut their teeth on the road and then recorded an entire project during the pandemic, mostly collaborating virtually between Detroit and New Orleans.

Gentleman Jesse - “Where Time Stands Still”/”Return of the Mack” (Drunk Dial)

7 February 2024

Unlike snooty major labels and high-powered management firms, indie label Drunk Dial encourages its artists to write and record while wasted.

The Anomaly - Get Me Out Of Here (One Marn Band)

7 February 2024

The Anomaly is the musical manifestation of London based Imran Khan’s mind. The multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer draws inspiration from the British and American alternative rock of the 90s/00s on which he grew up, infusing it with melodic depth to produce a euphonious richness of sound that gets more interesting upon each listen.

Bingo Boys - Signal (Radio Cake Records)

7 February 2024

Bingo Boys is a three piece punk band formed in February of 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Clay Joule - Sedation (Truwan Studio)

6 February 2024

Based in the New Jersey town of Secaucus, Clay Joule is a singer-songwriter who makes buoyant and uplifting soft rock music, characterised by his delicate vocal leads and backed up by warm organic instrumentation. His music always carries an important message and his latest release, “Cup of Joe” is no exception – advocating a way out of the entrenched political statemate of modern times.

Baratro - The Sweet Smell of Unrest (Improvised Sequence)

6 February 2024

Now based in Milano, Italy, Dave Curran’s joined up with a pair of likeminded natives to form Baratro, an ugly power trio now bearing its first album.

Palm Trees In Moscow - I Want It Back (self-released)

6 February 2024

Palm Trees In Moscow is the project of Baltimore, MD based singer/songwriter Chris Frantz (not that one). After years of playing (and breaking) guitars in various bands, Frantz decided to start writing his own songs and developing a sound. The band has shared the bill with the incredibly random likes of CKY, Quiet Riot, and George Clinton. 
 Influenced by everything from The Beloved to Jawbox, PTIM’s music has evolved into a dark pop/shoegaze sound; complete with painstaking attention to production and an emphasis on heavier, more thematic songwriting.

Bromsen - Someone (self-released)

5 February 2024

Bromsen has made a triumphant return to the music scene, showcasing their unique blend of synth wave elements and guitars. Their first singles have received critical acclaim from the indie press , and they have garnered airplay on indie radio stations across North America, the UK, France, Brazil, and other regions. Bromsen are signed with the label Epictronic and are about to release their debut album Brothers in Mind on 16 Feb 2024.

Nairolf - The Veil of Ashes (self-released)

5 February 2024

Born and raised in France, Nairolf chose English as his language in art and Ontario for his home. Multi- instrumentalist, he evolved as a member of several rock bands and collaborated with multiple artists over the years before deciding to release his debut solo album Lights & Shadows in 2020. The follow up album Forecast From the Past was released in April 2022. His influences are a combination of 90’s grunge, progressive rock and electronic music, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Placebo, The Cure, Steven Wilson and The Pink Floyd. Nairolf has been the guitarist and keyboardist in alternative rock band The Neverlies since 2019.

Orgöne - Chimera (3Palm)

5 February 2024

On their latest album Chimera, guitarist Sergio Rios, keyboardist Dan Hastie, bassist Dale Jennings, and drummer Sam Halterman lay it down with the assurance of musicians for whom this music is a part of their very bones.