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The Avelons - Chit Chat (self-released)

2 March 2024

With goosebump induced guitar riffs, dirty, audacious bass lines, relentlessly driven drum beats and effortlessly gripping vocals, the Newcastle-based angry indie rockers, The Avelon’s made a mark on the scene back in 2021, which has lead to four sell out gigs at top local venues The Cluny, Head Of Steam, Zerox and Bobiks.

Marky Wildtype - Tell Me Again (self-released)

2 March 2024

Marky Wildtype is an Edinburgh based songwriter/musician/producer who has been plying his trade and honing his craft under various guises for many years. Most recently, he has been providing the buzzsaw guitar backbone of the vibrant heavy-rock-meets-trad instrumental alt-folk band The Jig Show.

Talk In Code - Something Of Nothing (Regent Street Records Ltd)

1 March 2024

The name Talk In Code is derived form the idea that everyone relates to music differently. Pushing beyond their indie pop boundaries, it’s no surprise the band have been described as ‘genre-blurring’! Hailing from the heart of the South West (UK), the quartet have firmly established themselves as a force – whipping up a storm of press and radio support including Q Music and BBC Introducing networks. This exposure has been bolstered by an impressive crop of live shows across the country appearing with Years & Years, Scouting For Girls, Go West and Marc Almond to name a few.

Julian Lage - Speak to Me (Blue Note)

1 March 2024

Lage and producer Joe Henry plot a divergent course for the music, worrying less about genre than about melody and how best for the players to bring it to life.

Wasson!? - Hold My Breath (ATD Media Ltd)

1 March 2024

Drinking rum and having fun. Wasson!? is a five piece Cornish punk band with a sprinkling of Italian pizzaz. Hailing from Bude, Cornwall, Wasson!? Comprises of Ryan Leverton (Vocals / guitar) Ben Clarke (Guitar) Brook Osborne (Bass / Guitar) Ben Edwards (Drums) and Igor Forsinetti (Keyboard / Bass). With influences as wide ranging as their musical talents Wasson!? continue to dine out off gig reviews such as “they weren’t actually that bad” and “not f*****g awful”.

Tina Schlieske - The Good Life (Shifting Paradigm Records)

1 March 2024

Tina Schlieske ventures into new musical horizons with The Good Life, her first jazz standards recording. Tina Schlieske, an icon in Minneapolis’ music scene known for rock and Americana, unveils her latest musical journey, The Good Life. This jazz album, featuring renowned musicians Cody McKinney, Pete Hennig, Bryan Nichols, Brandon Wozniak, and Jake Baldwin, is a departure into uncharted jazz territory. The album produced by McKinney and Patrik Tanner emerged from pre-Covid recording sessions that Schlieske revisited and transformed into an extraordinary collection of classic jazz standards.

Austin Willacy - Gonna Be Alright (None More Black Music)

1 March 2024

Austin Willacy is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a member of The House Jacks, a multi-award winning a cappella rock band currently featured on The Sing-Off on NBC and on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

Elea Calvet - Sinuous Ways (Hyssop & Victoria)

29 February 2024

Born in Canada to French parents, Elea lived in Hemmingford until age 5 when her family moved to Dharamsala, India for her father to pursue Tibetan medicine studies. She subsequently spent a few years in the south of France before moving to Bristol, UK at 16 to study music. Releasing a string of singles, “Lust”, “Trigger” and “Sacrifice”, to critical acclaim in her idiosyncratically “towering sound reminiscent of PJ Harvey and Feist”, she was touted as “a millennial Patti Smith”. Albeit being Gen Z, she decided not to correct the journalist for the (hopefully only partly) erroneous compliment.

The Margaret Hooligans - Royal Octopus Canal (Piety Street Publishing)

29 February 2024

One woman (electric ukulele, lead vocals), one man (drums, teapot, back up vocals), forming one band that incorporates garage rock, funk, and soul to create a swirl of sloppy transcendence. Why do Meg Cratty and Mr. Strontium make music together? Easy, they live in the same house and in 2020 and beyond that reason is completely sufficient.

Jeff Symonds - Riverrun (self-released)

29 February 2024

For almost three decades, Jeff Symonds has been playing bass, keys and guitar in dozens of projects. He has played thousands of shows in hundreds of venues big and small, helping bring artists’ visions to life. Now it’s his turn. 
Jeff steps into the spotlight for the first time with riverrun, an album that celebrates and looks back at a life lived in love with music; it’s a four-part exploration of youth, adolescence, adulthood and the glorious noise of rock ‘n’ roll. Written and performed almost entirely by Jeff, it represents his attempt to make sense of a life lived primarily from stage left.

The Arthurs - The Gloaming (self-released)

29 February 2024

The Arthurs is a Dutch alternative rock band from Amsterdam/Rotterdam, formed around singer/songwriter Robin den Drijver. In June 2021 the band released their second album Glass. Their debut When I’m Sane was released in 2017. In their music you may hear influences from bands such as The Smiths, Nirvana, The Doors and The Pixies, but the band distinguish themselves by their own unique style and sound.

Lunar Division - Young Lady (BMPR)

28 February 2024

Together since 2019, Lunar Division will drop their third full-length album Monuments on March 29, 2024. It’s a high-value effort that unveils the present evolution of their sound. Band members Paul Nguyen (guitar), Randy Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Matt Lanzer (bass), and Brandon Napoleon (drums, vocals) have built an artistic chemistry amongst themselves that allows all options to exist at once. The first single from Monuments is “Young Lady” and will be released February 14.

The Barren Spinsters - Let The Music Ruin Your Life (self-released)

28 February 2024

Award-losing power duo and terrible band name namers, The Barren Spinsters are the kind of band that Jack White would maybe join if he lowered his standards.

They look like a two piece, sound like a five piece, and move like a hair piece. The guy at the front in the bucket hat (Brendon Houlahan) is a bit weird, but the bloke at the back (Matt Tennant) fortunately holds it all together. Together, The Barren Spinsters deliver 70s blues rock with a modern thrashy twist. Much the same way that Wolfmother doesn’t.

Doug MacDonald - Sextet Session (Dmac)

28 February 2024

Guitarist/composer Doug MacDonald has somehow never been a household name in the jazz world.

The Forcefields - Slip Away ft. Julia Othmer (self-released)

28 February 2024

Julia Othmer is evolving into a new artistic reality as Aayama Forcefield alongside renowned UK producer James T Lundie aka Max Forcefield8. Together they are *The Forcefields.

Zen Bunny Collective - Funky America 9/38 (self-released)

26 February 2024

“Funky America 9/38” was written and recorded as part of 2023 project – Chaos Before the Void – A Dirge of Hope in Twelve Parts – It was decided to release this part of the work as a message to the American people to treasure what they have and to aim higher in the future.

Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me [The Heroic Enthusiasts Remixes] (ECR Music Group)

26 February 2024

The most commercially successful solo singer to be identified with the girl group sound, Lesley Gore hit the number one spot with her very first release, “It’s My Party,” in 1963. Produced by Quincy Jones, who fattened the teenager’s sound with double-tracked vocals and intricate backup vocals and horns, she reeled off a few more big hits in 1963 and 1964, including “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “That’s the Way Boys Are,” and “Maybe I Know.” She wasn’t the most soulful girl group singer by a long shot, but she projected an archetype of female adolescent yearning.

Riley Mulherkar - Riley (Westerlies)

26 February 2024

Trumpeter Riley Mulherkar usually plies his trade with the all-acoustic, rhythm-less brass band the Westerlies. For Riley, however, he’s chosen a different route: blending standards and originals with modern production approaches.

Starlight Alice - I Swear To God (JB Records)

24 February 2024

Starlight Alice draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of country music history, yet infuses their sound with a modern twist. Their journey began in the UK, where they honed their craft and developed a signature style. As individual artists they have combined Spotify plays of over 30million.

Jeff Symonds - Every Five Minutes (Elegy pt.2)/48 Lines About 12 Men (self-released)

24 February 2024

For almost three decades, Jeff Symonds has been playing bass, keys and guitar in dozens of projects. He has played thousands of shows in hundreds of venues big and small, helping bring artists’ visions to life. Now it’s his turn. 
Jeff steps into the spotlight for the first time with riverrun, an album that celebrates and looks back at a life lived in love with music; it’s a four-part exploration of youth, adolescence, adulthood and the glorious noise of rock ‘n’ roll. Written and performed almost entirely by Jeff, it represents his attempt to make sense of a life lived primarily from stage left.

Satico Satellite - Innocence (Slumrise Records)

24 February 2024

Everyone has something they wish they could go back in time and change. They romanticize about the possibilities of what could have been had they not been so eager to grow up fast. Nothing says this more poetically than Satico Satellite’s new single “Innocence”.

With an increase of 100K fans across their socials in only 3 short months, the song will be played on terrestrial radio stations and reviews in major magazines . They might be the first artist to crossover to mainstream with such a distinct bedroom pop vibe that the song exudes.

Olivia Hellman - Prove It! (self-released)

24 February 2024

Originally from San Francisco, Olivia Hellman honed her craft at NYU Tisch and is a certified triple threat with her singing, acting, and dance skills. Her distinctive BrattyPop genre flawlessly embodies the essence of her generation, fusing elements of pop and rock with a rebellious Gen Z spirit.

Laetitia Sadier – Rooting for Love (Drag City)

23 February 2024

The elegant Stereolab singer continues her restless quest.

The New Nostalgia - A Fridge in Berlin (self-released)

23 February 2024

Stained with echoes of Nothing But Thieves and Gang Of Youths, established Yorkshire songwriter Patrick McCallion, along with James Sands, Sam Bramhall and Charles Adey stormed into 2019, bringing their explosive new live show to smoke filled rooms across Europe. With haunting lyrics that will get under your skin, The New Nostalgia are questioning what it means to be young at heart in a Post-Brexit world.

Maddie Morris - Skin (No Masters Co-operative Ltd)

23 February 2024

Maddie Morris is an artist who strives to make a difference in the world. Bold, insightful and refreshingly unique, she takes traditional song in new directions to shine a light on contemporary issues, offering new perspectives about the world we live in today. 
 Folk songs have always told stories, but how Maddie makes her mark is by turning this storytelling into action. She was recently commissioned by Rural Arts to explore LGBTQIA+ experiences through traditional music, and has also been proud to collaborate with organisations such as Queer Folk, Esperance and Trans Pride Brighton. 


Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey - Compassion (ECM)

23 February 2024

One of 2024’s most magnificently, passionately musical releases.

The BV's - Taking Pictures ... (Shelflife)

22 February 2024

The BV’s offer up their third long player, continuing to explore indie pop with a dollop of krautrock and shoegaze thrown in for good measure. The resulting bigger, bolder album is rife with jangly riffs and mesmerizing instrumental passages.

Pulse Park - Briars (self-released)

22 February 2024

The three band members first met some time ago on an Arctic expedition in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut/Canada, and started learning their instruments during the long polar nights.

KMFDM - Let Go (Metropolis Records)

22 February 2024

Iconic music mavericks KMFDM have released their much-anticipated album LET GO via Metropolis Records. Celebrating 40 years of conceptual continuity in grand style, KMFDM is doin’ it again, rising up lean and mean. _LET GO_marks the group’s 23rd studio album, with the core lineup of Sascha “Käpt’n K” Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli, Andy Selway and Andee Blacksugar presenting their signature onslaught of pulse-pounding rhythms, scorching electronics, blistering guitars, and vocals full of grit, growl, and grind addressing the social, political, and cultural ills of a world in perpetual turmoil.

Sun Atoms - Ceiling Tiles (Little Cloud Records)

22 February 2024

Portland alternative pop / postmodern rock outfit Sun Atoms present their new single ‘Ceiling Tiles’, released via Little Cloud Records digitally and on 7” vinyl. The video follows ghosts on a velvety caper through an endless maze, arriving at a house of cards on the verge of metaphysical collapse. The B-side complements chills with thrills with a unique rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic, here dubbed ‘Tower of Song (in the key of JAMC)’.

William Brittelle - Alive in the Electric Snow Dream (New Amsterdam)

21 February 2024

Given access to a makeshift studio in the barracks of an abandoned army base, eclectic experimental composer (and New Amsterdam co-founder) William Brittelle created Alive in the Electric Snow Dream, a hypersonic trip through a fractured but fascinating musical mind.

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.’