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Bill Frisell - Orchestras (Blue Note)

19 April 2024

Orchestras fulfills a long-held dream on the part of Frisell.

Gramercy Arms - Never Say Anything (Magic Door Record Label)

18 April 2024

With members split between New York and New Jersey, indie pop collective Gramercy Arms presents their fourth album The Making Of The Making Of, released via Montclair, NJ-based Magic Door Record Label, along with a new video for ‘Never Say Anything (Magic Door Session)’.

Marta Sanchez Trio - Perpetual Void (Intakt)

18 April 2024

Stripping her sound down from a quintet to a trio, the Madrid-born/NYC-based composer presents Perpetual Void, the next step in her creative arc.

The Shrubs - Echoes of a Dream (Blossöm Records)

17 April 2024

The Shrubs are a psychedelic rock group.

Colin Woltmann - Saw You In A Dream (self-released)

17 April 2024

Colin Woltmann, a singer-songwriter from Madison, Wisconsin currently living in Alabama, started playing guitar and writing songs almost 20 years before releasing his debut album, Brown Recluse, in 2021. Two years later he and Heath Fogg (of Alabama Shakes) formed Lake Nakoma and released their self-titled album. Woltmann has just released “The In-Betweens”, ahead of his new EP, Case of the Times, set for release in early 2024.

Fred Hersch - Silent, Listening (ECM)

17 April 2024

For Silent, Listening, he goes it alone, planting his own entry in ECM’s long line of classic solo piano records.

The Outers - Twenty (self-released)

16 April 2024

The Outers are a London based indie rock band. Their songs are characterised by a distinctive, up-tempo rhythm section supporting catchy guitar and vocal melodies. “We try to incorporate the vintage sound and subtle melodies of British pop, and the depth of Post Punk with the edge of electro pop to add a bit of a dance groove.”

The Silence Industry - The Crawling Eye (Aenaos Records)

16 April 2024

The Silence Industry was formed in 2007-ish, possibly from the wreckage of other music projects and have released 12+ releases, most of which are available to download for free in some form online.

Vaguely gothy. Always diy. Always honest. Sometimes weird. Not always accessible. Guitars. Vocals. Electronics.

The Silence Industry was released music through Enough Records, Aenaos, Ekleipsi and others.

Annakye - Colours (self-released)

16 April 2024

Annakye is a dynamic and promising band that burst onto the music scene end of 2021. Originally formed that year, the group saw a significant expansion in 2023 with the inclusion of talented singers Lucas and Camron. This addition brought a fresh energy and dimension to the band’s sound. Their breakthrough moment came in 2023 with the release of their single “Too Far South,” which soared to the impressive position of number one on the unsigned pop punk charts in the USA.

Onceweresixty - Loco Sunset Boulevard / Ghetto Blast Noise Machine (Uglydog Records / Beautiful Losers / PrettyOK Records)

16 April 2024

Indie rock trio Onceweresixty are back with the album Loco Sunset Boulevard / Ghetto Blast Noise Machine, created over a period of three years at Villa Albrizzi Marini, a magical place in the Venice countryside hills en route to the Alps. Having set up their studio on this 1400-villa property, owned by the Armenian Church, finally they can present this 8-track album (structured in two parts as a double EP).

Miles East - All Hands On Deck (ECR Music Group)

15 April 2024

Miles East’s “All Hands On Deck”— the third single from his forthcoming album Between Lightning and Thunder — arrives just as the artist has won a newfound audience: his first two singles have garnered nearly 250,000 streams and glowing press coverage on five continents. “You hope your music will resonate with those who listen to it,” says East. “But the response to this new music has honestly been beyond my wildest dreams.”

Deep Dive Species - Salt and Water (OMNINORM)

15 April 2024

DEEP DIVE SPECIES were formed during (and basically because of) the 2020 lockdown in New York. One part of the duo is Vadim Militsin, an electronic scene veteran who stands behind numerous projects like AUTiSM, Logica Abstracta and Robotov-Millentrop. The other component of this unlikely mixture is Sergey Popovich, a guitarist and vocalist with a string of projects, like Vopli Vodoplyasova, famous in and beyond his native Ukraine, Hey! Lubo!, and the NY-based Goodswan.

Circolo Vizioso - Verrückt (self-released)

15 April 2024

Hailing from Berlin, Circolo Vizioso is made up of Tony Scafidi (guitar, bass, drum, hi-hat, vocals) and Paul Geigerzaehler (violin, snare drum, vocals). The band plays abrasive, groovy punk music that is influenced by the sound of 1990s New York, Chicago and Washington (i.e. Fugazi, Blonde Redhead and Sonic Youth), as well as the sound of early 80’s-90’s Eastern German and Eastern European punk bands like Dezerter8, *Sandow and Schleimkeim.

METZ – Up on Gravity Hill (Sub Pop)

12 April 2024

“I’m wound so tight my head could pop,” sings Alex Edkins.

Dean Harlem - Keep You (self-released)

12 April 2024

From California to Texas to New England, New Jersey native son Dean Harlem has in true troubadour fashion made America his home. Deep-rooted in Americana and classic country sounds, with a picking style that blends Townes Van Zandt and Justin Townes Earle, and with an honest, soulful voice, Harlem has distinguished himself as a young singer-songwriter to watch, with what the press calls a “long, storied career” ahead of him. His debut album, Asbury Park, pays homage to his New Jersey origins, even as it points into new songways and highways he’s heading into. Currently, he makes his home in Nashville and is working on a new album

Ghost Trees - Intercept Method (self-released)

12 April 2024

Though they were brought together in part due to a shared love of Sun Ships, saxophonist Brent Bagwell and drummer Seth Nanaa adopt the band structure of Interstellar Space, cutting out any middle men that might provide things like chords and a bottom.

Nick Noon - Who Needs Who (self-released)

11 April 2024

Nick Noon brings an indescribable refreshing timeless aura to the music community. The Nashville, Tennessee-based artist is a rising multi-genre artist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. The talented jack-of-all-trades is poised to make waves in the scene with his emotion-evoking sound and relatable style. Inspired by his life experiences, the artist strives to push the envelope with his sound to make a dynamic style that encapsulates his love for various genres.

Lovelorn Dolls - A Heart Cries (Alfa Matrix / SPLEEN+)

11 April 2024

Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, Lovelorn Dolls is made up of Kristell Lowagie (lyrics, vocals, arrangements) and Bernard Daubresse (music, programming, guitars, production). Purveyors of synth-laced gothic rock, their sound resembles a mix of Theatre of Tragedy, Lacuna Coil and The Birthday Massacre.

bikethrasher - Telepathetic (Merry Brigade Records)

10 April 2024

bikethrasher is a Boston based emo/indie punk band formed by singer and guitarist Joe Love and guitarist Jake Mandl. Named after an unreleased song by Swedish dream pop darlings The Radio Dept, bikethrasher delivers songs simultaneously rapturous and tormented, capturing the ecstatic highs and chaotic lows of the human condition.

Dave Douglas - Gifts (Greenleaf)

10 April 2024

The blend of two masterful jazz musicians with a pair of post rock heroes plays to the strengths of both.

The Palace of Tears - Veiled Screen, Woven Dream (self-released)

10 April 2024

The Palace of Tears is Leah Kahn aka LV Darkling (vocalist, lyricist) and Erick r Scheid (guitars, electronics, engineering), who met in Germany in 2018 when Erick was performing with his band Mercurys Antennae at the world-renowned WGT Festival. After a collaborative exercise in co-writing long distance, the duo released their debut album Of Ruination in 2020 with Erick also moving from the Bay Area to join LV in New Orleans.

Verskotzi - Shiring (Preach Records LLC)

9 April 2024

VERSKOTZI is the award winning, LA based artist, producer/multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Joey Verskotzi.

The Pull of Autumn - I Was Just Dreaming (RBM Records)

9 April 2024

The Pull of Autumn is a ‘super group’ of sorts, orbiting around Rhode Island artist Daniel Darrow of 80s post-punk group Johanna’s House of Glamour and core members Bruce MacLeod, Matthew Darrow and Luke Skyscraper James (I.R.S. recording artist Fashion). Each release involves a revolving door of notable and emerging artists, both from the local music scene and further abroad. The band’s debut 2018 eponymous album was followed by Afterglow in 2019, Small Colors in 2020 and Beautiful Broken World in 2022.

Thomas Anderson - Hello, I’m From the Future (Out There)

8 April 2024

Is there another songwriter as prolific as Thomas Anderson?

Madeline Rhodes - Be Alone (Good Mood Records)

8 April 2024

After attending NYU for the performing arts and scoring gigs on Broadway, and in television and film, Madeline Rhodes decided it was finally time to share her own stories with the world. She began releasing music under the stage name MuMu, focusing on the female experience and using her music as a platform for her activism. In 2018, MuMu made her debut with the powerful single “Free the Nip,” a feminist anthem that addresses the censorship of the female body.

Moon Cowboy - Baby Jane (1991 Recordings)

8 April 2024

Ricardo Fiel, known as Moon Cowboy creates a unique fusion of shoegaze, dreampop, ambient, & alt-country echoes Ride, Slowdive, The Verve, & My Bloody Valentine. Aiming to launch a #shoegazeforgood movement, he donates music revenue to charity. Collaborating with Darren Allison & Rachel Goswell during his Phase years, this unsigned prodigy is destined for greatness.

Gary Dranow - 18, It's All Right (self-released)

7 April 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

Post Death Soundtrack - Veil Lifter (Self-Released)

5 April 2024

Veil Lifter is new territory for Post Death Soundtrack, but it’s a brave, bold move that really pays off as the band thrives in this environment, perhaps better than they ever have.

Melissa Aldana - Echoes of the Inner Prophet (Blue Note)

5 April 2024

For her seventh album, saxophonist Melissa Aldana returned to the source of her passion for jazz: the late, great Wayne Shorter.

The Shadow Majlis - The Departure (Ali Jafri)

5 April 2024

The Shadow Majlis [pronounced “mahj-lis”] revolves around multi-instrumentalist Ali Jafri, whose multi-cultural artistic and musical vision was realized together with David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) on bass and Rakesh Tewari (Jaffa Road, The Special Interest Group) on drums and percussion, with cover art by Stephen Seto (Splintercage).

Wise Up - Out to Dance (House Cat Records)

4 April 2024

Wise Up is hitting the Irish music scene with a passionate and down-to-earth chord. The Dublin-based band is adding alternative rock ripples to a flood of grungy riffs and a laid-back 90s feel. They’ve been featured in a series of indie blogs and are actively taking to stages all over Dublin. Wise Up have a lot planned for the upcoming months, and will continue to release and write new music – all featuring hauntingly nostalgic moods, tones, and lyrics that put a sharp spin on an otherwise blunt world.

Mortal Prophets - Sleeping In My Bed ( Lux Astralis Music)

4 April 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.

Deep Dive Species - Adventus (OMNINORM)

4 April 2024

DEEP DIVE SPECIES were formed during (and basically because of) the 2020 lockdown in New York. One part of the duo is Vadim Militsin, an electronic scene veteran who stands behind numerous projects like AUTiSM, Logica Abstracta and Robotov-Millentrop. The other component of this unlikely mixture is Sergey Popovich, a guitarist and vocalist with a string of projects, like Vopli Vodoplyasova, famous in and beyond his native Ukraine, Hey! Lubo!, and the NY-based Goodswan.

Matthew Edwards & the Futurists - Suit b/w Kindness (Last Tape Recordings)

4 April 2024

Time passes, the world turns, and, without fail, songwriter Matthew Edwards (The Music Lovers, the Unfortunates, the Hairdressers) re-emerges from his normal life with new music.

Two Headed Horse - Shimmer (OX4 Sound / Wooden Pyjamas)

4 April 2024

UK indie-folk outfit Two Headed Horse presents ‘Shimmer’, a winding and unraveling track about memories becoming entangled in myth. With newfound support from Chris Hawkins at BBC 6Music, this is the second single from their debut EP, entitled ‘I’m Not Hidden’. Slated for release in early summer, it was engineered, mixed and mastered by Mark Gardener at his OX4 Sound studio in Oxfordshire.

Quiz Show - Flotsam (Magic Door Record Label)

3 April 2024

**New Jersey-based* indie rock trio Quiz Show presents their Flotsam EP, released via Montclair, NJ-based Magic Door Record Label, following up their eponymous debut album, an electrifying collection full of protest, friendship and frustration, released in 2023 to wide acclaim.

Quiz Show is made up of Shudder To Think’s Chris Matthews and bassist Jesse Krakow, together with drummer Joe Billy, who replaces the original drummer Kevin March (Guided By Voices, The Dambuilders, Shudder To Think).

The Pulltops - 3-2-1 Go! (self-released)

3 April 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.

King In Yellow - Your Religion (self-released)

3 April 2024

King In Yellow, started by longtime friends and musical collaborators, Kyle McDonough and Nick Vining, is a musical fusion of timeless melodies and razor sharp rhythms. Drawing inspiration from the golden eras of rock and jangle pop, their music harmoniously blends raw energy and soothing gentleness. With avant-garde influences, King In Yellow crafts a unique sonic experience that transcends boundaries.

Dayna Stephens - Closer Than We Think (Cellar Music)

3 April 2024

Backed by a strong band, Stephens is almost impossibly solid throughout, his smooth, soulful tone a perfect fit for whatever approach a tune takes.

Nicolaas Walle - The Irony of Fate (ft. Lisa Patscheider) (self-released)

3 April 2024

Nicolaas Walle is a Half-Irish, Half-Dutch musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. He plays several instruments, including the guitar, bass (fretless and fretted) and synthesizer as well as holding a 1st-class honours degree in Creative Music Production from IADT. 
 He is also the producer, composer and instrumentalist behind the collaborative project Nicolaas Walle And Friends.

Nick Hudson - Kanda Teenage Honey (self-released)

2 April 2024

Brighton alternative pop artist Nick Hudson presents his new album Kanda Teenage Honey, an expansive collection of 16 tracks, recorded largely in a huge former Soviet movie studio in Georgia under the shadow of the Ukraine war. Born of geographical explorations amidst musical territory that is hardly touched on, this collection was preceded by the singles ‘For My Silence’ and ‘Khevsureti’, which recently garnered him coverage in Billboard.

Sam Anning - Earthen (Earshift Music)

2 April 2024

Though he made his bones as a go-to hired gun in the Australian jazz scene, bassist Sam Anning also spend three years backing up beloved Gunditjamara/Bundjalung singer, songwriter, and Aboriginal activist Archie Roach.

Phil Gammage - Reedemed (Self-Released)

1 April 2024

There’s a certain askance, left-of-center quality about Gammage’s music that prevents it from ever sitting comfortably in the traditional singer-songwriter genre, making the experience of listening to Redeemed all the more exciting and unpredictable because of it.

Brand of Indigo - Dreamer (self-released)

1 April 2024

A fresh County-Folk Rock project that is heavily inspired by the likes of Eagles, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Peter Frampton among others. We’d love to hear from y’all so be sure to connect with us on IG (brand.of.indigo) and keep rocking!

Darius Christian - Entitlement (self-released)

1 April 2024

Esteemed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Darius Christian announces the release of “Entitlement” on March 29th, a single that delves into the heartache of separation and the power of resilience. Known for his soulful voice and collaborations with stars like Macklemore and Miley Cyrus, Christian offers a raw, emotional experience that resonates with listeners’ trials and triumphs.

Gary Dranow - When The World is Too Much (Remix) (self-released)

1 April 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