John Paciga – ‘No One Else’

We’ve been talking about John Paciga for years now and yet, somehow, this musical supernova is still only 19. Now at Yale, where he’s the musical director of that University’s century-old a cappella group, ‘The Yale Spizzwinks(?)’, he’s honed his voice and performance skills and has also managed to write new music, including his latest release, ‘No One Else’, straight off the back of a summer tour.

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2Dee – ‘Say Less’

2Dee’s latest track, ‘Say Less’, shows the audience the front lines of current politics in the US, where law enforcement, and the urban/immigrant communities continue to be divided, and indeed, are becoming much worse.

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Eli Seeney Announces It’s A ‘New Day’ With Debut Album

New Jersey Hip-Hop artist Eli Seeney has officially announced his return to the fray, bringing a signature sound to fans with the release of his long-awaited debut, entitled New Day: The Album. The full-length project is a follow-up to 2016’s ‘New Day EP’, and was released on December 26th, 2019.

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Pinegrove – ‘Phase’

The song ‘Phase’ is more or less about insomnia — trying to sleep but things racing in your mind… moving through anxieties & eventually, hopefully, into sleep.

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PM – ‘Touch It’ And ‘Get It’

Once you hear ‘Touch It’, and ‘Get It’, we think you’ll agree that the bond between Phi and Meisha is a powerful one indeed. If these two rappers are uncommonly frank, raw, and uncompromising, there’s a good reason for their confidence and their swagger. They know they’ve got each other’s backs.

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Owls & Lions – ‘God Bless You & Protect You’

Owls & Lions aren’t just your usual wedding band. The New Jersey group show that you can have not just live music, but a band that plays original songs, with an original sound and approach. They make celebratory, stylishly rustic folk-rock, equally suitable for ceremonies, singalongs, parties, and quiet reflection, and their latest single, ‘God Bless You & Protect You’, although addressed to a child, could as easily work for a spouse, a parent, or a dear friend.

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KODIAK – ‘Alone’

‘Alone’, the new single from KODIAK, follows on from their previous release, ‘Goodbye’, and is even more brash, fiery, and catchy than its forerunner.

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Scoville Unit – ‘Beach Song’ And ‘Sidewalk’

If the weather has you thinking about hitting the sand, then Scoville Unit have got you covered with two new singles, ‘Beach Song’, and ‘Sidewalk’.

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The Stolen – ‘Millennial’

The Stolen have over the years been recognised by the likes of MTV, Billboard, and Alternative Press, and have shared stages with artists such as Neon Trees, All American Rejects, and Jake Miller, and have also played Vans Warped Tour. The New Jersey band’s single ‘Overboard’, released earlier this year, narrowly missed the top 20 on iTunes’ Alternative Chart, while other recent singles, ‘Change The Record’, ‘Stuck’, and ‘Rooftop’ illustrate where their sound is headed. New single, ‘Millennial’, comes ahead of their first full length, self-titled album, set for release on May 31. They’ll also be touring in support of the album.

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House Artist Arson Nyght Set To Release Latest Single, ‘Close’ March 3

Originally from Puerto Rico but now living in New Jersey, Arson Nyght has been working in music production for over a decade, and will release his debut single, ‘Close’, on March 3.

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Kevin Edward’s ‘Broken Wings’ Is A Catchy Track With A Cinematic Video

Kevin Edward’s ‘Broken Wings’ is a beautiful track with an even lovelier music video filmed on the island of Boracay, in The Philippines.

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Netflix To Produce Wyclef Jean CG Animated Musical

Greg Silverman’s Stampede to Produce Alongside Wyclef Jean and Justin Marks to Write Feature Script. Netflix announced yesterday that they are working with musical…

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Tris McCall – ‘Conspiracy Theory’

Tris McCall isn’t just a musician, he’s also a journalist, having worked for Jersey Beat, NJArts, The Newark Star Ledger, NJ.com and many others. As a musician therefore his music is somewhat on the cerebral side, and as if to prove it, he’s also written an essay to go alongside his latest single, ‘Conspiracy Theory’.

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The Vice Rags – ‘Jersey Boy’

A true Jersey Boy has a certain swagger, and isn’t impressed by awards or accomplishments, reputation or bankroll, but rather judges people by the way they act. A Jersey Boy looks with disdain at all the social climbing that goes on in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Jersey Boys don’t whine, but instead, puts their case forward in plain language.

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Exclusive Video Premiere! ’10 Feet’ By Eliza Arnone

Earlier this year we introduced readers to Eliza Arnone, an up and coming musical talent from New Jersey, with her debut release, the eight track album, ‘Red Coat’. Now she’s back with her latest single, ’10 Feet’, which comes complete with a music video. We’re proud to exclusively premiere it here on Essentially Pop!

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Video Premiere: Alexis Keegan, ‘Gospel’ (Live)

RnB-pop fusion singer Alexis Keegan returns with ‘Gospel’, a high energy track that is guaranteed to get you dancing. Hailing from the streets of New Jersey, Alexis learnt very quickly that music was something that she wanted to pursue fulltime. She was 12 years old when her father was diagnosed with cancer and she decided to record Mariah Carey’s ‘Butterfly’ as a tribute. It was after this incredibly hard and sad period that Alexis realised her life ambition – to bring joy and relief to those in pain with her music.

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Kristy Chmura – ‘Abandoned House’

New Jersey singer songwriter Kristy Chmura shot the video for her latest single, ‘Abandoned House’, in a friend’s beautiful Victorian home, situated in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She makes a commanding presence at her harp, playing with complete authority.

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Myles Marcus – ‘Nightmare’

Myles Marcus’ latest single, ‘Nightmare’, is a darkly anthemic pop track. His vocals are strong and sweet, and hold well to the slow tempo of the instrumentation.

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Demetrius – ‘Jersey’

We’ve talked about Demetrius N Vince before, but here’s Demetrius by himself, singing a song about New Jersey.

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Eryn – ‘Hallelujah You’re Gone’

One woman powerhouse Eryn knows how to turn a negative situation into a positive one. Inspired by the great soul and R&B artists, she has adopted a sound that is a mix of country and jazz while dressed like a pinup girl.

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