In any city skyline anywhere around the world, you’ll see the same thing. Thousands of lights, in thousands of windows, in hundreds upon hundreds of towers, each representing an individual life in progress. So many people, so many stories, so many unheard tales, swallowed by the vastness and silence of the night. Ethan Gold, a specialist in radical empathy, feels for every one of them. ‘Bright & Lonely City’, his latest single, is an anthem for the introverted — a gorgeous, sighing electronic rock song that confronts loneliness, alienation, and the desperate desire to be known.
The cheery pop of Nadia Vaeh’s new single, ‘Never Leave The Basement’ is just in time for summer, with the upbeat music acting as the ultimate mirage to this song. Behind the music is a story about a girl who has the mindset of wanting to go out and do something adventurous when social anxiety kicks in.
Vancouver rocker Pennan Brae returns with another retro-cool lyric video, for his new single, ‘Weed & Whisky Women’. Continuously taking inspiration from the 70s and 80s for his sound, ‘Weed & Whisky Women’ doesn’t disappoint, as it kicks off Pennan’s 9th album, ‘Cinema’, which came out on June 25th, 2021. The lead single of the 11-track album was mixed by producer Kirk Kelsey (The Smashing Pumpkins).
LA-Pennsylvania rapper LBM, a.k.a. Lil Big Medium makes “emo-rap”; it’s got a delivery that’s melodic, heart-on-his-sleeve style, with a grasp of romantic and emotional tragedy. LBM’s breakout single, ‘Stranded’ has had more than 350,000 streams on Spotify and over half a million streams on Soundcloud; these combined with a coveted feature on VIBE TV would make LBM a star – but he sees the bigger picture. The larger story continued to play out in the follow-up video ‘Make Believe’, while this is expanded in his new songs and videos, including his latest drop, ‘Sinner’.
‘Xuicide’, the latest single from Maribased1, has a restless energy, seductive sound. and MariBased1’s performance is melodic yet never overly sweet. The rapid-fire lyrics are never unintelligible, while the sung chorus is memorable, but never overpowers the verses, packed with busy hooks, such as quotable lines, tuneful phrases, and clever internal and external references.
Dennis J. Leise grew up outside Pittsburgh, in rural Pennsylvania, along with a long stretch in Chicago, but now makes his home on his urban farm in unincorporated Gary, Indiana. Gary has allowed Dennis both accessibility to the music scene he’s entrenched himself in, as well as the solitude of working the land. He was recently featured in the Chicago Reader, in a piece called, “Dennis J. Leise grows his own”, which highlighted the successful, if unconventional, balancing act he performs, of having his cake and eating, too.
Slammin’ Gladys are rocking on a rooftop in the video for their new single, ‘Hold Up My Blue Sky’. They climbed to the top of a warehouse, plugged in, and filmed the results, and with the brilliant sunshine and LA skyline behind them, they’re doing a good job of holding up the blue sky by themselves.
Phi and Meisha, originally from Columbus, Ohio, are best friends, who together are known as PM. Their goal is to provide a sound that will put more boss women on the map in music the industry. They’ve faced many challenges along the way, but their friendship, love, and drive have kept them going, and allowed their music to flourish.
Bristolian Cassa Jackson is quite the impressive young woman. A trilingual student, Cassa’s love of language is often apparent in the wordplay she uses for her lyrics, writing songs for everyone and everything in her life which brings her joy. Previous track ‘Dear Mum’ ended up on several official Spotify playlists, but it’s new single ‘Learning How To Love’ which has caught our attention.
One of the pioneers of California’s Redwood Coast Sound, Bruce Guynn has made it his mission – both solo and with his band – to pick you up and make you move. His naturally sweet singer/songwriter style, which is coupled with a blend of uplifting soulful rock, organic Americana, pleasant blues, and honeyed R&B, has seen Guynn rewarded with three Number Ones and seven Top Thirty Songs on both the USA and International radio charts.