Today I’m thrilled to bring everyone an early listen to alternative rock band, Night Windows, new single called “Something Simple.” With a sound that fits well within the realm of indie rock bands like Death Cab for Cutie, plus the emotional attachment of lyrics like Bright Eyes, Night Windows are breaking through at just the right moment in time. Taken from their upcoming 2024 LP titled In Memories, “Something Simple” finds the beauty in all things. As band lead vocalist Ben Hughes explained:
A one-take recording (guitar/vocals) from my room with the windows open. ‘Something Simple’ is about loss and longing. It’s about reckoning with the idea of greener pastures. It’s about the desire to move away, and the desire to return home – only remembering the good parts of what was left there. All these wishes and fears about the future. Hopes and dreams. And at the end of the day, it’s about leaning on the little moments that occur each day to pull us through.
If you’re enjoying the new single, please consider pre-ordering In Memories here. Read More “Night Windows – “Something Simple” (Song Premiere)”
Recently I was able to connect with the lead vocalist/guitarist of Sublime With Rome, Rome Ramirez, to discuss the band’s latest EP called Tangerine Skies. In this interview, I asked Rome about how he and his bandmates turned the pandemic-era demos into the final cuts for Tangerine Skies, how the band chemistry has been since they acquired a new drummer, and the process for crafting their setlists when they’re on tour. Sublime With Rome will be on tour starting next month. Read More “Sublime With Rome”
Today I’m thrilled to bring everyone the latest single and video from NYC-based artist, BenBen (the solo name of Ben Wigler), called “Endless Summer.” On this vibrant summer song, albeit released during winter, BenBen channels his love of radio-ready rock into a crowd-pleasing package. BenBen shared:
This is, in many ways, the very earliest song in the BenBen stable. My best friend, James Byron Schoen (who I still make music with in the storied progressive metal band Edensong), and I first played around with the melody for the chorus when we were six years old! This song, which features the stunning vocals and violin of Camellia Hartman (ConorOberst/Skullkrusher) is about youth, about being a more mature guy and trying (failing?) to imagine what it’s like to be young, about obsession with getting first moments right and the fear and elation of being a shy person who is finally seen for who they are. It’s a playful, loving homage to the kinds of “songs of the summer” that blast on the radio (not many of them feature the West African Kora) and infect you with their incessant hooks and uncomplicated energy.
Get ready to fall in love with your next favorite artist. Read More “BenBen – “Endless Summer” (Video Premiere)”
Today is a great day to share the new music video from We Owe (the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pravdica) called “Slight Inconvenience.” The single comes from We Owe’s full-length record, Major Inconvenience, that will be released everywhere music is sold on December 1st. As Pravdica wrote on the track:
I did this track instrumental with backing vocals. Trying for a more melodic sound. I was gonna do lyrics, but I found this patient interview that I very much related to, and I dropped it over the music. It fit so well that I was like: ‘Yo, this works!'” Video director, Jim Larson, continued: “The song ‘Slight Inconvenience’ contains an audio sample from an actual therapy session with a catatonic schizophrenic from many years ago. So I decided to sample the visual portion of the interview and edit the footage to make a new version to accompany the song.
I was also able to catch up with this artist for a brief interview below. Read More “We Owe – “Slight Inconvenience” (Video Premiere)”
Today is a great day to share the news about Black Polish and their new single called “Streetsigns.” Black Polish is Jayden Nicole Binnix, and their sound transcends musical boundaries. They draw inspiration from bands like Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and Mitski, but their sound really needs to be heard to make your own judgement. ”‘Streetsigns’ speaks of wanting to escape your self destruction and be completely isolated free to do whatever you please,” Binnix explained. “It’s a love song for a place where responsibility doesn’t exist and guilt will never reside within you.” Black Polish will release their debut LP, Forest (Monsters Live In The Trees), via Riptide Music on January 26th. I was also able to catch up with this talented artist for a brief interview below. Read More “Black Polish – “Streetsigns” (Song Premiere)”
Recently I was able to schedule a Zoom call with Sam Harris, the lead singer of X Ambassadors, to check in about the band’s latest single called “Alcohol.” I also asked Sam about his creative songwriting process for writing for X Ambassadors as well as stepping out into his recent solo work, and artists in the scene that he and his bandmates admire. X Ambassadors will be finalizing plans for their new album soon. Read More “Sam Harris of X Ambassadors”
Today is a great day to share the new single and video from Canadian alternative band, Autopilot, called “Unwound.” In the last 14 months, the Saskatchewan rockers have released four singles while consistently touring North America, and their following seems to be growing after each electric live performance. If you’re enjoying the latest single from Autopilot, please consider purchasing an album from their Bandcamp page. Read More “Autopilot – “Unwound” (Video Premiere)”
Today is a great day to share the new single from Chris Garneau called “Millions.” On this collaborative song with Garneau’s boyfriend, Marc Briz, a lyricist/fiction writer, Garneau channels the love they share into a vibrant single. Co-produced by Garneau and Dan Marcellus, “Millions” takes the listener on an enjoyable and thrilling ride. The song comes from Garneau’s new EP, Out of Love, that will be out everywhere is sold on December 8th. I was also able to catch up with Chris Garneau for a brief interview below. Read More “Chris Garneau – “Millions” (Song Premiere)”
Today I’m thrilled to bring everyone a great new single by emo/rock band Observe the 93rd, called “We Are Already Dead.” With a sound that fits somewhere between Three Cheers-era of My Chemical Romance, and early Panic! at the Disco, Observe the 93rd are well on their way to making a name for themselves. Band member Derek Henry shared, “‘We Are Already Dead’ is the intro track and sets the stage for the main theme of the album- everything has already happened and also is happening, simultaneously. The past, present, and future are all equally real, and we are already dead.” The band will be releasing their full-length record, Eternalism, on December 15th. If you’re enjoying the early listen to this great single, please consider purchasing something from their merch store here. Read More “Observe The 93rd – “We Are Already Dead” (Song Premiere)”
Today I’m thrilled to share with everyone the latest single and video from Canadian indie-folk band, MOONRIIVR, that comes from their new LP, Volume I, out everywhere music is sold on November 8th. “Flowers on the Fire Escape” takes the listener on a great journey, where in the video the band are performing the track outside of a crowded antique shop, showing off their outsider tastes and veteran musical instinct. I was also able to catch up with this talented band for a brief interview below. Read More “MOONRIIVR – “Flowers on the Fire Escape” (Video Premiere)”
Recently I was able to connect with Lily Meola for a Zoom interview to discuss her uplifting new single called “Without You.” I asked Lily about her music upbringing, how she stays motivated as an artist, how she measures success as well as her breakthrough single “Daydream,” and what next year has in store for her promising musical career. Read More “Lily Meola”
Today is a great day to share the news that Allen Ginsberg has returned with a new single called “Don’t Grow Old.” The newly reissued double album of The Lion For Real is available starting today. With equal parts spoken word, jazz, rock, and ambient, this beautiful record was originally produced by Hal Willner, and features musicians like Mark Bingham, Bill Frisell, Kramer, Arto Lindsay, Marc Ribot. I was also able to catch up with one of the collaborators, Kramer, for a brief interview below. Read More “Allen Ginsberg – “Don’t Grow Old” (Song Premiere)”
Today is a great day to share the new single from Oakland garage rock band, The Helltones, called “Don’t Waste My Time.” Much like the title implies, The Helltones get right down to the business at hand with a spiraling, nearly five-minute song that takes listeners on a thrilling ride. Primary songwriter Darwin Siegaldoud shared:
I co-wrote ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ with Victoria, the singer/organ player. She came up with the concept, and wanted to write a song about having her time wasted by an indecisive lover. As we’ve performed it, it’s taken on a wider meaning to me. We’re constantly having our time wasted by advertisers, scammers, or people who just don’t know what they want. This song is hers, and our message to those people.
The Helltones might just be the next most interesting band to take the music scene by storm. Read More “The Helltones – “Don’t Waste My Time” (Song Premiere)”
Today is a great day to share the new, jazzy single from Brad Stank called “I Belong To You.” On this quick song that tugs on all the right heartstrings, Stank displays a rich confidence not usually seen in the music scene. He shared:
A short but sweet song influenced heavily by the Love Unlimited band. Rhythmically kinda awkward and drunken, expressing how it can feel sometimes to be vulnerable to somebody. The title is pretty Gospel-esque but lyrically quite romantic, towing that line again. Lydia Kitto on the gorgeous backing vocals. Really doubling down on the romantic vibes here, and one of my favorite songs on the record.
I was also able to catch up with Brad for a brief interview below. Read More “Brad Stank – “I Belong To You” (Song Premiere)”
Today I’m excited to bring everyone an early listen to punk rapper, Hollow River, and his fulfilling, and vibrant new single called “Self Esteem (Everyone’s Leaving).” This artist shared:
The intro is a recording of a message I got from an old friend who had dreams of being a rapper ever since he was a teenager. He took it particularly hard when I started to pursue my music career full time, and even harder when I found success with rap myself. Instead of being happy for me he sent me aggressive messages that kept escalating with anger to the point where I had to cut them off. I had to remind myself that someone who couldn’t be happy about me pursuing my dream wasn’t a real friend and I was better off without them. Musically it’s really fun -like a release after a period of stress with some awesome drums parts!
The single comes from Hollow River’s EP, We’re Going To Be Ok, which officially drops today. Read More “Hollow River – “Self Esteem (Everyone’s Leaving)” (Song Premiere)”