July 28, 2021

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Check Out Our June 2021 CD Sampler

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Check out the CD & Digital Artist Samplers from our June 2021 Issue.

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Darkside

Lawmaker

From the album Spiral

Matador Records

Darkside is an American rock band formed in Providence, R.I, in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician and vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Their second full-length album, Spiral, will be released on July 23 on Matador Records.

darksidetheband.com

Joana Serrat

“Pictures”

From the album Hardcore From the Heart

Loose Music

Catalan singer-songwriter Joana Serrat returns with new album Hardcore From the Heart. The sublime lead single “Pictures” illustrates the album’s rich textures and immersive atmospherics. Recorded in Denton, Texas, Serrat teamed up with engineer and producer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth).

loosemusic.com/page/artistdetail/joanaserrat

The Backstays

Aquarius

From the album Tributaries

Fogtrot

From Canada’s East Coast, The Backstays have a fluid sound honing in on a mesh of psychedelia and post-punk. The new LP Tributaries begins with “Aquarius”: a Rhodes piano and a beat as the song swells to a maximal, dark groove for the times before the record ebbs and flows to a sea of sonic elements.

thebackstays.bandcamp.com

River Kittens

Coast to Coast

From the EP Soaking Wet

Create Records

The St. Louis-bred duo of Allie Vogler and Mattie Schell sing like angels, but are up to no good in the best way. They harmonize effortlessly and combine honest song writing, whiskey and a sidecar of sass to create something unlike anything out there. Think Americana folk-pop meets kitchy punk-rock.

createrecordsusa.com/pages/artists/riverkittens

Regina Bonelli

“I Got to Go”

Single

True Groove Records

With a voice powerful enough to carry across all five boroughs and beyond, Regina Bonelli, the Blues Queen of NYC, unleashes “I Got to Go.” Hardcore, smoldering blues with a Southern shuffle, and guitars that simultaneously read from the ZZ Top and BB King playbooks to mine a whole new groove.

reginabonelli.com

Rob Massard

We Cant Afford the Answers

From the album Thousand River Sun

Selfreleased

Rob Massard is a singer-songwriter who displays a combination of prog-rock and folk blended throughout his music. His signature musical stylings define him as a true artist, taking his listeners on a deeply moving and unforgettable journey of faith, hope and inspiration.

robmassard.com

Whiskey Basterds

“Mississippi Mud”

Single

Black Tooth Productions

While deeply rooted in Americana music, the Whiskey Basterds are open to exploring wherever the Muses lead them, giving rise to new expressions of their sonic heritage—from folk to funk to blues, rock and beyond.

whiskeybasterds.com

Marla Mase

“8:30”

Single

True Groove Records

8:30 a.m. or 8:30 p.m.? Maybe both. Does it matter? Marla Mase warps time and space as she distills dark and sparkly French pop like Serge Gainsbourg chugging wine from a paper bag on a park bench. Post-pandemic, pre-apocalyptic grooves just this side of quirky and that side of fun.

marlamase.com

Fred Barreto Group

Living and Loving

Single

Selfreleased

Solid rock, raw blues and everything in between best describe Fred Barreto Group’s sound. The new single “Living and Loving” is from their upcoming album that was recorded and produced by Mike Butcher, the man behind albums like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath) and Midnight Love (Marvin Gaye).

fredbarretogroup.com

AJ Rosales

Waves

From the album Manifestations

NovelT

AJ Rosales is a Chicago guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. “Progressive Acoustic” loosely describes the sound on his new 12-track album Manifestations, which has garnered critical praise for blending multiple genres and influences into a cohesive and modern sensibility.

ajrosales.com

Swanskin & the Live Echoes

Mode 4: Pulse to 5 Beats for 6 Steps on Alternating Feet

From the album LoFi Hexes

Pique Audio Visual

Ever think about yourself? Ever think about yourself in other dimensions? Ever think about talking to yourself in another space time continuum? Ever feel alone? Ever feel like there should be more? More than what we have here where no one knows you so you don’t know yourself?

theliveechoes.com

Ronin

Temptress

From the album Ronin

Selfreleased

Are you tired of the weak, uninspired music that floods the airwaves? Are you done with hearing how “rock is dead, bro?” Well, so are Ronin! They are kickstarting The Rock Revolution! No frills. No smoke and mirrors. Just pure, raw and authentic rock-and-roll!

roninband.com

Reverbnation Contest Winner: Sugar Lime Blue

Narcoluptuous

From the album Narcoluptuous

Selfreleased

Sugar Lime Blue has been called a jamband lover’s dream. Combining the sultry lead vocals of Ashley Beth (think Joan Osborne/Stevie Nicks) and psychedelic/blues lead guitar of Dave Beth, the band brings a familiar but unique sound reminiscent of ‘70s-rock titans.

sugarlimeblue.com

Editor’s Pick: Valerie June
“Why the Bright Stars Glow”
From the album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers
Fantasy Records

Valerie June’s new album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, produced by June and Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar), weaves a kaleidoscopic sonic tapestry from traditional roots music, modern R&B, Afrobeat rhythms, orchestral string arrangements and experimental pop-infused psychedelia.
found.ee/VJthemoonandstars

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