Stuff by: Steven Ward

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Paper Idol share another indie-rock banger in the form of “Money For Flowers”

Paper Idol have shared buoyant new single “Money For Flowers,” a rollicking, manic song that finds romance pitted against poverty and love-sickness. Between a puncturing melody made up of spiraling riffs and staccato percussion world, Matan KG steers Paper Idol towards his ever off-kilter and energetic brand of indie-rock. “Money For Flowers” oozes with all […]

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Sky Keller
Premiere: Sky Keller shares uplifting new anthem “High & Hurt”

Singer/songwriter Sky Keller has shared her new single “High & Hurt,” an uplifting alt-pop piece perfect for this moment of nullifying helplessness and uncertainty that seems to be all around us. Inspired by her own moment of all-enveloping depression, the song traverses through all the aches and pains that come from the fall – the […]

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Carré share mind-bending new single “This is not a band”

Los Angeles-based Carré have shared the video for their new single “This is not a band,” a glitchy, down the rabbit hole immersion into the band’s love of abstraction and surrealism. Comprised of Julien Boyé, Jules de Gasperis, and Keveen Baudouin, Carré is as much a melding of sounds and textures as it is of […]

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Hot Artist Alert: First-Gen Nigerian-American Serena Isioma is Chicago’s next greatest export — Debut EP ‘Sensitive’Out Now

At 19-years-old, Chicago musician Serena Isioma has been making waves with the release of her debut EP Sensitive, an album that melts down all of the first-generation Nigerian-American’s eclectic tastes into a deliriously fun and raucous collection. Pressing pieces of rock and lo-fi into the grooves of R&B and hip-hop — and we mean really […]

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Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes return with first new music in 9 years; a soberingly melancholic single “Persona Non Grata”

After nearly a decade on hiatus Bright Eyes have returned in earnest with a new single, “Persona Non Grata,” and the promise that it will be followed by more music from the Omaha-born outfit. The new song, which still carries all the raw, grating angst that Conor Oberst’s soft croon seems eternally imbued with, puts […]

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Nick Leng
Hot Artist Alert: Nick Leng shares eerie, visually stunning “Music to Clean the House to” just in time for quarantine season

At 23-years-old California native Nick Leng has a penchant for crafting carefully layered textures in his songs, garnering attention since the release of one of his more popular tracks “Crawled out of The Sea.” Now he’s shared the music video for his song “Music to Clean the House to,” a track that seems too appropriate […]

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Oozelles
Premiere: Oozelles share a hauntingly good single “Refill the Swamp” off their upcoming debut LP

Oozelles have shared a new song off their upcoming, self-titled debut LP in the form of “Refill the Swamp,” a grimy, heady, reverb-soaked piece that rumbles forward on grumbling guitars and wailed vocalizations. Comprised of members and ex-members of Warpaint, Starlite Desperation, Dante Vs Zombies, Sex Stains, Detroit Cobras, and many others — Oozelles filter […]

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Sophia Islander
Sophia Islander shares a different kind of post-breakup dance track with “All in My Head”

Los Angeles singer/songwriter, producer, and dancer Sophia Islander has shared an empowering new single in the form of “All in My Head,” that takes a different spin on post-breakup songs. The track, produced in collaboration with Hitmakerchinx, was created by Islander after the end of a long-distance relationship and she found a need to return […]

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Nicole Kiki Jaffe
Nicole Kiki Jaffe pines and coos for the loving fireside of home on “It Felt Like Coming Home”

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Nicole Kiki Jaffe writes so others can heal. Her new single, the wistful folk-ballad “It Felt Like Coming Home,” is rooted in the kind of self-restoration that can emerge and occur in the aftermath of some heartache or struggle. For Jaffe, there is catharsis to be found in her powerful trills on […]

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Grouplove
Grouplove keep their “Youth” ignited on new anthem from upcoming album HEALER

Grouplove has shared the video for new single “Youth” off their upcoming album HEALER and once again the Los Angeles indie-rock outfit has put forth a stellar anthem. The film, centered around an older woman (Grace Zabriskie) attempting to reconnect with some long-forgotten youthfulness in herself vis-a-vis Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi’s urgings, propels itself […]

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