Stuff by: Steven Ward

Hot Artist Alert: Elena Rose is a supernova of energy and color in her new video “No Voy A Cambiar”

Elena Rose might only have a handful of singles out but the Latin singer/songwriter has already made a deep impression with her breathlessly spirited anthems. Her latest single, the emphatically passionate “No Voy A Cambiar,” puts Rose’s larger-than-life enthusiasm on display as she raps over the song’s buoyant melody in a vibrant tri-color coat and […]

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Nathy Peluso
Nathy Peluso displays a raw vulnerability and sensuality that defies conformity on “Calambre”

Barcelona-based, Argentine-born, Nathy Peluso has released her debut album Calambre and it’s quite the vulnerable-meets-sensual-with-a-slice-of-fierce record. Here’s the rundown: On the heady, bass-pounding “Sana Sana,” Peluso uses her knife-sharp wordplay to take a stab at economic disparity in style — with the music video, directed by Nicotine, embellishing the grandiose elegance of her flow in […]

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Omar Apollo
Omar Apollo sings a ballad of life growing up in his homestate on “Dos Uno Nueve”

After releasing back-to-back EPs in 2018-19, Omar Apollo has announced his return with a slew of new singles, the latest of which is the riveting “Dos Uno Nueve.” A classical Mexican corrido that doubles as a shout-out to Apollo’s home in Indiana, the song is an intimate walk through the familiar world that Apollo grew […]

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Tropa Magica
Tropa Magica spiral towards something truly sublime on Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recámara

Brothers and band-mates, the psychedelic cumbia-punk that David and Rene Pacheco have pieced together over a decade as Tropa Magica has coalesced into something sublime on their sophomore album Tripiando Al Infinito En Mi Recámara (Tripping to Infinity in my Bedroom). Expanding on their alt-grunge-psych Cumbia sounds with a variety of new tastes and styles— […]

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Stains of a Sunflower
Stains of a Sunflower return with highly-combustible, unapologetically femme EP

Stains of a Sunflower, the Los Angeles alt-rock outfit led by the unapologetically hyperfeminine Natalie Renée, has finally returned from their two-year hiatus with the release of their you know it’s such a shame… EP. A trio of gorgeously sleek and potent anthems that center around Renée’s ever emphatic praise of the female spirit, unfolding […]

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Mon Laferte
Mon Laferte and Alejandro Fernández duet on “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” a love letter to Mexican culture

Mon Laferte and Alejandro Fernández duet on “Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” a love letter to Mexican culture

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Fischer King
Premiere: Fischer King gets “Lost” in a well of murky feelings on powerful new single

Fischer King, the alt pop producer/songwriter who crafts “pitch-black” soundscapes that split the difference between James Blake and Nine Inch Nails has shared a new single in the form of “Lost.” King’s vocals carry the bulk of the song’s emotional weight, his deepening murmurs and whispers digging themselves into his disorientation–but then the track dips […]

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Daniela Andrade
Daniela Andrade’s end of summer jam “Puddles” is perfect for the oddest summer in memory

Honduran-Canadian artist Daniela Andrade’s songs, and by extension her music videos, have always had this ability to slip us into the most sublime of fever-dreams. Her newest single “Puddles” finds Andrade in a similar role: jamming out to her own music in public, a staple of any Andrade music video. While previous films were shot […]

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Nancy Sanchez
Nancy Sanchez shares a pandemic-era single for Dia de los Muertos with “La Maldita Bruja”

On the heels of her newest album La Gran Civilización, Mexican-born singer/songwriter Nancy Sanchez has refused to relent and has shared a haunting new single in the form of “La Maldita Bruja.” Reworking a Dia de los Muertos classic and redefining those iconic females roles that emerged from it, like La Llorna, Sanchez manages to […]

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Rhye
Rhye composes an ode to the bliss of young love on “Helpless”

One of the big (and more positive) themes in the art and music being made in isolated quarantine right now is an appreciation and affirmation of the importance of art in our lives in moments of paralyzing crisis. Rhye‘s new single “Helpless” and its accompanying video captures all the blissfulness of falling in love–the way […]

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