Stuff by: Steven Ward

Rachel Oto
Hot Artist Alert: Rachel Oto crafts melancholic “saloon-rock” for the lost soul in us all

Singer/songwriter Rachel Oto has built the beginnings of her career on a very precise “saloon-rock” style—and nowhere in her discography is that raw, drifting melancholy more apparent than on her newest single, “Road Song.” A far cry from the all-girl, pop-rock band she held together in high-school, Oto’s latest is a consuming swell of lamenting […]

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The Beaches
The Beaches smash antiquated notions of romance to the tune of virulent rock

Slashing and smashing antiquated notions of romance to the tune of some seriously groovy guitar riffs, Toronto-based rockers The Beaches cut-loose on the music video for their most recent single “Snake Tongue.” Inspired by the band’s own experiences with unwanted advances from chauvinistic men—from catcalls to unsolicited dick pics—the video sees the four destroying everything […]

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Carlie Hanson
Hot Artist Alert: Pop’s latest teen phenomenon Carlie Hanson has arrived

From serving burgers at the drive-thru of a small town Wisconsin McDonalds to signing to Warner Bros. after the success of her self-released music, 18-year-old Carlie Hanson has all the makings of a star on the rise. With the release of Hanson’s music video for her single “Numb” earlier this year—inspired in part by her […]

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Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon delves into the meaning of home on compelling new video / single “Home to You”

Cate Le Bon has shared the second single from her upcoming fifth album Reward in the form of a video for the song—”Home to You”—directed by visual artists and filmmaker Phil Collins and co-produced with Kino Úsmev. Created in collaboration with the residents of Lunik IX neighborhood of Košice in Eastern Slovakia, the film casts […]

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Joy Downer
Premiere: Joy Downer share the straight from the 80s soundtrack to your next escape with new single “Getaway Car”

A moody, midnight-run escape through haunting harmonics and vocals, Los Angeles duo Joy Downer’s new single “Getaway Car” is exactly that—a synth-swirling getaway filled with 80s stylized sonics. The duo, comprised of Joy and Jeff Downer, has a knack for recreating in a sleek manner the kind of lush electronica that feels like it’s burst […]

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eva gardner
Premiere: Eva Gardner shares new single “Dirty Bird” off upcoming debut EP

Los Angeles native Eva Gardner—the touring bassist who’s offered her talents to everyone from Gwen Stefani and P!NK to Cher and Tegan & Sara—has finally taken-up the songwriting mantle in the form of her latest single “Dirty Bird.” A jumpy rock piece held together unsurprisingly by a tough, elastic bass line, the single is a […]

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Laura Jean Anderson shares previously unreleased single “On My Mind” from debut EP

Laura Jean Anderson has shared “On My Mind,” a previously unreleased single from the singer/songwriter’s debut EP Lonesome No More. Written while driving from Arizona to Los Angeles with just her dog for company, Anderson was hit with inspiration after dropping off a new love at the airport in the aftermath of playing a string […]

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Wargirl
Wargirl share their groovy new music video for “How You Feel”

Long Beach-based Wargirl have shared the video for their song ”How You Feel” off their upcoming self-titled debut album and it’s a quick staple for the band’s multi-cultural garage-rock style. Formed by Cold War Kids guitarist Matt Wignall and producer of hit songs like ”Hospital Beds, ” Wargirl is made-up of lead singer Samantha Park, […]

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Munya
Hot Artist Alert: Québécois songstress Munya blends lucid folk-pop into dreamy synth-carnivals; new self-titled LP out now

Munya—the chosen moniker of Québécois producer, singer/songwriter, and performer Josie Boivin—she recently shared the third installment of her EP trilogy in the form of Blue Pine. The EP is a lush trifecta of songs texturized by Boivin’s obvious enamor for dreamy-synth pieces brought to life through her equally sublime, bilingual lyricism. Think Melody’s Echo Chamber […]

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Maryanne Bold
Premiere: L.A. indie-pop duo Maryanne Bold tackle mental health positivity on new single “Therapy Felt So New”

Maryanne Bold, the Los Angeles indie-pop duo of Dylan Grossman and the vocals of Henry MacLean, have shared the uplifting new music video for their song “Therapy Felt So New.” An anthem about coming to terms with yourself and your mental health, the song courses with a surreal pensiveness that the video capitalizes on in […]

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