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Scott Smith I Will Love You

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Submitted by Thomas Patton, III

“Let me take you to a place that’s true, let me show you where it is, leave your thoughts behind, whatever’s on your mind, let me take you there” Scott Smith sings to us in “I Will Love You,” alerting us to the impending sonic and lyrical journey that he’s taking us on in this captivating new ballad from the California-based singer/songwriter. With an uplifting, gentle rhythm that recalls some of the shinier gems in 1960’s folk/pop, “I Will Love You” is one of the cheerier songs I’ve reviewed this year, and it’s a stark contrast from much of the dreary and frim content on Top 40 radio right now.

Scott Smith isn’t singing about sex and drugs or fame and excess, he’s singing about being in love, making the life that we want, and living every day like it’s our last. And I have got to say, this is probably the most important message that needs to get out to the American masses this summer. How tumultuous of a year has this been for our country, and moreover, our culture? We’ve seen such an outpouring of hatred, discord and division among what a lot of us once believed to be an unbreakable strong nation. There is so much violence and disruption to our everyday attempts to live in peace, and now more than ever we need something from the stronger members of our artistic community to get us through all of this mayhem and into much better days ahead.

D.L. Byron Satori

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Submitted by Blaine Calhoun

Exploding into the spectrum of modern pop music is the legendary D.L. Byron, a songwriter that many young Millennials might not be very familiar with but should definitely be introduced to. One of the quintessential figures of 1980’s pop/rock, Byron is back and better than ever in his new extended play Satori, which is quickly becoming one of the most talked about indie rock records of 2018. I must say, I don’t know what I was expecting when I first listened to Satori, but it was a far cry from the awesomeness that I ended up being treated to.

Cathy Hutch Free Wheelin’

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Submitted by Randy Jones

Brendan McMahon About Joe

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Submitted by Thomas Patton, III

Lately some of my friends who aren’t in the music industry have been asking me why some music feels so much better suited to alternative formats of radio, i.e. college radio, specialty, satellite, online etc. over what standard commercial FM stations play, and for the most part I’ve been giving them the same answer: corporate nonsense. Well, I use a word other than nonsense but my publisher probably wouldn’t print it. The point is, through college radio and similarly independent means, blue collar, grassroots indie artists are given a platform to express heartfelt music that doesn’t fit into the big label boxes and marketing expectations created by an A&R department. Because it’s all about the music, not the endorsements or sponsored content that gets attached to it in the mainstream.

One of the best examples of a college radio superstar is Australian rocker Brendan McMahon, who is currently on a massive campaign to dominate both sides of the Pacific rim indie scene with his hot new extended play, About Joe, which is available everywhere music is sold this summer. McMahon might be a stranger to casual music fans who rarely venture left of the dial, but in the underground, he’s quickly becoming one of the most revered names and faces in the game, and making a strong case for breaking through to a more widespread audience and tackling all of the stresses and pressures that come with it.

Cat Dail Fight For Love

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

Human beings have a way of overly complicating their interpersonal relationships the same way that a lot of artists and music snobs have a way of over-complicating something as simple and divine as a song. Sometimes when we’re in love, we forget how to just shut up and enjoy each other’s little looks and come hither gestures that brought us together in the first place. And sometimes when a performer goes into the studio, for whatever reason, they forget that they’re doing something that they’re passionate about, that they’d ultimately do for free, instead of a job. Critics like myself are so ridiculously removed from the realities of the art world that our ridiculing seems a little trite when you juxtapose it with the blood and sweat that goes into actually creating something. Cat Dail is committed to breaking through all of the jabbering back and forth between the talking heads that act like a steel jacket over the ever-spirited freewheeling nature of the musicians themselves. Her new record Fight For Love throws a big middle finger to those in the indie media who have suggested that you can’t merge harmonies from R&B, folk and rock to create something fresh without inevitably coming off like a cheap hybrid. This record is for the haters, but more importantly, it’s for an audience that just might be ready to take in her aesthetic in its fully realized form.

Black Label Society Debuts Trampled Down Below

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Photo Credit Justin Reich

Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon, Zakk Wylde, has released another new music video today, this time for the single, Trampled Down Below. The video was directed by Dan Sturgess, and filmed at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London during the band's tour there earlier this year.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP, Grimmest Hits, via Entertainment One (eOne). The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Back released back in 2009. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts.

Black Label Society will resume their headline tour through North America this summer with Corrosion of Conformity beginning next month through the end of August, with stops in Toronto and Montreal in August. Support on select dates will come from Eyehategod. Tickets are on sale now. See below for a complete routing.

Edenn Releases Debut Single ‘Thinking’

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From the age of 12, he dreamt of becoming a filmmaker and subsequently began writing feature films that astonished his peers.

By 2010, Edenn moved to Europe. In Brussels, he obtained his master's degree in journalism, a job he currently practices in Paris where he now lives. Although bursting with talent, Edenn went through a time of uncertainty and confusion before finding clarity in his multi-faceted path. It was during this period that he says he found his motto: "close your eyes and follow your instinct". That’s exactly what he did when he chose music.

“I decided to get into music after a long period of hard work and with some hesitation because I have a lot of skills in fashion design and writing screenplays for movies. It was hard for me to decide from where to begin,” he says. “I wrote my debut song ‘Thinking’ after a show that I made with a friend of mine in a small theater in Paris. During the show the public was so happy, they were singing together with me. I was very touched by the way they reacted to my song so I decided to write a song to thank them. The crowd was so enthusiastic about my performance I couldn’t sleep that night so I started composing “Thinking”.

To date, Edenn has written more than 300 songs. “It was hard to choose this song amongst the 300 others I now have in my repertoire, but I chose this one as my debut international release because this is the one which best expresses the love story between my music fans and I.”

Moe Green’s Eye: Wasted

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

In blissful sarcasm and epic riffs that draws us back to the heyday of giant grungy guitars, Moe Green’s Eye comes bursting through the noise and into center stage of the indie rock spectrum with their new single “Wasted,” out now everywhere music is sold. “Wasted” is blowing up the indie community from coast to coast, but it all started with the mammoth buzz they’ve been generating in the New York City club circuit. If you’re living on the island right now, this is probably not the first time that you’ve heard of Moe Green’s Eye, and if they keep the pace they’re setting with this latest track, it certainly won’t be the last.

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Working Man

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro

No stranger to the stage and screen, one of The Guardians of the Galaxy", Tom Proctor will be releasing his singing/songwriting album debut entitled, "Working Man" worldwide on June 15th, 2018. The record was recorded at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studios, home of artists such as Taylor Swift and Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, amongst others. The album is a conglomerate of story-telling majesty, heart filled passion, and orgasmic drama, from a man that's lived a fast and furious life thus far.

Tom Proctor can tell you tales of his life for the next 30 years without taking a breath. He's been a stuntman, has trained horses, has been in over 250 full contact fights and aside from films has also appeared on major TV. His love for song and story began at a young age through encouragement from his grandmother Marie. Although he played the drums already, after winning a guitar in an arm wrestle he realized the calming effect of the strings. Many of his songs are written on a whim or in a dream, or through a psychic revelation. Most have a story behind the story of the song, and all are genre-defying. 

"They're not country, they're not rock then what are they? They are songs. If you're listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your time, but if you listen with your heart, you'll have a good day" (Tom Proctor)

The Refusers: Disobey

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Submitted by Michael Saulman

Seattle’s The Refusers are going to make some serious waves with their third studio release Disobey. The nine-song collection is another politically inclined entry in the band’s discography since first forming in 2010, but they are better than ever before at mixing their political messaging with appealing musical arrangements crackling with rock and roll spirit. Their musical excellence will allow many to enjoy the album that might otherwise disagree with the opinions of the band’s main songwriter Michael Belkin. It’s essentially a populist message the band pumps out, but they know how to shift gears without ever sacrificing a musical identity obviously meaning a great deal to them. The production frames the package in a physical package that has equal parts intelligence and attitude bubbling up from every line in the track. This new album will further solidify the band’s position as one of the most individualistic rock acts working today.

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