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Pharaohs Dream
Pharaohs Dream
United Kingdom
Genre: jazz, soul music, reggae, indie, songwriter, vocal
Ben Dowling
Ben Dowling
United States
Genre: soul, synth
Eric Selby
Eric Selby
United States
Genre: indie rock, power pop, alternative, blues
Raphaela Gilla
Raphaela Gilla
Germany
Genre: world, ambient, new age
Len Seligman
Len Seligman
United States
Genre: singer-songwriter
Lorenzo Mohr
Lorenzo Mohr
Italy
Genre: rock, psychadelic rock, blues rock, folk
Shelby Merchant
Shelby Merchant
United States
Genre: pop, folk, rock, country
Purple Tone Flower
Purple Tone Flower
Chile
Genre: rock, funk, pop
Amelias Dream
Amelias Dream
United States
Genre: indie
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Chris Baluyut\'s New Single \ New York City’s own Chris Baluyut has been surrounded by music since birth. His father, uncle, and godmother are in a band called Versus, and another of his uncles started the indie-rock/math-rock band {Plus/Minus}. “They were hip,” Chris says. “My parents had me when they were young. I remember the three B’s, Björk, Beck, and Built to Spill being played all the time in my house growing up.” From elementary school through high school, family members would bring Chris to gigs all around NYC. At 14, inspired by the classic rock and indie rock playing in his house, Chris started playing guitar, and eventually played a show with Versus when he was still in high school.

It’s no wonder that Chris has taken up music. While he never made music his sole focus, he did sing and play music in college. However, his backpacking trip through Europe and living in Tokyo is what made him realize his talent and he started to take his music more seriously. After living there for 5 years, he’s ready to make roots in New York City and is ready to release new music, the first time since 2018.

His new single, “Winter, Wait,” is a dreamy electro-pop song that emulates a simultaneous feeling of heaviness and lightness. It has a presence that's hard to explain in words, but ultimately it's about the highs and lows of life. The music really explores that theme with sections that feel more upbeat than others. It’s part of a series of singles, the third and final that showcases his expanding skill set beyond folk and folktronica with textured synths, layered ambience, vocal effects, and harmonies.

"'Winter, Wait' is about managing the passage of time through both the high points and low points of my life," shares Chris. "The exhilarating, joyous, and love-filled moments of my life feel so fleeting and seem to pass in an instant, while the somber, dark, low points feel like they linger and last forever. This song is about doing my best to stay present and appreciate those peaks when they come, as well as waiting out the storm through hard times and knowing that ultimately, those will pass too."

Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/chrisbaluyutmusic/winter-wait/s-XTrbJMGzDAc?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
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Dear Daria\'s \'Can I Be Frank?\' is the Sound from the 90\'s We All Love Maryjo Mattea, Joshua Hunter, Eamonn Donnelly, and Dan Abh are Dear Daria, the rising indie pop rock band from DC. This four piece band was formed by Maryjo Mattea, starting out as her solo band. However, this group felt more than just a backing band. The quartet played their last show as The Maryjo Mattea band in January 2020, and started playing as Dear Daria between February and March of 2020. Due to COVID-19, Dear Daria had to write and record songs remotely. Their spirit is a myriad of classic pop culture references like the MTV animated series Daria, Wayne's World, John Hughes movies, The Pixies, The Beatles and a vast assortment of other bands, movies and television shows.

Dear Daria released their debut album 'Can I Be Frank?,' which has hits like “John Hughes,” an ode to the director, “Best Life,” about living your best life in the now, and “Delaware,” a song inspired by their love for the film Wayne’s World. Their music holds the energy of The Pixies and guitar tones and drums of Paramore with The Beatles-eque melodic bass lines. Dear Daria’s sound is a nostalgic hit of the 90’s.

“'Can I Be Frank?' is essentially a two-part record. Half the record was written in the midst of a musically inspired summer," Maryjo remarked. “... which is reflected in the celebratory, living-in-the-moment vibes of tracks ‘Best Life,’ and ‘Delaware.’” The other half of the album was written at the beginning of the pandemic. Parts were “swapped back and forth digitally.” There were many difficulties recording remotely, causing setbacks and delays. However many setbacks prolonged the release of Can I Be Frank? Maryjo, Joshua, Eamonn, and Dan had a “collective desire to share these songs with the world.”

Dear Daria’s 'Can I Be Frank?' is the pop punk soundtrack to Summer ‘22. It takes the story telling aspect of Paramore’s lyrics, and puts them to The Donnas-esque rhythms and melodies. Maryjo’s vocals are reminiscent of Dolores O’Riordan’s of The Cranberries. All nine tracks have the energy of all three bands, and possess the vibe of Rilo Kiley. Can I Be Frank? is the perfect balance of authenticity and humor.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2l1ZmWCjVWebVoxHhwZylo?si=OYdtijfUQYauDHjMPL_MKw
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Gary Meyers\' New Flamenco Album Transports Us to Andalusia Gary Meyers is an in-demand flamenco guitarist, composer, and producer who has performed at countless corporate events, weddings, private parties, restaurants, cafes, and more. He may not be from Spain, but he plays with grace under the brand "Dirty Flamenco" as an acknowledgement that he is a Westerner playing a music near and dear to the heart of Andalusia, Spain, and beyond. He learned under the tutelage of Maestro Rene Heredia—the man credited with bringing flamenco to Colorado in the 1960s. Gary is an intuitive performer with a command of flamenco and rhumba traditions who eases between set melodies and improvisatory flights of fancy to heighten the entertainment experience.

His new album, 'Desperado's Shade,' is a 10 song collection of original flamenco songs that transport you to another place. You feel like you are on the edge of a cliff in "Cliff's Edge" or about to cross a river in "Spanish River." He creates adventure in his music. You feel like you're on a quest or a long journey, yet he also creates a sense of calm. He is able to let the music tell a story that words would never be able to do. His finesse with the guitar is the lyrics that guide you through the stories.

Gary started as a self-taught guitarist at the age of 14, playing rock, shred, and classical. In 2002, upon hearing a friend play a rhumba, he put the electric guitar down. “Immediately when I heard him play, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” Gary says. He continues: “I won’t lie, I was a pretty good electric guitarist, but flamenco is a completely different technique. I had to start over, and it took many years.”

Give 'Desperado's Shade' a listen: https://open.spotify.com/album/0yP835kXujCo08wqvYzyFs?si=3In6zYZaQv68VV0DuBfTQw more
Star Goes Nova\'s Self Titled EDM Album Reveals Her Musical Abiltiy Star Goes Nova is an intrinsic soul who creates epic stories that combine real instruments with electronica, transcending past and future. She does this through her 115 year old piano, power drums and deep bass music. These sonic manifestations are empathic spaces to stargaze, gather personal power or share thoughts from other worlds.

She finds meaning in space, time, and thought, giving her music another area of musical depth and endurance. She just released her debut EDM and cinematic self-titled album, 'Star Goes Nova." Consisting of 8 original songs, 'Star Goes Nova' has 6 of her previously released singles that are remixed to create a cohesive album alongside 2 new singles, "Phat Barbarella" and "Words and Stardust."

"Phat Barbarella" is the drum & bass and sci-fi inspired single that has a Pink Floyd style to it. Star Goes Nova takes Jane Fonda's 1968 classic Barbarella into a dubstep psychedelic future. Sci-fi synth melodies over dubstep vibes and grime bass release us from gravity as we dance on our starship through outer space.

"Words and Stardust" is a conceptual song that has electronic ethereal music that swirl and layer. "During the pandemic, I started thinking about how so many of us were creating online relationships for connection," she shares. "I kept thinking about how words and imaginations are often the only thing exchanged in an online relationship. Ethereal wishes. So much desire. So much yearning. Unreal. Stardust. I imagined each lover thinking 'You are all my favorite words, but you are stardust, words and stardust. I keep dreaming where we're going, that we have meaning, that we're worth believing. You’re still here and I’m still here and words are everywhere, but it is only stardust.' I wrote this song…. without words, of course, but with lots of stardust."

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7jxo9SDN298pnDCnRRPSIR?si=U-Dr12EWQwaS8JFgEGlDlQ more
\'Thoughts and Prayers\' is the Nostalgic Alt-Rock and Pop Grunge We Want The Chad Sipes Stereo have been together for more than 10 years. Their alt-rock and pop-grunge sound is reminiscent of the 90's giving the listener a sense of nostalgia with every listen. Their new album, 'Thoughts and Prayers,' is a poignant one with a Weezer Energy and Green Day vibe.

'Thoughts and Prayers' is Chad Sipes way of confronting a taboo topic, though an important one to tackle. Based on the theme of the opioid crisis, 'Thoughts and Prayers' takes on every aspect of the relationship we as a society have with pills; everything from parenting styles in "Every Single Kid" and "Therapy" to addiction in "Relapse" and "New Prescription."

“It felt like the time to say something,” shares Chad. “With this album, I decided to explore a narrative about the opioid crisis we face here in America. I am by no means an expert—I don’t want anyone to feel bad about taking medication—but I see something dangerous and very widespread.”

Thoughts and Prayers is a career milestone album on many levels. Besides representing an ambitious artistic feat, the album showcases a band at the height of its powers 12 years in, and it’s a testament to the quartet’s longevity. Chad says: “I’m really proud of this record. We left no stone unturned, and made the album I've always wanted to make. I have never felt this way before, and I am so excited for people to hear it.”

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4o1P21vZepgmR8YDh1wxKZ?si=l5KtxnWHSw6_BNkUIuauEA

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