Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Brian May - Star Fleet Sessions: In The Studio (Episode 3)


Star Fleet Sessions Three-Part YouTube Mini-Series
Concludes with
 Episode 3: STAR FLEET - In The Studio
Star Fleet Project Special 40th Anniversary Edition
Gold Series Release July 2023





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Holly Humberstone - Room Service (Official Video)
















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The Pretty Flowers - Baby Food (Official Video)


Tug On A Company Sleeve
New Album 
Out Now
via Double Helix Records

“The writing of the album came at a time in my life where I was going through a difficult time at work, with an absolute nightmare of a boss,” says Noah Green, vocalist/guitarist of LA-based indie rock band THE PRETTY FLOWERS about the inspiration for their new album A Company Sleeve, released today, July 14, 2023 via Arizona-based indie label Double Helix Records. Being able to absorb that toxic energy and repurpose it into the songs for their frenetic and melodic new album was his way of dealing with that stress. 

“For the first time, I was seeing this terrible system that was in place, not to help me (or anyone else in the same situation), but to condone this person's unethical actions, just because they were already set up in a position of power and it was easier to leave them there,” he continues. “That feeling of helplessness and trying to figure out how to navigate an oppressive system in order to survive (mentally, economically, etc.) cuts through many situations people from all walks of life go through every day. Pushing back against meaningless authority and finding a version of hope or comfort in art and music is what A Company Sleeve wound up being about.”

The Pretty Flowers Album Release Party will be held at Permanent Records Roadhouse (1906 Cypress Ave, LA, CA 90065) on Friday, July 14th. They will be supported by indie-pop bands Sweet Nobody and Easy Dreams. For tickets and more information, visit here.  

Led by their first single “Baby Food” which was released in March, A Company Sleeve so capably channels these negative experiences into florid jangly indie rock. The accompanying animated video is a mixed media (and literal) tour de force, complete with bikes, dogs and a paper route, ending in an obligatory concert. “When Noah and I were drumming up video concepts, he offhandedly mentioned an animated video and a Christmas light in my head went off,” remembers drummer Sean Johnson. “I reached out to [animator] Nathan Sonenfeld, who I've known for over 20 years, and asked if it's something he'd be into. He and his creative partner took to the idea and came up with a really great concept that matched Noah's lyrics. It's this great stew of textures and styles both old and new that I feel is really unique and special. We certainly have never done anything like this before and I think I speak for the whole band when I say we love it and we hope everyone else does.”


Produced by the band’s own guitarist/vocalist Jake Gideon, A Company Sleeve was engineered by Adam Lasus (Lily’s, Yo La Tengo, Madder Rose, Helium) at Studio Red and mastered by Matthew Barnhart (Superchunk, Bob Mould, METZ).  The new album certainly calls upon ‘90s and early ‘00s pop-punk and indie-rock, with the opening track “Young Gray Enemies” giving us a little hint of Green Day, while “Another Way to Lose” injects a little bit of The Strokes’ chime while keeping The Pretty Flowers’ trademark melodic epic soar intact. Capturing a bit of youthful carefree nostalgia, their sophomore album is a beck and call to unleash pent up emotions and blow off steam. 

With their musical nucleus firmly rooted in the early influential days of indie and college rock, the band calls on Guided By Voices, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Superchunk, and Teenage Fanclub as influences. The Pretty Flowers have previously released one album of original material, Why Trains Crash (2018), plus a handful of singles and a covers collection, Golden Beat Sessions (2019), while keeping their gear well-worn with numerous West Coast tours. Their songs have been featured on two seasons of Showtime’s Shameless, season 2 of the CW’s Nancy Drew, Peacock TV’s The Resort, and most recently Syfy’s Resident Alien

The Pretty Flowers is Noah Green (vocals/guitar), Jake Gideon (guitar/vocals), Sam Tiger (bass/vocals) and Sean Johnson (drums). A Company Sleeve is released today, July 14, 2023 via Double Helix Records and was produced by  Jake Gideon and engineered by Adam Lasus (Lily’s, Yo La Tengo, Madder Rose,  and Helium) at Studio Red and mastered by Matthew Barnhart (Superchunk, Bob Mould, METZ).  


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In November 2022, Grammy-winning artist and virtuosic guitar player Peter Frampton performed at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London to a rapturous sold-out crowd. The special evening was filmed, capturing stunning performances of Frampton’s finest songs, and will be released as a live album on September 1 via UMe—pre-order/pre-save Peter Frampton At Royal Albert Hall here.

The record features 9 live performances with Frampton’s long-standing band of Rob Arthur, Adam Lester, Dan Wojciechowski and Steve Mackey, and includes tracks “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do?” and more. The legendary performance is currently streaming on PBS as part of their Pledge Drive.

Additionally, Frampton is back on the road—the Never Say Never Tour kicked off last month, with stops nationwide through August. See below for full tour routing.

Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. In 2007, Frampton won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Fingerprints and in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award from NAMM’s TEC Awards in 2019 and his album All Blues was #1 for fifteen weeks on Billboard’s Blues Chart. In 2020 Frampton was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, his autobiography Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list, and his 2021 album Frampton Forgets The Words was released to widespread critical acclaim. After 47 years, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time selling over 17 million worldwide.

Most recently, Frampton announced that on July 28 Intervention Records will release Frampton@50, a numbered limited-edition vinyl box set featuring Frampton’s essential 1972-1975 studio releases Wind of Change, Frampton’s Camel and Frampton.

Frampton is also set to receive The Myositis Association’s Heroes in the Fight 2023 Patient Ambassador Award on September 9 during their annual ceremony in conjunction with TMA’s Annual Patient Conference in San Diego, CA between September 7-10.

Additionally, Frampton will feature in the new intimate, one-hour public television series With, which highlights vulnerable conversations between music icons, fellow creators, musicians and friends for a candid glimpse inside the creation of their most beloved hits. Frampton’s conversation with songwriter Trey Bruce at Analog Hutton Hotel will air on July 15 (check local listings); full episodes are also be available to stream weekly on WithTheShow.com.



laye - unhappier (Official Video)

Sony Music Canada Artist

Releases Spiteful Dark-Pop Break-Up Anthem "unhappier"


Singer-songwriter laye returns with her newest release and accompanying video for “unhappier” (LISTEN and WATCH). “unhappier,” a guitar-driven alt-pop breakup anthem, continues the artist’s rich sonic direction, immersed in the tradition of some of the '90s most iconic female-led alternative tracks. 

Co-written by laye, Cici Ward (Cheat Codes, Lil Huddy, GAYLE), and Oscar Neidhardt (Thirty Seconds to Mars, Adam Lambert, Conan Gray), “unhappier” is a song “about heartbreak, but also about love,” says laye. “My hope is that people find comfort in the mundane emotions of jealousy, unhappiness and really find some solace in the fact that those feelings are universal.” 
“unhappier,” says laye, “is a breakup song written from the perspective of someone who really doesn’t wish that person well. At the root of it, though, it’s still a love song. You love that person so much that you can’t yet wish them well. So many songs are either all about “I love you” or all about “I hate you,” but it’s also truer to the human experience to feel different and sometimes contradictory things at the same time. So, this song lies somewhere in between. 
The accompanying music video captures that moment when you realize you’re losing a relationship you’re still in, the overwhelming feeling of grief and loss mixed up with love and heartbreak. 
“unhappier” is the first song laye wrote on what will be her forthcoming EP, and stands at the heart of the new music, with a new, confident sound and poignant lyrics. Stay tuned for more to come from laye. 



laye "unhappier" single artwork 

Montreal-born and raised singer/songwriter laye first floated onto the scene and released four tracks in 2018. laye’s sultry, alt-flavored pop and gothic aesthetic guided her 2019 debut album lonesome, which was created over the course of four years with a slew of legendary pop and hip-hop producers, including Lauren Christy (Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne), Federico Vindver (Jennifer Lopez, Lauryn Hill, G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky), Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), Pomo (Mac Miller, Panderson .Paak), FNZ (Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, Megan Thee Stallion). In 2022, laye returned with her release “I Could Die,” setting the stage for her new music released throughout 2023. 

unhappier” continues laye’s foray into the darker aspects of indie pop, featuring live instrumentation and powerful pop hooks. Her playful vocals fuel a light, airy melody with signature somber lyrics, making her interior world sound simultaneously apocalyptic and cheery. laye's last release, "touching myself," was called "a captivating piece of alt-pop" by Zone Nights and Ones to Watch noted "the release established her as...an edgy, alternative-tinged pop artist to watch." "touching myself" landed NMF features in the US, Canada, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Maghreb, a look on the Spotify Canada digital billboard, and back-to-back covers on Spotify's SALT and It's A Bop playlists.

As a singer and songwriter, laye is coming into her own and exploring the next chapter of her evolution as an artist. With nearly 12 million global streams, and features in FASHION and PAPER Mag, laye is one of our most exciting young pop artists, pursuing a vision all her own while creating beautiful, dystopian pop gems.



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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Lift Me Up - Behind the Scenes



Lift Me Up by Lachi + James Ian Out July 25, 2023


July is Disability Pride Month! In order to commemorate the late Judy Heumann, who was one of the great leaders of the Disability Rights Movement, Lachi (Founder of RAMPD) and James Ian are releasing "Lift Me Up" on July 25th. Gaelynn Leaa had the joy of recording vocals + violin on the track. Stay tuned for more information at Lachi's website on " Lift Me Up".


For more information on Gaelynn Lea visit violinscratches.com

Friday, July 14, 2023

Luke Wallace // Sons and Daughters (Official Music Video)

Music artist Luke Wallace is on the front lines of “Folktivism” for the Earth. His songs are environmental and social anthems, using music to communicate the need to help save this planet. Wallace writes for a new generation of music listeners and environmentalist, where they want to explore the idea of anthropocene from which anthropo, for “man” and cene for “new” – describes a new geological epoch in which humanity itself constitutes the largest driving force of change on Earth. 

When the state of the world is overwhelming you have Wallace who is the new diplomat for the Mountains, Lakes, Oceans, Trees, Air, Animals and Global Warming. It is refreshing to see and hear a younger artist combining activism and songs for the earth to empower people, while at the same time giving us hope.

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Strange Ranger on Audiotree Live (Full Session)

New Strange Ranger Record Incoming!!



Thursday, July 13, 2023

"Lift Me Up" A Song Tribute to Judy Heumann
Out July 25!
Heumann was instrumental in pushing to expand the civil rights of Americans with disabilities and continued throughout her life to advocate for disability rights around the globe. She passed away at the age of 75 this year. 
This collaboration keeps getting bigger!
Cover Art, purple background with text
"Lift Me Up" is with award winning artist Lachi, Broadway composer Gaelynn Lea, and acclaimed songwriters April Rose (BMG), James Ian and Kulick (SONY) will release through RAMPD Records!
The Music Video, directed by Day Al Mohamed (PBS) and Cat Rubenis-Stevens (Oscar nom) and starring Deaf ASL artists Otis Jones, Amber Galloway and Nell Russell, is in post! And has been named the single best produced video showcasing Sign Language!


Sunday, July 9, 2023

Steve Dawson and the Lucid Dreams - Love Is A Blessing (Live)

Square Roots Festival Sunday 9, 2023


Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams

5PM Maurer Hall (inside Old Town School West Building - 4544 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago

Steve Dawson is one of Chicago's premier singer-songwriters of the tallest order, Steve is also the founding member of Dolly Varden, and is an Old Town School of Folk Music teacher. Steve Dawson leads his new band The Lucid Dreams in a set that beautifully blends Americana and classic pop. The band features some good Chicago talent such as Diane Christiansen, Alton Smith, Tommi Zender, Larry Brown, and Mike Bradburn.




Thursday, July 6, 2023

Lala Lala - Color of the Pool [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

The music of Lala Lala, is the project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West. West murky psychedelic sound embraces the music that was created in the 60s. Though West has managed to formed her own style of psychedelic music. You can catch Lala Lala at the Square Roots Festival Sunday July 9th 7:30 PM in Lincoln Square Chicago. 

View video and explore her website at lalabandlala.com



JULY 7-9, 2023

Square Roots Festival



and more


4400-4560 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 ·


Superchunk - Hyper Enough

SuperChunk is an American indie rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, consisting of singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan, guitarist Jim Wilbur, bassist Laura Ballance, and drummer Jon Wurster. The band was formed in 1989. SuperChunk was one of the bands that helped define the Chapel Hill music scene of the 1990s. The band is still going strong and will be performing at the Square Roots Festival in Chicago July 8th at 9PM. Square Roots Festival 4400-4560 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625