Jesse Terry, “Ring Of Fire”

Jesse Terry has delivered a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “Ring Of Fire,” putting a slow roll Americana spin on it, complete with prominent mandolin, a baritone guitar solo, and some beautiful three part harmonies, courtesy of Lizanne Knott and Michael Logan. The three with join forces again on a tour that hits the UK for most of October. Terry will briefly be on the U.S. East Coast just before and after the overseas dates. See the full list of tour dates with ticket links here.

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The Wallies’ New Album: ‘Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone’

The Wallies have returned with their rollicking, drawling, punch-drunk, fuzzed-out, catchy-as-hell, pure rock and roll on a new LP called Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone. In fact, hard as it is for this writer to believe, this is their debut LP. After all, the band has been kicking around for a few years, steadily dropping a stream of impressive covers, singles, EPs, and videos. All of the promise of those releases is wrapped up in Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone, with the high/low contrast between the music and the vocal delivery, the disaffected romanticism of the lyrics, the surf-pop elements, the modern indie rock aesthetic inside the Wallies’ overall vintage vibe. This is great stuff.

Get the full album here:

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Gods And Goddesses – Kyle Bent

Boston-based hip-hop artist Kyle Bent has dropped the video for his single “Gods & Goddesses,” from the new EP I Am Possibility. Bent released the surprise EP on his birthday − astoundingly, only his 21st. The video is a cleverly edited DIY affair, keeping the focus on the music. The track slowly adds layers, both on the thumping verse, and the chanting, rolling hook, with its increasing counter melodies, eventually churning into a wave that finally dissolves and recedes. This musical dynamic serves a raw and introspective lyric, which describes a process evaluating the rapper’s life and the major players in it, trying to sort the gods and goddesses from the monsters. It’s just real.

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Daphne Willis, “Hustle”

A few years back, we watched Chicago’s Daphne Willis evolve from an introspective, indie pop singer/songwriter into an eclectic, rootsy, soulful belter. With the release of her new single “Hustle,” (ft. Grizzle) Willis has emerged as a full blown, ready-for-radio, pop hitmaker. Listen to it below. The confidence, the defiant message, the hooks… “Hustle” is an anthem from an artist to be reckoned with.

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Katie Cole’s New Single, “Time On My Hands”

Katie Cole has released the single “Time On My Hands,” heralding the upcoming release of two EPs. The first, Things That Break, Part 1” will come out on September 28th, while the follow up is expected in early 2019.

The Nashville artist is currently on tour as part of the Smashing Pumpkins (she has performed with the band as far back as 2015), and has kept fans satisfied between official released with a series of covers and solo video performances, both from home and the road. The same rich voice and spare arrangements that make those small bites so savory are amplified in the close and intimate production (by Howard Willing) of “Time On My Hands.” Listen:

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Pop Jam: “Alive & Well” By Go Periscope And John Mode

Go Periscope burst into our consciousness in 2011, when they won our MTV Needle In The Haystack competition. Back then, the Seattle band was marked by their successful fusion of throwback synth sounds with more modern electronic and pop styles, always transcending genre pigeonholes. With the new track “Alive & Well,” a collaboration with Swedish artist John Mode, Go Periscope have mostly shed the sonic references to the past and have emerged as masters of modern electro-pop, combining elements of EDM with meticulous songcraft.

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