We’re back with another installment of our Monthly Music Mashup, exclusively on Substream Magazine. Each month, we feature the best of the best new artists on the music circuit. This time around, we highlighted talent from Nashville, Chicago, Upstate New York, and elsewhere. You can find the playlist and Substream article here, and stream the playlist on Spotify! Don’t forget to save your favorite tracks to your music library.
The Sometimes Island is premiering a second track, “Can’t Move On” from their upcoming EP exclusively on Substream. The single is equipped with dreamy harmonies, synth tones, and a bass line perfect for summer nights. Lyrical content courtesy ofMatt Blankenship Jr., the man behind The Sometimes Island, really shines in this track that tackles the struggle of being between two feuding exes.
“Two very close friends of mine were dating, and when they broke up I was in the middle of it, hearing both sides and feeling very torn. Those sentiments channeled into this song, written from each of their perspectives. The inability to communicate – with battle lines drawn and pride on the line – made me feel a little like a cloud floating over a battlefield. This song was my way of dealing with it, using the music symbolically to put in little silences and finally an explosive, dramatic bridge.”
Keep an eye, and an ear, out for the full EP set to release July 28th. The Sometimes Island will also be heading out on a West Coast tour later this summer.
The Sometimes Island recently curated a playlist worthy of every poolside hangout and road trip you’ll take this summer. The playlist, exclusively on Musical Notes Global features some big name artists you love, like Spoon, Christine and the Queens, Kindness, and more! Matt Blankenship Jr., man behind the moniker The Sometimes Island, says the playlist is all about taking in all that summer has to offer. “This playlist celebrates slowing down, basking in the sun and letting that drop of condensation roll off your ice cold drink as you relax by the pool.” Sounds pretty perfect to us. Check out the playlist here.
In a world of music streaming and illegal downloading, it may seem impossible to make a buck off your craft. Our own Matt Blankenship Jr. of The Sometimes Island wants to change that mentality by giving you some insider knowledge on music, or sync, licensing. On Soundfly, Blankenship Jr. breaks down everything you need to know, from basics, to publishing, and pitching, with the help of music supervisor Ben Hochstein, Sr. Director of Creative at Spring Music Group Eric Hurt, and indie music industry guru Ari Herstand. You can read the article here!
The newest installment of Muddy Paw PR‘s Monthly Music Mashup playlist is up and running! As always, we’ve brought you the music from our favorite up and coming artists of the moment via Substream Magazine. This month’s playlist features favorites from New York City and Austin, TX, two of the hottest cities in the music industry. Check out the playlist on Spotify and give our featured artists a follow! You can find a link to the playlist here.
“In any production, regardless of medium, what happens in pre-production can make or break the entire project. It sounds simple, but I cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead. The sooner and farther out you can schedule the show, the better. Not only will the venue appreciate the lead time, but it will give you time to make changes when something inevitably goes wrong. For a release show in early April, we started booking in mid-February; and there are people who believe even that is cutting it close.”
HereComeHere share their secrets to a succesful release show exclusively with Musical Notes Global. Read the full guest blog here.
By now you’ve heard about Return For Refund‘s newest release, the Lift You Up EP. After seeing the band live at their tour stop in Guelph, Canadian Beats took sometime to listen through the whole album, and write a comprehensive review! The blog commented on the band’s unique approach to recording the album live-off-the-floor, saying the resulting album is “ambitious and emotionally gripping with a supercharged hit of adrenaline!”. Canadian Beats also acknowledged how each track brings something new to the album, citing “Don’t You Say” as the most rock anthem-worthy, “Lift You Up” as most 90’s grunge reminiscent, and “My Gun” as their favorite music moment of the album. Read the article here to get their full analysis of the album!