For the third single release from their forthcoming album, The Oaktown Sound, 6-piece Oakland based funk and soul band Trace Repeat have partnered with Alternative Press for the premiere of “Old School Funk”, a high-energy tune that brings reference to 50s and 60s R&B, along with a guest blog that highlights one of their most profound missions: tackling Asian American stereotypes in the music world. Check out the premiere + guest blog here.
“Upon first listen of LA’s The Sometimes Island a few images come to mind: summer, a secluded beach and the future of synthpop. The moniker of Austin-born musician, Matt Blankenship Jr, The Sometimes Island specializes in dreamy soundscapes with hard-hitting lyrical content meant to make you stop and think in the midst of a party. New EP, Bad People – released just last month – is a surefire hit and meant to be played at full volume during all of your summer soirees.”
Check out the full interview here.
Summer is upon us! Which means a few things: prepare to be hot and sweaty for the next few months, and now is the time to keep your eyes, and ears, open for the perfect summer anthem! With Muddy Paw’s Monthly Music Mashups on Substream, we always try to make finding new music for any season super easy. Our June playlist does just that, and features bands from all over, from the Bay Area to Chicago and New York. Jean Pool, Cinema Century, Great Highway (a Muddy Paw Alum!), and The Singing Limbs are just some of this month’s favorites. Stream the full playlist on Substream here and find us on Spotify!
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 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.
Return For Refund has been on the road since March, as a part of their ‘Lift You Up’ tour, delivering hard-hitting rock shows at each and every stop. On April 14th, the band played at DSTRCT in Guelph, ON and Nicole Wolfe (@solissplendor) was their to capture every moment. Check out the full photo review on Canadian Beats here!
If you haven’t had the chance to see R4R live in action, your last chance to do so is April 19th at the Hard Rock Cafe! Tickets and more information for this Canadian Music Week show can be found here.