Category Archives: Artist to Watch

Album Preview: girlfriends – “girlfriends” Due Out Oct 23rd

Inspired by the pop punk they grew up on, Travis Mills and Nick Gross enlisted legendary producer John Feldmann for their debut as girlfriends.

Travis Mills tossed his hip hip sound to the side to explore a more accurate sonic portrait of his emotional catharsis and process his feelings while tapping into influences like blink-182, 5SOS, All Time Low, Phoenix, and The 1975.

“This record has been a long time coming,” shares Mills. “It encapsulates all of my teenage despair with a perspective I haven’t been able to articulate until these last 5 years. It’s an exercise in honesty, vulnerability, angst and excitement with nostalgia as the glue that holds it all together. This is my journal entry. This is my life. This is girlfriends.”

Travis enlisted his good friend, Nick Gross and before they knew it, they had practically written the debut album. Nick said, “All the worlds collided between what Feldmann was already doing with his production style and where Travis wanted to go musically,”Nick explains.“It’s been really cool and went really quickly.We wrote close to 20 songs in just a few months.”

girlfriends brings the spirit of pop punk back to the forefront of music and seamlessly weaves in pure power pop groundwork from early CashCash and Boys Like Girls to 5SOS. With the help of John Feldmann, the record is catchy AF and an instant classic.

Watch the official video for girlfriends’ debut single “California” below.

girlfriends’ debut self-titled album drops Friday, October 23rd, 2020. Fans can pre-save the album now!

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Album Preview: Yours Truly – “Self Care” Due Out September 18th

Yours Truly are poised to have the greatest breakout of 2020 with their debut record, “Self Care” due out September 18th on UFND.

With the average age of 21, lead vocalist Mikaila Delgado, guitarists Teddie Winder-Haron and Lachlan Cronin, and drummer Bradley Cronan, thrust themselves into unraveling the biggest year of their career, from incessant touring, mounting imposter syndrome, and more to write the best debut album we could have imagined from the Sydney, Australia natives.

Titling the record, “Self Care,” the band are wearing their hearts on their sleeves using the record as a vital antidote to the whirlwind they lived in for so long.

Right off the bat, “Siamese Souls” grips you with a pedal to the metal intensity we haven’t seen in a long time and it’s exactly the kind of urgency that propels this record forward.

Early releases, “Composure” and “Together” spun well deserved noise around the new record as “Vivid Dream” paints the reality that Yours Truly were living in. Not being home for more than two weeks at a time takes a toll on you. “Vivid Dream” might be our favorite track on the record, complete with an acoustic drop that comes back in and hits you square in the chest with everything this record brings to the table.

Mikaila recalls how her long distance relationship broke down, how each member could barely hold down a job, and the fear of time and distance of touring would suck away her reality of home. Guitarist Teddie Winder-Haron adds that having just graduated high school, “While all of our friends started going to uni and getting ‘proper’ jobs, I could see I was going off in the complete opposite direction to everyone else.” That feeling of out of touch with his world back home eventually sparked the inspiration to write the record.

Yours Truly tapped producer Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic and Between You & Me) and together they harnessed the collective power of the pop punk and turned it into an anthemic rock album that will cement the band’s rightful place in the scene.

Tracks like “Ghost” and “Funeral Home” display the clever, cathartic effort that lays any ideas that Yours Truly may not belong in the game, if not for anyone else, but the band themselves.

“Undersize” is a tender, heart on her sleeve track Mikaila wrote for a friend of hers trying to navigate the various obstacles in life, “I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”

“Half Of Me” and “HeartSleeve” are two super vulnerable tracks, letting light shine into the darkest parts of the band’s past year. The latter closes the record and stitches together a positive, uplifting blanket saying “you will be ok, take time out and be kind to yourself.”

The album cover art, designed by Sydney-based artist and photographer Georgia Maloney, further propels sentiment behind the title, “Self Care,” a crocheted human heart intertwining with the body while flowers grow from the veins. Mikaila recalls feeling only thinly stitched together at times and explains the style reflects feelings of holding the broken pieces together and intends to ignite a sense of comfort.

“We really learnt and lived a lot in one year, writing these songs allowed me to understand myself on a whole new level throughout it all,” she closes. “The experience was a true form of self-care that ended with me feeling stronger, smarter, enlightened and positive after a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, this album was my version of soaking in vanilla candles and that comforting taste of chocolate and red wine under blankets. We hope it brings solace to whoever listens to it and can relate too.”

Watch the official video for “Funeral Home” below!

Pre-orders are still available for Yours Truly’s debut album “Self Care” on UNFD’s official site or pre-save the record on your favorite streaming platform.

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Artist To Watch: boyband

GRAMMY-nominated producer, boyband, is making a splash with his debut 10-track project, “alone in a boyband” out today.

After producing for Young Thug, Gunna, and Lil Nas X on “Kick It,” which earned him a GRAMMY nomination, boyband has made a name for himself and the producer collective, Internet Money, but he isn’t stopping there.  “I’ve learned how to do every style, so I’m always just curating different vibes,” he says of his borderless approach to music. “You have to be versatile when producing for others, it’ll take you far.”

Written on a three day anime binge watching session, boyband wrote “Death Note” with Billy Martin of Good Charlotte.  Billy approached boyband’s collective Internet Money for help on a new project and boyband quickly responded via Twitter, “Do you know who you are? You’re a legend! Let’s make history.”

The genre-spanning project also features Mike Kinsella of American Football on “big face” which injects 90’s midwestern emo nostalgia into the project and blends the two genres seamlessly. With blue-collar work ethic and sheer willpower, boyband’s reputation in the LA music scene is on full display. The debut project is filled with sparkling pop hooks and plenty of hidden gems in the lyrics that will have you hitting replay before the song is even over.

Watch the Anime inspired video for “Death Note” below!

Grab a copy of boyband’s debut project “alone in a boyband” on your favorite platform!

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Neverkept Release New Single, “Complicated”

Philly based pop-rock quartet, Neverkept just announced that they signed with Epitaph Records and dropped a new single and music video for “Complicated.”

“Incredibly grateful to say we’re a part of the Epitaph family,” says the band. “To find a home within a team that truly supports all of our visions has become a dream turned reality. Excited for this beginning.”

The new single comes just before they hit the road across North America with Sleep On It on the “The Pride And DisasTour” kicking off at the end of February.  Check out the dates and grab your tickets while you still can!

“The Pride And DisasTour 2020” ft. Sleep On It, Bearings, & Neverkept
Feb 28th – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets 
Feb 29th – The Symposium – Lakewood, OH – Buy Tickets
March 1st – Pike Room – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets 
March 3rd – Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets 
March 4th – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets 
March 6th – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA –Buy Tickets
March 5th – Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ – SOLD OUT
March 7th – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
March 8th – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY – SOLD OUT
March 10th – Soundbar – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets 
March 11th – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
March 13th – Big Room Bar – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets 
March 14th – Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets 
March 16th – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets 
March 19th – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA – Buy Tickets 
March 20th – 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA – Buy Tickets 
March 21st – Chain Reaction – Anahaeim, CA – Buy Tickets
March 22nd – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
March 24th – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX – Buy Tickets 
March 25th – Deep Ellum Art Co. – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets 
March 27th – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
March 28th – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
March 29th – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets

Watch the brand new video for “Complicated” now.

Grab a copy of “Complicated” on your favorite platform so you can sing along on tour!

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The Band CAMINO Join Dan + Shay’s “The (Arena) Tour” 2020

 

The Band CAMINO have had a major breakout year in 2019 and they arent’ slowing down at all for 2020.  They just announced that they will joining Dan + Shay’s “The (Arena) Tour” hitting several major arenas across North America this Spring!

With massive hits like “Daphne Blue” and “See Through”, and their “tryhard” EP, The Band CAMINO have made a splash in the industry with insanely catchy tunes that never get old.

Check out the dates below and make sure you grab your tickets while you can!

The Band CAMINO + Dan+Shay – “The (Arena) Tour” 2020
March 6th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets 
March 7th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
March 8th – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets 
March 12th – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets 
March 13th – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA – Buy Tickets
March 14th – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC – Buy Tickets
March 19th – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX – Buy Tickets 
March 20th – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets 
March 21st – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets 
March 26th – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets 
March 27th – KFC YUM! Center – Louisville, KY –Buy Tickets 
March 28th – Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC –Buy Tickets 
April 9th – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets 
April 10th – Target Center – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets 
April 11th – Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
April 16th – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets 
April 17th – United Center – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
April 18th – CHI Health Center – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets

Watch the official video for The Band CAMINO’s smash hit, “Daphne Blue (Acoustic)” now!

Grab a copy of “tryhard” on your favorite streaming platform so you can sing along on tour.

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Lauv Releases New Single,”Mean It” ft. LANY

Lauv and LANY are two rising artists to watch in the new year and they just teamed up on a brand new single, “Mean It.”  Lauv is gearing up to drop his 21-track debut album ~how i’m feeling~ on March 6th, 2020 and LANY are back in the studio writing and recording their third studio album set for a Summer 2020 release date.

Lauv said on the collaboration, “I started ‘Mean It’ from the perspective of what I thought somebody might want to say to me (I’m not perfect and I’ll be the first to admit it). Paul and I had been talking about working together for a long time, then one day I texted him the idea for the song and it just clicked. So we all got in the studio and had a grand ol’ time finishing the record. I’ve been a fan of LANY for a long time, and I think it’s a perfect blend of our two sounds, so I’m super stoked and honored to have this song together.”

Listen to “Mean It” on Spotify now!

Pre-order a copy of Lauv’s debut album ~how i’m feeling~ HERE that includes special pre-order bundles with stickers, exclusive merch, vinyls, and more. Don’t forget to pre-save the record on Spotify and Apple Music!

Lauv will also be performing at Z100’s Jingle Ball All Access Lounge in NYC on December 13th ahead of their annual Jingle Ball later that night.

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Artist To Watch: Alexander 23

Alexander 23 is the greatest sad boi songwriter you haven’t met yet. His debut EP, “I’m Sorry I Love You,” is a collection of moments in time encapsulating heartbreak, existential dread and dying, love, and of course growing up.   We first met Alexander Glantz when he was a fresh faced, self taught drummer in THE HEYDAZE (rip). He’s grown up a little more since then and he’s ready to make his mark as a solo artist in the industry.

“I’m Sorry I Love You” displays Alexander 23’s songwriting and producing skills that have garnered high praise from the likes of Chelsea Cutler and Tana Mongeau-Paul, a feature on the latest soundtrack for Netflix’s hit series “13 Reasons Why”, and landed him coveted spots on several prominant “New Music Friday” playlists, as well as Amazon’s “Song Of The Day.” That’s a lot of awesome for the promising new artist.

Watch Alexander 23’s lyric video for “The Internet” below!

Alexander 23 is heading overseas with Lola Zouai and then back Stateside for his last several shows of 2019 including a stop at Brooklyn Steel in NYC with Omar Apollo.  He also just announced that he will be supporting Chelsea Cutler on the “How To Be Human” Tour hitting cities across North America in the Spring of 2020.  Alexander 23 is also featured on Chelsea’s latest single, “Lucky,” and you’ll be lucky to catch them singing it on tour together!

How To Be Human Tour ft. Chelsea Cutler & Alexander23
Feb 15th – Canton Hall – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets 
Feb 16th – Emo’s – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets 
Feb 18th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets 
Feb 19th – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets 
Feb 21st – Royal Oak Music Music Hall – Royal Oak, MI – Buy Tickets
Feb 22nd – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets 
Feb 23rd – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Feb 25th – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets 
Feb 27th – House Of Blues – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
March 3rd – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
March 4th – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets 
March 5th – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD – Buy Tickets
March 10th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets 
March 11th – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee WI – Buy Tickets
March 12th – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
March 14th – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets 
March 16th – The Showbox – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets 
March 17th – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
March 19th – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets 

Stream “I’m Sorry I Love You” on your favorite platform now so you can sing along on tour!

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PrettyMuch & CNCO Team Up For Spanglish Single, “Me Necesita”

Once in a blue moon, the pop stars align so perfectly that you get two of the most iconic and fresh faced boybands to not only come together but combine forces, create a supergroup and drop a single!  PrettyMuch and CNCO just dropped their latest collab called “Me Necesita” including a gravity defying dance battle/soccer game video to go with the hot new track.  Are you team PrettyMuch or team CNCO?

Watch the new video below!

Grab a copy of “Me Necesita” ft. PrettyMuch and CNCO on your favorite streaming platform. 

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The Band CAMINO Rocked Sold Out Webster Hall Show

Hailing from Memphis, TN, The Band CAMINO have been on a roll since dropping two smash hits, “See Through” and “Daphne Blue” back in May, on top of an already impressive catalogue of  independent releases since forming in 2015.  After signing a major deal with Elektra back in May and putting in the groundwork of building their already widespread fanbase, The Band CAMINO are poised to be the next big name in rock.

Comprised of co-frontment Jeffery Jordan and Spencer Stewert, bassist Graham Rowell, and drummer Garrison Burgess, these guys craft melodies and hooks that stick with you weeks after your first listen.  Each track is sickly sweet in the best way possible and simply addicting.

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The Band CAMINO are in the middle of some of the biggest headline shows of their lives and that includes a sold out stop at NYC’s newly renovated Webster Hall earlier this month. Front to back, New York showed up and got off their feet – literally, the floor was shaking as the guys barrelled through the hits and deep cuts all night long.

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The energy in the room skyrocketed from the first note of the final track from their “tryhard” EP, “Break Me” straight through “2/14,” “Fool Of Myself,” and the subdued “I Spend Too Much Time In My Room.”  They gave the crowd everything from their arsenal and you can tell they left everything on the stage that night.

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Closing out the set with “Haunted,” the crowd sang along to every word all night long and could feel the collective heavy sigh as the night came to an end.  The encore really sent the night out with a bang including “What I Want” and their runaway hit “Daphne Blue” leaving the crowd wanting more even after the house lights came up.

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The Band CAMINO’s ability to tap into so many different levels of emotion in each song is a true journey many bands struggle with even years into their careers.  They’ve hit that nail on the head early on and we can’t wait to see where it takes them.

Watch the official video for “Daphne Blue” below!

Pick up a copy of “tryhard” on Amazon and Apple Music, or stream it on your favorite streaming platform!

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Fly By Midnight Release New Track, “I Need You More Than You Want Me”

Fly By Midnight have been pounding the pavement, churning out hit after hit, as well as writing for other aritsts but Justin Bright and Slavo are dropping a brand new track that’s going to extend Summer just a little bit longer.  “I Need You More Than You Want Me” follows the duo’s signature retro pop sound and dabbles in disco with spacey gang vocals filling out the track.

This song follows previous singles “Lovely” and “You Belong,” both premiering at #1 on Apple’s Hot Pop Chart which is super promising and an exciting achievement!  “I Need You More Than You Want Me” is off their upcoming sophomore full length, so stay tuned for more new music from Fly By Midnight, coming soon!

When asked about the new music, “The first few singles we’ve released from this next wave of music have felt soft conceptually. We’ve really been touching mostly on romance & admiration, but we’ve definitely experienced some let downs this past year as well,” says Justin. “Coming to a realization that you want a person more than they want you is something we’ve both been through, but never brought to the landscape of a song before,” Slavo adds.

Listen to “I Need You More Than You Want Me” now!

Fly By Midnight are set to open for LOOTE on two special coast to coast showcases in October and this is a match made in heaven! Both NYC bred groups are paving their own ways through the pop landscape.  Check out the dates below and grab your tickets while you can.

Fly By Midnight X LOOTE 
Oct 18th – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets 

Grab a copy of “I Want You More Than You Need Me” on Amazon or Apple Music and stream the new track on your favorite streaming platform!

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