Monday mashup 2021 (vol 27)

Happy Monday! As we approach the Labor Day weekend, indie musicians are still hard at work creating great music. Check out these five new singles and music videos as further proof.

NEW SINGLES

Do you love harmonies? They are in abundance on the latest single from Trousdale, “Always, Joni.” These ladies are pure magic. To quote from their Facebook page, “Trousdale is a powerful female band consisting of Quinn D’Andrea, Georgia Greene, and Lauren Jones. Their melodic and heartfelt harmonies are often compared to The Chicks and The Staves, but the girls draw inspiration from a wide array of music, including Crosby Stills and Nash, Kacey Musgraves and HAIM. Driven by their passion to empower young women, Trousdale is committed to making quality music that spreads a message of self-acceptance and love.”

Cover songs are a staple for many indie artists, but sometimes the cover is so good it deserves to be recorded. Such is the case for the latest single from LA super-songstress Shannon Hurley. She has once again delivered a killer cover, this time for Duran Duran‘s mega-hit, “Ordinary World.” Keep ’em coming, Shannon.

Our third single this week was the first track that The Electric Petals ever created. “We record all of our music on an island in the middle of nowhere for a reason. You have to take a boat there and there’s no cell service. You just completely tune out and let the music come together in an organized way without any city noise and distraction.” Check out the difference in “Wild at Heart.” We think you’ll want to add them to your playlist.

Our next band refers to their musical style as “sad Southern rock.” We think Red River Hymn is so much more than that, as evidence by their latest offering, “Catalyst.” Keep it rocking boys. We think you’re on to something.

Our final single this week is from the ethereal voice of Chloe Mae. She’s “Falling,” and we think we may be falling for her. Thanks for sharing this beautiful single.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week comes from Ontario, Canada. We are pleased to introduce you to Ellevator and their new music video for “Easy.” This one is easy to love.

Video number two is from a band we introduced to you back in March. The Flavians have a uniquely classic feel to their music, and bring it all in their latest video for “Black Bat.” Enjoy the cinematography in this one.

Our next artist, Wynnm, has a musical style that is haunting and ethereal, much like Enya, but definitely has the chops to make a name for herself. We love her video for “Twelve,” and will definitely be putting this one on repeat.

We are in love with “Girls Like You,” and expect to hear a lot more from Emilia Ali. With a style similar to Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey, her music belongs on Top 40 radio. Prepare to be wowed by this one.

We close out this week with a stunning lyric video featuring some of the best travel footage in recent memory. The artist name is Teea Goans and we wholeheartedly agree with her song, “Enjoy the View.” Love the sweet bluegrass feel of this one.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 26)

Hard to believe that it’s the middle of August and there are only two weeks left of summer – say it isn’t so! It’s a good thing that indie musicians keep making great music 12 months a year. Here are five new singles and music videos to prove our point.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is another smash future hit from one of our favorite bands of siblings, aptly named We Three. Their latest is a power ballad called “Half Hearted,” and we think it is their best to date. Can’t wait to hear what comes next from this delightful trio.

Next up is a country rocker that mixes classic country and rock to give you something to keep your toes tapping as you two-step around the dance floor. This is our first exposure to Harrison Country, and we are sure it won’t be our last. What they want to know is “Ain’t the Beer Cold?”

Our third single comes from Norwegian band One and a half dog and is perfect for all you rock lovers, with elements of prog and hard rock from the 70s, 80s and 90s. We love the complex sound and hope to hear much more from this intriguing band. Check out “Shine.”

From Norway we head to Finland for the 90s alternative rock sound of Somber Distortion. This one should appeal to most lovers of indie/alt rock, and deserves multiple listens. Listen to their debut single, “Burden.”

We close out this week’s new singles with this fresh breath of pop country from MasonRoseGray. She has a “Perfect Design,” and we want to be part of it. This one is guaranteed to brighten your day.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is a sure-fire country hit, featuring the sultry voice of Bailey James and some of the sweetest steel heard on any country song heretofore. We are glad she’s “Finally Free,” and hope that means we’ll hear much more from her in the future.

Sonja Midtune is the perfect artist to follow up Ms. James, as her silky sweet voice just gets better with every new song. We love the simple majesty of her latest, “Wildflowers,” and will definitely be putting this one on repeat.

Our third video has a serious R&B/dance groove, and we think it may easily become your go-to jam. Check out Luna Luna‘s latest video, “Feel it Now.” We think it is impossible to remain seated when this one is blaring.

This has truly been a week of future hits, and our favorite one so far is the latest from Jeff Tuohy, “Old Roads.” This one will brighten your day as only a solid country ballad can. IMHO, this is the song of the year for 2021 with a message we all need to take to heart.

We close out the week with a WORLD PREMIERE of the new music video from LA Music Critic Award nominee Andy Sydow. His new song is called “When it Ends,” and is a foretaste of the goodness on his forthcoming EP, Time Stands Between. We can’t wait for its release and wanted to whet your appetite in the mean time. Enjoy.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 25)

Just when it was getting safe to get back in the water, along comes Delta and threatens to force us all back home. We have been anxiously awaiting a return to normal concerts and hope that we can get past this glitch without having to go back to square one. How about you guys? At any rate, let’s share this week’s new singles and music videos to whet your appetite for new music.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the lead singer of one of our favorite Americana bands, honeyhoney. Suzanne Santo has released her second solo album and it is even better than her first one. Her latest single talks about something we all need, “Mercy,” and tells it in the best possible way. This one is definitely going on repeat.

Next up is the powerful ballad, “Colors Run,” courtesy of Matt Hartke. He continues to amaze us and this well-crafted song is the perfect way to show your support during these trying times. We think you’ll want to hear it again and again.

Our third single comes from Abby Posner, the voice of LA’s LGBTQ community, and is sung with perfect layered harmonies, reminding us of Raining Jane. It may be called “Emergency Use Only,” but we think she wouldn’t mind if you played it every day.

“Silver Arrow Sunday” is the second single from former producer and now artist David Franz. It is a breath of fresh air, with its unique desert rock sound that will truly haunt you. We love it and can’t wait to hear what comes next from this intriguing new artist.

Our final single this week comes from Tucker Wetmore, an artist that sounds as familiar as if he’s been on country radio all his life. He is asking for “Another Shot,” and we truly believes he deserves it. This one could easily be a chart-topper.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

If the voice behind our first music video of the week sounds familiar, that’s because he was formerly the lead singer for The Chordaes. His name is Leo Sawikin, and his song is entitled “Row me Away.” We adore his voice and wish him well in his solo career. We think it will be incredibly successful.

Next up is the latest from the always incredible voice of Rachel Lorin. She says she’ll take a bullet for you, even if you pull the “Trigger.” We are willing to join that que. This song belongs in rotation on Top 40 radio.

Our third video will leave you drooling for some of that sweet “Honey.” Carly and the Universe are back and this time around she uses every ounce of her sexuality to hook you. This one is definitely worthy of multiple views.

Blue Elan Records artist Chelsea Williams brings us a desert mirage performance video with her stirring cover of America‘s classic tune, “Sister Golden Hair.” At this point in her career, she could sing the phone book and we’d love it. Thanks for this brilliant new take on a classic hit.

We close out the week with a bittersweet video from LA Americana band Great Willow. The video was shot last May when some of LA’s best Americana bands got together to celebrate the right to perform and hang out with people again. They call it “Together Again,” and we wish we could have been there for this momentous occasion. Hopefully we can all continue this trend.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 24)

Missed our deadline yesterday due to work, so up early today to post the article. We are so proud to share these new singles and music videos. Enjoy these great artists.

LA MUSIC CRITIC AWARD WINNERS HIT #1 ON THE CHARTS

Two LA Music Critic Award winners have had some recent success on the charts. Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method‘s new single “You Better Think” debuted at #1 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Song chart, while Brigitte Purdy‘s tune “Time to Love” hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Rock Song chart. Congratulations to you both.

NEW SINGLES

Speaking of Polly O’Keary, here is the band’s new single, “You Better Think.” It is further proof that indie music is the best music.

Next up is the latest from one of our favorite LA songwriters, who has been fairly quiet for a while. John West is back and better than ever with the release of his latest tune, “Lost in Japan.” We’re just glad we found this one.

Our third single comes to us courtesy of Ue3 Promotions‘ client Chesca, and this smooth ballad should fuel your wind down time. Just sit back and “Feel the Breeze.” Check out the rest of this amazing album, which just dropped on July 30.

Next up is a stirring country/Americana ballad from one of LA’s reigning queens of the genre, Pi Jacobs. She may have a “Broken Cup,” but we will take it.

Our final single this week is a beautiful love song written by Matt Jones for his girlfriend, Lauren de Miranda. We think it is one of the best love songs we have ever heard. Give a listen to “Crazy Over You,” and we think you’ll be back for more.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is from an artist we featured back in 2016, and we’re thrilled that she’s back. Check out Ryal’s latest, “Feathers,” and enjoy the amazing flamenco dancing of Xianix Barrera.

Next up is the latest from Lucy & La Mer. It is a gorgeous acoustic cover of the Harry Styles‘ hit, “Watermelon Sugar.” We love it.

Our third video has a classic psychedelic sound and we truly dig it. Here’s “Floating in Air” by Monet’s Pond. We have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future.

Are you a fan of the Netflix series The Witcher? If you are, then you will love “In the End,” the new video from Beth Crowley. This one will make you want to re-binge the entire series again.

We’re going to send you out this week with a rocking video from rue vox. This one features Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury and Heidi Shepherd and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. Don’t be a victim of the “90’s Villain.”