Edited By DONNA BALANCIA
Cambodian-American rock band Dengue Fever has released the “extremely limited edition” Dengue Fever 2003-2015 anthology via Greece’s Green Cookie Records. The limited release of only 300 copies (200 black, 100 orange vinyl) is only available via the band’s website and the Green Cookie Records website in Greece.
The band extracts pure South Asian culture and blends it with some high-quality alternative rock. The new collection cements their commitment to the unique genre and gives the fans what they want.
Track listing includes:
- Tiger Phone Card
- Seeing Hands
- One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula
- Sober Driver
- Lost in Laos
- The Deepest Lake
- Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
Raissa – Bullying Boys
Raissa, a 22-year-old multidisciplinary London-based artist shares her first ever release, the self-recorded and produced “Bullying Boys.” The accompanying music video—which she directed and edited on her iPhone—also debuts.
“This is me being fully honest and vulnerable about the cost of being a girl who isn’t going to make herself small, or big or anything really, for anyone,” Raissa says. “To be valid as I am.”
San Holo – Honest
Today, Astralwerks released the new single from Dutch artist/producer San Holo – “Honest” featuring alternative duo Broods. The song explores the theme of pure intentions and staying vibrant in all of one’s interactions. Download / stream “Honest” HERE.
While San Holo initially conceived the song, ultimately it became a collaborative effort with Broods’ Georgia Nott and San Holo’s co-writers, Kyle Shearer and Nate Campany, joining forces. San Holo and Georgia Nott star in the official video, which juxtaposes the authenticity of the song with a highly artificial setting. It was directed by Mason Thorne (Koda, Ian Wellman).
Eliza and The Delusionals
Australian rockers Eliza and The Delusionals will release their new EP, A State of Living in an Objective Reality on March 20, via Cooking Vinyl. In addition, the band’s new “upbeat yet somber” take on heartbreak and mental health, “Pull Apart Heart,” is out in the U.S. The band will be promoting their new EP on tour in the U.S., supporting indie rock icons Silversun Pickups from February 4 – 22, followed by a run on Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement tour alongside UK indie breakout beabadoobee from March 23 – April 3.
Mackenzie Nicole – Fun
In the Spring of 2018, Mackenzie unveiled her debut album, The Edge. The album recorded 1 million Spotify streams, and her videos drew more than 8 million views. But while Mackenzie was smiling on the outside, she was experiencing an emotional breakdown. Her new album to be released on Feb. 14, called Mystic, captures that time.
“I spent at least 12 years in this mindset,” she said. “In therapy, I learned how to break my own bad habits and ultimately save myself,” she said. “That’s the tale of Mystic.”
Mackenzie plans to use her platform to help further break the stigma of mental illness. She will be telling her story and performing as a featured speaker on TEDx Ted Talk 2020.
More information here: https://tedxuniversityofnevada.org/speakers/mackenzie-nicole/
Sammy Boller – Kingdom of the Sun
Detroit is home to guitarist and Candyrat recording artist, Sammy Boller. Sammy’s debut instrumental album, Kingdom Of The Sun, will drop in March, 2020. It was recorded and produced by Steve Lehane (Rustbelt Studios) and mixed by David Bendeth. The 11-song release features the tracks “Cloak of Light”, “Awakening From the Daydream” and the lead single, “Kingdom of the Sun” (Jan. 17, 2020).
A former music student at the University of Michigan, Sammy came onto the national radar in 2012, when Joe Satriani selected him as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition. Boller has amassed a loyal online following, and earns his living as a full-time musician.
Oh My God by Boniface
For a cool throwback 1980s pop-synth tune, check out “Oh My God” by Boniface.
The self-titled debut from Canadian musician Boniface is a catalogue of coming-of-age topics, each moment captured in personal detail.
Throughout the album, the musician-producer known as Micah Visser reflects on falling in love and facing heartbreak while struggling with identity, never failing to find beauty within all the pain.
The Black Lighters
The Black Lighters is a band based in Orlando, Florida. Their music is incredibly diverse, tipping the hat to different genres and ideas. What’s special about this release is the fact that the group set out to embrace genres as diverse as classical, fusion, urban and world music, creating a personal and one-of-a-kind sound.
Their most recently released a cool string of 9 original songs, each blurring the lines between different genre definitions and sonic aesthetics.
Guided by Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field
The latest from Robert Pollard and one of our favorite bands, GBV, will be in stores on February 20. Starting off the year with a 100-song marathon in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, Pollard is setting a mighty high bar.
Following acclaimed and distinct full-length albums in 2019, ‘Surrender Your Poppy Field’, is a head-spinning tour de force: a bit of everything… plus more.
There are lo-fi four-track tape recordings, there are songs recorded with a single microphone in a basement, there are big studio fully-produced hook-laden pop songs, and there is a lot in between. Check out GBV Tour Dates here.
Jeff Lescher – All Is Grace
Lescher goes off on his own with this great album, a departure from the Chicago band Green that he’s known for.
As the leader of the seminal Chicago band Green, Jeff Lescher unleashed a synthesis of the punk, pop, glam, soul and country music he was obsessed with growing up. Rising from the fertile scene in the 80s that included bands like Material Issue and Shoes, Green released a string of critically acclaimed albums that won praise from SPIN, Chicago Tribune and Village Voice. Author John Borack included them in his lauded book, “Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Guide to Power Pop”.
Hinds – Good Bad Times
Hinds, which will hit the road on tour has released a cool video called “Good Bad Times,” from the upcoming album The Prettiest Curse, out April 3. They’re going places, as viewers can see from the cool video.