• Hear This Now

    HEAR THIS NOW: EDITION 11 OF THE MUSIC SOUNDCHECK

    This is edition 11 of the ‘Hear This Now’ music roundup at TRB. Edition 11 is here of Hear This Now, and it’s been a while! In this roundup, we’ve got everything from Pale Waves to the Arkells (feat. LIGHTS), Mabel and Bastille to TDE’s Reason, and Beyonce’s new era. I have put together one massive playlist for listening titled, The Reclusive Blogger’s Mixtape Melodies. Rapper Joey Bada$$ has a new album out that everyone should check out. You can check out the music video for my favorite track ‘Where I Belong’ here. Beyonce enters her ‘Renaissance’ era. You can listen to my top two favorite tracks here and here. Maggie Rogers releases her new album ‘Surrender’ and Billie Eilish surprises with two…

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    YOU SHOULD KNOW… SHOEGAZE MEETS DARKWAVE DUO THE KVB

    YOU SHOULD KNOW… GLOOMY SYNTHWAVE MEETS SHOEGAZE POP DUO THE KVB. I SIT DOWN WITH MEMBERS KAT DAY AND NICHOLAS WOOD TO TALK MUSIC, INFLUENCES, AND MORE AT THE CRUEL WORLD FESTIVAL One of the unique opportunities I had at the Cruel World Festival was to speak with the artists. While the festival mainly promoted legendary artists like, Blondie, Bauhaus, or Morrissey, or niche acts with stalwart fanbases like Devo or Berlin. Yet, many of the artists playing early that day carried the torch of this ever-changing (or some say disappearing) genre. Acts like Cold Cave, Blaqk Audio, Automatic, and the duo I interviewed, The KVB, are a part of…

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    BASTILLE RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES WITH THE ULTIMATE FUTURISTIC DANCE PARTY

    Last Friday Brit Pop genre-blurring kings Bastille made their return to Los Angeles with the Give Me The Future tour. It’s not often you find a band quite like Bastille. First off, It was the purest form of a Bedroom Pop project started by now frontman Dan Smith. Now they’re four albums in with over 11 million records sold and over 1.5 billion streams. The band explores new territory not only with the Give Me The Future album but the tour as well. It’s a modern treatise on A.I., technology, social media, modern anxieties, connection in its many forms, and the human condition. All told through the lens of a…

  • Entertainment and Pop Culture

    PASADENA’S CRUEL WORLD FESTIVAL DELIGHTS WITH A HOST OF EIGHTIES GOTHIC NOSTALGIA

    Not even the 95-degree heat could stop the beat or the fun at the first Cruel World Fest. Last weekend kicked off the first Cruel World Festival held by Goldenvoice. A music powerhouse behind many of the biggest annual California festivals like Stagecoach and Coachella. Cruel World Fest had thousands partying into the night to eighties icons like Bauhaus, Morrissey (yes, that Morrissey), Devo, Missing Persons, Blondie, The Church, Berlin, The Psychedelic Furs, English Beat, and many more. Held in Pasadena at the Brookside Park and Golf Course in Pasadena, so the heat was an issue, but otherwise, the two-day eighties goth oasis was an exhilarating blast from the past.…

  • Space Island
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    SYNTH POP SIBLINGS BROODS GRIEVE LOSS THROUGH DANCE ON NEW ALBUM ‘SPACE ISLAND’

    BROODS ALSO RELEASE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THEIR COLLABORATION WITH TOVE LO ‘I KEEP’ WHICH IS ALSO ON THEIR FOURTH RELEASE AND ANNOUNCE A NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH TEI SHI AND ELLA VOS ‘Space Island’ is the new record by the New Zealand synth-pop sibling duo BROODS. Out today, via Island Records Australia/Ingrooves. The sibling duo featuring Georgia and Caleb Nott’s fourth release is a catchy, enlightened, and luminous take on heartbreak and its emotional aftermath. A record featuring a menagerie of bops for the Millennial and Gen Z crowd that only falters towards the end of this foray. From the space-inspired visuals and sounds that permeate the album. Such as…

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    KIM PETRAS DROPS THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘FUTURE STARTS NOW’

    Newly inked Republic Records artist Kim Petras just dropped the music video for her debut single with the label. “Future Starts Now”. The video sees Petras and co partying the night away in a futurist apocalyptic dance party. Swirling in a host of strange and chaotic imagery. All set amongst the glossy energetic high that’s the party of a lifetime. It’s an reminder albeit an extreme one, that although our lives and the world have changed forever. There’s always joy and hope found on the other side. The visuals feature a sinking Eiffel Tower are Petras nod to a Japanese anime called ‘Japan Sinks’. Kim says that many of tracks…

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    INTRODUCING… NASHVILLE MUSICIAN EMPTY ISLES

    The artist dropped a new single “Hard To Cope” out now! Empty Isles is the musical nom de plume of Nashville-based artist and producer Zach Lardy. His inspirations though are a conflation of many. They include producer BJ Burton who has worked major artists Lizzo and Taylor Swift. To eclectic singer-songwriters like Bon Iver and The Japanese House who idiosyncratic take on songwriting has become their hallmark. It is these artists whose sounds you can hear ever so distinctly on Zach’s new song “Hard To Cope”. The single is out now tackles the often fraught subject of mental health and just how fragile it can be. Zach talks about a…

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    NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: THE BEST MUSIC OF THE WEEK

    It’s New Music Friday! Check out the best in music for this week ending in August 27th… Here’s to another week of incredible talent and amazing new tunes! Leading off the week is new Mom and Pop chameleon Halsey. Halsey dropped their highly anticipated new album “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power”. An industrial-leaning album that also has features from heavyweights like Dave Grohl. Most notable are the album’s producers, Oscar-winning duo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. A pair who never produce for other artists, let alone pop stars take a surprising creative turn.. This collaboration despite how incredulous it looks on paper turned into one of the…

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    POP ARTIST KIM PETRAS RETURNS WITH NEW ERA + SINGLE “FUTURE STARTS NOW”

    Pop Singer and newly signed Republic Records Artist Kim Petras returns with her first release of 2021. The track titled “Future Starts Now” is out now and is the first taste of her highly anticipated debut album. “Future Starts Now” is a timely blend of nostalgic 80s dance European house and futurism. Kim’s bright vocals highlight the shimmering synths, syncopated beats, and glossy basslines. The lyrics all speak towards a catchy yet empowered message. A song that’ll have hooked and singing along from the start and one you’ll undoubtedly want to playlist. A disco-pop bop meets futuristic empowering dancefloor anthem. It’s a lane that Petras has established quite the name…

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    BASTILLE RETURN WITH FUTURE POP SINGLE “DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM”

    To the casual listener on the surface level, the new Bastille track is immediately catchy and makes you want to dance. The British quartet make their official return to the music scene on a new label (Republic Records), with a new look, and fresh sound for this new era. “Distorted Light Beam” captures the mix of nostalgia, hope fullness, and limitless possibilities coming out of a dark age. It is the future wave meats disco-pop bop for the ages. A true contender for the song of the summer. Seemingly capturing a feeling we all have coming out of heart-wrenching pandemic but feeling the need to readjust to life as fast…

  • Hear This Now

    HEAR THIS NOW: THE MUSIC SOUNDCHECK EDITION 8

    Welcome to edition 8 the first one of this year. Here’s some of my favorite tracks from the past few weeks or so that I think everyone should give a listen to. As per usual I hit on a wide variety of genres and I hope you wind up adding at least one or two tracks to your listening rotation. So it’s been a while let’s dive in… Oscar Lang // ‘Are You Happy?’ The London based artist Oscar Lang is definitely making a name for himself. Lang has his debut album coming out in July off Dirty Hit and his brand of lo-fi Alt-pop tunes have not only gathered…

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    GUEST BLOG: INDEPENDENT POWER POP ARTIST YUI STONEWELL SHARES HER FAVORITE NOSTALGIC TUNES

    Today I wanted to highlight a Tokyo based Independent Electro-Pop artist that reached out personally. Her name is Yui Stonewell and she creates nostalgic Power Pop often with her creative partner and Brother. Her latest single ‘Invitation’ is out now and Yui has shared her favourite nostalgic tunes in light of. Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls – This was one of my most favourite Spice Girls songs! I loved the melody, could sing it by heart and the younger version of me felt confident and super cute when I would sing this into my hairbrush! Come On Over – Christina Aguilera – I particularly loved the music video…