Smalltown Supersound Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Norwegian label, Smalltown Supersound is celebrating 25 years with The Movement of the Free Spirit, a special mix comprising of the label’s catalog by Prins Thomas. The mix will be out November 30th. 

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ULTRA México Announces Phase 1 of Lineup After Successful Inaugural Year

ULTRA México is back for a second year after being a huge hit in its inaugural run in 2017. The first phase of its lineup was announced, featuring Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Galantis, ILLENIUM, Marshmello, NGHTMRE + Slander present: Gud Vibrations, and Steve Angello.

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Rich Jones Announces New Album Releases “Coin Toss”

The Chicago artist Rich Jones has announced his album, The Shoulder You Lean On, will be out November 2nd. Jones continues to grow as an artist and build on the momentum after being voted the second best rapper in Chicago by the Chicago Reader in 2016 behind Chance the Rapper.

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Grapetooth Announce Debut Album

Meet Grapetooth, the newest Chicago duo of Chris Bailoni and Clay Frankel. Their debut, self-titled album will be out November 9th via Polyvinyl Record Co. The duo are “the two friends were sharing an apartment, along with a growing fondness for red wine, bad weather, and the music of Yukihiro Takahashi” that became a band.

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Natalie Scenters-Zapico Returns to Alma Mater for Borderland Homecoming

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is an El Pasoan and fronteriza through and through, and today she returns for a reading that marks the prominence she has found in the literary world.

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Shannon Lay is a Rockin’ Heartbreaker Between Solo Work and Feels

Shannon Lay is among the handful of artists that have the capability to have you head banging and happy one track, and weeping the next. Her musical prominence was clear from the moment I heard her work in the punk band, Feels. But her solo album was worlds apart.

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Alien Boy: The Band Creating a Space For Young Queer People

Alien Boy is the loud gay band from the City of Roses, Portland, and they’re hitting the road for their North American Tour following the recent hometown album release party for the group’s debut LP, Sleeping Lessons.

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Pastel Ghost Announces New Album, Shares Single

Pastel Ghost’s second album, Ethereality, will be out October 5th via Cleopatra Records. She will celebrate the release of her album with a release party in Austin, TX, were she is currently based out of, on the day of release.

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“Stay Retro,” An Interview with Junks

Junks is a band based out of Hangzhou, China. Their music is a simultaneous blend of retro synth sounds that make you reminisce about the days in arcades, as well as futuristic tinges that will place you in another millennia. Their self-titled EP will be out this Friday, September 7th via Modern Sky Entertainment.

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Sotomayor 7.27.18 @ The Lowbrow Palace

Sotomayor is the dynamic brother-sister duo of Paulina and Raul Sotomayor. This past summer they embarked on their most intense and lengthiest tour across Europe and the U.S., including a night in El Paso, TX at the Lowbrow Palace.

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Shannon Lay @ The Monarch 7.23.18

Shannon Lay has risen to fame as a member of the band, Feels. But her heavy, building-shaking riffs also have a soft side. Lay’s solo work has made listeners far and wide come to calm and tears with simple and soft melodies. She ended summer with tour dates with indie artist, Dent May, including a stop in El Paso, TX at The Monarch.

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Meet Navy Gangs, an Interview With a “Pretty Sick Pop Band”

The Navy Gangs is a Brooklyn based band, consisting of Matt Tillwick, Noah Kohll, Eric Carney, and Wilson Ford Keithline. Their album Poach, was released August 3rd and their rhythmic and catchy beats will leave you wanting more.

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Sydney Based Grunge Band, Julia Why?, Release Unapologetic New Single As Government Protest

Julia Why? released the single, “Pocket,” from their forthcoming album and keep the riot grrrl sound and spirit alive. This latest track is a prime example of why you need to listen to this band now.

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The Goon Sax Share Final Track Before New Album

The Goon Sax’s sophomore album is set to release September 14th, and with the album right around the corner, the band consisting of  Louis Forster, Riley Jones, and James Harrison has released the final pre-release track: “We Can’t Win.”

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Matt U Johnson and Siconic’s Collab Has a Release Date

The new track by U.S. rising vocalist star, Matt U Johnson and Canadian producer/DJ, Siconic, “Move Your Body,” will be out September 7th. The news comes after they signed with German record label,  Ultimative Music.

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mmph Announces New EP Out September

mmph is back with his next EP, Serenade, which will be out via Tri Angle Records on September 7th. This EP follows his last with the cover art being a white background with an image of personal significance; this time, a blue and white crucifix given him from his grandmother.

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Super Unison Announce Sophomore LP, Share Single

The trio from Oakland, CA., Super Unison, have announced their next album Stella will be out October 26th via Deathwish Inc. Super Unison consists of Meghan O’Neil, Kevin DeFranco, and Justin Renninger. Their upcoming album was recorded by Steve Albini, most renowned for his work with Nirvana,

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Death Valley Girls Announce New Album, Release Music Video Featuring Iggy Pop

Death Valley Girls have announced their new album and first on Suicide Squeeze Records, Darkness Rains, will be out October 5th. With the album release date comes the music video for the track “Disaster (Is What We’re After).” The video is a remake of an Andy Warhol video featuring Iggy Pop.

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Holy Golden Announce New EP, Release Music Video

Holy Golden , the duo of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti,  has announced their upcoming EP- Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way– with a triumphant music directed by Madelynn De La Rosa. They will be touring this Fall as well as releasing this upcoming EP.

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IAN SWEET Announces New Album Out October

IAN SWEET, otherwise known as Jilian Medford, released the first track “Hiding,” from her upcoming album Crush Crusher. The album will be out on Hardly Art records on October 26th. The track also came with a music video and the announcement came with tour date starting in October.

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Tolliver Shares Track and Music Video Ahead of Debut EP Release

Chicago born artist Tolliver is set to release his debut EP, Rites, this Fall. His music highlights themes of recovery and breakdowns. Tolliver brings a unique background, being the son of a Baptist pastor who now works not only as a musician but also as a Mormon gay porn editor as his day job.

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Jo Firestone Debut Comedy Album Out Now

Jo Firestone‘s debut comedy album is out now via Comedy Central records. She has written for shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Chris Gethard Show,  and Joe Pera Talks With You. She also co-starred and co-wrote a web-series called Womanhood  with her friend and “partner-in-depressive-humor,” Aparna Nancherla.

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Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief Announces Solo Album

After rising to prominence with Big Thief and making her mark as a prolific songwriter, Adrianne Lenker has announced a solo album, abysskiss, which will be out October 5th on Saddle Creek. Lenker has been writing since she was ten years old and this album is sure to show off that writing.

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Emma Ruth Rundle Third Album, ‘On Dark Horses,’ Out September 14th via Sargent House

To announce her upcoming album, Emma Ruth Rundle premiered “Dark Horses.” The album will be followed by a tour that will take Rundle around the globe. It is her third album with Sargent House.

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Exploded View Announce Second Album, First North American Tour Ever

Exploded View is an international project: it consists of Berlin-based Annika Henderson, and Hugo Quezada and Martin Thulin based out of Mexico City. The band has announced that its second full-length album, Obey, will be out September 28th via Sacred Bones and will be followed by their first ever North American tour.

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Oye Fest: The Latinx Music Festival Highlighting Inclusivity

Today marks the launch of the inaugural Oye Fest, a festival that will not only be filled diverse eclectic Latinx beats but panel discussions, art on exhibit, and donations to fight for inclusivity. Oye Fest is a promotional company and music festival created by Monica Campana, Margarita Rios, and Randall Ruiz: three Latinxs entrenched in a love of music, activism, and tolerance.

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Peel Dream Magazine Announce Upcoming Album, Release Single

Peel Dream Magazine is the creation of New York musician, Joe Stevens. Their upcoming album, Modern Meta Physic, will be coming out October 5th via Slumberland Records. The band has also released the first track off the album, “Qi Velocity,” an edgy take on French Pop.

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David Nance Group Announce New Album Out October

After three full-length albums, a 7-inch, numerous cassettes, and unlicensed “cover albums” of artists like Lou Reed, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, Omaha songwriter David Nance is releasing an album as David Nance Group. The album, Peaced and Slightly Pulverized, will be out October 5th on Trouble in Mind Records.

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Plaza Classic Film Festival Returns For 11th Year

In 2000, the iconic Plaza Theatre began restoration setting up the 2008 creation of a film festival named, The Movies Return To The Plaza Theatre. This was the inception the Plaza Classic Film Festival. The PCFF has drawn over 400,000 film fanatics in its eleven year existence featuring appearances from legends of film such as Al Pacino,  Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Richard Dreyfuss, Eva Marie Saint, Kathleen Turner, Tippi Hedren, Robert Wagner, Cindy Williams, Don Bluth, among others.

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Kid Lucifer, the Newest Canadian Band Are “Nothin’ But Bangers”

Kid Lucifer or Henry  Girard, Quinn Letendre, Sam Schuette and Linus Heyes, are the band originally from Vancouver who moved together to Montreal to follow their dreams, work on their music, and develop as a band.

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‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Review

Sorry to Bother You left me at a loss for words and, from the looks of Audience Scores on Rotten Tomatoes, so has it left its audiences. This film interrupts the common movie going experience both figuratively and literally. It’s almost as if the film is sorry to bother the steady stream of digestible content to communicate to the world that there are realistic problems the filmmaker would like to address.

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Guadalajara to Manhattan: A Bilingual Interview With Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes

Le Butcherettes and their leader, Teri Gender Bender, have risen to acclaim in the music industry not just for their riff filled garage rock sound but also for their peculiar style and fashion. What really makes the band stand out however isn’t the usual lone bright stripe of color across Teri’s eyes that has become so famous but the binationality of the band.

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The Perfect Shape of Femininity; Madeline Kenney on Tour with Wye Oak

Madeline Kenney, “an Oakland-dwelling Seattle transplant” dream pop artist, is now on tour with Wye Oak, promoting her upcoming album, Perfect Shapes.

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The Story of the Ultimate Migrant: Interview with Jean Guerrero, Author of ‘Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir’

Jean Guerrero is a “multimedia reporter with experience covering Latin America,” reads her staff bio page for KPBS, San Diego’s public media outlet. But Guerrero is using the simplest words, a storyteller; a skill she picked up strolling along the beach hand in hand with her father as a young girl.

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An Interview With Spencer Peppet and Grace Weir of The Ophelias: A New Album and Breaking Away From ‘Music Bros’

Last Friday, the Ophelias released their debut album, Almost on Joyful Noise, an album that drifts listeners along like a life raft in the ocean with soft melodies that strike as melancholy and a medley of instruments as serene as night sounds. But the Ophelias have a unique story that resonates with many.

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