Plus new music from Lavender Fields, Ballroom Boxer, Sophie Rose and more.
We're feeling festive this weekend. 'Tis the season for a holiday album from We The Kings.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Lavender Fields | "Presence Dub"
The latest single from Lavender Fields' EP Gratitude (out December 7th) is a synth-filled, six minute journey through Lavender's psyche. "This is a song inspired by the state of flow, being in the present moment, free from all and any attachments that make us suffer," she said.
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Sophie Rose | "Pink Lipstick"
Pink Lipstick - Sophie Rose (Official Video) youtu.be
18 year old powerhouse Sophie Rose is back with a new feminist anthem. Her bold lyrics and sugar sweet voice have us eagerly waiting to see what she'll do next.
Girl Wilde | "Nervous Breakdown"
The second single from up-and-comer Girl Wilde is a painfully honest anthem for 20-somethings working through everything from love and feminism, to what it means to grow up.
Talk Time | "True North"
California indie outlet Talk Time tunes out the noise of the 21st century in their latest single, and focuses on the best compass for navigating the world: love.
CLMD | Trouble
CLMD - Trouble www.youtube.com
Norwegian producer CLMD is the perfect party anthem. In the video for his latest single, "Trouble," he offers some ideas.
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Crystal Tamar | Nowhere
Nowhere (Acoustic) - Crystal Tamar www.youtube.com
Professional cheerleader turned soul singer, Crystal Tamar released her single "Nowhere" back in August. Her new acoustic video strips the song down to its core: strong vocals and soft guitar.
Taska Black | Minds
Antwerp's Taska Black channeled a series of personal and health problems into a stunning EP.
Tonks | Windows Down and Dying
Dryjacket bassist Ian Foley's debut record boasts introspective lyrics and soothing acoustics. "This record is about aging out of 'live fast, die young,' and prioritizing a happiness that is simple and consistent," said Foley.
We The Kings | Season's Greetings from the Sandbar
Pop punk legends We The Kings are back to spread some holiday cheer. Their latest album features a mix of covers and two original tracks with an island-y twist.
Ballroom Boxer | A Little Wild
Chicago's Ballroom Boxer, better known as "the Billy Murray of rock n roll" is a wash of modern pop and 90s nostalgia. Their latest EP tugs at the heart with punchy lyrics and a rock n roll edge. Bill Murray is lucky to be compared to them.
Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on www.delyanis.com.
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Once upon a time, wearing a graphic tee with an image of a beefed up, spikey-haired anime boy was considered lame. Now, it's legit streetwear.
Over the past few years, anime has grown from a hyper-niche, oftentimes derided interest in the West to a medium just on the border of mainstream. Along the anime boom in fashion, Hollywood studios have been scrambling to buy the licenses to every anime franchise they can. But that doesn't mean anime is new to Hollywood––some celebrities have been vocal about their love of anime for years.
Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has publicly touted his anime preferences for ages. Kanye West is a big anime fan, too, citing Akira as one of his greatest creative influences. His music video for "Stronger" stands in testament, featuring imagery ripped directly from the classic anime film.
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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