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RELEASE RADAR | New Video from Night Lights

Plus new music from Marlene Oak, Emily Rowed, Nebula Rosa and more.

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This weekend, we have so many music videos for you to watch that you'll forget all about Netflix.

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


Marlene Oak | "Slip Away"

Stockholm's Marlene Oak doesn't sound much like ABBA, but we don't mind. Her powerful vocals and folk influences sound more at home on this side of the Atlantic.

You Might Also Like: Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell

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Disco Shrine | "Up In The Air"

Disco Shrine's powerful single describes the journey of her immigrant parents. Backed by infectious beats, Disco Shrine belts out a familiar story of chasing the American dream.

You Might Also Like: Kid Cadaver, Rainsford, Mating Ritual

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Emily Rowed's cheeky new video takes us straight to the desert. "It was well over 100 degrees when we shot the video and there was no air conditioning in the motel," she said. "I was as sweaty as I was falling in love."

You Might Also Like: Ralph, Shay Esposito, Skye Holland

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Night Lights | Talk to Me

Night Lights - Talk to Me (Official Music Video)

If you ever wondered what indie synthpop would have sounded like in the 90s, this is it. The new video from Night Lights is full of neon windbreakers, landlines, and plastic watches.

You Might Also Like: Wolfside, Parade of Lights, Vacation Manor

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Cooper & Gatlin | Break

Cooper & Gatlin - Break (Acoustic) [Official Music Video ]

Cooper & Gatlin's latest video is simple but doesn't hold back on aesthetics. The all-too relatable lyrics and intricate acoustic guitar shine.

You Might Also Like:Charlotte Lawrence, Bea Miller, Lauv

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Sydney Wright | Seiche

Sydney Wright - Seiche(Official Video)

The title track from Sydney Wright's upcoming debut album is an anthem for third wave feminism, and the accompanying video reflects the collective search for freedom from societal expectations.

You Might Also Like: St. Vincent, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz

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The Deep Hollow | Weary Traveler

Americana trio The Deep Hollow cranked it up a notch for their sophomore album. "I wasn't totally sold on having a fuller sound. I was a little nervous going in," frontman Micah Walker noted. "I was prepared to do it the way we did the last one. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, but it is a little different than our debut."

You Might Also Like: Brent Cobb, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine

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Nebula Rosa | Bengala

Bilingual psych pop group Nebula Rosa's debut album puts a spin on traditional American pop with a refreshing combination of Latin beats, code switching lyrics, and bluesy American guitars.

You Might Also Like:Iris Creamer, Passion Pit, Lika Nova

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Fickle Friends | Broken Sleep

80s-inspired, dance-pop group Fickle Friends' new EP is a lycra-clad, neon-pink trip to the past. An unapologetically catchy, synthesized daydream, this EP comes hot on the heels of the band's debut album You Are Someone Else.

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Lizzo Shows What Her Body Can Do on New Video for "Tempo (feat. Missy Elliot)"

In the video, you'll find plenty of twerking, glittering lingerie, and neon lights—and the opposite of shame.

Lizzo - Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) [Official Video]

Lizzo has graced everyone's Friday morning with her new video for "Tempo (feat. Missy Elliot)."

In typical Lizzo fashion, our patron saint of self-confidence continues to do revolutionary work by destroying fatphobic stereotypes and proclaiming her undying love for her figure and the music that best shows it off when she dances.

"Some songs ain't for skinny hoes," she says, rocking a red cowboy hat and bedazzled lingerie. On a lesser star, it might look performative, like trying too hard to be some kind of body positive icon, but Lizzo's performances always transcend shallow constructs like body positivity or purely appearance-focused joy. Instead, Lizzo focuses her attention on what her body can do—and clearly, her body was made to move.

Missy Elliot's feature takes the song to a new level, placing Elliot's bars over dramatic synths. When they come together with other dancers and start literally defying gravity, somehow it doesn't seem faked. In a way, they've all been floating the whole time.

Lizzo - Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) [Official Music Video]

This video's release comes a day after Lizzo told Cosmopolitan that depression nearly prevented her from releasing music,. "The day I released 'Truth Hurts' was probably one of the darkest days I've had ever in my career," she said. "I remember thinking, 'If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares. I was like, 'F— it, I'm done.'

That dark time was only the beginning of a stratospheric rise to success. "Now the song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone's falling in love with me for, which is such a testament to journeys: Your darkest day turns into your brightest triumph," she said.

Later in the interview, she said that she'd be happy to star on The Bachelorette, under one condition. "The men would have to be naked and they would have to wear little thong briefs and they would have to feed me grapes," she said. Also, "It would be mandatory to get my p---y eaten at least once on the whole season, and it would have to be filmed."

Today, between her radically honest interviews and radiant, twerk-heavy videos, Lizzo is one of pop's brightest and most tradition-bucking stars. Next up, she'll be starring in the stripper-revenge dramaHustlers, alongside Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, in theaters 9/13.



Lola Marsh’s “Echoes” Is a Haunting, Twin Peaks-esque Dance Tune

The latest track from Lola Marsh is a noirish, ghostly tune that's guaranteed to have you tapping your feet.

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The duo Lola Marsh just released their new single "Echoes."

It's an enchanting, textured track, set to an intoxicating beat and tied together by singer Yael Shoshana Cohen's silky vocals.

The band, consisting of Cohen and Gil Landau, formed in 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since then, they've been crafting noirish, danceable electro-folk, blending melancholia with electric energy to create music that pays tribute to many modern groups but also possesses a sound all its own.

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"Echoes" is a mysterious tune, one that lands somewhere between the moodiness of the Twin Peaks theme song, the expansive rhythms of Tame Impala, and the country-rock-psychedelia of early Muse. Its haunting lyrics could tell the story of someone scanning the crowd for a new lover, or wandering the streets alone, remembering a long-gone ghost of the past. Either way, the song feels drawn out of late night scenes, filled with images of neon signs and faint moonlight spiraling through fog.

Though it's about getting caught up in memories of the past, "Echoes" also feels free, like something has been released or exorcized by the end of the track. The band echoed this contrast in a press release, stating,"'Echoes' is about that feeling you sometimes have when you want to disappear, but at the same time, want to be found. That scary beautiful moment just before falling asleep, when you are the most lonesome version of yourself."

The video takes notes from '70s fashion and boasts a distinctly vintage feel. It finds the two musicians dancing as multiple versions of themselves, peering at each other from across an empty loft and slowly moving closer to each other. It's a fitting visual for a song that's disorienting and multifaceted, but also catchy and ultimately certain to get listeners tapping their feet. In some ways, because it's so gloomy and catchy at the same time that it feels designed for a haunted dance party, or maybe a rager at the decaying, vine-covered mansion down the road.

"We are so excited to have new music out there!" said the band. "After we wrote 'Echoes,' we immediately started to dance, and we knew that something very good just happened. Our director Indy Hait gave us the chance to finally show off our silly dance moves for the first time."

Watch the video for "Echoes" below.

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Don't Worry, Miley Cyrus Is Still Freaky

With "Mother's Daughter," Miley Cyrus makes a pro-choice tribute to feminist punks.

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Anyone still concerned that Miley Cyrus might be reverting back to her squeaky-clean Southern roots can stop right now, because it's clear that Miley isn't going back to white dresses and fields of wildflowers anytime soon.

Her newest video, "Mother's Daughter," finds her celebrating feminism, freedom of choice, queerness, and gender fluidity. She spends most of the video rolling around in a skin-tight red leather bodysuit and calling herself nasty, evil, and a witch—all words traditionally used to denounce women who don't comply with patriarchal norms. "Don't f**k with my freedom," goes the refrain, and it's clear that Cyrus is deadly serious: She has a fanged genitals to prove it.

Miley Cyrus - Mother's Daughter (Official Video)

Though her performance comes off as slightly trite and exaggerated, the video's strongest point is its lineup of diverse bodies, all in flattering and powerful positions. That's a refreshing change from the legions of slim, mostly white, heteronormative-looking backup dancers that have been constants in music videos since the dawn of MTV. Guest features include 11-year-old philanthropist Mari Copley, body-positive actress and model Angelina Duplisea, dancer and activist Mela Murder, non-binary professional skateboarder Lacey Baker, trans models Aaron Phillip and Casil McArthur, and Cyrus's own mother, Tish Cyrus.

Overall, the video is decidedly intersectional, not exclusively fixated on race, gender, or sexuality but rather concerned with tearing down the boundaries between them. Along with its diverse cast, it features an array of feminist messages, including "virginity is a social construct" and "my body my choice" flashing between clips, alongside "images of breastfeeding, C-sections, menstruation pads—everything [about the female body] that's supposed to carry some taboo, but we should be beyond that," in the words of the video's director, Alexandre Moors. This imagery and the video's overall concept were modeled after the punk aesthetics of pioneering feminist groups like Riot Grrrl and Guerrilla Girls.

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"The video is about the woman's body—the right to own your own body and make it free from the male gaze, in any way shape and form," said Moors in an interview with the New York Times. "It's a broad message, and we're not trying to be dogmatic. But we're living in difficult times in America, and what I get from this video is that it injects a lot of energy and determination and the right fuel for the struggle."

Still, in an era where social justice equals profit, it's likely that we'll be seeing more and more pop stars (or rather, their marketing teams) cashing in on diversity and social awareness. Sometimes, that will lead to painfully manufactured flops like Taylor Swift's ill-advised "You Need to Calm Down," which used a demographic Swift was not a part of as an accessory, so that she could place herself at the helm of a phony brand of allyship.

On the other hand, Cyrus—who is actually bisexual and who has a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ causes—comes off as a bit more genuine in this video than Swift did, as she's not trying to speak out for groups that she doesn't belong to. She also puts her own body on the line, drawing "mixed reactions" for its "intense imagery," according to Fox, and seemingly promising that her commitment to radical feminism is not just an act.

However, what really needs to happen in this era of social-justice-as-branding is the elevation of voices who actually belong to marginalized demographics. After all, Miley Cyrus has done performed her fair share of cultural appropriation, picking up and dropping identities at will; perhaps she's found her niche in intersectional feminism, but time will tell.

In the end, it's great when stars support intersectionality and representation, but that doesn't make up for actually recognizing artists who don't belong to dominant identities (or who aren't backed up by massive corporate record deals).

On the other hand, in a nation that seems closer to Handmaid's Tale-levels of dystopia each day, any protest is better than nothing, right?

So-Cal pop diva Hayley Taylor premieres "Slow Motion" on Popdust. The song is from her forthcoming album, How The Light Gets In, slated to drop in the latter half of 2019.

Co-written and produced by John Morrical, according to Taylor, "'Slow Motion' is about the journey to find love and a place in the world to call home...and part of that journey is balancing the desire to have great adventures and embrace the freedom of youth, while yearning for roots and a deep connection with others."

Born in Michigan, Taylor grew up in L.A., where at the age of 4 she began training as a classical pianist. It wasn't until much later, while in college, when she started playing guitar that she totally succumbed to the magnetic pull of music. Her songs have surfaced in commercials, films, and TV, including How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Rush, MTV's Real World, HBO's Crashing, and Royal Pains.

"Slow Motion" opens on Taylor's velvety vibrant voice, infusing the tune with tantalizing wisps of nostalgia. As the depth and resonance of the harmonics escalate, the flow of the music takes on a shimmering iridescence carried along by the propelling rhythm.

The lyrics mirror Taylor's desire to dilute the passage of time.

"Oh, let's start at the ending and live life in slow motion, slow motion / Oh, our love will never be, will never be broken, be broken / I want to live my life in slow motion."

The video, directed by John Poliquin and featuring Justin Chatwin, was shot in Toronto. When the video opens, the visuals shift from dreamily protracted to stop-motion, providing a lingering impact. As the images advance, chains of events and moments accelerate, assuming an alarming transience.

Wonderfully wrought, "Slow Motion" delivers an infectious flowing soundscape crowned by Hayley Taylor's beguiling voice.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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New Emily Rowed Video Captures Sound in Colors and Textures

The music video for the singer's latest single, "Watercolors," is a synesthetic feast for the eyes and ears.

Synesthesia is the phenomenon by which one of the five senses is experienced through the stimulation of a seemingly unrelated sense.

In other words, when a person claims that she is able to "see" a sound or "hear" a color, she is likely having a synesthetic experience. Much is still unknown about the phenomenon, other than the fact that it's rare. Vancouver-based singer, Emily Rowed, however, seems to have a strong sense of synesthesia, evidenced by her latest music video, "Watercolors."

The video was shot at the 604 Records Soundstage studio and is based on the way Rowed claims to experience the song. In a written statement, she describes her initial vision as "an effortless, flowing love that came out of nowhere. Everything turned into sweet purples and vintage film." And, with the help of director, Daniel Keen, that is exactly what the video became – a blend of soft purple and blue lights drench Rowed as she sings beside her keyboardist and in front of her drummer's silhouette. The video captures this intimate and minimalistic performance, alternating between long shots of Rowed swaying and singing with the band and jarring cuts to grainy film filters and glitchy, VHS-inspired effects that quickly slice the images into disembodied blurs. The overall effect is one that perfectly mirrors the play between soft and sharp, smooth and rough, characteristic of the song.

"Watercolors" is the latest single from Rowed's latest full-length album, April, which dropped on April 12th. And if the rest of April is anything like what Rowed's painted for us with this single, the album is sure to be brimming with audible color.

Emily Rowed - Watercolors (Live)

Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).

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