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Betty Moon Drops 'Waste Your Time'

Stylish alt-rock flavored with café electrique relish.

Photo Credit: Evolver Music

Betty Moon drops her new single, "Waste Your Time."

Based in Los Angeles, Moon got her start in Toronto, where she sold more than 10,000 copies of DIY records, attracting the attention of A&M/Universal Records. The label soon signed her to a deal which resulted in her self-titled debut, followed by STIR and Doll Machine on EMI Music. With her eight released albums, Moon has collected four CASBY nominations, including Best Album of the Year, Best Single of the Year, Best Video, and Best Artist. She's shared the stage with The Offspring, Quiet Riot, Marilyn Manson, and Pink Floyd.

Moon's music has been featured in television shows and films including Californication, Dexter, Bounty Hunters, Walking the Dead directed by Melanie Ansley, and Last Gasp starring Robert Patrick.

Waste Your Time

"Waste Your Time" blends elements of pop, alt-rock and even a touch of classic electronic à la Depeche Mode. The song opens with rippling synths followed by Moon's new wave-flavored voice, shimmering with sensual timbres and stylish resonance.

When the rhythm kicks in, the tune assumes a chic café electric ambience, gracious, tight, and dreamy with gleaming textures atop syncopated percussive effects. I love the whistling accents parading across the soundscape, infusing the music with a Spaghetti-Western nonchalance.

Moon's versatility, her ability to move from genre to genre with aplomb, along with her gift for merging various harmonic elements into smooth, polished tunes packed with visceral energy sets her apart from the run-of-the-mill artists so prevalent in contemporary music.

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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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Half An Orange Go Intergalactic on 'Buzz Lightyear'

Pulsating dance music with subtle energy.

Photo Courtesy Half An Orange

Andrew Spellman and Michael Maloof are Half An Orange. Their new single is "Buzz Lightyear."

According to the duo, "The song 'Buzz Lightyear' is about wishing you could fly away from your problems and situation but you can't because your mistakes and baggage are weighing you down."

The duo's unusual name comes from a Portuguese idiom: "metade da laranja." Translated as "half an orange," the phrase means everyone is half an orange looking for the one person, purpose, or thing that completes them. They like the name because they sometimes feel like round pegs in a square hole.



Half An Orange formed in 2016, when Maloof returned from backpacking through Brazil and shared his poems with Spellman, who decided they needed to be set to music. First, they converted each poem into an acoustic song, and then they went into the studio and added electronic production.

"Buzz Lightyear" opens with surfacing synths, followed by soothing, filtered vocals flowing into a pulsing dance groove. The harmonics stream gently over the measured cadence, as sparkling colors twirl and swirl overhead. Blinking tones infuse depth and dimension, as the whispery vocal harmonies radiate nuanced aspirations.

"On most nights / I'm just wearing my pajamas / Staying up too late cause I'm watching Futurama / Thinking where is my trauma / My life is no melodrama / Leave it off the screen cause it's got no genr / Sometimes I call my momma / Ring ya she's always my armor."

The lyrics reflect the desire to fly away from all your problems and start over. Like Pixar's character in Toy Story, we want to fly but can't.

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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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RISING STAR | Soft People Drop 'The Absolute Boy'

Cathartic indie-pop from San Luis Obispo, California.

Photo Credit: Shannon Odenthal

Indie-pop duo Soft People will officially release "The Absolute Boy" November 13. Popdust offers you a first-listen today.

Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Soft People is made up of Caleb Nichols and John Metz, a married couple. The two met when Nichols recruited Metz to play the drums in his Oakland-based band Grand Lake. Soft People, formed in 2017, started out as a bedroom recording project in Atlanta, Georgia, and later relocated to San Luis Obispo.

"The Absolute Boy" is a highly subjective song, inspired by Nichols' battle with PTSD, the result of years of abuse as a child. The track is Nichols' attempt to wrap his head around generational domestic violence, and addresses his own abuse as well as the abuse his abuser suffered in his own childhood.

Opening with a pop-lite bop feel, "The Absolute Boy" rides shimmering guitars atop a tight and crisp groove. The flow of the tune, bright and buoyant, belies the dark subject matter. A throbbing bass line drives the tune along, as the drums establish an upbeat cadence. Strident synth accents infuse the music with taut colors, adding sonic pressure, as well as stark passionate energy.

Nichols' high tenor presents tones of utter emotional desolation, as he reveals the sense of psychological tarnish meted out by his abuser. On the chorus, Nichols exposes not only his vulnerability but his attempt at emotional catharsis.

"Before you hit me / Before you clipped my wings / I was the absolute boy / I was him absolutely."

"The Absolute Boy" is absolutely heartrending in its remembrance and elucidation of anguish.

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NEIKED, aka Victor Rådström, and Miriam Bryant grew up in Stockholm, Sweden.

Rådström put together a collective of Swedish artists, producers, writers, and vocalists to create visual and audible art. Working out of a basement, NEIKID's breakout hit, "Sexual," hit the Top 10 in 10 countries.

For her part, Bryant found success with DJ and producer Zedd, releasing "Push Play" in 2013, and "Find You" in 2014. From there, Bryant dropped a pair of Nordic EPs, Hisingen och Hem Igen, and Bye Bye Blue. Then in 2018, she struck gold with the single "Black Car," winning Song of the Year at the P3 Guld Awards and collecting 35 million streams on Spotify.

Rådström and Bryant first teamed up on Bryant's debut single "Finders Keepers," the song that launched Bryant's career. Later, they joined forces again on "Rocket."

Their latest collaboration, "How Did I Find You," is from NEIKED's forthcoming debut album Best of Hard Drive. According to Bryant, "Me and NEIKED wrote this song together with a friend almost four years ago and since then it has been my all-time favorite. It feels special to finally be able to release it and I hope everyone will like it as much as I do!"

How Did I Find You" opens with accordion-like synths riding a thumping pulse. Bryant's delicious voice enters, infusing the tune with mesmerizing timbres. Flavored with vestiges of new wave caresses, the indie-pop melody travels on infectious harmonics with cresting textures.

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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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PREMIERE | Matthew John Levels on 'Crooked'

A heartbreaking song about deceit.

Photo Courtesy Matthew John

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Matthew John premieres "Crooked" on Popdust.

Based in Los Angeles, John wrote "Crooked" after finding out his now ex-boyfriend was doing drugs and cheating on him with an array of guys he hooked up with via Craigslist. Now, engaged to someone else, John's desire for "Crooked" is simple: "I really hope I can make someone who has been in a similar situation feel less alone, and heal."


Recorded in Nashville, "Crooked" was produced by Christian Fiore, and mixed by Alex Lipshaw of the band HeyMonday.

"Crooked" opens with emerging synths flowing into a pulsing pop-flavored tune with an R&B texture. The groaning synth accents add tight sonic nuance and aching tension.

John's sumptuous voice switches from a hushed to a radiant falsetto, mellow and sonorous. Wafting background harmonies permeate the music with velvety patterns. The mood and feel of the song is complex: amused indifference, unforgiving disdain, and a substratum of distrust and foreboding.

"Crooked" is superb, exuding a tight intensity, a contagious surge of harmonics, and Matthew John's expressive 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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PREMIERE | I Am The Polish Army Brings 'Gold'

DeCorsey's voice is five-by-five lethal

Photo Credit: Dave Rubin

I Am The Polish Army isn't your run-of-the-mill alt-rock band.

Instead, they're the fulfillment of an aesthetic doctrine that asserts: the tighter the discipline of an art form, the more subjective the criteria of taste. In this case, the taste is delicious.

The band is following up their debut record, My Old Man, with a new EP, entitled The Dream, slated to drop November 2nd. "Gold" provides a foretaste of the EP. The brainchild of Emma DeCorsey, I Am The Polish Army is made up of DeCorsey (vocals, guitar), Turner Stough (bass), and Eric Kuby (drums).

In a short period of time, DeCorsey went through the chainsaw of life: she had her heart pulped by fellow musicians, her home studio was pillaged and plundered, and she ditched the material for her first album, choosing to rewrite it. The silver lining of all this turmoil was that it lead to her hooking up with Stough and Kuby, thus transforming the direction of her life. After three months of rehearsing, I Am The Polish Army was in the studio laying down tracks for My Old Man.


"Gold" opens with the resonant tang of a guitar flowing into wailing, grinding harmonics. When DeCorsey's wickedly scrumptious voice, like Cruella DeVille crossed with Joan Jett, enters, the tune assumes a harsh-textured energy that's almost palpable.

Doubled-down dirty guitars exude strident psychedelic colors, while the bass line slinks with thumping grimy pulses, and the drums pound with industrial might. The feel and mood of the song is akin to burning tar, smudging the air with black smoke.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES

10.28•Berlin - (Brooklyn, NY with Broken Baby)
11.02•The Gutter - The Dream Release Show (Brooklyn, NY)
11.03•Hubris House (Philadelphia, PA
11.04•Loft Space (Hoboken, NJ)
11.06•VOTE IN THE MIDTERMS (Everywhere, USA)
11.08•Little Amps (Harrisburg, PA)
11.09•Hambones (Pittsburgh, PA)
11.10•Blue Arrow Records (Cleveland, OH)
11.16•The Stone Church (Brattleboro, VT)
11.17•Gloom Garden (Winooski, VT)
11.19•Desperate Annie's (Saratoga Springs, NY)


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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