Guitars 4 Gifts // Feature Friday

Happy Friday, ya’ll (or whatever day of the week it is where you are when you’re reading this)! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Anna Clark. Anna lives in Nashville, TN, and she’s making moves in the music scene, although not in the way that you might think. While Anna is a singer-songwriter, she’s also directly involved in the local community when it comes to making music accessible to all.

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Misty Eyed // Feature Friday

The new EP, Eurydice, from the hard rock quartet Misty Eyed dropped today! We’re excited to share our thoughts on the tracks, along with an exclusive interview with the band in today’s Feature Friday.

Having recently shared the stage with big name artists like Lamb of God and more local acts like The Funeral Portrait, ATL based Misty Eyed are busy laying a solid groundwork on which to build their career.

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Sun Brother // Feature Friday

Sun Brother, the brainchild of singer/songwriter Billy Toulson, has been a solo project for the better part of a decade. Following Toulson’s recent move from Delaware to Music City, Sun Brother has found community in the close knit music scene that Nashville has to offer. This resulted in Toulson joining forces with bassist David Estes, keyboardist Bobby Steinfeld, drummer Andrew Rahm, and backing vocalist Grace Bates. Sun Brother falls loosely within the indie folk genre, with key tracks spanning beyond the grasp of genre’s confines and sitting comfortably in the outfield.

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Last Wild Lion // Feature Friday

Last Wild Lion are coming to you all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band released their debut album at the end of last month and are preparing to play their very first show on November 24th. Their album, They’re Not Secrets Anymore, is a bold offering that builds a sturdy bridge between late 80’s synth pop and modern alt rock.

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Tigers and Monkeys // Feature Friday

Have you ever found yourself lost in a day dream about giving up your 9 to 5 in order to pursue your wildest, most exhilarating and fulfilling dreams? Of course you have. We all have. In the case of Tigers and Monkeys, vocalist Shonali Bhowmik did just that. After leaving law school to purse a music career, Shonali has been in the music world for over a decade and is the lead vocalist for the NYC based rock band Tigers and Monkeys.

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Ivey // Feature Friday

Ivey, a Nashville based pop punk group, recently released their debut album Take This To Heart, which includes the leading single “Through the Keyhole.” Ivey recorded the album at the famous Dark Horse Studio and released Take This To Heart earlier this month. The band’s members, Ivan Ayala, Lyle Wagner, and Christian Murre, pull their musical influences from late ‘90’s and early 2000’s pop punk bands and emo / alternative rock artists, which reflects in both their writing style and overall instrumental landscape on Take This To Heart.

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No/Hugs // Feature Friday

No/Hugs released a music video for their hard hitting single "Your Satisfaction Is Fake" on July 21, following the 2016 release of their first EP, In Between. This Boston based band consists of two core members, Narcissus A-Ngel on vocals and drummer Kat Dukeshire. Blending classic theater aspects with charismatic, powerhouse vocals and mature pop punk undertones with a dash of melodic riffs, No/Hugs recently performed at the Mansfield, MA Vans Warped tour and are gearing up for shows in September. 

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Letters To Part // Feature Friday

Letters To Part began in 2012 with the release of their first EP and found their full makeup in 2015 with the addition of their second drummer. Letters to Part are an alternative ambient band based out of Orlando, Florida with their hometown being Coral Springs, Florida. The band is made up of Y’shua Ortiz Escobedo, Dustyn Murphy, Hunter Gelsen, and Chris Ramos and they're signed to Wilhelm Records.

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Grant Duncan // Feature Friday

Singer songwriter Grant Duncan has been playing music since his high school days, and has fronted the indie rock/experimental band Pavement Candy since 2005. In addition to Pavement Candy, Grant also releases music as a solo artist and records at his home studio in Inagi, Tokyo. 

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Cloudmouth // Feature Friday

Dark Energy is the latest release from dark folk trio Cloudmouth. The album was released in May of this year, and features vocalist / guitarist Kyle Numann delivering delightfully ominous lyrics, Amoretta Taylor on drums + percussion while providing gentle backing vocals, and Chris Wilson lending a hand to cello, bass, and synth.

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Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers // Feature Friday

Having spent six years being carefully crafted by songwriter + producer Sam Cooper, Apophenian was released earlier this year. This 11 track album takes its time and pays attention to detail as the robust piano and rich instrumentals mix with Cooper's smooth vocals to stir up a mixture of both beautiful and haunting melodies that draw you into the most ethereal of fever dreams.

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FELICITY // Feature Friday

FELICITY hit the Florida scene in 2013 and have continued to deliver well crafted melodic pop punk jams while pushing their limits and perfecting their signature style ever since. Continue reading to learn about their latest releases, watch FELICITY's music video for "The City Beautiful" and to read an interview with vocalist Damien below where we talk about their upcoming EP, making it in DIY, and more! 

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Morningside // Feature Friday

Morningside are new to the Virginia Beach music scene, with their debut album "Feel The Sun Without You" having been released just last month. Prior to the release, the trio worked with producer Jay Maas (Defeater) and have proven that hard work pays off in the best possible way.

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Darth Nater // Feature Friday

Buffalo based singer-songwriter Nate Noworyta has been releasing music under the clever name Darth Nater for the past seven years. A Century Ago, aptly titled due to entire album revolving around events that happened (you guessed it) a century ago, is an indie folk fueled trip through time that proves to be a guide of the most detail oriented sorts that was released at the end of March. I had the opportunity to chat with Noworyta about the local music scene in Buffalo, his favorite artists, and how A Century Ago came to be. 

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Milo Duhn // Feature Friday

Incongruity, the full length album from upstate NY based acoustic emo artist Milo Duhn is a ten track trip through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of growing up, growing apart, and learning that it's all a part of the process.

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High Fidelity // Feature Friday

Pop-punk inspired trio High Fidelity take on more than just soaring choruses and angst infused lyrics with their end of 2017 release, Stay True To Yourself. If you haven't heard of them before, it's likely because they're from Madrid...but that's okay, because you're learning about them now, and the saying goes "better late than never," right?

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Zach Leon // Feature Friday

Sailawayheart, a 13 track album from Nashville based indie pop artist Zach Leon, was released this towards the end of 2017. While each track has its own unique sound, the entire album flows together to create a varied offering of Zach Leon's musical capabilities.

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Nilka // Feature Friday

Nilka is a Nashville based alternative indie pop artist whose debut EP, Year of the Escape, is a six track project that was steadily released over the course of 2017, with one track having been released every two months. While released in individual pieces, the full, complete project is an intricate, personal account detailing self discovery, perseverance, and rising above fear and doubt to chase your happiness, all while extracting the bitter venom that your past left you with.

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Half Past Two // Feature Friday

Half Past Two are an eight piece ska band based out of Orange County, CA. High school marching band friends turned long term bandmates, Half Past Two have worked with Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish (both on and off the stage), played a run of shows with The Toasters, and  have solidified their place in the local music scene over the past decade.

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