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Rising Star #31

Updated: Mar 31

Step into the ethereal realms of auditory wonder, dear adventurers, as we unveil the third captivating chapter of our ongoing odyssey: "Rising Star."

As we embark on this spellbinding voyage, we extend a heartfelt welcome to all fellow seekers of musical enchantment who have chosen to join us.

Within this mesmerizing installment of our saga, prepare to be enraptured by the breathtaking tapestry of talent that awaits. From every corner of the globe, a symphony of diverse voices converges, each a testament to the boundless creativity pulsating within the human spirit.

Yet "Rising Star 31" is more than a mere collection of melodies; it stands as a testament to the unyielding power of artistic expression. It is a jubilant celebration of the universal language that unites us all – music.

So, brace yourselves for an odyssey that defies convention and embraces innovation with open arms. From the delicate whispers of love to the triumphant crescendos of victory, prepare to be transported to realms where emotion reigns supreme and imagination knows no bounds.

Come, dear voyagers, as we embark on a journey that promises to ignite your senses and challenge your perceptions of music. The stage is set, and the curtain rises – let the symphony unfold! 🌟🎵

Unveiling STARLIGHT ALICE: A Duo Bound to Captivate Your Ears

In the ever-evolving landscape of music, there are moments when two exceptional talents converge, creating a synergy that demands attention. Such is the case with STARLIGHT ALICE, a dynamic duo poised to make waves with their debut single, "I Swear To God (You're Never Getting Out)."

Hailing from the vibrant music scene of the UK, Jacob Browne and Luke Potter are the masterminds behind STARLIGHT ALICE. With a combined total of over 30 million Spotify plays between them, these two artists bring a wealth of experience and creativity to the table.

Blending elements of folk, Americana, and pop, STARLIGHT ALICE crafts a sound that is as captivating as it is original. Their debut single, "I Swear To God (You're Never Getting Out)," is a testament to their artistry, offering a melodic blast of energy that grabs listeners from the first note.

The song, chosen as Record of the Day by the highly influential publication of the same name, is a powerful anthem for those grappling with their inner demons. Yet, despite its introspective themes, "I Swear To God (You're Never Getting Out)" exudes an infectious energy that demands to be heard.

Having honed their craft through years of writing songs for others and pursuing solo projects, Browne and Potter have now joined forces to create something truly special with STARLIGHT ALICE. With plans to transition from the studio to the stage in 2024, the duo is poised to leave an indelible mark on the music world.

So, as STARLIGHT ALICE prepares to make their grand entrance onto the music scene, why not join them on this exhilarating journey? Give "I Swear To God (You're Never Getting Out)" the support it deserves, and discover for yourself why STARLIGHT ALICE is a duo destined for greatness.

Unveiling The Ninth Empire: An Anonymous Tale of Heartbreak and Resilience

In the dimly lit depths of British Columbia, Canada, a new force emerges from the shadows, shrouded in mystery and fueled by the raw emotions of heartbreak and resilience. They are The Ninth Empire, a Punk/Pop/Emo band like no other, sharing the true story of love lost and the indomitable spirit of the abandoned.

Anonymous and faceless, The Ninth Empire represents the collective heartache of the forsaken king of hearts. Their debut record, "Meant to be," is a testament to the cathartic power of music born from personal turmoil.

In an emotional whirlwind, The Ninth Empire recorded 15 tracks in just one month, each a raw expression of their innermost struggles and triumphs. "Meant to be" serves as the poignant opening chapter of this musical saga, capturing the tumultuous journey from despair to defiance.

Recorded and produced in the sanctuary of their home studio, the album bears the fingerprints of its creators' anguish and determination. Each note is a battle cry, each lyric a confession of wounds still fresh.

For The Ninth Empire, music is more than mere entertainment; it is a lifeline, a beacon of hope in the darkest of nights. As they navigate the treacherous waters of love and loss, they invite listeners to join them on this transformative journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.

With "Meant to be," The Ninth Empire beckons you to step into the shadows and embrace the beauty found within the depths of despair. Let their music be your guide as you traverse the jagged landscape of the human heart, knowing that even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of hope waiting to be discovered.

Introducing TOM TIKKA & THE MISSING HUBCAPS: Embracing the "California Smile"

In the vast realm of music, collaborations often spark moments of pure magic, transcending boundaries and forging connections that resonate with listeners on a profound level. Such is the case with Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps, whose latest single, "California Smile," is a testament to the transformative power of artistic synergy.

Tom Tikka, renowned for his chart-topping hits and poignant songwriting, joins forces with Nolen Chew Jr. of The Star Prairie Project to deliver a sonic masterpiece that captivates from the first note. What began as a plan to write two separate songs for their respective albums evolved into an unexpected collaboration, yielding not one, but two mesmerizing singles.

"California Smile" emerges as the radiant first offering from this dynamic partnership, weaving together heartfelt lyrics, sublime guitars, and lush harmonies to create a tapestry of sound that epitomizes the essence of Americana. With its evocative storytelling and infectious melodies, the song transports listeners to the sun-drenched shores of the Golden State, capturing the essence of love and longing amidst the backdrop of California's allure.

Both Tikka and The Star Prairie Project have carved out their niches in the music industry, with chart-topping albums and millions of Spotify streams to their names. Yet, it was their genuine admiration for each other's work and a shared love for music that brought them together in this collaboration.

"California Smile" has officially made its debut, complete with a mesmerizing music video shot amidst the stunning backdrop of the Golden State. Released on March 8, this enchanting track from Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps promises to captivate audiences worldwide.

Whether you're drawn to Americana vibes or simply seeking music that resonates with your soul, don't miss out on the opportunity to tune in and immerse yourself in their magical sound. With their irresistible melodies and boundless energy, Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps are set to make an unforgettable impression on the music scene, spreading joy one smile at a time.

VON KROGH: Riding the Waves of Success

Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Norway, Von Krogh emerges as a rising force to be reckoned with, captivating audiences with their dynamic sound and compelling storytelling. With their latest record, "Waves," Von Krogh invites listeners on a journey through the highs and lows of life, showcasing their versatility and depth as a band.

Led by the visionary Elias von Krogh on lead vocals and guitar, the band comprises talented musicians including Adrian Michelsen on guitar, Aadne Salen Sandvik on keys, Phillip Mjaatvedt on bass, and Filip Blindheim on drums/percussion. Formed in 2019 in Oslo, Von Krogh draws inspiration from a diverse array of influences ranging from Tommy Tokyo to Radiohead, weaving together elements of rock, pop, and electronica into their distinctive sound.

With notable performances at renowned venues like Herr Nilsen, Von Krogh has garnered praise from both audiences and industry insiders alike. Their music has been described as "monumental" by former chairman of TONO and NOPA, Ingrid Kindem, while Rino Johannessen, bass player for artists like Seal and Jason Mraz, lauds Elias von Krogh as an "amazing singer" and "super intriguing songwriter."

Recorded at Greenroom Studios in Fredrikstad and mixed by acclaimed producer Bjarne Stensvik, whose credits include A-ha and Gabrielle, "Waves" offers a sonic journey that reflects the band's ethos of embracing life's ups and downs. From introspective ballads to anthemic rockers, each track on the album delves deep into the human experience, capturing the complexities of emotions with raw honesty and authenticity.

As Von Krogh embarks on a release tour for "Waves," performing at major stages and festivals across Norway, they invite listeners to join them on their musical odyssey. With their evocative lyrics, infectious melodies, and electrifying performances, Von Krogh is poised to make waves in the music industry and leave an indelible mark on the hearts of audiences worldwide.

FANTØMEX Unleashes Sonic Fury with "Chimera" EP

In the heart of Western North Carolina, a storm is brewing, and its name is FANTØMEX. With their latest EP, "Chimera," this indie punk, post-hardcore quartet continues their relentless assault on the senses, delivering a sonic experience that is as intense as it is electrifying.

Comprised of Abigail Taylor on vocals, Isaac Crouch on guitar and vocals, Edwin Mericle on drums and vocals, and Max Miller on bass and vocals, FANTØMEX is a force to be reckoned with. Since their formation in 2017, they've been on a mission to push the boundaries of their genre, infusing their music with raw emotion and unbridled energy.

"Chimera" marks the band's third release, following hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2022 EP, "Terraformed." According to the band, "Chimera" is the sister EP to "Terraformed," offering a continuation of their signature sound while dialing up the intensity.

Recorded in their own home studio and mixed/mastered at Loc Level Sound in Asheville, NC, "Chimera" is a testament to the band's DIY ethos and commitment to their craft. From the blistering riffs of Isaac Crouch to the thunderous beats of Edwin Mericle, each track on the EP crackles with an energy that is impossible to ignore.

But it's not just about volume and aggression with FANTØMEX. At the heart of their music lies a message of empowerment and defiance. Take, for example, the track "I Declare A Clone War," which serves as a scathing critique of the insidious nature of so-called "Nice Guys" who masquerade as allies while perpetuating patriarchal ideals. It's a powerful reminder that not all heroes wear capes, and sometimes the real danger lurks beneath a friendly facade.

Elsewhere on the EP, tracks like "Spock Choy" and "Push-Up King" delve into themes of rebellion and self-empowerment, urging listeners to break free from the shackles of conformity and embrace their individuality. And then there's "A Duck of a Different Colour," a poignant meditation on the frustration of trying to communicate one's ideals to those who refuse to listen.

With "Chimera," FANTØMEX proves once again that they are not content to simply blend in with the crowd. Their music is a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, a call to arms for those who refuse to be silenced. So crank up the volume, strap yourself in, and prepare to be blown away by the sonic fury of FANTØMEX. The revolution starts now.

LUNA WAVES: Unveiling the Dreamy Rock Sounds of "Half Awake"

"Having debuted on Friday, March 1st, 2024, the latest dreamy rock single 'Half Awake' by Bedford-based multi-instrumentalist Rob Muir, also known as Luna Waves, offers a tantalizing glimpse into his upcoming fourth album, 'Comedowns.' With its nostalgic vibes, the track promises to captivate listeners and set the tone for what's to come in Muir's musical journey."

This latest release comes on the heels of Luna Waves' ambitious endeavor in 2022, where Rob Muir challenged himself to release two albums within a single year as an unsigned DIY artist. The albums, "Blood Moon" and "Bruised Gold," garnered praise for their ambition and showcased Muir's versatility as a musician.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences spanning psychedelic rock, dream-pop, alternative pop, neo-psychedelia, folk rock, and shoegaze, Luna Waves' music defies categorization, weaving together a tapestry of sonic textures and emotive melodies.

"Half Awake" was mixed and mastered by Chris Corney at his studio in Shropshire, UK, marking the fourth collaboration between Rob Muir and Corney. Muir's musical journey is deeply rooted in the sounds of the '90s, with influences ranging from Pearl Jam and Nirvana to The Smashing Pumpkins, while also drawing from a rich tapestry of artists like Tame Impala, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and Kurt Vile.

Despite the prolific output of two albums in 2022, Luna Waves spent 2023 meticulously crafting material for the forthcoming album "Comedowns." With tracking completed and final mixing and mastering underway, Muir aims to release "Comedowns" in late April 2024, promising an immersive sonic experience that transcends boundaries and captivates listeners with its emotional depth and ethereal landscapes.

As Luna Waves continues to evolve and push artistic boundaries, "Half Awake" serves as a tantalizing glimpse into the boundless creativity and introspective storytelling that defines Rob Muir's musical vision.

Stay tuned as Luna Waves prepares to embark on a sonic journey with the release of "Half Awake" and the forthcoming album "Comedowns," inviting listeners to explore the depths of emotion and imagination through the power of music.

Unleashing the Raw Energy of Honor Among Thieves: "Murder on the Radio, Vol.1"

From the gritty streets of New York City's Lower East Side emerges a sonic force to be reckoned with – Honor Among Thieves. Their latest EP, "Murder on the Radio, Vol.1," is a blistering testament to the essence of rock and roll, delivering five tracks that hit hard and leave a lasting impression.

Comprised of Craig Cantos on lead vocals, Merx Mercado on guitar, Kevin Jones on bass, and Dave Brooks on drums, Honor Among Thieves is a powerhouse quartet forged in the fires of the downtown NYC rock scene. With years of experience under their belts, the band's chemistry is palpable, igniting stages with an electrifying energy that demands attention.

Recorded at BC Studios in Brooklyn NYC under the expert guidance of legendary producer Martin Bisi, "Murder on the Radio, Vol.1" captures the raw intensity of Honor Among Thieves' live performances. From the thunderous opener "Down" to the infectious groove of "Firesign," each track pulsates with a sense of urgency and authenticity.

The EP's lead single, "Down," sets the tone with its defiant message of self-empowerment, urging listeners to rise above adversity and embrace their true selves. Meanwhile, "Bareknuckle Billionaires" delivers a punchy dose of adrenaline-fueled rock, fueled by singer Craig's passion for MMA.

"Battle Lines" delves into the complexities of love and conflict, while "Minutes to Miles" explores the theme of self-discovery and liberation. Throughout the EP, Honor Among Thieves channels the spirit of old-school rock and roll, infusing each song with infectious hooks and infectious energy.

With "Murder on the Radio, Vol.1," Honor Among Thieves reaffirms their status as torchbearers of the rock and roll tradition. From the dimly lit venues of downtown NYC to the airwaves of the world, their music resonates with a timeless intensity that refuses to be ignored. So crank up the volume, let the music wash over you, and join the ranks of those who dare to embrace the raw power of Honor Among Thieves.

The Baby Goats: Unleashing Electric Energy with "Won't Stop Waiting"

Hailing from the vibrant streets of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, The Baby Goats are here to shake up the music scene with their electrifying debut album, "Electricity." Leading the charge is their powerhouse single, "Won't Stop Waiting," a bold declaration of passion and perseverance.

Comprised of Chance on vocals and keyboards, Greg on drums, and Lance on guitar, The Baby Goats defy categorization with their eclectic blend of new wave, punk rock, and metal influences. With each member bringing their unique flair to the mix, the band's sound is a thrilling fusion of raw energy and infectious melodies.

The journey of The Baby Goats began organically, as Chance, Greg, and Lance crossed paths through their children's elementary school. What started as chance encounters blossomed into a creative partnership fueled by a shared love of music and a desire to break free from the constraints of traditional rock conventions.

Drawing inspiration from iconic acts like Talking Heads, Blondie, and LCD Soundsystem, The Baby Goats infuse their music with a sense of urgency and authenticity that resonates with audiences of all ages. From the pulsating rhythms of "Two Shakes" to the anthemic chorus of "Won't Stop Waiting," each track on "Electricity" is a testament to the band's boundless creativity and infectious energy.

Reflecting on their journey, Chance muses, "Imagine three new wave, punk rock, metal-spirited dudes who gave it all up for a Moog synth, a Juno X, a Fender Strat blowing through an orange amp, and an old beat-up drum kit stolen from —I’m sorry— abandoned by the San Fernando Valley Youth Band. We built a trojan horse out of an old disco club, drove it to the show, parked it on stage...and we dare you to dance to us."

As The Baby Goats gear up for the release of "Electricity," they invite music lovers everywhere to join them on this electrifying adventure. With their infectious energy and fearless spirit, The Baby Goats are poised to leave an indelible mark on the music world. So crank up the volume, hit play on "Won't Stop Waiting," and let the electric vibes of The Baby Goats take you on a wild ride.

BEAR BEAT: Unveiling the Mystical Sounds of "Man Down"

After a brief hiatus, Bear Beat emerges from hibernation with a renewed sense of purpose and ambition, poised to make 2024 his year of growth and transformation. With a fresh image, brand, and a new website offering fans a deeper glimpse into his musical world, Bear Beat is ready to captivate audiences once again with his latest single, "Man Down," released on March 1st.

"Man Down" promises to be a unique addition to Bear Beat's evolving discography, showcasing his versatility and growth as an artist within just a year. With a chilled-out vibe that exudes a laid-back Spring atmosphere, the single invites listeners to immerse themselves in Bear Beat's signature blend of compelling lyrics and captivating melodies.

As a Producer, DJ, and Beat Maker, Bear Beat defies genre boundaries, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of musical influences ranging from Solomun and The Chemical Brothers to The Doors and Metallica. His deep musical knowledge and dedication to beats, rhythms, and melodies shine through in his electronic productions, imbued with a dark mystical fantasy that evokes emotion and meaning.

"Man Down" marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for Bear Beat, hinting at even more compelling releases to come in 2024. Fans can expect to experience the evolution of Bear Beat's sound and artistic vision as he continues to carve out his distinct musical style.

Be sure to join Bear Beat on his musical journey with the release of "Man Down." And don't forget to explore Bear's brand new website, where you can dive into the mind and soul of his sound concept and musical inspirations.

Stay tuned as Bear Beat sets the stage for a year filled with captivating music and unforgettable experiences. With "Man Down," he invites you to embark on a sonic adventure unlike any other, where boundaries are transcended, and imagination knows no limits.

CHERYL CRAIGIE: Illuminating the Struggles of Migraine Sufferers with "Migraine"

In a poignant and deeply personal endeavor, independent artist Cheryl Craigie unveils her latest original single, "Migraine," shedding light on the often overlooked and misunderstood world of migraine sufferers.

"Migraine" offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the daily struggles faced by those living with chronic and debilitating migraines. As someone who has grappled with migraines for decades, Craigie draws from her own experiences to craft a song that resonates with authenticity and empathy.

Departing from her usual musical style, "Migraine" incorporates rap elements, adding a dynamic layer to the narrative. Through poignant verses like "Draw the drapes, Shut the lights, There’s no escape, And you’ve lost the fight," Craigie captures the relentless pain and disorientation experienced by migraine sufferers.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind "Migraine," Craigie emphasizes the importance of raising awareness and fostering empathy towards those affected by this often underestimated condition. "Migraines are more than just headaches; they profoundly impact one’s quality of life," she shares. "My hope is that this song helps to shine a light on the effects of this disease."

"Migraine" marks Craigie's third original composition and seventh release, showcasing her versatility as an artist. With all the vocals and instrumentation performed by Craigie herself, the song stands as a testament to her talent and dedication to creating music that connects on a profound level.

As "Migraine" resonates with audiences, Cheryl Craigie invites listeners to join her in spreading awareness and understanding for those living with this agonizing condition. Through the power of music, she aims to foster empathy and support for migraine sufferers everywhere.

In the realm of music that transcends mere entertainment, Cheryl Craigie's "Migraine" stands as a powerful testament to the healing and transformative potential of art.


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