Lydia Luce came from a strict musical family. She has a master’s in viola from UCLA.
Luce says, “I am grateful for my classical upbringing and that I’ve gotten to absorb a diverse education in music. Ultimately it all brought me to this space of getting to create from experiences that are only mine.”
Luce is getting ready to release her sophomore album Dark River.
Cat & Calmell say: “dumbshit is about being in your youth and not taking anything seriously; enduring the repercussions of doing dumb shit and just copping it on the chin.”
Cat (20) and Calmell (22) have a rich history of performing together. Cat spent her childhood in China and moved to Sydney as a young teenager. Calmell was born and raised in Western Sydney. Stars aligned when the two met at an after-school program for developing artists. Cat & Calmell’s music reflects their multi-faceted upbringings and their wide-ranging influences and sources of inspiration: Kali Uchis and The 1975 to Rihanna and T.S. Eliot, Powerpuff Girls and Twitter memes.
Shaed (Chelsea Lee, Spencer Ernst, Max Ernst) rocked the world with their single “Trampoline.” The song was featured by Apple and the band was on the Billboard Hot 100. Shaed toured and appeared at Lollapalooza, the Governors Ball and more.
Now they are announcing their debut album which is coming April 16, 2021. Today they release the single “No Other Way.”
Julien Baker is releasing her 3rd studio album Little Oblivions in February. Today she has the first single “Faith Healer.”
She says, “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel– the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides. When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche.
“There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction. I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever– a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer– when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”
“‘Honey’ is the origin story of Josée’s golden axe. In this track we recall how she first found her way to our house and joined the band. It came with a note (from Josée’s dad) ‘This guitar sounds just like honey going down.’ Get ready for some straight up rock n roll.” Partner
The single comes from Partner’s sophomore album Never Give Up coming out on November 20.
The band described the process of making the album. “In October of 2018 we found ourselves in a dark and quiet rehearsal space. We were practicing for a two person show, the first one we had played in many years. We were at a crossroads as a band, and we had no idea what the future held. All we knew was that we were going to be making music together. We weren’t sure what this music would sound like or who would be playing it with us. And then the songs started to arrive. Some of them fully formed, like the first songs we wrote. It was as much a surprise to us as anyone else when we realized we had the beginnings of our second album.”
Not all the songs came so easily. Some took over a year to complete. Some taunted the band with their elusivity. Some forced Partner to rip them apart and build them back together more than once. Never Give Up was written in rehearsal spaces, in the band’s bedrooms, in a condo, in friends’ and strangers’ houses, Air BnBs, in a cafe and on Josee’s couch and in the studio, and in the booth. “We talked. We were honest with each other and honest with ourselves. Sometimes it was a lot. And when it got to be almost too much we would repeat to each other, first as a joke and then not as a joke at all, ‘never give up’.”
Kaatii is a 14 year old upcoming singer-songwriter. Today she brings a take on Halloween and paranoia, in paranoid times.
“Afraid of the Dark is all about being unnecessarily paranoid for no real reason. You know, when your mind gets a little bit twisted and a coat looks like a ghost. The song is a fun take on something that is not fun at all,” she explains.
“The inspiration for this song came from one really horrible night of sleep in a remote cabin in Colorado,” Kaatii shares. “I was in Breckinridge for a songwriting retreat and the very first night I ended up having the worst paranoia of my life, going in and out of what felt like sleep paralysis. In the morning, my co-writer, Kara Connolly, and I ended up writing this song after she was too afraid to sleep as well.”
Last year King Princess released Cheap Queen and had a sold out national tour. Today she releases “Only Time Makes It Human” produced by King Princess & Mike Malchicoff, and co-produced by Mark Ronson. The video is directed by Quinn Wilson.
Queen Naija is releasing her debut album missunderstood on October 30 on Capitol Records. She worked with producers Boston and Mike Woods for today’s track “Love Language.” The video was shot by Teyana Taylor.
The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 70 women and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices, especially the voices of black women and women of color. Members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The Resistance Revival Chorus was founded in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March and strives to center women in music and address how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry.
Today they release their debut album, This Joy on Righteous Babe Records. The album features Rhiannon Giddens, Valerie June and Deva Mahal. Today they released the video for “I Hope” featuring Meah Pace.
“The Resistance Revival Chorus has been an everflowing source of community, love, and beautiful music for me,” Meah says of the track. “I dedicate ‘I Hope’ to the womxn of the RRC and everyone pursuing the dream of social justice, freedom, and equity for all.”
“I wrote this track when I was at a bit of a fork in the road, choosing whether to continue on in one direction, or pivot and create something new. I hope this song can be connected to by anyone who is on the precipice of a big decision” – Ella Fence.