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New Music Friday: Emerging Now

New Music Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Don’t worry, we’ve got the cure to get that god awful song out of your head. We are rounding out July with some hot new tracks from The Lucky, Bonnie Kemplay, and a brand-new album from Beach Bunny. Put in those earbuds, pour yourself a drink of choice, and crank up the tunes. Happy listening!

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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TRACKS

// “19” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Alternative pop

Dirty Hit’s newest sign-on, Bonnie Kemplay, debuts her record deal with single “19” this week. “19” enthralls the listener with pure vocals and concentrated instrumentals, leading to a heavier surround-sound from the second verse. When the young singer reassures “this feeling’s gonna pass,” the track comes to a dramatic sonic height until the end realigns with the start. “19” is the perfect depiction of a song that goes through a wave of emotions.

// “Better Days” by The Lucky //-Pop rock

Recently rebranded pop rock trio of L.A., The Lucky, drop their third single “Better Days” today. The Lucky paired promotion for the song with throwback pictures from their childhood days. “Better Days” is described as the juxtaposition between the happiest moments of your childhood and the struggle of wondering if you will ever feel that happiness again. The single has just the right amount of self-deprecation contrasted by the recollection of better times to make it resonate with just about everyone.

// “Guts” by Andorra //-Rock

Philly-native rock band Andorra delivered unexpected rock bop, “Guts,” this past month. “Guts,” the second single from their forthcoming album Boogie Night Blues has a cute little ‘shoobie doobie bop, bop’ chorus. Andorra cites having fun and letting the songwriting come naturally as inspiration for the track. Backtracked by contagiously upbeat music and mostly positive cheerleader-type lyrics, “Guts” has the perfect contrast of rock vocals paired with dance-inducing instrumentals. The band describes “Guts” as “rock n roll, boogie music for footloose line dances and John Travolta’s twist from Pulp Fiction.”

// “Loving on Hope” by Hertha Elama ft. The Facade & Slaper’King //-R&B/Singer-songwriter

Hertha Elama is an emerging artist from Namibia, Africa. She premiers her new single “Loving on Hope,” today along with a beautiful music video. Hertha is breaking the scene and perfecting her contemporary indie-pop style music, hoping to reach fans from all over the world. “Loving on Hope” showcases Hertha’s mesmerizing voice, similar to the likes of R&B artist, H.E.R. We think this song would fit in perfectly among R&B playlists worldwide.

// “Weeds” by Beach Bunny //-Indie-rock

Chicago’s Indie-rock band Beach Bunny, drop their sophomore album Emotional Creature today. “Weeds” debuted on Wednesday alongside its music video counterpart. An internal monologue pep talk feminine anthem, “Weeds” encourages amour-propre. “You can’t blossom if you keep growing gardens out of weeds,” reminds listeners to love themselves before placing their problems on someone else. We are eager to spin the rest of Emotional Creature and discover more intricacies inside the mind of Lili Trifilio.

// “Panic Attacks” by Yellow Days //-Alternative

Solo Manchester, UK artist Yellow Days drops a new EP entitled Apple Pie today. The artist leaves a rather heavy caption alongside the EP announcement, “A STORY OF PLEASURE & INDULGENCE TALKING OF SEX, EMOTIONAL DEPENDANCE, MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE.” “Panic Attacks” catches our eye from the title and does not fall short in capturing the paralyzing feeling of overwhelming anxiety. Alongside mind-bending, yet Zenlike instrumentals and production, Yellow Days digs deep on the feeling of mental health spiraling in an uncontrollable way.


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New Music PDLR: Emerging Now

New Music Friday is jam-packed with album drops, new singles, and endless playlists. Finding it difficult to keep up with your favorite artists? This week, we play catch up for you, sifting through noteworthy LPs and emerging tracks over the past few months. Scroll through to discover new artists and check out our weekly New Music Emerging Now playlists for more curated content!

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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ALBUMS

// Leap by James Bay //-Singer-songwriter

British singer-songwriter James Bay dropped his third album, Leap, and is soaring to the top of the UK charts (competing for #1 with Monsieur Styles). For those unfamiliar with Bay, he brings intricate and poetic lyrics together with big guitar sounds and powerful raspy vocals. An artist who simply lights the place on fire when performing live, Bay’s third album is flawlessly laced with all of his signature songwriting melodies and lyrics. Leap brings massive tunes such as “Brilliant Still,” “Silent Love,” “One Life,” “Right Now,” and “Give Me the Reason.”

Fans of Springsteen, Petty, Dylan, Clapton, and Marvin Gaye keep your ears peeled for hints of the most influential songs of their time. “Give Me the Reason” focuses on Bay’s dramatic vocal range, drawing you in from the first track of the album. “One Life” is a tear-inducing ‘pour your heart out’ wedding song, while “Silent Love” embraces vulnerability in moments of uncertainly in a new relationship. Bay uses a lustrous falsetto in “Right Now” to induce longing romantic glances, and “Brilliant Still” is a charming reminder of everlasting admiration.

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// Beatopia by beabadoobee //-Alternative

Alternative indie artist beabadoobee drops her dreamlike sophomore album Beatopia today. Standout contrasting singles “Talk” and “See You Soon” eerily creep into your mind and leave lasting earworms. “Talk” sings sweet guitars alongside 90’s-esque pop punk lyrics, while “See You Soon” echos cosmic sounds and purified vocal wonders.

Deeper cuts include “Perfect Pair” and “You’re Here That’s the Thing,” both tunes evoking sounds of a Parisian style jazz café. “Ripples” is more downtempo accompanied by peaceful strings, paired with sincere lyrics and pure vocals.

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// TALK TALK by The Faim //-Alternative

Aussie natives The Faim dropped their sophomore album TALK TALK last Friday and we are head over heels! While the entirety of the album is meshed with soaring rhythms and vocals, standout tracks include “Life in a Cinema,” “Flowers,” “Me Because of You,” and “Jealous Love.”

“Flowers” whispers of ‘listen to me’ vocals on the intro, leading to a massive build-up bridge and jump-inducing anthemic chorus. “Me Because of You” merges retro pop with funky guitars and a soaring chorus with full vocal range on display. “Jealous Love” builds quintessential Young the Giant-type drums in an outpour of heartfelt lyrics. To round off the album, “ERA” feels like a wistful, yet hopeful coda to a cohesive soundtrack for The Faim.

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// The Ground Beneath Me by Out of Service //-Indie Rock

Indie rock band Out of Service of Philly put out emo blended, guitar heavy, The Ground Beneath Me this June. Out of Service combines the qualities of emo, rock, indie, and grudge, developing a sound that music fans search for over the recent years. The Ground Beneath Me includes guest vocals from Taking Back Sunday (John Nolan), All Get Out (Nathan Hussey), and Emery.

Start to finish, the album includes nods to all your favorite emo bands of the early 2000’s. Hawthorne Heights style guitar tones resound in “A Moment Trapped in Time” ft. Emery, followed by a Brand New reminiscent “Offshore” vocal. “Offshore” starts off hushed vocals, a slow build to bridge, and a full-on rock out chorus. “What You See” ft. John Nolan gives the album depth, culminating in a thundering outro of classic TBS vocals.

Out of Service generates emo music in a realm where *new* bands of this caliber are few and far between.

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TRACKS

// “California” by Justin Kerecz //-Folk/Singer-songwriter

Philly area singer-songwriter Justin Kerecz launched an ‘easy feelin’ track entitled “California” this past week. “California” paints a perfect western escape with a blend of folky vocals, bluesy guitars, and nods to timeless Gram Parsons tunes. Kerecz creates the right amount of twang, nostalgia, and endearment to wind you down a back road on summer nights.

// “17” by Cartel //-Alternative

After nearly a decade hiatus, Georgia pop punk band Cartel is back with a new nostalgic single “17.” “17” possesses distinctive elements of fan-favorite tracks “Honestly” and “Say Anything (Else),” staying true to the early 2000’s draw of the band. Moreover, the single is polished and reflective with mature vocals, signature guitars, and pensive lyrics. Will Pugh’s voice echoes the likes of Jimmy Eat World in soft songs like “555.” Cartel joins Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon on their Hello Gone Days tour August 16-27.

// “Dolly” by Fiona McHugh //-Singer-songwriter

Poetic Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Fiona McHugh debuted Just Passing Through (EP) this past May. “Dolly” showcases elegant lyricism sprinkled with the vocal angst and conviction of an Alanis Morissette or Fiona Apple song. McHugh’s voice is undeniably unique. We will keep an eye on her upcoming endeavors.

// “Saturday Morning Cartoons” by Wilmah //-Pop

New York’s duo of Matt Conolly and William O’Connor, Wilmah, released hopeful pop track “Saturday Morning Cartoons” this week. “Saturday Morning” combines dance-inducing instrumentation and production with eager lyrics and a captivatingly catchy chorus. Wilmah continues to have an effortless ability to produce and generate invigorating pop songs for the times.


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The 1975 “Part Of The Band” Easter Eggs

The boys are back! The 1975 FINALLY released a new single “Part Of The Band,” as a hottest record on BBCR1. Matty Healy had been teasing hints to some of the lyrics of the single on his Instagram stories over the past month. The Easter eggs ultimately led to the title of their fifth studio album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’, out October 14th! We are 1000% HERE for this concept of embracing language, art, poetry, culture, and music into a full-length album. While the single is only the tip of the iceberg, we are here to answer the common question, “What in the world is Matty on about?”

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Easter Egg #1: Rimbaud & Verlaine

“And I fell in love with a boy, it was kinda lame. I was Rimbaud and he was Paul Verlaine.”

Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine were 19th century French poets. Matty first posted an image of the two on his Instagram story a few weeks before the announcement of the single. Many fans easily googled the image to discover the names of the poets, as well as articles of their secret love affair ending in turmoil. We will provide the TLDR version of their relationship.

A significantly older Verlaine left his wife for Arthur Rimbaud. It appears their two-year relationship was passionate, yet messy, and often included alcohol and drug use. After a heated quarrel, Verlaine drunkenly fired two shots at Rimbaud, injuring him in the wrist and was sentenced to two years in prison. Read more about Rimbaud & Verlaine here and here.

We want more details, Matthew.

Easter Egg #2: “She said”

“A Xanax and a Newport, ‘I take care of my kids,’ she said.”

Ah, the stereotypical “she said” line in a The 1975 song. There’s not much to add here other than a list of some of the best “she said” lines throughout their discography. She said…

“Use your hands and my spare time, we’ve got one thing in common it’s this tongue of mine.”-Sex

“Babe, you look sooo cool.”-Robbers

“I gave you four years of my life.”-I Couldn’t Be More in Love

“Maybe I would like you better if you took off your clothes.”-If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)

“They should take this pain and give it a name.”-Tonight I Wish I Was Your Boy

Here’s a compilation video of everything ‘she said’ in The 1975 songs. IN. OUR. FEELS.

Easter Egg #3: The Car

Alright, so this one is purely speculation from fans and long-time followers of the boys. We *think* the car in the promo for “Part of the Band” *could* be the car from the “Chocolate” music video/self-titled era. The promo for “Part of the Band” is back to their signature black and white aesthetic. Further speculation from fans leads to the symbol of the end of the Music for Cars era, hence the car being vandalized and in destruction. Lastly, the car is covered in graffiti style chalk art including “La poésie est dans la rue,” “Dirty Hit,” and “Is it my car?” It’s a word search on here…good luck.

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Easter Egg #4: MFC

Music for Cars was *supposed* to include the two-album combo of ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ and ‘Notes On A Conditional Form‘. Does Music for Cars continue for ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’ (see symbol below)? Or does the car symbolize the end of one era and beginning of the next? We shall see.

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Easter Egg #5: “Part Of The Band” Video

We’ve made a short-list of some potential references in the new The 1975 video for “Part of the Band”

*The kid with the paint on his face reminds us of the kid from the “Settle Down” music video. In fact, the whole video gives off major “Settle Down” vibes.

*The whole video seems to recreate scenes from the 1957 (flip of numbers there) Swedish fantasy film, The Seventh Seal.

*The priests and Matty carrying the giant balloon are reminiscent of the short French film Le Ballon Rouge.

*“FUN” written with chalk on the top of Matty’s collar while the kids are drawing on his coat.

*The baggage Matty is carrying could be his signature quote “emotional baggage” he receives from fans and feedback on social media. The baggage topples him over in the video.

*All signs point to Mayhem being the dog at the end of the video.

Feel free to let us know what else you find! Check out “Part Of The Band” and keep your eyes peeled for what’s up next for The 1975 and ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’.

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New Music PDLR: Six-Track Weekend Playlist

This week PDLR is bringing new music from previously featured fan-favorite artists as well as some brand-new names to us and many of you. We have a short-list of stand-out tracks from Dermot Kennedy, FABER, Pale Waves, The Lucky, & more. Our weekend playlist is short and sweet, give it a listen, and we bet you’ll save at least one song! Cheers to the weekend and happy New Music Friday!

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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// “Too Little Too Late” by The Lucky //-Pop rock

You may recognize the smooth catchy sound of The Lucky (formerly known as Handmade House) if you followed along with our IGTV music festival a few years back. The trio, composed of Tucker Click (vocals), Maison Thomas (as in, Rob Thomas’s son)-Eudy (guitar), and Josh Nardine (drums) dropped “Too Little Too Late,” the second single under their new moniker last Friday. The Lucky liken themselves to a pop rock band similar to The Band CAMINO or VALLEY, however, we have always found their songs to be more effortlessly captivating. We love how “Too Little Too Late” starts out soft, focused on the vocals, and builds through the bridge to chorus to more of an alternative rock anthem. Check it out and be sure to add them to your ‘bands-to-watch’ list.

// “Jealousy” by Pale Waves //-Indie-rock

Indie-rock band Pale Waves (Dirty Hit) released track three of album three, Unwanted, earlier this week. “Jealousy” stays true to Pale Waves signature sound of pop punk style and angsty vocals. In our opinion, they are one of the few female-led bands that never disappoint their genre track-for-track (see also MUNA & Wolf Alice), while also evolving for long-time fans. However, there is something unapologetic about the honesty that “Jealousy” adds to their discography. Heather Baron-Gracie’s easily recognizable voice fits perfectly into this emo-inspired track about wanting your partner all to yourself. Avril Lavigne fans…don’t sleep on this band!

// “Dreamer” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter

WOW!! Dermot stays true to his goosebump inducing, troubadour style, clear-cut raspy vocals. “Ain’t got a song to sing without your loving, yeah, isn’t that worth something?” Um, okay, hello Dermot, King of writing the most heartfelt lyrics alongside the most beautiful melodies. Swoooon!! For fans that were worried Dermot’s sophomore album would be more on the side of pop radio, “Dreamer” can be likened to his infamous crowd silencing ballads such as “An Evening I Will Not Forget” and “After Rain.” If you haven’t caught on yet, those tend to be fan favorites. Sidenote, Dermot is ALSO currently on tour in the US with…SHAWN MENDES!

// “I Just Want You Around” by Marc Scibilia //-Singer-songwriter

Long-time Buffalo singer-songwriter Marc Scibilia always has the perfect tracks to enjoy a sunset or romantic dinner for two. “I Just Want You Around” reminds us of a cool bluesy track with a John Mayer guitar solo. We must give credit where credit is due, though, that’s Marc on guitar, vocals, lyrics, production, and well, everything on this track. You can check out behind the scenes of his songwriting on Instagram.

// “Keep On” by Michael Sanderson //-Rock

Germany-based singer-songwriter Michael Sanderson reflects on life in quarantine in new track “Keep On.” Sanderson pays ode to friends and family who get each other through in difficult times. If we could pinpoint a similar sounding vocal, we would probably lean towards Ben Folds. “Keep On” is Sanderson’s first song he ever composed on the piano. It’s a feel-good early Friday evening kind of tune.

// “Rage” by FABER //-Rock

Our London queen FABER! FABER is another artist that we were lucky to have on our IGTV festival lineup in 2020. “Rage” is the perfect song title for her newest release this past May. The song is just the right combination of capturing the feeling of rage and showcasing FABER’s soft vocals contrasted by amplified screams. She’s been out and about doing amazing things including features for BBC introducing…and playing live shows. Keep an eye on her!

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New Music: Seven Songs Seven Genres

We are interrupting your Friday Eve with new music from a diverse group of upcoming artists. Luckily, we didn’t have to go further than our inbox to find a variety of new music to soundtrack your work week blues and get an early start to the weekend. Scroll through to your favorite genre or check out all seven tracks and more on our weekly new music playlists.

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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// “Lost Sheep” by Onyi Moss //-Singer-Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Onyi Moss takes you on a dreamy journey in her new release “Lost Sheep.” The Manchester based British/Nigerian artist’s soothing voice will be the perfect addition to your meditation or relaxation playlist to cure those Sunday Scaries.

// “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk” by J. Antonette //-Country

Our Nashville country queen J. Antonette has the cure for your achy breaky heart. Drown out your tears with a few tequila shots and some Cayote Ugly style bar dancing to “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk”.

// “You Said” by Misa //-Trip Hop

London-based trip hop singer Misa released airy break-up single “You Said,” last Friday. Her unique style of combining dance music with smooth ambient sounds and elements of hip-hop introduces a genre that is entirely new to us as listeners. The track sounds as if a cool evening sea breeze is whispering her feelings.

// “DIS MOI” by Omran //-French Rap/Hip-Hop

Maintenant pour un peu de musique française. “DIS MOI” est un nouveau morceau par rappeur et chanteur français Omran. Sa voix douce peint une image de couples dansant sous le coucher de soleil à la fin d’été. On veut vraiment danser !

// “TALK RICH” by HeyStax //-Rap/Hip-Hop

Upcoming Atlanta, GA artist Heystax released his third studio album entitled “A Beautiful Way to Let Go,” last Friday. The ATL rapper brings the heat with single “Talk Rich” that could easily be played on repeat with windows down all summer long. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well! Some of our other favorite tracks are “Break the Rules,” “Believe,” and “Right Hand Man.”

// “Kick It Up” by Michelle Fabre //-Pop

New York based pop singer-songwriter Michelle Fabre blessed us with all-out dance anthem, “Kick It Up.” The new track exudes elements of 80s dance music alongside upbeat pop vocals to serve as a great addition to your summer playlist. Michelle is certainly an artist to watch as she has been breaking the scene in NYC.

// “10:36” by beabadoobee //-Alternative

Indie-alternative artist beabadoobee (bee-uh-buh-doo-bee) is no stranger to the new music scene. Beatrice Laus of Dirty Hit Records will release her second studio album, Beatopia, on July 15th. “10:36” is the third single from her highly anticipated sophomore album. “10:36” sounds like a background track to a 90s movie, filled with lines of angsty spoken voice. We are fully prepared for this album to take us on a nostalgic 90s flashback of luscious female vocals.

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Friends At The Falls Mirrors Message to “Be the Change”

Friends At The Falls Be the Change

Press play on “Be the Change” by New York Alternative band, Friends At The Falls, and you will picture yourself dancing in an open field at a music festival. Friends At The Falls cites this exact idea as part of the story behind the new single. Band members Jake and Matt recall, “At the time, we were both looking to write an upbeat anthemic song, with a chorus that a crowd of fans could scream back at us.” We can’t praise them enough for capturing this feeling of endless summer and carefree atmosphere in a song.

Best Friends and Band Mates

Jake Stam and Matt Montgomery are lifelong best friends turned band members out of Croton Falls, NY. Jake went to school for audio production and began taking music and songwriting seriously after high school. Upon asking Matt to join him as a collaborator, Friends At The Falls was born in 2016.

Friends At The Falls began releasing Alternative Rock/Indie Pop music as a duo in 2018. Since their debut, the band feels they have improved their production and songwriting. After drawing inspiration from artists such as The Killers, Coldplay, and Springsteen, among others, they now pride themselves on their original sound.

Quick Q&A On “Be the Change”

POETYDANSLARUE: Can you talk about the story and writing process behind “Be the Change?”

Friends At The Falls: “At the time, Jake took inspiration from M83 and the idea that you can use your voice as an instrument. Jake made the “yell” sample in the intro and wrote the chord sequence on a synth. We were both looking to write an upbeat anthemic song, with a chorus that a crowd of fans could scream back at us.”

PDLR: Is there anything special about this song that you would like to share with fans?

FATF: “We wrote the song two years ago and were waiting until the time felt right to release it. We ended every show with it, and we always received an overwhelming reaction from the crowd whenever we performed it. It’s the song we’re most proud of, and it’s the one that we want people to know us by.”

PDLR: How do you see this song fitting in with your current and future  
discography?

FATF: “Our musical genre drifts somewhere between Alternative Rock and Indie Pop. This song is definitely the most “alternative rock” song we have, but we hope to have more songs in this direction with future releases.”

PDLR: Do you have plans for a visual or another type of campaign to go along with “Be the Change?”

FATF: “The music video came out on July 12th (watch below). As far as other visuals go, a lot of desert vibes, and mirrors, focusing on one’s self-desire to “be the change they’ve never been.”

Uncertainty may be a defining quality of 2020, but the reflection proposed by Friends At The Falls is timeless. The message sits in an awe-inspiring upbeat track echoing in your head to simply “Be the Change.”

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Resources to Support Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism

We have compiled a list of ways to help support the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Black Lives Matter as well as some anti-racism resources. There are A LOT of resources and different ways to donate, support, and learn during this time. We will continue to add to this post, so check back regularly for updates. Life-long learning is essential for everyone.

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// PLACES TO DONATE //

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund (US)

Official Gianna Floyd Fund (US)

Black Lives Matter (US)

Reclaim the Block (US)

I Run with Maud (US)

Justice for Breonna Taylor (US)

Solidarité avec les victimes de violences policières (FR)

Afrique au féminin (Québec)

// ORGANIZATIONS & PETITIONS TO HELP SUPPORT RACIAL EQUALITY //

Color of Change (US)

Change.org (US)

Colorlines (US)

NAACP (US)

Views for a Vision : Watch to Donate Through YouTube Ads!

Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP) (FR)

SOS racisme (FR)

// ANTI-RACISM GOOGLE DOCS //

Anti-Racism Resource Guide (EN)

The Show Must Be Paused Google Doc (EN)

#BlackLivesMatter Google Doc (EN)

Ressources anti-racismes à destination des personnes blanches (FR)

// SUPPORT BLACK MUSIC ARTISTS //

Bandcamp: In the Direct Support of Black Musicians Google Sheet

Support Black Artists Spotify Playlist

THIS IS AMAAAAAZING! PLEASE CHECK IT OUT AND STREAM!

// SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED RECORD STORES //

Brittany’s Record Shop (Cleveland)

Freshtopia (Norfolk)

Funk Trunk Records (Richmond)

Halsey & Lewis (Brooklyn)

HighFidelity (LA)

Jampac Records (Charlotte)

JB’s Record Lounge (Atlanta)

Moodies Records (Bronx)

OffBeat (Jackson)

Re-Runz Reocrds (Orlando)

// ARTICLES FOR TEACHERS //

“Question ‘Structures’ & ‘Priviledge’ When Making Fall Reopening Plans”

“Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression”

“Being Anti-Racist”

// LOCAL BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES //

Triangle Area Black-Owned Businesses (Extensive list from WRAL)

// MOVIES/SHOWS TO WATCH //

13th

American Son

Dear White People

See You Yesterday

When They See Us

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Hate U Give

// BOOKS TO READ //

Heavy: An American Memoir

How to be Anti-Racist

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

So You Want to Talk About Race

Their Eyes Were Watching God

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

For more ways to support Black Lives Matter and learn about anti-racism, follow these accounts on Instagram

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"Drunk on Me" J. Antonette

Weekend Music for the Soul: “Drunk on Me” by J. Antonette

"Drunk on Me" J. Antonette

Songwriting is truly the art of telling your story through music. Artists and songwriters are the first to imagine the bones of a new song based on personal experiences. Those first elements are near and dear to an artist’s heart and message. When these details of songwriting resonate with a broader audience, they create a feeling of mutual understanding between artist and listener. Today, Nashville country artist J. Antonette shares her story and collaborative insight behind her emotionally raw hit single “Drunk on Me.”

// Introducing J. Antonette //

J. Antonette started her music career as a background singer for the well-known country-rock artist Melissa Etheridge. She then went on to backup Grammy Award Winning Artist Michael Bolton and open for a variety of country artists, including Jordan Davis and Tucker Beathard. Originally from NYC, Antonette has since relocated to pursue country music in Nashville. She currently releases music as well as collaborates with other artists as a songwriter.

We are excited to have the opportunity to speak with J. Antonette about the making of her recent single, “Drunk on Me,” which addresses the difficulty of a relationship that you know may not be good for you.

“He drives my heart like he stole it”

PoetryDansLaRue: I love the rawness of “Drunk on Me.” The clarity of the vocal and ballad-like style paints a clear picture. Can you tell us about the early stages of the song?

J. Antonette: “Thank you so much! While writing a different song with my friend Lyndee, she mentioned that she and another writer, Colleen Francis, had an idea that would be a great fit for me. Lyndee and I spoke about what I was going through in my personal life. When she sent me the work-tape, I immediately knew I had to be a part of this. At the time, I was with a person who displayed addictive tendencies. It felt like I was living the exact idea of the song. I loved it when he was drunk on me. The highs and lows. The thrills and the crash. I think I tend to get in these toxic relationships and cling to the good instead of all of the red flags. Many of us can relate to being love drunk at one point or another.” 

“The ladies were so wonderful to let me join in on the creation of it. I took some time sitting at a coffee shop with tears in my eyes. I wrote in some details from my relationship that I was in the process of leaving. This time allowed me to put my spin on it.” 

PDLR: I enjoy hearing how multiple perspectives combine to create a song that felt perfect for you at the time. How do you usually go about songwriting? Do you often work with other songwriters?

J. Antonette: “My process ranges from writing alone, in my apartment in the darkest hours of the night to weekly scheduled co-writes. I have about four writing sessions a week with different writers whom I admire or respect. I never want to be the best writer in the room. When I work with others who push me and are extremely talented, it helps make me a better writer.”

“When it comes to how I write or what I write about, I usually pull from experiences that I’m going through at the time.  If I feel passionate about a topic, that may inspire me as well. I love collaborating with other artists. It forces you to work harder instead of settling for what you believe is “good enough.”

“Young, reckless, and free”

PDLR: I agree that working with others can only benefit you as an artist. Who else do you work with on your songs as far as instrumentation and production go?

J. Antonette: “For each of my songs thus far, I’ve worked with different producer friends! I’m blessed to be surrounded by incredible talent both in L.A, Nashville, and NYC. “Drunk On Me” was produced by Johnny Dibb with additional instrumentation by Tyler Tomlinson.”

PDLR: Since you moved to Nashville, what opportunities have shaped you as a musician?

J. Antonette: “I think when you move to Nashville, you have to step up your game. Not just as a singer, but as a writer AND performer. You have to work harder than the person next to you. This town is home to the most talented musicians in the nation! I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world performing with musicians and write with new artists whom I admire. I’ve joined the community and performed at some amazing writers rounds in town. It’s been a beautiful experience! My very first gig in Nashville was the well-known showcase, “Whiskey Jam.”

PDLR: Do you have new songs coming out soon?

J. Antonette: “I have been writing my butt off! I do have plans to release new songs in 2020, but right now I have not decided on which to release. I’m trying to push myself to write my best work and then pick from them!”

“I love when he’s drunk on me”

// For the Listener //

“Drunk on Me” is our take on a breakup song before you bid the final goodbye. The listener can feel the pull of the relationship where you know it’s not right, but you stay anyway. There is a bittersweet side to the song when the singer shares the story from her point of view, “He doesn’t look good on paper, I know his record shows, he’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s different when we are alone…”

We can picture this song being played in the car when you are questioning if something feels right or wrong. “Drunk on Me” by J. Antonette can be your next breakup song, comfort song, power song, or even love song. It is up to your interpretation of what the song means to you at a particular moment. The beauty of music begins with the songwriters’ and artists’ personal experiences but transfers wide and deep across endless barriers.

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MR. MONACO to Release New Single “Blush” as Free Gift; Stresses Message of Unity

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Los Angeles artist MR. MONACO, formerly of the band MONACO, announced the following message to fans about his new single “Blush”:

Blush Single

The singer also released this detailed statement:

“As many of you know, the new single was already scheduled for release and sent to music stores for June 5th. However, given the tragic murder of George Floyd, it has caused all of us to pause and reflect on our own lives and how we should take time to understand one another better. We must unite against evil. I still believe love is stronger than hate; that good can overcome evil. But not apart. We are better together. We are stronger together. 
That said, despite the single already being sent out to streaming platforms (which was done months ago), I decided to make it available to download for free as a gift. I hope this can serve as a blessing and bring joy to everyone amid all the suffering and pain people are feeling right now.
If you still choose to stream the song, I encourage you to donate to charities of your own choice, to the Floyd family, as well as black business owners and families in need.
We all need each other. There is strength in our unity. Perfect love casts out ALL fear.
God bless,
– Daniel”

Here are some ways you can help:

// Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
// Official Gianna Floyd Fund
// Color of Change
// Change.org
// Reclaim the Block
// Anti-racism Resources

First Listen: “Blush”

“Blush” premieres exclusively on our blog today. It will be available on streaming platforms as a free download to everyone. Listen to the Phantom of the Opera inspired single below and continue reading for more insight on the revamped sound of the newly solo artist.

Introducing MR. MONACO

Since we last spoke with Daniel Davis of MONACO, some major changes have occurred. Davis recently revealed that he is now pursuing a solo career under the moniker MR. MONACO. “Blush” is the first single of this new era and the first glimpse for fans into the newer sound.

The artist elaborates on the concept of “Blush,” “the single is part of an upcoming project inspired by my modern take on The Phantom of the Opera. The protagonist in the song is pursuing the girl and is praising everything he loves about her.” You can hear the musical influence from the iconic play in the production and instrumentation (cue after the chorus). The story centers around the idea of a masquerade ball in a nightclub and substitutes pop music for the classical opera.

Davis explains, “The single is one of many that display my influences growing up. From Michael Jackson, Prince, Charlie Wilson, to Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, and Israel Houghton.” “The upcoming project has eclectic influences such as indie-pop, R&B, Gospel, and Hip-Hop.”

We hope that this music brings you joy. Music is something that comforts us and helps us find the words when we cannot. We can all DO better and dig deeper within ourselves to BE better. We should not shy away from the things that help us to become better.

-PoetryDansLaRue

Last Vacation Talks New Single, Music Video, and The 1975

Our most recent interview with Last Vacation has been a long time in the making. Flashback to March 11th, our chats about quarantine were nonexistent but imminent. Fast forward a few days later, and schools closed, tours were canceled, and stay at home orders were upon us. Amid all the chaos, Last Vacation released their anthemic single, “How Could You Hurt Somebody You Love?” on April 17th.

The Boston band has been not so sneaky about their references to The 1975 during the promotion of “How Could You Hurt Somebody You Love.” They even changed their Instagram bio to “A not so good version of The 1975.” We beg to differ, though, and would argue that they are underestimating their unique sound. While fans can surely pinpoint the connections in their work, the distinct vocal and pop-punk feel of the new single does not line up all that much with the Manchester band.

Let’s jump into our interview and dig a bit deeper into the making of “How Could You Hurt Somebody You Love…”

PoetryDansLaRue: Can you take us back to the early days of “HCYHSYL?”

Last Vacation: “This is a song that we wanted to release for a long time. We wrote it about a year ago and now feels like the perfect time to put it out there. “Eternal Romantic” was a slight jump for us, but I think that “HCYHSYL” is more of where we are now.”

PDLR: I’m curious about the process and the backstory of “HCYHSYL” since it is a breakup song…

Last Vacation: “We wrote this one a bit differently. One thing that we were inspired by was something that Blink 182 did on their self-titled album. They each wrote a separate verse and then fit the pieces together. In the case of “HCYHSYL,” Travis Rutzel, the singer, wrote the first half of the song. Then, I (Scott Anderson, drummer) wrote the second half of it, including the choruses. We never wrote a song this way before, Travis was always more of the lyricist.”

“In regards to the lyrics, I was seeing somebody at the time and recently started dating someone else. The relationship fell apart rather quickly, and the feeling of betrayal led me to the phrase “How Could You Hurt Somebody You Love?” I think we were all able to relate to that as a band and realize how it could connect with a broader audience. Everyone has that question for somebody, and you are that question for somebody else. It seems to resonate well with people.”

PDLR: How has “HCYHSYL” translated with a live audience?

Last Vacation: “We noticed over time that it stands out in our set and people seem to respond well to it. We recently did a couple of shows back in early March with PHANGS and Hand Made House, and we were happy with the reaction. We would like to branch out with that song a bit and maybe do a couple of remixes. I was also thinking of doing an acoustic version since we wrote it acoustically. It seems to be THE song. We believe in it, and it’s the most honest track.”

PDLR: How did the video come together for “HCYHSYL?”

Last Vacation: “The video was inspired by how some of The 1975 aesthetic looks very retro, but not really at the same time. It has a lot of neon and high colors. We filmed it in single shots where you see one of us at a time. There’s some splitting and stuff like that. It was kind of a choice to film it that way. It’s been about a year since we released our first video, so this one is pretty big for us.”

There is no doubt that Last Vacation is talented. In this time of self-discovery and reflection, we advise them to continue to define and develop their unique sound.

Check out this former Last Vacation feature on PoetryDansLaRue for more background on the band.

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