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Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh

As Raleigh, NC steadily grows, so does the Raleigh music scene. We’ve zoomed in on local upcoming music artists to create an Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh guide and playlist. Local residents of Raleigh can easily catch these artists playing events while exploring the Triangle. Check out our song picks and playlists below featuring Christian James, Paige King Johnson, Heather Sarona, Stray Local, and more!

*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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// “Lately” by Christian James ft. Laith, and Chico //-Alternative/Hip-hop

Christian James, local Hip-hop/Rap artist, released a more Alternative style single “Lately” this May. “Lately” is an infectious earworm that takes us back to the days of streaming “Waves” by Mr. Probz while enjoying a summer cocktail. The single incorporates clever lyrics, “Baby, baby grab the phone seven digits, seven minutes till I land, Amy Winehouse records spinning like a ceiling fan.” The verses hit with just the right amount of diction and flow leading to an undeniably catchy pre-hook and chorus. “Lately” is one of those songs you listen to once and can easily sing along by the last chorus. Follow Christian James for more new music coming next week!

// “Window to Break” by Heather Sarona //-Americana Singer-songwriter

Holly Springs native Singer-songwriter, Heather Sarona, debuted her first album Head Above Water this past January. “Window to Break” is a standout coda to the Alternative-folk style LP. Haunting lyrics like “My treasure and my pride, there for you to take, my window’s yours to break,” showcase the vulnerability of being unguarded in a relationship. Her folky vocals and southern charm will win you over in this soothing single. You can catch Heather in the Triangle over the next few months with her next appearance on September 17th at Mason Jar in Fuquay.

// “Maybe We’re All” by John Sierra //-Singer-songwriter

“Maybe We’re All” is a pensive, thought-provoking track by Raleigh Singer-songwriter John Sierra. The beautifully written, coffeehouse playlist type song, embodies longing and commonality. Sierra recounts several stories of lonely passersby and links a common ground by singing “Maybe we’re all looking for love, maybe we’re all looking for home.” Check out John Sierra live around Durham and Raleigh from now until December!

// “Holding Hope” by Jon Ward Beyle //-Folk-rock

Jon Ward Beyle has an Avett Brothers-esque style of vocals and storytelling on single “Holding Hope,” from debut album Worth Stopping For (2021). “Holding Hope” is reflective and wistful, a perfect Folk-rock ballad that starts soft and amps to close. The track is a true homage to songwriting in the sense of being able to connect with listeners and send a powerful message through music. Jon Ward Beyle frequents one of our favorite venues in Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle, and is set to play at The Evening Muse in Charlotte this Friday with Courtney Lynn & Quinn.

// “American Beauty” by Paige King Johnson //-Country singer-songwriter

If you’re looking for an America’s sweetheart country singer in the Triangle, Paige King Johnson is your girl. Her single “American Beauty” off of her debut album Honky Tonk Heart (released June 2022), could easily land her a few gigs opening for some of your favorite country artists. In fact, Paige has already been an opening act for the likes of Kane Brown, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, and Gabby Barrett! “American Beauty” is a ‘tale as old as time’ classic country song with mature flawless vocals. The story of “American Beauty” is a reminder to young women, as well as a personal anthem to the artist, that you can chase your dreams, and everything will work out. Paige has several upcoming tour dates in the area. She’ll be playing with local The Voice star, Britton Buchanan, in Sanford this Thursday!

// “Shiver” by Stray Local //-Indie-pop

Stray Local is an upbeat Indie-pop band that you may stumble upon while out in the Raleigh area. The husband-and-wife duo, Hannah and Jamie Rowen, have several catchy singles including “Shiver,” an easy listening pop track. Stray Local are also avid runners, and “Shiver” is a great soundtrack for a scenic jog in the triangle. Catch them live as they hop from breweries to coffeeshops in the area.

// “Worthless” by Tiger Beach //-Indie-rock

Raleigh’s own Tiger Beach is on a roll of releasing new music. “Worthless” is our favorite track of their recent releases over the past year. Reminiscent of Wallows Tell Me That It’s Over vocally and The Cure’s Disintegration sonically, “Worthless” defines Tiger Beach’s Indie-rock sound. The key change on the bridge draws you in closer to the melancholic chorus, “Tell me that it’s always just so worthless, tell that I’m wasting all of my time, tell me that I’m never gonna make it.” The defining repetitive bassline continues through the end in a culmination of power surging sounds. Follow Tiger Beach for updates on upcoming shows!


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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!

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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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// 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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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.

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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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