Cara Louise

Now Spinning: Cara Louise ‘Wholesome Dread’

Check your list for Album of the Year and add Wholesome Dread by Cara Louise to the queue. Soul Step Records drops two exclusive vinyl variants of the folk-inspired indie rock LP this weekend. Subscribe now and don’t miss the chance to check out the Orange Sunburst vinyl, a sweet Wax Mage variant, and a free 45 of “Fragile Heart” by Cara Louise.

St. Louis to Nashville singer-songwriter Cara Louise is the missing piece to your emerging artist vinyl collection. Cara Louise’s vocal style often reminds music fans of Brandi Carlile or Sharon Van Etten. Her indie rock disposition blended with folk roots also draws parallels to folk sisters, Joseph and Larkin Poe. Wholesome Dread, released September 30th, pivots on the themes of existential dread and self-discovery. Take a deep dive into the 9-track LP and you’ll be captivated by Cara’s lyricism and affinity for a genre bending album.

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Cara Louise

// Favorite Tracks //

“Wholesome Dread” encapsulates the ever-present theme of the album with relatable lyrics, “can’t deny we’re all the same, afraid of dying.” Something about this intro track makes you feel like you are experiencing the live version in the same room with Cara Louise.

“Must Be Nice” is a lyrically relatable track for twenty and thirty-somethings trying to navigate adulthood and mental health struggles. Cara’s vocal range on the chorus easily lands “Must Be Nice” as a standout track on the 9-song LP.

“Empty Me” has an upbeat danceworthy backtrack, yet is starkly contrasted by deeper lyrics of uncertainty. The single has the right amount of push and pull for a well-crafted melancholic hit.

“Julia” has more of a country folk feel with twangy guitars and vivid picturesque lyrics. Cara’s voice remains serene as the instrumentals amplify to a height.

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Get Sad Y'all

5 Years of Get Sad Y’all: An Emo & Pop Punk Party

Do you want to visit “All the Gin Joints in All the World?” Or maybe you’d prefer a trip to “Cavanagh Park” in the winter? Well, all you need to know is that Get Sad Y’all’s 5th Anniversary Party is not something you should be missing! You better “MakeDamnSure” to pack your eyeliner and tissues for this event.

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Raleigh-local emo organization Get Sad Y’all has been throwing emo and pop punk-inspired parties since 2017. Roll up to their last Emo & Pop Punk Party of 2022, or don’t, no pressure.

Friday, Dec 16, 2022
Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

Doors: 7 pm
Show: 8 pm

$20 adv / $25 day of show
All ages

Tickets are on sale now at getsadyall.com. All your favorite emo bands are back, so join the fam without breaking the bank and Get Sad Y’all!

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Parker Louis

Now Spinning: Parker Louis ‘All Good Things’

Soul Step Records* brings the heat for the end of the year with a stunning repress of Parker Louis’s 2019 LP All Good Things. The independent record label in Nashville launches two hypnotizing vinyl variants, Jungle Swirl (pictured below) and a limited edition Wax Mage beauty.

Parker Louis, of Columbus, Ohio, can be compared to soulful songwriters Sam Cooke, Raphael Saadiq, Anderson East, and Allen Stone. Louis’s smooth, bluesy style ranks him high among R&B and neo-soul fans of today.

All Good Things is now restocked and available for excellent audiophile listening on wax. From “No Love, Lately” to “Waiting,” listeners absorb jazzy instrumentals and raspy alluring vocals. Not only does the album sound exquisite on vinyl, but Parker Louis has recently shown off his vocal range on the road, opening most recently for fellow Columbus, Ohio, band Caamp. All Good Things is a timeless R&B gem to add to any collection.

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Parker Louis

// Favorite Tracks //

“No Love, Lately” is a first-listen showstopper the minute the needle hits the groove. The overall bones of this track go deep in classic R&B with relaxed instrumentals, choir-like backing vocals, and a sweet-singing guitar.

“Vibe” is a smooth, sultry track to accompany your romantic dinner or evening party. One-thousand percent not lying when we say these songs sound superb on vinyl.

“Gemini” is our favorite of the 8-track LP. Louis’s vocals shine brighter than ever on this slowed-down confession of love. The guitar-driven outro calls for some wine and slow dancing in the dark.

“Lights” has a highly reminiscent vibe of Anderson East, which is a lofty compliment in our book. While listening to this side B opener, fans will quickly realize that Louis’s incredible songwriting talent is not letting up.

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beginner turntables

Our Simple Guide to Beginner Turntables

Drop the needle in the groove, hear the crackle of some vintage tunes, and join the ever-growing community of vinyl record collectors. Whether you’ve got a stack of vinyl passed on from a relative or splurged on all four copies of Midnights at Target, we’ve created a simple guide to beginner turntables for the holiday season.

beginner turntables

All-in-one Record Players

Crosley, Victrola, or Suitcase Players $45-$100*-A suitcase player is the cheapest way to start a collection of a few records. It is convenient for size, portability, and price; however, it is simply not the best option for quality, design, and longevity purposes.

Most people start with a small collection of vinyl and a suitcase record player, myself included.  There is a lot of stigma about these record players because of their design and reputation for “ruining records.” In my experience, I didn’t have any issues with damaged records, but I do know many people have discovered their records became scratched or skipped after long-term use.  I enjoy the Crosley suitcase for its portability and often played French records in my classroom.

That being said, my recommendation and other collectors’ recommendations would be to consider a better-designed entry-level turntable and build your setup from there.  You can start with an affordable turntable with a built-in preamp (aka no need for a receiver/amp) and hunt for bargain powered speakers. Some newer turntables have a Bluetooth feature you can use until you can complete your setup.  *Bluetooth is not the best option for an authentic audio listening experience.

If you want more opinions on all-in-one record player recommendations and entry-level turntables, visit Reddit r/vinyl and r/turntables. I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as this subgroup, so check out some of the posts I have referenced below.

Best New Entry-Level Turntable to Start Out With (Sort by Price and Country): vinyl (reddit.com)

Turntables and Speakers: sharkamino (reddit.com)

I understand that Reddit can be overwhelming, so I’m breaking down some of the best, affordable beginner turntables in 2022.

Beginner Turntables and Accessories-$130-$275 (Total Budget)

Insignia turntable $130-Availabe at Best Buy and has a built-in preamp. Bluetooth capability.

Crosley C6 $148.40-This turntable is recommended over the Audio-Technica LP60x because it does not have the same design mechanism as a suitcase-type player. The Crosley C6 also has Bluetooth capability. We found the lowest price on Wayfair.

1BYONE High Fidelity Turntable Built-in Speakers $180*-PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/24/22. If you’re looking for an all-in-one space-saver deal and unsure how much you will invest in the hobby, this system might be for you.

DIGITNOW Record Player with Speakers $180*-Current deal as of 11/24/22. All-in-one package with separate speakers included.

If you need to invest in speakers, check out one of the following options for a budget-friendly setup:

PreSonus Eris 3.5 Speakers $100*-PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/24/22.

Edifier 1280T $83*-PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/24/22.

True and Trusty Turntables-$200-$350

Sony PS-LX310BT $198*-PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/24/22. Fully automatic turntable with Bluetooth and USB output.

Fluance RT80 $200*-Built-in preamp. Comes with an Audio-Technica AT91 cartridge.

U-Turn Orbit Basic $200-No built-in preamp. Multiple color options (blue, purple, green, red, white, black). You can purchase with preamp for $269.

Crosley C200A $220*-Built-in preamp. Comes with Audio-Technica-3600 moving-magnet cartridge.

*Denon DP-300F $329*-This is the turntable that I purchased in 2019. The cartridge that comes with the setup is of decent quality (i.e., you don’t need to change it unless you want to upgrade for better sound). I recently upgraded to an Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge*. This is an automatic turntable with a start and stop feature. The Denon DP-300F is currently on sale on Amazon.

Audio-Technica LP120X $349*-Audio-Technica is probably the most common entry-level turntable. This model is recommended for its longevity and ability to upgrade in the future.

Browse Used Turntables on eBay for a sweet retro deal to get your collection going! You can also find speakers, amps, receivers, etc., to build your entire setup from vintage gear.

Upgrade-$300-$599

Pioneer DJ PLX-500 $299*-PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/24/22. A few more features for digital recording and DJ-type use.

Fluance RT85 $500-Multiple color options (white, black, bamboo, walnut). Comes with Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge.

Rega Planar 1 $595*-Manual Belt Drive Turntable with Rega Carbon MM Cartridge.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO $599-Multiple color options (red, yellow, black, white, walnut). Comes with a Sumiko Rainier cartridge. This turntable would be my choice for an upgrade from the previous selection.

My Complete Setup

Turntable: Denon DP-300F*

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartridge*-Researched Reddit for the best cartridge upgrades for my turntable.

Speakers: Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 Bookshelf Speakers*-These speakers require a receiver and speaker wire. PRICE DROP. Current deal as of 11/5/22.

Receiver: Yamaha R-S202*-Found an Open Box Deal ($60) purchased in 2019. You do not *need* a receiver if your turntable has a built-in preamp.

Main Shelf: Tactile WoodShop Mid-Century Modern Record Player Stand Etsy-Purchased in 2019. Prices have significantly increased; here is the shop if you are interested.

Storage Shelves: Kallax Cubes-IKEA’S most common and cheapest vinyl storage shelves. I have eight cubes, but you can customize how many and the design you would like. You can also check Facebook Marketplace for secondhand Kallax shelves.

Cleaning & Accessories

Outer Sleeves*-100 12″ Record Outer Sleeves

Inner Sleeves*-50 count

Clear Book Ends*-Holds records in place when they don’t fill the shelf

Record Cleaner*-Liquid cleaner for vinyl records

!! Needle Cleaning Hack-Use a plain white Magic Eraser to clean your turntable needle. Video HERE.


If you have any questions on a specific turntable or accessory, I may not have all the answers, but I can point you in the direction of someone who can help.  Please keep in mind that this list is a guide to beginner turntables, not an expert audiophile experience. Happy spinning and happy holiday season!

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New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

Things have never been hotter in the music industry, and we are here to keep you in the loop! New Music Friday is back with a collaborative playlist for October. POETRY DANS LA RUE curates Flames of Fall; highly anticipated tracks from The 1975, Noah Kahan, and Blink-182 mixed with undiscovered tracks from around the world to spice up your music taste.

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New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

// “Harlot” by FABER //-Rock

FABER brings the heat and the vengeance on her latest single, “Harlot.” The single is bold and full of fury, yet comes out on top with the ‘take that’ type of comeback. The London rocker spices up her game with crystal-clear lyrics detailing an awry relationship. “Harlot” showcases FABER’s ability to draw her audience in and make them genuinely feel her story.

// “Central London” by Jodie Mellor //-Pop

Self-proclaimed “professional bedroom singer” Jodie Mellor gushes about love on her latest single, “Central London.” The Bristol-based singer-songwriter conveys her message of overcoming personal anxieties to show her love for her partner. Mellor sings, “I would drive through central London for you,” in a reassuring proclamation of her feelings. “Central London” may expose Mellor’s anxieties, but it also highlights her vocal and lyrical talents. The song paints the perfect picture of a selfless type of love.

// “All My Love” by Noah Kahan //-Folk

New England folk singer-songwriter Noah Kahan releases his third studio album today. “All My Love” is the third track on Stick Season, following his two lyrically flawless singles. Keeping the folky, fall feeling of longing and isolation, Kahan writes better than ever: “I’m sayin’ too much, but you know how it gets out here. No winter coat could keep out all the cold of your atmosphere.” “All My Love” is a respectful, mature break-up song for the season of change.

// “Necromancing” by Justin Kerecz //-Rock

We are very much here for Justin Kerecz’s latest chilling single, “Necromancing,” a Tom Petty-inspired track for the spooky season. Petty-esque guitars and a chorus of “oooo oooo” add just enough heartland sounds to this autumn tune. Also drawing influences from Butch Walker, Ghost, and Warren Zevon, “Necromancing” is the perfect eerie addition to your Halloween playlist.

// “At the Pool” by Lioba //-Pop

Germany-native artist Lioba released her latest single, “At the Pool,” defining her new alternative pop sound. “At the Pool” explores a melancholic Lorde-type concept of transforming bubblegum pop into intoxicating synthy waves. Lioba demonstrates magnetic allure on this track, weaving through airy vocals to a deeper range on the outro.


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Modern Nomad

Now Spinning: Modern Nomad ‘There It Is, There You Are’

Indie pop record There It Is, There You Are by Modern Nomad sounds flawless on white vinyl from Soul Step Records. Soul Step denotes the 2021 album as “psychedelic indie pop for fans of Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, and Toro Y Moi.” Furthermore, There It Is, There You Are is a surprising nod to The Beach Boys and The Beatles. This week, we chat with Tom McLean, solo artist under the moniker Modern Nomad, about his most recent album.

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Modern Nomad

Q&A with Modern Nomad //

PDLR: Soul Step Records mentions similarities to Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, and Toro Y Moi, as well as influences from The Beatles and The Beach Boys. 

Do you have other influences or anecdotes to share about what inspired There It Is, There You Are?

Modern Nomad: “Harry Nilsson is one of my biggest influences, he is at the top of my list! As for the overall inspiration, I wrote and recorded this record at a time when I entered a long-term relationship. I spent two months with my partner, hanging out and getting to know each other basically every day. It went from that to long distance. Navigating the newness of distance inspired a lot of these songs. Specifically, the song “Feel This Way Forever” has a lot of lyrics about our relationship.”

PDLR: “Baby, I Love You,” “Electrify,” and “I Want You to Stay” have an evident influence from The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

What specific elements in your music draw inspiration from these iconic bands?

Modern Nomad: “I love the harmonies in The Beatles and The Beach Boys’ music. Harmony is something that I spend a lot of time on, so I’ll obsess over stacking vocals. The balance of simplicity and complexity is an element I admire in The Beatles’ music. They’ll have weird chord changes that don’t seem to fit, yet they work out smoothly. I will undeniably be searching for a McCartney-quality melody my entire life.”

PDLR: Can you discuss the songwriting process for There It Is, There You Are?

Modern Nomad: “I write, record, and produce everything myself, so the process changes from song to song. Several songs, like “All in My Dreams,” were recorded and worked on for over a year, whereas I finished “Get a Little Closer” in one night. Usually, I’ll start with an idea for a chord progression and part of a melody; then, I produce a track around it. Once I arrange and map out the idea, then I’ll finish writing the verses, choruses, and bridges. Writing like this also allows me to revisit songs if something else I did in a newer song inspires me. I love having that freedom.”

PDLR: How would you describe the album’s sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Modern Nomad: “Maybe something like if The Beatles in 1967 had access to Ableton, 80’s synths, and were listening to the Spotify playlist ‘Modern Psychedelia’ a lot.”

Our Favorite Tracks //

“Reflection” -A captivating intro track to the 10-song LP. “Reflection” oozes psychedelic indie rock à la Tame Impala.

“Get a Little Closer” -On this second track, Modern Nomad brings a sultry, mellow vibe that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Get a Little Closer” is our favorite tune, based solely on the smooth instrumentals.

“Baby, I Love You” -This track that draws clear inspiration from The Beatles and The Beach Boys. We go back and forth between connections of the two iconic bands in “Baby, I Love You.” Catchy, cute, timeless, and undoubtedly nostalgic.

“Electrify” -Infectious and quite literally electrifying. It’s as if The Beatles and Tame Impala came together right now over this song.

“Feel This Way Forever” -A psychedelic, dreamy track with jazzy undertones. “Feel This Way Forever” has a perfect fade-out on vinyl into the album’s last two tracks.

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Women of September

New Music: Women of September

It’s mid-September and 2022 is quickly fading away. Within the last few weeks, artists and record labels have seemingly rained down with new music releases. This week, we focus on brand new tracks from some powerful female artists in our New Music: Women of September playlist. New to the blog artists Wyldest, Yazmin Lacey, and merci, mercy bring a fresh sound, while fan favorites Bella Rose and Bonnie Kemplay continue to drop hit after hit.

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Women of September

New Music: Women of September

// “Drinks and Dreams” by Bella Rose //-Pop

Bella Rose releases heavenly new single, “Drinks and Dreams,” her third solo track of the year. The Nashville pop artist is formerly known from indie pop band, The Young Something. Recently, Bella Rose and former band member, Alex Bonyata continue to write and produce songs together for Bella’s solo career. “Drinks and Dreams” is pure pop, strikingly flawless vocals and fresh production. Bella’s vocal style, songwriting, and charm form the perfect combination of a rising female pop star.

// “Pieces” by Yazmin Lacey //-Contemporary R&B

Singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacey of Nottingham, UK shares stunning single “Pieces” this month. “Pieces” is the first single from the artist since 2020. Soft, sultry, jazzy, and vulnerable, “Pieces” showcases Yazmin’s artistry and songwriting expertise. Smooth brass instrumentals compliment the simplicity of the concentrated vocals, leaving an ominous outro. We can picture this track spinning sweetly on a 7″ vinyl, soundtracking colder evenings to come.

// “Inky Road” by Wyldest //-Indie rock

“Inky Road” is the final track from Feed the Flowers Nightmares, the latest album from British indie artist Wyldest. The closing song reflects on twists and turns like a winding road leading to the relief of being home. “Rolling, I can’t believe, we’re free, I’m home,” Wyldest muses on “Inky Road” as the song seems weightless and optimistic. Check out Feed the Flowers Nightmares in full for the complete journey of her latest project.

// “Into You” by merci, mercy //-Alternative

Australian alternative artist merci, mercy amps up our Women of September playlist with latest single “Into You.” Surrounded in bright colored florals on the cover art, “Into You,” is a poppy, break-up track with a catchy, yet bitter chorus. “Into You” is the opening track of merci, mercy’s new EP is it me, or is it you? which debuts September 30th. Upbeat pop synths play contrast to heartbreak and self-reflective lyrics on this colorful track.

// “Static” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Singer-songwriter

Dirty Hit artist of Edinburgh, UK is building her debut EP with a chain of recent singles, the latest “Static,” out this week. On Kemplay’s third single, the alternative singer coins her songwriting style with soft tones and heavier guitars. It is impossible not to draw the comparison between her label mate, beabadoobee, on “Static.” Although similar, major credit goes to Kemplay for her guitar skills and songwriting. “Static” reflects on a feeling of hopelessness and uncertainty at a difficult moment during her career. Running out of things to say, running out of things to do, the 6-song EP will debut November 14th.


Check out all of these songs and more on our New Music: Women of September playlists

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Aquarius Purple

Now Spinning: Marcus Machado Aquarius Purple

We are head over heels for this Purple Ink Spot repress of Marcus Machado’s 2021 debut album, Aquarius Purple, from Soul Step Records*. Described as “guitar-driven rhythm and funk for fans of Raphael Saadiq and Jimi Hendrix,” something kept calling me to spin this album.

Aquarius Purple is a Guitar & B type record with funky instrumental tracks such as “Aq Intro” and “Table Dance.” Marcus Machado’s style, rooted in soul, rhythm, and dream-like instrumentals, sends you into a temporary reverie. Throughout the galactic-sounding journey of the album, music fans may also liken Machado to Thundercat or Black Pumas. “Let’s Play” is a soul-heavy instrumental track contrasted by “Her,” a funky dance-beat bop. Collaborative sounds from Jermaine Holmes, Daru Jones, JSWISS, Ahrel Lumzy, and TFOX make Aquarius Purple an eccentric album with striking layers.

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Aquarius Purple

// Favorite Tracks //

“Let’s Play”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

“Her”

“Running”

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Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022: Lineup Playlist & Artist Spotlight

Hopscotch 2022 is knee-deep in talented artists from the emerging music scene. Headliners Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and Kim Gordon take the stage at City Plaza Thursday-Saturday this weekend in downtown Raleigh. Undercard must-see artists include Tomberlin, Amythyst Kiah, Hand Habits, Nation of Language, Yaya Bey, and so many more. Today, we let you in on some of the best kept secrets of Hopscotch 2022.

Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022 Lineup Playlist

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Artist Spotlight

// Amythyst Kiah //

Tennessee singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah brings her unique style to Moore Square on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Kiah’s songwriting blends her inspiration of American roots music and alternative rock with critically acclaimed single, “Black Myself.” Her latest EP Pensive Pop is a collection of cover songs that shaped Kiah’s musical repertoire. Her country ballad spin on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” lands Amythyst Kiah at the top of our watch list.

// Charley Crockett //

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett will headline Moore Square on Thursday at 8:45 pm. Rooted in busking the streets of New Orleans and Dallas, TX, Crockett’s discography spans eleven albums in the past seven years. His second album of 2022, The Man From Waco, will release this Friday. Fans of blues, country, and Americana gawk over his vast resume of songwriting and collaboration. Must-hear tunes include “I’m Just a Clown,” “Jamestown Ferry,” and “Welcome to Hard Times.”

// Hand Habits //

Hand Habits is a solo indie-rock act founded by musician and guitarist Meg Duffy. Now a local L.A. artist, Hand Habits is known for their contributions on albums for Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler. Among other highly recognizable achievements, Hand Habits is currently playing guitar for Perfume Genius! The style of their solo work is a lovely fuse of soft vocals and hushed instrumentals. “No reply” and “placeholder” are our top picks for easy listening. Catch Hand Habits this Friday at 6:45 pm at City Plaza.

// Late Bloomer //

Indie punk band Late Bloomer is a hidden gem out of Charlotte, NC. Late Bloomer’s top song “Heaven” is a fan favorite right from the first few seconds. Vocals bring nostalgia from ’90s bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. The trio recently announced new EP, Where Are The Bones, available now on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere Friday. Stream “Restless Nights” for a chill-out fall tune about changing your outlook on life. Late Bloomer plays a late-night gig at Slims on Saturday at 1:00 am.

// Nation of Language //

New York indie pop band Nation of Language adds some synth spice to this year’s Hopscotch lineup. Similar to the likes of Dry Cleaning and Ela Minus, Nation of Language combines synth-pop with a bit of melancholy. “Across That Fine Line,” is the obvious festival-type track you may hear on Saturday evening at City Plaza (6:00 pm). Our other song recommendations include “This Fractured Mind” and “September Again” for dance-inducing music yet, thought-provoking lyrics.

// Tomberlin //

Tomberlin is back for her second Hopscotch music festival appearance and this year is a big one. Solo folk singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin released her sophomore album this April. Must-hear tracks from Tomberlin’s discography include “tap,” “Wasted,” and “Any Other Way.” Tomberlin is scheduled for double performances this weekend. Catch her at The Pour House on Friday at 10:30 pm and Moore Square on Saturday at 5:10 pm.

// Yaya Bey //

Brooklyn R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is coming in hot for Hopscotch with her new album Remember Your North Star (June 2022). Bey experiments with crossing genre lines on tracks “keisha,” “reprise,” and “alright.” Pitchfork deemed Remember Your North Star as Best New Music of June 2022. Don’t miss Bey performing at City Plaza on Friday at 5:30 pm.


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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Falll

New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall

Ba-dee-ya dancin’ in September! New Music Friday rolls into September with a Glimpse of Fall playlist for cooler cozy nights. Songwriters Dermot Kennedy, Billy Raffoul, and Dean Lewis round out the sweeter sides, while The Wonder Years, Dwain Brown, and Nina Nesbitt bring the spice. This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for breaking out the fall decor.

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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall Highlights

// “Kiss Me” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter/Pop

Dermot Kennedy’s fourth single from upcoming album Sonder, “Kiss Me,” resonates a similar poppy sound to hit “Something to Someone.” “So, I let this night in my lungs, you’re all that I want to breathe,” revels Kennedy in eloquent artistry. In true Dermot fashion, the songwriter captures the feeling of fleeting memories flashing by like billboards on a highway. Sonder has a new release date of November 4th, pre-order the album here.

// “Better” by Billy Raffoul //-Singer-songwriter/Alternative

Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul drops “Better,” his first solo single in the last two years, this week. Raffoul has one of the most identifiable voices, one you may recognize from music featured on This Is Us. “Better” follows his debut album International Hotel in 2020. The single is an acoustic charmer with endearing lyrics, “I wanna make you smile, wanna put you back together, you’ve been hurt before, I wanna love you better.”

// “I Should Be a Bird” by Nina Nesbitt //-Pop

Scottish pop singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt released her long-awaited third album, Älskar (“love” in Swedish), today. Nesbitt’s vocals shine on soothing downside track, “I Should Be a Bird.” At 28, Nina embraces vulnerability and carrying the weight of a relationship on “I Should Be a Bird.” Her more mature sound and writing defines the back-and-forth battle between giving it all and letting it go. Check out the rest of Älskar and listen to the album here.

// “Fatherhood” by Dwain Brown //-Hip-hop/Rap

Londoner Dwain Brown is a poet and spoken word rap artist. Brown’s newest single, “Fatherhood,” delves into the struggles of parenthood with a positive hopeful spin. His words reverb alluringly and draw the listener in closely to reveal his story. Dwain Brown paints a picture of his childhood to growing into his role of a father in a beautifully written, insatiably catchy single.

// “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth” by The Wonder Years //-Rock

Pennsylvania pop-punk band The Wonder Years are set to release their SEVENTH album, The Hum Goes On Forever September 22nd. TWY bring the heat on single “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” combining trademark pop-punk guitars and angsty lyrics. The chorus rings high, “But oh, I wanna build, wanna build you back from memory, something that can stay, that can stay here when you go.” The title line, “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” gets heavier then fades to a hushed vocal on the final pre-chorus.

// “How Do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis //-Singer-songwriter

Dean Lewis always has the recipe for a good cry. “How Do I Say Goodbye” is a heartfelt tearjerker written about Lewis’s father being diagnosed with cancer. The artist’s story has a happy ending as his father is now in remission, but the song resonates with fans that may be facing the same journey. “How Do I Say Goodbye” puts words to a situation that often feels too emotional to vocalize.


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