Folk/soul singer/songwriter Nora Rothman recently announced her debut self-titled EP, set for release on July 21, 2017, introducing her emotive performance style with a live studio version of her original track, "Judy Garland," followed by her spine-tingling song, "Note to My Ex Lover." Today, Rothman is back with a new single and official music video for "Truth or Dare," a sweet ukulele melody about the games we play with love. The video features behind-the-scenes footage of Rothman setting up to film a live performance on her fire escape and taking a detour along the way. In fact, Rothman & videographer Tommy Ufland were actually trying to film a live version of "Truth or Dare," but there was an unforeseen festival happening on her block. Since they couldn't film with the noise from the street, they took their camera down to the festival and joined. It turned out to be a leather bear convention and live rock show, giving the video a unique story behind it.
Hailing from Hollywood nobility as the daughter of Tom Rothman (Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Jessica Harper (Actress), it was inevitable that indie singer/songwriter Nora Rothman would find herself fully immersed in all things music and entertainment. At three she laid down her first recording, at eleven she wrote her first song, and at sixteen she played her first professional show. Finding a relief in music while struggling with an anxiety disorder, Rothman immersed herself in songwriting and vocal studies as she channeled her contemporary rawness and pop sensibility into acoustic, 70s-esque arrangements. Now at 26, Rothman has more experience under her belt than most. After graduating from Brown University with honors in Creative Writing, she picked up a ukulele, and settled into her unique soulful folk sound while simultaneously appearing as an actress on stage and screen. As a professional vocalist, Rothman soloed at the KJazz Fall Benefit Concert, toured through Italy, played at the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival in Vegas, and collaborated with visionary director Nathan Kim on their video "Strange // Humanshapes." As an actress, Rothman has starred in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and acclaimed indie film, Hunky Dory.
A singer-songwriter with a singular folk soul sound, Rothman finds a home somewhere in between the deep vocals of Sarah Vaughan, poetic lyrics of Joni Mitchell, and honest musicality of Frank Ocean. An avid feminist and political voice, Rothman moved to Boulder, CO working as a field organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign and after a six month hiatus, returned to music to release her self-titled debut EP this summer. Recorded at The Fortress LA in downtown Los Angeles, the EP will feature three spine-tingling tracks that highlight Rothman's dynamic vocal range and intimate songwriting. All songs on the EP were written and arranged by Nora Rothman and produced by Grammy-nominated Felix McTeigue (Radio Perfecto, Florida Georgia Line), Drew Guido (Ingrid Michelson, Sara Bareilles),and Nora Rothman. The EP was mixed by Drew Guido, mastered by Amar Lal, and engineered by Adam Lathrum and Brian Harris
"This is my new beginning, and it's about damn time." Working with top-notch producers like Ben Jaffe, Mike Shimshack, Mark McKee, Brent Bourgeois, and Brandon Friesen, Kylie Hughes bares it all on her self-titled album. The songstress split her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, crafting a collection of songs that bring fans through the highs and lows of her life, showing an artist deeply rooted in knowing exactly what she wants. "This album is 100% authentically me," Kylie remarked, "For the first time I'm really, really proud of what I've created and curated." Pure M Zine recently praised the project saying, "Hughes has delivered an endearingly diverse and dexterous synthesis of country, folk, pop, and rock that remains remarkably warm and arresting from commencement to conclusion."
The 12-track album takes listeners through a myriad of emotions, from the darker ballad "Always On Your Side" to the ironic, dreamy mid-tempo "Hungover" - This is Kylie Hughes like you've never heard before. Kylie released the first taste of her new sound with the project's lead single "Heat" - The accompanying visuals, a tribute to cult-classic Talladega Nights, were released last month alongside an interview with The Huffington Post: goo.gl/pXG1Dt. On the forthcoming album, Myspace lauded Kylie saying, "While few musicians are open to accepting change, Kylie Hughes eagerly welcomes it, pushing herself beyond her comfort zone and reaching heights of musical ingenuity she never thought possible, preventing this California girl from drowning in the sea of here-for-today pop sensations."
Starting at the age of 12, Kylie has always been writing and recording music. Her debut EP, 2014's Calipopicana, earned her fans and critics, landing features in Examiner, Good Day LA, K-CAL TV 9, InStyle.com, Music Connection and more. Kylie's contagious, spontaneous energy has led to performances alongside the likes of The Beach Boys, John Mayer, Jewel and Michael W. Smith - Just to name a few - as well as performance opportunities like her most recent run at SXSW 2017. Unwritten remarked that, "Kylie isn't afraid to sound different from her fellow female artists. She stands out from the crowd - which is a necessity in today's world of music."
The self-titled album marks the first full-length project from Kylie Hughes, released on Friday, May 26th.
“Change It All,” which follows the viral success of “Sense Of Home,” the title track from his 2015 debut EP. “Sense Of Home” placed prominently on key Spotify playlists, amassing an impressive 8.5 million-plus streams.
It’s been a lifelong journey for the troubadour to reach this point. Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, a five-minute walk from the ocean, he fell in love with music as a young kid. Storm went from listening to Neil Young and The Beatles to becoming a disciple of Jeff Buckley, City and Colour, and Angus & Julia Stone by high school as well as devouring the works of Jack London. Along the way, he developed a singular style, merging impressive classically inspired finger-picking and a soulful hypnotic vocal delivery equally resonant of alternative, folk and blues.
“I was in a real rut when I wrote this song [“Change It All”]. A sort of slow spinning, downward spiral you can find yourself in when things become monotonous,” he admits. I was quite down about everything. I’m usually an optimistic person, but I wasn’t enjoying music as much as I used to. Then, I got this message from Terry and it really lifted my spirits,” says Harrison.
The track is the latest single from the whimsical debut album“ThroughTheMagic”,whose singles gained local and international radio play, the band sold out of the first print of the album while performing at some of their home country’s leading festivals and venues. Dorin Yanni is one of the most interesting up-and-coming artists to emerge from Tel Aviv’s burgeoning indie music scene. Following her appearance on the local edition of the show The Voice, where she was praised for her distinctive and emotive performances, Dorin set out to write the music that was closest to her heart. After recruiting a talented bunch of musicians to play the violin, banjo, trumpet as well as guitar, bass and drums the newly formed collective began performing under the stage nameDorinYanni and the Band.They have been winning over audiences with their indie-folk charm wherever they played ever since.
The song comes from Twin Bandit's new album 'Full Circle', which will be out this summer on Nettwerk Music Group. Twin Bandit is Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott. Together they bring you an intimate folk songs, with a sheen of pop brilliance.
"At first listen these two songs may seem to be opposites in sound and message but to us, they belong together. Everything Under the Sun was one of our first experiences with Co-writing. We were excited to be in Nashville for the first time and wanted to write a song that expressed our gratitude. A tune for the highway on a sunny day, feeling your freedom, bright eyed and thankful. To Stay is a song that Jamie wrote. A more personal expression of struggle on days when it's hard to get out of bed. It's a reminder to pull yourself up and keep working for the things you hold dear in life. You've got to take the joy with the struggle, we believe that's what life is on about!"
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.