April is winding down and summer will be here soon (we hope!). Here is the latest indie news, as well as some new singles and music videos which have been recently released. Have a great week and come back tomorrow for our interview with acclaimed country artist Michael Peterson.
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
The 9th annual Hollywood Fringe Festival runs June 7-24, with previews running the week before. Check their Facebook page for pre-festival events, and mark you calendar for May 1, when tickets go on sale for this year’s event. We will be there from June 12 to the 25, and can hardly wait. Hope to see you all around LA.
LA MUSIC CRITIC AWARD WINNERS SHOWCASE
Plans are complete for this year’s showcase, which will be held on June 19 at the Mint on Pico Boulevard. Tickets go on sale on May 1, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Come out and support indie music and support our most worthy charity. We have some great plans for the evening, including the bestowing of the 2018 Icon Award, so don’t miss out.
Up first this week is the latest from the soulful Sam Hammerman, with this masterful song “Miss the Days.” It is a sweet and smooth way to start your week, so check him out.
Next up is an indie rock tune from South Village, an Australian band from Melbourne. We think you will like these guys, who are reminiscent of the Gin Blossoms. Here’s “Say it Now.”
Originally signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records, UK standout Johnny Stimson reveals his first single with “End of Time.” It is a dreamy pop song that will give you chills. Please let us know what you think.
Our fourth single today is a special preview and comes from Canadian troubadour Craig Cardiff, who brings us a double dose of his song “Okay Cupid.” We love the instrumentation, and the smooth voice, which reminds us of Cat Stevens. Watch for its release next Friday, April 27.
Our final single today comes from Lachlan Vines, an artist we featured last year. Here is his current single, “Take it Back.”
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS
Our first one today comes from Grammy-nominated blues artist Janiva Magness, and is a lyric video for her protest song, “Home.” We think this one will give you the strength and resolve to stand up for your beliefs.
Next we travel to Amsterdam for Not.Your.Regular.Boy‘s latest video for “Crazyland.” This one has enough energy to get your going strong this week.
Our third video today is one of the most creative we have viewed since Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way you Are.” Check out the amazing artist Andy Sydow and his hand-drawn animation for “Reasons for Departure.”
Fourth on our list today is from the groovalicous sounds of ellee ven. The cinematography on this one is delicious, and the story is well told. Check out “For Your Love.”
Last but not least this week is the latest powerful video from multi-award winning Americana artist Alice Wallace. Check out her moving female empowerment video for “Elephants.”