Coyle Girelli, Vlad Holiday

Coyle Girelli, Vlad Holiday

Coyle Girelli

Wielding a matte-black SG, Riley Pinkerton leads her fleet of three (Sgt. Young on drums, David “The Mouse” Marchione on bass, and H.B. Black on lead guitar) through the trenches of New York City. A thick, heavy echo of the Riffs of Olde swirl through the air, howling at their backs to guide them continuously forward in time. Pinkerton sends out her siren’s call from behind a chaotic curtain of copper curls; her voice buoyant amidst the tides of distortion. Her words are weighted with all her creatures, beasts, and victims and the deepest, darkest corners of the nights she has spent amongst them. Though she has carefully polished each tale in the tumbling barrel of her mind, one could peel back the thin veil of glamour to reveal the grunge-laden glare smoldering in the corner of her eye…

Vlad Holiday

NYC based indie lofi artist Vlad Holiday is releasing his debut EP Fall Apart With Me. Written, produced and recorded by Holiday in his studio on tape and instruments from previous eras, he found his creative process by using the old to create something new. On the opening track, Holiday sings of a “Phonograph,” (a machine invented by Thomas Edison in the 1800’s) romanticizing the past, a melody from long ago, and willing to break down and lose himself in it. The distinct vocal sound throughout the EP was recorded on a microphone from the 1950’s, almost searching for this classic sound and inflection of a time when music perhaps meant something more.

Vlad Holiday fled his birthplace of Bucharest, Romania after his family received death threats from their government. Fast forward years of searching for himself and his sound, writing, recording and touring with other projects, Holiday began producing and releasing music under his own moniker. Music that’s tinged with the past he might have endured, always somewhat melancholy even in the brighter moments. Songs that aim to represent human emotions, love, tragedy and everything in-between, told through his own story. On the EP’s closing track “Twisted the Covers,” Holiday sings “But it always ends so vicious / So baby fall apart with me,” a simple acknowledgment that everything fades and nothing lasts, but maybe going into it accepting that fact may just make for a better, and a more real experience.

Reggaeton Rave

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MUNA

Gov Ball After Dark Presents… MUNA with Rebounder

MUNA

MUNA’s voice booms. The band is queer, loud, unshakeable in their music — and in their personal politics. The trio’s music is powerful and political, emblazoned with scars from addiction, abuse, and isolation. W Magazine called the band “a safe harbor in an often hostile world,” and they are. MUNA resonates.

Katie Gavin (she/they), Naomi McPherson (they/them), and Josette Maskin (she/they) met in college: What began as jams amongst friends proliferated two critically acclaimed studio albums, About U (2017) and Saves The World (2019), which drew high praise. Rolling Stone called Saves The World “frighteningly emotionally intelligent.” NPR dubbed the album “intellectual as well as deeply emotional.” In addition to being lauded by The Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, V Magazine, and The FADER, MUNA has also performed on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

But MUNA is just getting started. In May of 2021, the trio signed with Phoebe Bridgers’ label Saddest Factory Records. Vocalist and songwriter Katie Gavin says that the band’s relationship with Bridgers formed organically and their place at the label was “meant to be.” Joining a roster of like-minded creatives and working closely with Bridgers feels natural for MUNA: “We have so much respect for the way that she works,” Gavin says of Bridgers being head of the label. “It’s amazing to have a queer person and a woman in that role.”

MUNA’s new home at Saddest Factory brought about their new single “Silk Chiffon” featuring Bridgers, an anthemic nostalgia-filled summertime hit, sure to be one of the most addictive and uplifting songs of the year. “It’s a song for kids to have their first gay kiss to,” McPherson says, which is inherently, thunderingly political. 

Also on the horizon: MUNA’s already-electrifying touring history just got brighter. In 2017, Harry Styles hand-picked the band as his opening act for his first solo tour. This fall, MUNA hits the road again: Their two headlining shows sold out in minutes. In September, they’ll play the BottleRock and Governor’s Ball festivals and accompany Phoebe Bridgers on tour. Plus, MUNA just announced they’ll join Kacey Musgraves on tour in 2022.

MUNA has only sharpened their knife since 2019’s Saves The World. With that album, they felt like they had something to prove. If Saves The World was self-reflective, heady, even self-flagellating, MUNA’s current state (as reflected in “Silk Chiffon”) exemplifies coming into oneself, chasing desires, following instincts. Undoubtedly, Katie, Naomi and Josette have so much more to say. 

In 2021, the trio launched the humorous and candid GAYOTIC podcast on Spotify, where the band muses on a wide range of subjects in a free-form and aptly chaotic stream of consciousness manner. Over the past few years, MUNA has also flexed their production muscles, with remixes of Katy Perry, Tinashe, MARINA, Alanis Morissette, Of Monsters and Men, Zoe Wees, and Winona Oak songs. Plus, a highly anticipated third studio album is on the horizon.

“I think that there’s an element of where we’re at that embodies a self-assuredness and a self-possession that only comes with time and experience, and also with community,” Gavin says of MUNA’s new music. “We trust ourselves.” Maskin agrees: “We’re just trying to be real. Because if we’re not, it’s fucking boring.” They add, “As a band we’ve always wanted to try to communicate something that rings true in the three of us, and that will hopefully ring true with the world.”

In their next chapter, the trio doesn’t have time to be anything other than authentic.  “We just want to make music for gay people,” McPherson says. “We just want gay people to be excited to hear it and think that it’s cool.” 

MUNA is unflinching — in their music, their attitude, and their scorched-earth declarations of desire. In other words, they’ve never been more MUNA. 

“We want it all,” Gavin says. “We’re allowed to want to be powerful.”

 

Rebounder

Rebounder is the project of New York City native producer and writer Dylan Chenfeld, with his brother Noah Chenfeld. Joined by Cobey Arner and Zack Kantor.

Rebounder already has received early critical praise from The FADERNMEOffice MagazineDIY, NotionCulness, and has an extensive touring history supporting shows for the likes of The Neighbourhood, Dayglow, Cautious Clay, and Nasty Cherry.

Their 2020 single “Night Sports” was featured on Ezra Koenig’s Time Crisis and closed out an episode of Showtime’s Shameless. Rebounder also recently modeled for a brand collaboration with menswear company Corridor, featuring their track “Slow Angel.”

In the final three months of 2020, Rebounder’s Spotify streaming increased tenfold, from 20,000 monthly listeners to 200,000.

In the spring of 2021 Rebounder will begin releasing songs from a forthcoming project, beginning with the recently released track “Change Shapes” featuring The Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford. The FADER called the track “utterly charming” and was also added to the Pigeons and Planes Spotify playlist. An acoustic version of the song was premiered for the first time on the increasingly popular podcast How Long Gone.

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No with Shy Crooner

Steve Shiffman & The Land of No

Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No are a NYC-based rock and roll band. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Steve was a member of indie-rock groups Boatman and 4-Star Movie.  SSATLON have released three full-length records to date: their eponymous debut, “Mon Dieu,” and “Double Life.”

SSATLON’s lineup includes dAve Hollinghurst on guitars and vocals, Chris Peifer on bass and vocals, Genji Seraisi on drums, and Shawn Teague on piano/organ.

“Underground pop a la Dinosaur Jr and Television with its screeching dueling guitars” – Is This Music

Shy Crooner

Shy Crooner is an NYC based songwriter and performance artist.
His songs weave together folk and country blues traditions with lyrical absurdity and contemporary themes.
He has released several albums, including Shy Crooner LIVE which was recorded over a three month residency at Rockwood Music Hall. He has also contributed songwriting for other recording artists including Alex Bleaker & the Freaks.
His band’s current line up includes Tony Tweed on percussion, J. Gracie on lead guitar, and El Fuego on eclectic bass.

America Part Two

America Part Two with The Bluechips, Marigold

America Part Two

America Part Two is the audio experience of Alex Fabio, Fred Rainville & Sam “s3mi” Weingarten. Born in the DIY scene, these 3 young artists have created a world that blends “the sounds of 90’s garage rock, 60’s psychedelic, and 2000’s emo” as described by Substream Magazine. Their debut album, ‘Price Of A Nation’ was released via independent label, Revival Recordings on March 12th, 2021 after a slew of singles and music videos garnered online buzz. Having left home to tour as teens in punk/hardcore bands, underground ethics run deep for the trio, especially showcased in their love for living on the road and explosive live show. They’ve supported bands like A Will Away (Rude) and The Moms (Bar-None) in addition to playing notable one-offs like a date of Vans Warped Tour in its final cross country run. 
 Their new high-energy single “Criminalize” was released less than three months after ‘Price Of A Nation’, pushing the boundaries of their fresh take on contemporary rock music. 
 “Perpetuate Love // Fight Hate” – AP2

The Bluechips

The Bluechips are a rock n’ roll power trio from Westchester County, NY. Bandmates Jake Albi (vocals/drums) and Paul Beladino (vocals/guitar) are childhood friends, and have been performing together for 10+ years. Now, along with bassist Tom Davis, they’ve combined their influences to craft a fresh, new, pop yet progressive rock n’ roll sound, sharing songwriting credit, with lead vocals split between Albi/Beladino. The Bluechips conceptual second LP, ‘Say Goodbye’, is now streaming on all platforms and available for purchase at thebluechips.bandcamp.com.

Marigold

A Better Place is where you’re going. It’s a kaleidoscope of Orange Blue. Marigold was founded by creative powerhouse Benjamin Lieber in 2018, a secondary project to drumming and writing for the indie rock group Head North. Marigold’s first self-titled album was released in 2018, followed by EP ‘Swinging Sounds” 2019, accompanied by two years of ample touring.

As uncertainty struck the world in 2020, Benjamin’s exploratory and self-reflective tendencies led to writing the best Marigold work to date, enveloping the country’s collective longing for where we all wanted to be: A Better Place. Together with Asbury Park musicians Joe Enright on drums and Matt Herman on bass, Marigold transformed into a full band and virtually wrote and recorded demos throughout the Spring and Summer of 2020. An illustrative homage to the 70s’, Marigold’s classic rock sound has matured through hands-on collaborative, heartfelt energy. Together, the band captures the essence of the American dream, the pursuit of getting the best out of even the worst of times. Coupled with unique self-produced visuals and imagery, Marigold is here to bring you into an unruly and colorful universe. The band’s latest single ‘Waiting on Me’ is out now.

Sub Urban & Bella Poarch

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CHIIILD

Gov Ball After Dark x Mercury East Present… CHIIILD with Shungudzo

Joshua Ray Walker

Joshua Ray Walker with Georgia Sackler 

Joshua Ray Walker

Once the best-kept secret of Dallas’ music scene, Joshua Ray Walker catapulted himself into the international spotlight with his 2019 debut, Wish You Were Here. An album of character-driven songwriting and golden-era Texas twang, Wish You Were Here didn’t just nod to the larger-than-life troubadours who’d inspired Walker’s craft — it brought him into their ranks, too, adding Walker’s name to the shortlist of songwriters worthy of carrying the torches of Guy Clark, John Prine, and Blaze Foley.

What may have looked like overnight success to an outsider was, in reality, the product of a decade-long climb up the industry’s ranks. A working musician since the age of 13, Walker spent years balancing his gigs as a sideman with a dizzyingly busy schedule of solo shows, regularly racking up more than 250 gigs annually. He sharpened his songwriting, too, developing a blend of autobiography and fiction that often revealed as much about the song’s creator as its characters. That prolific approach now leads Walker to 2020’s Glad You Made It, a sophomore record that both matches and magnifies the vital, vulnerable lure of his debut.

Georgia Sackler

Georgia Sackler is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor living in Brooklyn, New York. Creating at the crossroads of nostalgia-steeped tradition and hopeful promise, her classical voice background informs a deep musical and poetic sensitivity, a “fresh air of song writing.” 

Her debut EP, Where Once Grew Green, is a modern folk tale. It offers listeners a tender memorial of youth and innocence, paired with an emotional thesis for the future. Georgia wrestles with the passage of time—facing loss, grief, and mental health struggles—and upholds that we need not suffer these things alone. The narrative she crafts is undeniably melancholic, but woven together with threads of hope; where once grew green will again renew. The EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. 

Georgia was also deemed “intimidatingly attractive” by a stranger on the downtown F subway platform, as well as “almost never out of tune” by Apartment Sessions co-founder Luke McGinnis. 

Her original music has been featured in the webseries “When Romeo Met Juliet” by Audrey Kurtz, the short film “WINK” by Olivia Von Opel, and in virtual programming for The PK Method.

Myles Kennedy

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Paraleven

Paraleven with Aquariox, Scott Vernet

Paraleven

Operating at the intersection between deep spirituality, dance floor catharsis and the human experience, Paraleven is on a mission to captivate the hearts and minds of listeners all over the world. An artist who pours every ounce of his being into his emotive productions, he is driven by unwavering commitment to simply doing the work; making time to refine his craft, so that he can express himself in the clearest and most emphatic way he can. Two stunning EPs on Lane 8’s This Never Happened helped establish Paraleven’s production prowess, his music blending core elements of deep, melodic and progressive house to codify his own highly affecting sonic identity. With a forthcoming album signed to Rufus Du Sol’s Rose Avenue label, plans to elevate his live performances and the desire to shift global consciousness, Paraleven is poised for the next exceptional phase of his blossoming career…

Born Josh Taylor and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Paraleven’s connection with music goes way back to his youth. Besides some piano lessons when he was a teenager, he is a self-taught, borderline obsessive musician. Inspired by deadmau5 when he was at college, Josh became fascinated with electronic music and set out on a voyage of discovery with his trusty FL Studio software. From that inception point in 2009 it wasn’t long before his dedication led to early success. Teaming up with a friend, Alex Dunsker, to form the formidable duo Halogen. Their music struck a chord with fans across the world, and caught the attention of execs at Ultra Music, who signed them up, as well as consistent support from the hugely influential Hype Machine. This crucial period gave him the industry knowledge and connections needed to launch his own solo project.

It all began with a pivotal ego death experience into consciousness at the age of 21, which was when Paraleven received the message that music was to be his true calling. Ever since then, he’s kept a laser-like focus on learning, creating and getting his work out there. He juggles a full-time job, a marriage and a “normal life” with producing heartfelt electronica designed to lift your soul and raise your consciousness. A dedicated meditator, Paraleven has a distinct ability to tune in to the deepest parts of himself, while staying grounded and maintaining a human touch in everything he does. He transcends the fear frequency to embrace love and compassion. As fans the world over will testify, Paraleven’s music is pure exhilaration for the soul, lifting spirits and boosting moods.

These core attributes of his music can be heard on his first two EPs, ‘Siphon/Ripples’ and ‘Soloma’, as well as his debut album Apollo. Comprised 11 tracks, the LP marks the next evolutionary step in Paraleven’s development. Elements of his early work are there, alongside euphoria, high energy, hints of melancholy and a variety of vocal features that fortify the album’s soulful integrity. Every step of the way the music is delivered with panache, and a refined, polished sheen. Incredibly, all of the composition, sound design and arrangement is created on headphones… high-spec headphones, but headphones nonetheless. A testament to Paraleven’s ingenuity and musical capabilities. Besides his studio work, Paraleven is an accomplished performer. After signing with This Never Happened, he was invited to join the US kingpin on a 12-date tour across the States to showcase Lane 8’s album Brightest Lights. An honour for the producer to be on tour with such an influential figurehead so early in his solo career, and an indicator of just how remarkable his first solo efforts were. In between releases Paraleven has been keeping fans engaged with his Retrograde Mixtape series. The mixes have been tuned to the 432hz frequency, which is regarded by many in the sound healing community as being the natural tuning for musical instruments. In a variety of cymatics experiments, where sound is converted into visuals using water or sand, 432hz is proven time and time again to be more harmonious than the industry standard 440. Likewise, by simply closing your eyes and taking a listening test, you can hear (and feel) the soothing frequency from 432hz. The Retrograde Mixtapes are usually released during Mercury Retrograde, a time when universal energy is disrupted and bad luck is more commonplace. Paraleven’s aim is to counteract the negativity of this time with positive music tuned to a peace-inducing wavelength.

With plans for a live show already underway, Paraleven continues to invest his boundless energy into nurturing his creative outlet, and taking it to the highest possible level. In amongst the seemingly disparate worlds of underground techno and emotionally-charged electronic pop he’s found his niche. It’s a comforting, inspiring place to be and, as the world begins to open up, Paraleven is set to grace the planet with his unique, spiritually-enriched sounds. All you need to do is open your mind and allow the healing frequencies to transport you to your inner Heaven…

Aquariox

Gregory (Aquariox) fell in love with dance music as a teenager and spent many years as a dedicated fan, dancing, collecting, communing and absorbing the energy of the dance floor. What began with a passion for sharing the music he discovered, has grown into the drive to recreate his own sacred experiences into moments for others. Having played many of New York’s premiere club spaces, he developed a passion for the studio resulting in a Beatport Top 10 first release and more slated for 2021. The Aquariox project is built on a true belief in the healing power of dance music and its communities, and this ethos resonates through every production and performance.