VIDEO PREMIERE: “LOCK ME UP” by ESTER

“‘Lock Me Up’ is about the feeling of never being able to do anything right, no matter how hard you try,” says Chicago-based singer/songwriter Anna Holmquist, frontperson of the band Ester. “Lock Me Up” appears on their forthcoming debut full-length album Turn Around, set for release on March 27th via Midwest Action. Turn Around is a…

PREMIERE: “GRAVITY” by JACKIE CASTRO

It’s been said that love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person; love isn’t just a feeling, love is a conscious decision, a choice made every single day. Colombian-American alt-pop artist Jacke Castro explores this in her new single “Gravity,” out everywhere today. “I wrote ‘Gravity’ about that moment when you’re mid-fight with the…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “BETWEEN DREAMS” by WHITACRE

“‘Between Dreams’ represents the times in our lives where our heads are in the clouds, dreaming of playing our music forever,” says Mark Cunningham, drummer for Denver-based “mountain rock” band Whitacre, of their new song. “I love watching the clips in this video, which are from a time when we didn’t know how hard it…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “TIME TO DREAM” by JACKSONPORT

Humanity is forever searching for beauty, and for the magic in the miraculous. Those two holy grails boldly converge in the natural world, where even the tiniest detail is important for the whole to function. We’re drawn to nature because we are a part of it, and it’s a part of us. Chicago native John…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “WHO I WANNA BE” by BROTHER MAN

I have to say, I can’t get enough of rock duos – The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Royal Blood, Black Pistol Fire, I love them all. There’s something about the power that emanates from two people who are in sync, who go full-tilt-boogie and produce more noise than a freight train while they do…

PREMIERE: “MOONLIGHT” by JARON UTT

From the moment we’re able to comprehend the world around us, we’re barraged with the idea that “things” will bring us happiness, peace, contentment, and relationship success. While our hearts may know this isn’t true, it can take a while for our heads to get the message that materialism isn’t the answer. Chattanooga, Tennessee-based multi-instrumentalist…

PREMIERE: “SEE IN COLOR” by BEN STRAWN

We all make mistakes. However, if we only focus on what’s happened in the past, we’ll definitely miss the present; we can’t successfully move forward if we’re only looking back. With “See In Color,” the first single from his forthcoming debut album, Chattanooga, Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Ben Strawn examines struggling with past mistakes and choosing to…

PREMIERE: “CHEERIOS & CHOCOLATE MILK” by THEO KANDEL

Nostalgia has been described as a file that removes the rough edges from our memories. But, we don’t mind having some of our memories smoothed out by the passage of time, and that’s why we dig “Cheerios & Chocolate Milk,” the new single from Nashville-based artist Theo Kandel. “I wrote this song with nostalgia in…

ALBUM PREMIERE: “INSIDE VOICE” by BIG LITTLE LIONS

“Little by little, bit by bit. That’s how you eat an elephant,” Big Little Lions sing in the opening track of their sixth studio album, Inside Voice, set for release on October 5th via AntiFragile Music. When I heard words I’ve said millions of times being sung back to me, I knew that Inside Voice and I were going to…

PREMIERE: “LOVELY” by ELISABETH BECKWITT

“I am not your little lady, I am so much more than lovely. Fear me, hate me, call me crazy, you won’t break me,” snarls Nashville-based singer/songwriter Elisabeth Beckwitt in her new empowerment anthem “Lovely.” “I have become so much stronger over the past few years and am finally embracing my power as a woman,” she…