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…

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: “POTENTIAL” by HADLEY KENNARY

“How can you tell when a habit becomes a pattern? Is it a matter of patience, or maybe a matter of time?” sings Nashville songstress Hadley Kennary, in her new single “Potential,” as she contemplates a battle that is valid, but one that may or may not be worth the fight. “‘Potential’ is a song…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “LOVER PLEASE” by THE MAYTAGS

Thanks to modern-day inventions like Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark channel, and Lifetime movies, we’ve been programmed to think there’s something wrong in our love lives if we’re aren’t always swooning, filled with butterflies, and brimming with lust.  We forget that love is a choice and a lot of times, it ain’t pretty. Des Moines-based outfit…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “BLUE RIDGE GOODBYES” by EDWARD and JANE

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based folk-rock band Edward and Jane, helmed by Timothy “Edward” Carpenter and Emilie “Jane” Creutzinger, are known for their gut-punching lyrics, anthemic compositions, and soaring harmonies, a fact beautifully showcased on Too Early To Tell, their latest EP, released last fall.   While the five stunners housed on Too Early To Tell are in the Americana vein, the…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “HARD TIMES” by WINSTONS

It’s been almost two years since we heard from Brooklyn-based Winstons, one of our most favorite garage-rock duos and all-around purveyors of electrified badassery. Way too long, y’all! Today, Lou Nutting and Ben Brock Wilkes are back with a crunchy new video, “Hard Times,” a track from their self-titled debut full-length LP, out March 1st (“Hard Times”…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “MR. VALENTINE” by ANNA MOON

Oh, Valentine’s Day–such a polarizing thing; while it’s awesome to remind loved ones that, well, you love them, in its hokey and aggrandized Hallmark form, it can create unrealistic expectations and can send folks who are unattached down a shame spiral. That’s why we can’t get enough of Nashville singer-songwriter Anna Moon‘s supreme kiss-off to that whole…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “NEVER KNOW” by ERISY WATT

It’s been said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but as we all know, life’s paths are never so direct. “I started writing our single ‘Never Know’ in college, but then I put it down for a while. One of my songwriter friends told me that if you can’t finish…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “OH ELEANOR” by FOREST FIRE GOSPEL CHOIR

It’s been said that love is all we need—and in Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s whimsical new video “Oh Eleanor,” that statement rings true between two humanoid bug creatures who meet on a bus and dance their way through the streets of Memphis. Of the video, the band says: “‘Oh Eleanor’ is for daydreamers and hopeless…