A Conversation With Indie Rock Band My Kid Brother

By Kyle Erickson

Indie rock band My Kid Brother had the unfortunate luck of releasing their killer self-titled debut EP during a pandemic. Their touring plans -supporting Angels & Airwaves- were put on hold, and they had to pivot into finding a way that was best to engage their audience during the downtime, celebrating the EP they had been working hard on, and introducing themselves and their music to new fans without the traditional support of touring. It was no doubt a challenge, but you’d never guess that when talking to the five cheerful and fun people who form My Kid Brother. I spoke to the whole band over Zoom while they ride out the pandemic at guitarist Dylan Savopoulos’ house in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a great and informative chat with a fantastic new band.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Pressure

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 16, 2020

Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Rock

Label: Spinefarm Records

Nashville blues rocker Tyler Bryant -along with his bandmates in The Shakedown- are back with their fourth full length album, Pressure. The new album was written and recorded in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and looks to take you away from the craziness in the world for as long as this band of friends can with these thirteen mesmerizing tracks. Frontman Tyler Bryant, guitarist Graham Whitford -the son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford- drummer Caleb Crosby, and co-producer Roger Alan Nichols (Larkin Poe, Paramore, The Veronicas) all hunkered themselves down at Tyler Bryant’s home studio in Nashville during the quarantine to write and record the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Truth & Lies, that released in the Summer of 2019.

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Q&A With Vanilla Sugar

By Samuel Stevens

Earlier this year, the electropop artist Vanilla Sugar released her debut album, She, and Vanilla was lucky enough to tour the album briefly before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. It has lead herself, and all musicians across the globe, with some extra down time. Unfortunately it also caused the postponement of her tour with The Birthday Massacre in the US and the UK twice. Both Vanilla and myself discuss all this and more in plenty of detail.

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The Free Label – Toys (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 7, 2020

Genre: Pop, R&B

Label: Independent

Toronto’s genre defying and self-described boyband, The Free Label, are back with their newest single “Toys” following a tremendous year that saw the release of their second EP, M.I.A. The Free Label originally formed in 2017 as a funk cover band, before evolving into the multi-instrumental powerhouse you may know them as now, comprised of four charismatic Canadian musicians: Josh Daniel (vocals, guitar, saxophone), Mathew Fantini (bass, vocals), Malik Mungo (guitar, drums, vocals), and Cole Méndez (keys, synth, vocals), who all sing in addition to playing their respective instruments. “Toys” was once again produced by Gabe Galluci, who is best known for working with fellow Canadian artists such as Shawn Mendes, Francesco Yates, Johnny Orlando, and Ezra Jordan.

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Adar Alfandari – How I’m Gonna Make You Mine (Single)

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Genre: Folk

Label: Independent

Adar Alfandari, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Israel is working hard on finishing up his solo debut album. In the mean time, Adar has released his third single ever, and most importantly the second off his forth coming debut album Gold Dust, that is currently scheduled for a March 2021 release. His brand new single titled, “How I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” is a slow tempo rendition that’s both heartfelt and immensely sincere. The single was produced and mixed by music producer Idan Katz, while it was mastered by Aran Lavi.

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