Watch Sam Evian’s Video for “Health Machine”
Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician Sam Owens, sounds like a cool breeze on a warm drive down the coast, the waves crispy on the horizon and the sun partially blinding the road. His second album You, Forever, drops June 1st on Saddle Creek Records, and the lead single “Health Machine” is bursting with follow-up, ready to impress, soul-baring stamina. Plus it’s laced with a wailing saxophone that’ll spin your brain in a spiral. Always yes to saxophones. Sam’s 2017 single “I Remember,” is one of my favorite tracks from last year, and if that counts for anything, I’m guessing You, Forever, will topple that, and then some.
Listen to Ari Roar’s New Track, “Implode”
Dallas singer-songwriter Ari Roar – real name Caleb Campbell – has a subtle similarity to Mac DeMarco, which can never be a bad thing. His debut album Calm Down, dropping May 25th on Bella Union, draws on ’60s pop and “modern DIY heroes” (cue Mac Daddy). Check out new single “Implode,” a song he wrote about the repetitive nature of dating in single life. “I guess it’s my diary entry to the annoyance that can bring when you start reliving the same experience over and over.”
Watch Distractor’s Video for “Video Games”
Costa Mesa local heroes Distractor have a new video out for single, “Video Games,” and it rules. These post-punk synthed-out firecrackers never cease to impress or amaze, and their new album This Time I Got It Figured Out is dropping very soon on Burger Records. Keep your eyes peeled.
Listen to The Cavemen’s “Janey”
New Zealand punks The Cavemen, according to their bio, are “back, ready to drink, fight, fuck and play some goddamn rock and roll!” Embrace that momentum and listen to their new single “Janey,” off their forthcoming third LP Nuke Earth, out April 6th on Slovenly Recordings. Featuring a mix of raw, scuzzy, rowdy punk links and screeching vocals, The Cavemen will have you moshing and breaking shit in no time. Be safe out there kids.
Listen to PEDLAR 76’s single “Try”
Croatian singer-songwriter Saša Ljuboja, who goes by Pedlar 76, has somehow tapped into the sound of KROQ from 1999 and peddled out this incredibly angsty, borderline emo gem of a single “Try,” self-released through Northern Transmissions. Citing Sonic Youth and The Cure as musical heroes, Saša’a alt-rock nostalgia will spin you down a much needed memory lane.