Sego is rhythm distilled and pure. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Provo duo of Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll churn out percolating and pummeling beats that coalesce into persistent, spastic grooves that are just as jittery as they are danceable. Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around, their debut album (out March 4, 2015 in North America and May 6 in UK/Europe), introduces them as a band turned inside out, the rhythm section taking lead, while the guitars and keyboards add jaded, jagged texture. It’s the sound of postmillennial city life chronicled by two millennials from rural Utah: ’80s kids updating those sounds to the ’10s and in the process rendering the familiar fresh and unfamiliar.5433 Ballard Ave NW Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107
Sego is rhythm distilled and pure. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Provo duo of Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll churn out percolating and pummeling beats that coalesce into persistent, spastic grooves that are just as jittery as they are danceable. Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around, their debut album (out March 4, 2015 in North America and May 6 in UK/Europe), introduces them as a band turned inside out, the rhythm section taking lead, while the guitars and keyboards add jaded, jagged texture. It’s the sound of postmillennial city life chronicled by two millennials from rural Utah: ’80s kids updating those sounds to the ’10s and in the process rendering the familiar fresh and unfamiliar.$12
Greg Holdenis an accomplished musician with a myriad of talents, but his unending perseverance, selflessness, and sincerity stand out.The British-raised, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has garnered recognition as an independent artist for the past several years and is likely best known for writing American Idol winnerPhillip Phillips’hit debut single,“Home,”which sold over five million copies in the U.S. and earned Holden anASCAP Pop Award. His music has also been featured on notable television shows includingSons of Anarchy, Private Practice,andOne Tree Hill.In addition to earning praise from industry staples such as Cher, Tom Hanks, Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Michael Bublé, Zane Lowe, TIME, NPR, and more. Holden has racked up critical acclaim in the press, withBuzzFeedhailing his“soaring, purpose-filled songs that carry real emotional weight,”Pastelauding his“clear vocals”and“expressive lyrics,”andNylonapplauding his unique ability to“actually touch the lives of another person with raw, emotional lyrical poetry.”Despite his impressive accolades, Holden nearly gave up on the music business in the early days of his career. After self-funding hisTo n y B e r g-produced sophomore album,I Don’t Believe You(2011), the label due to release it folded, thus the promotional efforts for the record. He then went into debt during a sold-out tour of Europe, so much so that he basically called it quits while on the road. Most artists would have thrown in the towel at this juncture, but Holden persisted through these setbacks, leading to the well-deserved, massive success of “Home.” He then went on to self-fund his third studio album, the critically acclaimedChase The Sun (produced by Greg Wells, 2015),later licensing the record through Warner Brothers Records. Holden is excited to be back in the ring with his impressive new single,“On The Run,” produced by the iconicButch Walker (Katy Perry, Panic! At The Disco, Weezer).The track is an uplifting anthem complete with catchy hooks that perfectly mesh with Holden’s strong, heartfelt vocals.“ ‘On The Run’ is one of a few songs that was bouncing around in my head when it came to the question of what to lead with after three years on the dark side of the moon,” says Holden. “Ultimately, this song felt like the most authentic, whilst at the same time not being so typically subject heavy that I would scare my listeners away. I’ll save that for the second single...”“ ‘On The Run’ is an apology, obviously. But it’s an apology to a number of people, for a number of things,”he adds.“For years I’ve been on the road, either emotionally or physically absent, and at times probably a nightmare for partners, friends, and family. I wanted to write something that in a way, said sorry for all that. A way to relinquish some of the guilt perhaps. I recorded it last winter with Butch Walker, along with some incredibly talented friends. It took a morning, it was a blast, and then we were done. It feels right to lead with this one as it came out so naturally.”This summer, Holden is also set to debut “The Power Shift,” a political, call-to-action earworm. Holden produced and wrote the song himself, and it aligns with his rebellious spirit of pushing back against the status quo.“I was trying to manifest a collective call on the, for lack of a better word, bullshit. I think it’s important that when someone is lying to you, you call them out.”says Holden. Although there was no singular event or figure who inspired him to write the track, he notes his frustration with a growing series events around the world.“I was getting tired of screaming into the social media echo chamber and really wanted to put my frustrations into a song that wasn’t so toxic,”he notes.“I’m under no illusion that this is just a song, but it’s better than a tweet.”Additionally, Holden has not taken his success in the music industry for granted and at times has worked to prioritize philanthropy and establish his profile as a socially conscious artist. Standout track,“The Lost Boy,”(fromI Don’t Believe You),inspired by a Dave Eggers’ novel about a Sudanese refugee, was the theme for a Red Cross campaign in The Netherlands that raised over $50,000 for the organization. His hit single fromChase the Sun (WBR),“Boys In The Street,”an acceptance anthem that discusses a gay son’s strained relationship with his father, directly benefited LGBTQ youth by raising money for the Everyone Is Gay organization’s 2014 fundraiser,The Gayest Compilation Ever Made II. It’s an emotional, poignant track thatTo m Hankscalled “The perfect song.” Needless to say, Greg Holden is an artist to watch in 2018, with more new music expected later this year. Stay tuned for exciting news to come.$13 Adv.
Los Angeles based indie alternative group, ROONEY, have been playing together since 1999 and led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Schwartzman. Rooney was initially signed to Geffen/Interscope by record producer and label icon Jimmy Iovine. They released multiple albums and singles that reached platinum sales. After returning from a hiatus in 2016, the band made the decision to go fully independent, releasing new music under Schwartzman’s label, Beachwood Park Music. Rooney continues to stay true to their sound and musical roots. 2019 will not only see the release of more new music, but the group is now celebratating their 20th Anniversary. Schwartzman will be taking Rooney on the road this summer for a special and intimate nationwide “Break The Wall Tour” where he will be playing live and unplugged sets across 26 US cities in May and June. Full dates and more info can be found on www.rooneymusic.com$20 Adv.
“All anyone wants to be is what they can.” In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody? On Raw Honey, his second album as Drugdealer, Michael Collins colors these existential conundrums with lush arrangements, memetic melodies, and a vulnerable tunefulness that tries to make sense of self-doubt and connected loneliness in our shared simulacra. Collins, who never played an instrument, let alone received musical training in any formal capacity, began experimenting with sounds in 2009 after traversing the US on freight trains. After a few years crafting abstract sampledelia, he decided to forgo his experimental exercises in favor of teaching himself how to write the traditional song. In doing so, he made the decision to approach songwriting from the perspective of a listener, rather than a “musician.” In 2013, Collins headed west and enmeshed himself in the Los Angeles underground scene. It was then that he began collaborating with players in the orbit of Ariel Pink, slowly over time crafting what would become Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, a collection of sunlit songs as indebted to Laurel Canyon psych pop as it is Bacharian orchestration. Raw Honey continues where The End of Comedy left off, with Collins once again leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop. Built on the foundation of a creative partnership between Collins, Sasha Winn (vocals) and Shags Chamberlain (bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. Raw Honey features contributions of Josh Da Costa (drums), Jackson MacIntosh (guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), Michael Long (lead guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer Dougie Poole (“Wild Motion”), Harley Hill-Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on “Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself. Throughout Raw Honey, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the recycled fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout Raw Honey, Collins has an ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to Raw Honey could, perhaps, be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations. Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, Raw Honey adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, Raw Honey isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins prefering to air his self-doubt as a northern star to guide like-minded people wherever they need to go. Drugdealer’s Raw Honey will be released on April 19, 2019 via Mexican Summer.$13