Traveling troubadour D.B. Rouse to release "Choices Were Made," Feb. 1st


Offering up all the sincerity, none of the pretense, D.B. Rouse is America’s least-earnest traveling troubadour. “A superb musician,” (Austin American-Statesman), Rouse is armed with a guitar (nicknamed “Meal-Ticket”) and a kazoo. A poet with an absurd sense of humor, the Milwaukee-based (but always touring), former cruise ship lounge singer, goat farmer, and cabana man, will release a new album Choices Were Made on February 1st.

Eclectic Bay area to Boston songwriter, Jane Frank, readies "The Big Squeeze"


“I asked her how to write a song,” Boston-based musician Jane Frank recalls. Frank is currently prepping the release of her eclectic debut album, The Big Squeeze, arriving Dec. 14th.

Frank interviewed Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley when the former was a reporter for her college newspaper. Frank was thinking about becoming a songwriter herself – she had been writing her whole life – journals, stories, and now journalism – but the process of songwriting baffled her. Fortunately, Frank figured it out.

Look out for The Big Squeeze by Jane Frank on Dec. 14th, preceded by the single and music video, “Practical Jackets”.

L.A.'s Alex Lilly comes off the road with Beck, Lorde to release solo debut album


Los Angeles-based renaissance female, Alex Lilly, has announced the upcoming release of her debut solo album 2% Milk on Jan. 11th, 2019. The album is the first release for newly formed Release Me Records, founded by musician Inara George of the bird and the bee.

In addition to the writing, arranging, producing, and playing of her own music, Lilly has established a notable career out on the road as a part of the touring bands of such esteemed musicians BeckLordeRy Cooder, and the bird and the bee.

When Lilly’s in L.A, she has stayed busy throughout the years with her own projects such as Obi BestTouchéZero DeZire, and The Living Sisters.

2% Milk will be preceded by the single and music video “Distracting Me”.

Fawns of Love to release limited vinyl edition of "Part Time Punks" sessions, Aug. 24th


Married Bakersfield, California-based dreampop duo Fawns of Love will release its recently-aired session for the "Part Time Punks" radio show as a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl album on August 24th. The release will also include a cover version of "Rocket Science" by The Chills, one of Fawns of Love's favorite bands and influences.  


Jeanne Vomit-Terror "etches MIDI labyrinths into the 4th dimension" on "Empire Waste" debut, out Aug. 3rd


Courtesy of Desperate Spirits: In her feature length debut, Mlle. V-T etches MIDI labyrinths into the 4th dimension with alacritous disregard for contemporary electronic microgenre orthodoxies, forging sonic hybrids at once novel and grotesque, eschewing the easy pentatonic or four-banger for labyrinthine harmonic and polyrhythmic structures that run perhaps contrary to her household-name aspirations, pop naïf that she is." The debut album Empire Waste arrives on Aug. 3rd via Lexington, Kentucky's Desperate Spirits label.

the black watch to issue "Witches!" on July 27th


“I imagined Syd Barrett joining New Order with just the kick drum and the 808 state, or whatever it’s called, for the pulse," says  John Andrew Fredrick of the black watch about Witches! (July 27th, ATOM Records), his band's 16th (!) album in a prolific career spanning 30 years. Look out for lead single "Georgette, Georgette" coming soon. Hear current single "Oh You Little Witch" (from "The Paper Boats" EP) at PopMatters.