RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in August on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “The Way You’d Love Her” (August 4) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
August 7 marks the release of DeMarco’s new mini-album, Another One, though the full set of eight songs is available to stream as of now. The 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter managed to crack the top 30 on the Billboard 200 last year with Salad Days and the new set should keep his days on the listing alive. The Current, based out of Minneapolis, added the cut several weeks ago.

Meg Myers
MEG MYERS – “Lemon Eyes” (August 4) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Tennessee-born Myers is on the verge of releasing a full-length album after a couple of successful EPs, and so far, the 28-year-old singer has managed two top 20 singles on the Alternative survey. Coincidentally, the two have one-word titles: “Desire” (from last year) and “Sorry” (from early this year.) I’m sure she won’t be too bitter if the single becomes another moderate hit at the format.

Rayland Baxter
RAYLAND BAXTER – “Yellow Eyes” (August 4) (**)
Label: ATO
Still deep into the optometry section of the monthly radio post, we find another musician based in Nashville, though one that’s on the hunt for their breakout hit on the airwaves. Coming from a musical family, the americana and folk singer definitely has a place waiting for him on the Triple A format. Baxter’s single is already spinning on Nashville’s Lightning 100 and Philadelphia’s WXPN.

Alabama Shakes
ALABAMA SHAKES – “Gimme All Your Love” (August 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Sharing the same label as Baxter is this quartet, who interrupt the short chart run of the album cut “Future People” (currently top 30 on the Triple A chart based off unsolicited airplay) with this official second single from the former #1 album Sound & Color. If some GRAMMY “Love” doesn’t come in for their material later this year, it will certainly be a disappointment. Watch out for this.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS – “Sugar” (August 11) (**)
Label: Party Fowl/Thirty Tigers
Last week, this song came up in my Spotify Discovery Weekly review as one of my favorite selections on the playlist. However, the New York group is already being buzzed about for some great live performances, which is converting into adds and larger streams data at digital platforms. We’ve already had several “Sugar” titles at different radio formats this year, but this one is just as sweet.

Grace Potter
GRACE POTTER – “Empty Heart” (August 18) (**)
Label: Hollywood
32-year-old Potter and her group The Nocturnals have been rocking out together for over a decade, but for her latest release, it’s a solo outing. Midnight is the name of the album, which is due in a few weeks. First single “Alive Tonight” stalled out fairly quickly and, thus, with no single at radio, the time has come to get something out there. It certainly has a better chance to gain some play.

Tyler Lyle
TYLER LYLE – “Feel Free” (August 18) (**)
Label: All Who Wander
Independent singer Lyle, originally from Georgia, has been writing and recording music for some time now. You may remember a video for his song “Werewolf” that gained some nice coverage online in 2013. This past June, his latest album, The Native Genius Of Desert Plants, bloomed at digital retail and streaming, and it’s a solid batch of songs. This bluesy single is among the best on it.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY – “Fire And The Flood” (August 25) (*)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
After the multi-format hit that was “Riptide” and the top five followup “Mess Is Mine” on Alternative radio, the Melbourne singer is now in stores with an expanded edition of his Dream Your Life Away album, originally released last September. Though “Great Summer” from the soundtrack to Paper Towns wasn’t included on it, this release was, and a music video debuted for it last week.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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