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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/13 – 8/19/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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ALY & AJ – “Take Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Returning to their original name for the first time since 2009, sisters Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka left the pop world shook on Friday with the release of their new track. The 80’s synth-pop influence is real on this top tune, which makes it all the more lovable.

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BONNIE MCKEE – “Thorns” (iTunes) (Spotify)
She’s a super singer/songwriter with a little PGTC history: her “Stars In Your Heart” was noted in the Rewind from the week before Christmas, while “Somebody” and “American Girl” have both hit my chart. The prickly pop single is deliciously dark and intriguing.

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DANIELLA MASON – “Cruel Summer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I would be the one to scream “Hot Bananarama remake!” upon seeing the title of this next track, but it’s not actually a cover. Mason has already been noted twice on the Rewind this summer, and her irresistible pop gem will shimmy its way onto your latest playlist.

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TYLER HILTON – “Overtime” (iTunes) (Spotify)
One of the great albums from my freshman year of high school was Hilton’s The Tracks Of set, and I’m happy to report that I’m still digging his music 13 years later. The bluesy pop/rock cut is definitely a winner, showcasing all that’s made him great over the years.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIEN – “Electric Dream” (SoundCloud)
STALGIA – “Talk To My Skin” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 18, 2017

Still doing well.

Hey there, need a break from all the crazy political news as of late? Well, there’s a fair amount of new music out this week, with a number of superstar singles hitting the marketplace. Here are the releases you need to know for this Friday:

A$AP FERG – Still Striving (iTunes)
The rapper from Harlem is out with his third studio album, which follows two consecutive top ten sets from 2013. Though there are no singles currently charting from the effort, it should generate some solid streaming numbers, given the results of his prior work.

More albums out this week: Dave East‘s Paranoia: A True Story (iTunes), Everything Everything‘s A Fever Dream (iTunes), Grizzly Bear‘s Painted Ruins (iTunes), Josh Abbott Band‘s Until My Voice Goes Out (iTunes), Ryan Follese‘s Ryan Follese (iTunes), Secret Weapons‘s As the setting sun comes crashing down on me (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bay Ledges‘s Fountain Tropical (iTunes), Bibi Bourelly‘s Boy (In Studio) (iTunes), ZHU‘s stardustexhalemarrakechdreams (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Addicted To You”, Picture This (iTunes)
“All On My Mind”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Basket Case”, Bastille (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Blonde”, Kip Moore (iTunes)
“Bring Me to Life (Synthesis)”, Evanescence (iTunes)
“Broken Glass”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Fine (Acoustic)”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Friends”, Justin Bieber + BloodPop (iTunes)
“Future Me”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Grave”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Heatwave”, Amber Mark (iTunes)
“High All Day”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, IDER (iTunes)
“Mexican Fender”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Midnight (Acoustic)”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Moonlight (BKAYE Remix)”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“One More Time”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Overtime”, Tyler Hilton (iTunes)
“Paradise (Acoustic)”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Play It Cool”, Zac Samuel featuring Kyla (iTunes)
“Please Keep Loving Me (Acoustic)”, James TW (iTunes)
“Refugee”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Reggaeton Lento”, CNCO x Little Mix (iTunes)
“Remember That Night”, Grouplove (iTunes)
“River Man”, The Last Bandoleros (iTunes)
“Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Take Me”, Aly & AJ (iTunes)
“Thorns”, Bonnie McKee (iTunes)
“Wait”, Martin Jensen featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Water Me”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Wearing Nothing (Youngr Remix)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Younger Now”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Old Dominion, Queens Of The Stone Age and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/6 – 8/12/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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CARLIE HANSON – “Why Did You Lie?” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hanson is a new name for me, but I’m hoping that she’ll be around for a long time. “Lie” is one of the best pop debuts of the year so far, and that’s the truth! The undeniably catchy single should’ve been on the radio yesterday, but I’m sure it’ll get there pretty soon.

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MATT WOODS – “Nervous” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know I love Woods’s exquisite and emotive voice, the one that first captured my attention back in January 2015 with single “In The Dark”. “Nervous” leads the forthcoming EP from the London-based performer, which should be another excellent set of songs.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
EMILY VAUGHN – “Priority” (SoundCloud)
VHS COLLECTION – “Fire” (SoundCloud)
WILDWOOD – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 11, 2017

The Rainbow leads to #1.

The music world is looking very colorful this week, as a pop performer shows strength with her powerful new album. Grab that, and the other titles below, because here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

KESHA – Rainbow (iTunes)
Kesha’s highly-anticipated comeback album will come in at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list, assuming there are no surprise releases along the way. The set features “Praying”, a multi-format radio hit that also ranks in the top ten at iTunes. A number of cuts from the album, including “Learn To Let Go” and “Woman”, saw notable sales and streaming action as instant grats.

More albums out this week: Hinder‘s The Reign (iTunes), Lindsay Ell‘s The Project (iTunes), NEEDTOBREATHE‘s H A R D L O V E (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s Anchors (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Avicii‘s AVĪCI (01) (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault – Pt. 2 (iTunes), Becky Hill‘s Eko (iTunes), Billie Eilish‘s dont smile at me (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s AFTERIMAGE (iTunes), The Score‘s Stripped (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (FRNDS Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Alone”, Cyrus (iTunes)
“Angel”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“As You Are (Live at State Of The Ark Studios)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Be Your Man”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Casual”, Alex Adair (iTunes)
“Ego”, Ella Eyre featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Even If It Hurts”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Highway”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“For What It’s Worth”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Tritonal featuring Laurell (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me”, Stefflon Don featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Jungle”, Loreen x Elliphant (iTunes)
“Limousine”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love (BloodPop Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Miles”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Nasty (Who Dat)”, A$AP Ferg featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Nobody Has To Know”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“No People”, Brandon Beal (iTunes)
“No Promises (Stripped)”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Obsession (25/7)”, Vice featuring Jon Bellion & KYLE (iTunes)
“Real Deal”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Savage”, Lights (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Sick Of Being Told”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Silence”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Something Right”, Andreas Moe (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Prince Fox featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Stay”, Elliot Root (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Acoustic Guitar)”, Milow (iTunes)
“Summer Of Love”, NOTD featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Touch Me (Acoustic)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Unapologetically”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“Up The Creek”, Tori Amos (iTunes)
“Waking Up Slow”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“What About Us”, P!nk (iTunes)
“What We’re Looking For”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Why Did You Lie?”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Wicked (Loote Mix)”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“You”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from A$AP Ferg and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/30 – 8/5/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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JAMES DROLL – “Bad For You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After all the Nashville love last week, I had to spread a little this week as well. Enter Droll, who I’ve enjoyed a few tracks from in the last year, including “Off Beat” and “Sleepwalker”. “Bad” is, well, pretty good, as its future R&B sound sizzles through your speakers.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Missing London” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Los Angeles-based performer has been featured on the Rewind (and my playlists) for some time now, with the track “Spin The Globe” getting a brief mention last month. The guitar-driven “London” is a pleasant pop track, one that’s sure to appeal to his base.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ANNA MAE – “Call Girl” (SoundCloud)
FLEURIE – “Hurricane” (SoundCloud)
NATHAN BALL – “Waste Of Time” (SoundCloud)
PATRICK JAMES – “Waste Of Time” (SoundCloud)
TRENT DABBS – “Set For Life” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 4, 2017

Brett’s lookin’ at a “Good” debut.

New month, new music. It’s a light schedule for albums this week, but you’ll find plenty of great sounds in all the new singles at your fingertips. Stream away! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

BRETT ELDREDGE – Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
This popular country singer has built up a solid amount of hit tunes since 2013, and his self-titled fourth studio album is sure to give him some more. Unfortunately, current single “Somethin’ I’m Good At” looks like it won’t be adding to that list, as it barely moves up at the airplay chart. However, when it comes to the album, it’ll likely top the format-specific survey.

MONDO COZMO – Plastic Soul (iTunes)
The first full-length album from Josh Ostrander’s latest project is now in stores, featuring the Triple A chart-topper “Shine” and current radio single “Automatic”. It should have a solid debut next week, especially on the Alternative chart.

More albums out this week: Dylan Scott‘s Dylan Scott (Deluxe) (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 63 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: The Vamps‘s All Night (iTunes), Tom Grennan‘s Found What I’ve Been Looking For (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (R3hab Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Bad For You”, James Droll (iTunes)
“Brand New Eyes”, Bea Miller (iTunes)
“Bulletproof”, Rayvon Owen (iTunes)
“Burn Slow”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Can’t See Straight”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Capital Letters”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“CIA”, New Politics (iTunes)
“Clap Your Hands”, Le Youth featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Cocaina”, Captain Cuts featuring Rich The Kid & Daniels (iTunes)
“Compromise”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Feel Good”, Felix Jaehn x Mike Williams (iTunes)
“Feel Good”, Neon Trees (iTunes)
“Forgetting All About You”, Phoebe Ryan featuring Blackbear (iTunes)
“Freeze Time”, Jonathan Roy x Deepend (iTunes)
“Havana”, Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“How Soon The Dawn”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“Hymn”, Kesha (iTunes)
“Insecure”, Jazmine Sullivan x Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Kissing Strangers (Remix)”, DNCE & Luis Fonsi featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“More Mess”, Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely (iTunes)
“Most Girls (Acoustic)”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“O.M.C.”, Leikeli47 (iTunes)
“OMG”, Camila Cabello featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Pain”, The War On Drugs (iTunes)
“Perplexing Pegasus”, Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“Rain (Saga WhiteBlack Remix)”, The Script (iTunes)
“Reminder (Remix)”, The Weeknd featuring Young Thug & A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“She Don’t Know Me”, Mullally (iTunes)
“She’s On My Mind (Acoustic)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Sunsets For Somebody Else”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“That’s It”, Bebe Rexha featuring Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Kesha and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/23 – 7/29/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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PHANGS – “I Think I’m In Love?” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This week’s Nashville lovefest begins with my favorite song from an EP that came out on Friday titled Get In My Arms, which you’ll need to get in your ears as soon as you’re done reading this. Jake Germany has a good thing going with his solo project. Great stuff!

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QUINN LEWIS – “Slipping” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Originally from Brisbane, now based in Nashville, this performer is enjoying his first appearance on the Rewind, though I did enjoy the title song from his EP Addicted quite a bit last fall. Lewis won’t be slipping off my radar anytime soon; his new pop bop is great.

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WHISSELL – “Living Now” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve certainly enjoyed a lot of new music from Lauren Whistle this year, including her EP Old Souls, Young Bodies in January and a pack of three additional stand-alone singles since the late spring. She delivers on another well-crafted production and melody here.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CLUB DRIVE – “International” (SoundCloud)
FJØRA – “Zodiac” (SoundCloud)
JAMES CHERRY – “On My Mind” (SoundCloud)
SUPER DUPER featuring LOUIS JOHNSON – “Second Chances” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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