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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 18-24, 2018

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 small label and 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…


7CHARIOT – “Danger In Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Previously featured as Clairity; first time featured under new project
Notes: Though I do miss her Clairity project from several years ago, including pop bops like “Velcro”, the new tune from 7Chariot is worth a chariot ride (or seven) over to your streaming service of choice. “Danger” isn’t dangerous at all, with its cool tropical sound.


BEN HOBBS – “Simple Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances, “Two Pieces” (February 2018) being the most recent feature
Notes: The London-based performer, who frequently makes the Rewind, issued a double a-side single on Friday, featuring the song noted here and “Blind To You”. Both tracks are quality for different reasons, but this new wave-influenced cut really caught my ear.


MARC SCIBILIA – “Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Believer” (July 2016) and “Summer Clothes” (February 2017)
Notes: Scibilia’s been slaying the independent game for several years now, picking up several million streams in the process, as well as a massive hit in parts of Europe with DJ/producer Robin Schulz. His latest track sounds like a future hit on the Hot AC airwaves.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Heaven”
GRIZFOLK – “Endless Summer”
RUTHANNE – “The Vow”

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 January 8, 2016

Back in Blackstar.

Back in Blackstar.

Welcome to New Music Friday in 2016! On the menu this week, a legendary English singer wishes on a star and several new artists hit the scene with promising singles and EPs. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • DAVID BOWIE — Blackstar (iTunes)
    • Bowie’s latest studio set is his first since 2013’s The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Though he won’t be able to push Adele out of the top spot, he could have a solid debut in the top five.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Straight Outta Compton (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
    • With the hit movie now out to buy digitally, an official soundtrack has just been released, which features the music of N.W.A and more. A DVD release is scheduled for January 19.
  • More albums out this week: Grizfolk‘s Waking Up The Giants (iTunes – Apple Music exclusive until 1/15), The Lion Guard (Music From The TV Series) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: AudioDamn!‘s AudioDamn! (iTunes), Conrad Sewell‘s All I Know (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “All The Ways”, Wet (iTunes)
  • “#BDAY”, Tank featuring Chris Brown, Siya and Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
  • “Fast Car”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Freedom”, Pitbull (iTunes)
  • “God Fearin’ Man”, Hank Williams Jr. (iTunes)
  • “Lonely Girl”, Charles Kelley (iTunes)
  • “Lost Weekend”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
  • “Love Somebody”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Reaper”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Throw Down Your Guns”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Whole Lotta Lovin’”, DJ Mustard featuring Travi$ Scott (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Brothers OsbornePanic! At The Disco and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 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 September on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


Peking Duk
PEKING DUK featuring BENJAMIN JOSEPH – “Say My Name” (September 8) (*)
Label: RCA
If you pay attention to the ARIA charts out of Australia, you’re probably already familiar with this duo out of Canberra. Last year, two of their songs, “High” and “Take Me Over”, peaked in the top ten and reached multi-Platinum status. By comparison, this one didn’t do as well, going to #29 in late July. However, this is their first time at U.S. radio, and their “Name” is about to spread well.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Irresistible” (September 15) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Illinois group is still in full crossover mode, as “Uma Thurman” steadily climbs through the top ten on both CHR and Hot AC radio. The song may not have been as big on the Alternative chart, where it stalled in the 20’s, but perhaps their followup will be a more instant success. Hey, it’s already over 20 million streams on Spotify without any significant play and headed for much more.

Grace Mitchell
GRACE MITCHELL – “Jitter” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Prominent internet station Beats 1 has been all over this record since it debuted on there on August 18, and that’s big for a new act like Mitchell. Most teenagers can only dream of that kind of exposure, but she’s living the dream, as the Portland, OR native looks to bring her sound onto the FM dial. If you’re digging the single, check out her Design EP from last year and Raceday EP out now.

GRIZFOLK – “Troublemaker” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Based in Los Angeles, the quintet released an EP called From The Spark in August of last year. Although several of its tracks had a bit of buzz on the blogs thanks to popular remixes, like “Hymnals” and “The Struggle”, that didn’t translate into significant airplay at AAA radio. Luckily, the guys return with this great song and it is being sent to two formats this time. Will it cause some trouble?

City And Colour
CITY AND COLOUR – “Lover Come Back” (September 22) (**)
Label: Dine Alone/Caroline
Dallas Green’s solo act has been entertaining fans around the world for a decade now, and his latest release, If I Should Go Before You, lands in stores on October 9. Like Mitchell above, Beats 1 played a hand in providing some attention, though it was towards a cut titled “Woman”, which you receive with a pre-order digitally. We’ll see if it’s capable of giving him his first top ten album here.

JR JR – “Gone” (September 22) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
They were once known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., but for their latest album, they’ve decided to shorten that name. To date, they’ve only had some minor success on Heatseekers survey, where they’ve charted two of their albums. Now, the guys from Detroit head back into the music scene with a self-titled album, due September 25, and this tune, which will hopefully get them some solid play.

Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “No Other Heart” (September 22) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
Just under two months ago, this singer’s “The Way You’d Love Her” was sent for adds at the AAA format and started to gain some traction. However, it looks like it’s been quickly replaced with this, which is also another popular track from his mini-album called Another One. That set recently gave him his highest debut ever on the Billboard 200 and top 40 debuts in some other territories.

Which of these new singles 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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (October 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX – “Break The Rules” (October 6) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
2014 has been a huge year so far for this singer. She’s dominated the top spot at CHR for six weeks since June between her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”, and her own solo single from The Fault In Our Stars, “Boom Clap”. Now, from her effort due in December, Sucker, the pop airwaves should lick “Break” up like a Tootsie Pop. Now that’s sweet.

TRAIN – “Cadillac, Cadillac” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
“Angel In Blue Jeans” may not have experienced a heavenly ascent to top of the charts, but a top ten peak at their core format is nothing to be ashamed of. They’re quickly following it up with this track from their newest album Bulletproof Picasso. It’s no “Pink Cadillac”, but hey, what is? The song’s not my favorite cut from it, but Hot AC will still jump at it.

Better Than Ezra
BETTER THAN EZRA – “Gonna Get Better” (October 13) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
Hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since “Good” shot to #1 on the Alternative survey for five weeks, but the Louisiana trio keeps on rocking with a new effort, All Together Now. Lead single “Crazy Lucky” just dented the Hot AC top 40, and they will try once again with this slower number. Anybody for another spin for “Desperately Wanting”?

Gwen Stefani
GWEN STEFANI – “Baby Don’t Lie” (October 13) (*)
Label: Interscope
It’s one of the biggest Q4 surprises of the bunch and a particularly exciting one given Stefani’s bolstered profile on The Voice. It’s been eight years since The Great Escape hit shelves, and though a No Doubt comeback stalled out in 2012, people genuinely seem excited for this. Hey, Gwen, I think we could all use the single right now. What you waiting for?

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance” (October 20) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Singer and songwriter Jessie Malakouti has been through several labels and a few groups, even an opening spot on tour for Britney Spears, but the 25-year-old from California could have her most accessible song yet. Fun, flirty and most of all, fabulous, this shiny and irresistible dance record is bound to get some boys and girls on the floor. Look out for it.

O.A.R. – “Favorite Song” (October 27) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Taken from The Rockville LP, “Favorite” is the followup to “Peace”, which recently went top 20 after a slow ride up the chart. It was co-written by Kevin Kadish, who some might call the ace of “Bass” as of late, if you know what I mean. It’s another change of pace, but one that should do well for the fall, a cute and upbeat ode to some good musical memories.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Ex’s & Oh’s” (October 6) (**)
Label: RCA
During the summer of 2012, King released an EP which included the song “Playing For Keeps”, which was picked up by VH1 as the theme for Mob Wives Chicago, which last just one season. Luckily, the singer’s had better luck, back for the second season of her musical mission with a sizzling stomper of a song that’s poised to pack a punch with programmers.

HOZIER – “From Eden” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
With “Take Me To Church” crossing over to multiple formats after its #1 success at the AAA format, things are looking super for the setup of the young Irish singer’s debut album next week. “Eden” first appeared as the title track of his EP from earlier this year and already went to #2 in Ireland, matching his highest peak there. Expect a solid outcome here.

Damien Rice
DAMIEN RICE – “I Don’t Want To Change You” (October 13) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The 40-year-old Irish performer has been away from the charts for some time now: his last studio album was 9 back in 2006, featuring the single “9 Crimes”. Although his success in the U.S. has been limited, he’s obviously done quite well in parts of Europe, including the U.K. and his native Ireland. However, AAA radio really ought to pay attention to this.

HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” (October 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Just when we thought the Days Are Gone era was over, Alana, Danielle and Este are looking for their second top 40 hit at Alternative radio with this song. It’s the followup to “Forever”, which also crossed to pop radio after it was placed in an ad for Target. I am not sure there’s much momentum left in the era, but it’d be nice to have more ladies on the radio.

Night Terrors of 1927
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 featuring TEGAN & SARA – “When You Were Mine” (October 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Back in April, this duo went to Alternative radio with another song called “Dust And Bones”. Although it didn’t become their breakout song at the format, members Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel have teamed up on their next single with the sisters Quin in an attempt to prove that two is definitely better than one. The result? Their point is a very valid one.

GRIZFOLK – “Hymnals” (October 20) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
“The Struggle”, well, struggled to gather a lot of attention in the airplay department, but that is not stopping the quintet from going forth with an even stronger song from their EP From The Spark. Though it’s not go to radio for another few weeks, a video for the song is in production and coming soon. I’m rooting for the band and hoping this can break them.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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PROFILE: Grizfolk Juggle With “The Struggle”

Gettin' Grizzly.

Gettin’ Grizzly.


“You’re young enough to say what you feel / so, say what you feel.” It’s a simple message, but one that we don’t always take into consideration. Even when we face the issues head on in everyday life, as hard they are, it’s the way we tackle the obstacles ahead of us and carry on that builds our character. Put that in some different terms against a psychedelic pop groove and you have a hot song from Grizfolk, who have been making some waves in the blogosphere and could be emerging as one of 2014’s top new acts. Just ahead of their four song debut EP, From The Spark, comes first single “The Struggle”, which likely won’t struggle when it’s issued to AAA radio on February 24 through Virgin and Capitol Records.

The five-man band began to form in late 2012 and is currently based out of Los Angeles, CA, consisting of two members from across the pond in Stockholm, Sweden (Fredrik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze) and three Americans: Bill Delia from Pennsylvania, Brendan Willing James from California, and Adam Roth from Louisiana. Though their birthplaces were significantly different, they were all united by a passion for pop music, whether it was the thumping beats of EDM or the pulsing twang of southern rock. So, when the two Swedish members and Roth journeyed to the West Coast together as a trio, they gelled by mixing their regional loves. Now, as a quintet, they’re ready to explore even more musical ground.

2013 proved to be a critical year for the group, signing to a big label and getting the ball rolling on the promotion of their material. “Struggle” was originally released back in August via iTunes in some overseas territories and in a lyric video on YouTube, though it was already floating around the web as early as January. Added onto that was a free sampler titled Indian Summer, made available for a limited period. Then, in November, the song was featured on an episode of The CW drama The Originals in a scene with character Elijah Mikaelson, played by Canadian actor Daniel Gillies. That attracted a new pack of interested fans and they’ve since built a following on the road opening for acts like British rockers Bastille, as well as American singer-songwriter Brett Dennen. All of their hard work is finally starting to pay off in a big way.

Grizfolk is about to open on several dates for ZZ Ward on her Last Love Tour, which travels across the U.S. until early April, and they’ll be out once again with Bastille in Europe next month. Meanwhile, keep checking back to see how they do on the U.S. airwaves and my personal chart; they certainly haven’t seen the last of their own love yet. Remember, Bastille themselves were propelled by that same Virgin/Capitol combination and look at where they are with “Pompeii” on the Hot 100 today. It’s a record that sounds like summer, but there’s only one chance to break it and “then it’s gone.”

(Download “The Struggle” on iTunes)(Pre-order the From The Spark EP on iTunes, due 2/25)

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