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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/16 – 4/22/17

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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BIYO – “Moments” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville musician Grayson Proctor got a brief mention on the Rewind back in February with the release of “Focus”, and now we’re focused on his latest tune. Proctor blends dramatic pop and raw R&B elements into a cool song that’s sure to please the blog world.

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SARAH SOLOVAY – “Trick Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Singer/songwriter Solovay had us jamming out to her previous single, “Rough Draft”, back in February, and her new track is just as awesome. Matching an edgier and sensual lyric with some good production, Solovay proves that she’s versatile and ready for more.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Anya Marina – “Cut You Loose” (SoundCloud)
Northern National – “MoneyBlind” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/9 – 4/15/17

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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JEFFREY JAMES – “Unsaid” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Fresh off the release of his EP on Friday, Nashville singer James throws it back to the earlier part of the 00’s with this smooth R&B and gospel tune. It’s understated, but really shines when he and a backing choir dive into a powerful hook. Check out the whole set!

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Real Name” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You’ve seen this guy all over PGTC and my playlists for some time, so it’s not a surprise that his new song is one of the independent highlights of this week. The electronic-pop song has a nice tropical influence in it, making it a solid choice for your summer playlist.

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Set Me Off” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This duo was last featured on the Rewind in January with the single “Neon”, though member Matthew Lewin also plays with a band that was featured last week, Tipling Rock. Future pop meets early 90’s R&B on this energetic release, another hot track for the two.

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THE NIGHT GAME – “The Outfield” (iTunes) (Spotify)
When we think of outfields, we usually think of the English group that gave us bops like “Your Love” and “Voices Of Babylon”. That being said, this track called “The Outfield” is a home run, especially if it’s already achieving New Music Friday list adds. Great work!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Leo Kalyan – “Versailles” (SoundCloud)
Lovespeake featuring Max Frost – “Novocaine” (SoundCloud)
LPX – “Tremble” (SoundCloud)
RKCB – “Bloom” (SoundCloud)
Superwalkers – “I Got You” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/2 – 4/8/17

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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JUKEBOX THE GHOST – “Stay The Night” (iTunes) (Spotify)
What happens when this Brooklyn-based trio, responsible for the #1 song (“Postcard”) on my Top 100 of 2015, returns with one of the brightest and most radio-friendly singles of their career? You put that jam on repeat, that’s what you do. It’s great for summer!

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PAPERWHITE – “Wash Us Away” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Just under two months after siblings Ben and Katie Marshall last appeared on the Rewind with “Human Nature”, the Brooklyn duo adds one more bop to their collection. It starts out smoothly, then explodes with a powerful chorus. I hope it doesn’t go “away” yet.

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TIPLING ROCK – “A Side / B Side” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since these Boston college kids put out a new song, and if this was their final exam, I’d give them high marks. It’s probably not a surprise, however, since I’ve written about the guys several times before. Dig into their psychedelic pop power now!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Ben Hobbs – “Shame (Acoustic)” (SoundCloud)
Benji Lewis – “For You” (SoundCloud)
Denny White – “Whatcha Thinking About” (SoundCloud)
Red Rosamond – “Don’t Let Our Love Go Cold” (SoundCloud)
Rows – “New Heart” (SoundCloud)
Violet Skies – “Burn” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/26 – 4/1/17

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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NELLY FURTADO – “Sticks And Stones” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“What? She’s back?” Yes, she is, and she’s going the independent route this time. This set is pretty raw at times, but it also feels like a true artistic record. Of course, I feel that Jamie Scott can do wrong, and this wouldn’t sound out of place on Graffiti6’s second album.

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NICK WILSON – “Bare” (iTunes) (Spotify)
At the beginning of the year, I heard a really interesting remake of Ariana Grande’s “Into You” performed by this U.K. singer, and I’m glad I took down the name. This original song is a very solid indie pop track, influenced by a funky guitar line and synthpop elements.

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VÉRITÉ – “When You’re Gone” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Streaming darling Kelsey Byrne has been slaying major playlists effortlessly across a number of services in the past few months, with her latest tune receiving adds on some prominent lists focused on new releases. The edgy pop winner is bold, but quite hooky as well.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Bantug – “Just Like A Dream” (SoundCloud)
Bruno Major – “Second Time” (SoundCloud)
Jesse Hale Moore – “Ringing In Your Ears” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/19 – 3/25/17

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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AMY ALLEN – “Get Me Outta Here!” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In the past, we’ve reposted and playlisted music from a great Boston band called Amy & The Engine. Leader Allen is now recording as a solo performer, and her latest single is a catchy indie pop ditty. If you haven’t discovered her yet, this is a great start to the journey.

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CAFUNÉ – “How Can I Explain” (iTunes) (Spotify)
How can we explain how much we enjoy this duo’s music? Well, it’s very simple: members Sedona Schat and Noah Yoo are a talented twosome that have mastered the art of a bop. In all seriousness, this is a smooth track with an enticing darkness about it. It’s so good.

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WANDERER – “Dreams” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Based in Tempe, AZ, singer and songwriter Adam Simons was previously featured on the Rewind with two cuts from his EP called C I T Y. His latest single is a cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit from 1977. Of course, his take is very dreamy and lush too. It’s worth a listen.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LOYAL – “Tower Over All” (SoundCloud)
SILENT CROWD – “Giving It Up” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/12 – 3/18/17

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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BRYCE FOX – “Coldhearted” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s Fox has been all over my playlists and SoundCloud feed for about a year now. In fact, one of his singles, “Voodoo”, was featured on the very first edition of the Rewind last June. Great production and a clever lyric make his latest single another top tune.


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LAUV – “The Other (DallasK Remix)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you live on Spotify all day long, streaming your favorite hits, you’re likely well aware of the second wind the original version of this single has been experiencing since December. With a fresh set of remixes for your listening pleasure, it is ready to dominate at radio.

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LEO KALYAN – “Feels Right” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Kalyan’s been on my radar for some time now; I really enjoy his songs “Daydream” and “Get Your Love”, among others. So, it’s great to have him back here and sounding excellent. His passion for future soul and layered R&B jams shines through on this superb song.

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SODY – “Let Go” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This talented performer, along with PGTC favorite Martin Luke Brown, recorded one of my favorite independent songs of 2016 with “Wasted Youth”. Luckily, Spotify listeners also agree: it’s currently at 1.5 million streams. Her latest track is a burst of pop goodness.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
BROADHURST – “The One” (SoundCloud)
JENNIFER PAIGE – “Forget Me Not” (SoundCloud)
JUNIOR PROM – “Tapdancer” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/5 – 3/11/17

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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BLAIR – “Dance Alone” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles musician Evan Blair had a pair of great singles that received some major love from the blogs last year, and “Dance” has a lot of room to grow, even though it’s taking off very quickly too. His latest hit will get you on your feet and moving all over the place.


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COMPUTER GAMES – “Every Single Night” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a minute since Glee left the television schedule, though it’s still in our hearts. However, whenever I hear that Darren Criss is releasing new music, my ears are bound to perk up. Together with brother Chuck, their first EP is really fun and energetic. Great set!

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XY&O – “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Yes, as you were probably thinking, this is a cover of the iconic Tina Turner hit from 1984. This English group has never appeared on the Rewind before, but I enjoyed “I’m Not Right” and “Low Tide” a while ago. Check out the great production on this very fresh take.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
EMMI – “Talk To Me” (SoundCloud)
KYKO – “Drive” (SoundCloud)

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