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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 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…

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AARON TAOS – “Amazing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: six previous appearances, “Twisted” (December 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Taos’s first of what will likely be plenty of 2018 singles to make PGTC’s report begins on a great note, with New Music Friday lists managed by Spotify’s Canada, Italy and the Netherlands affiliates adding it into the mix. Make sure to check out the cool video!

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LUKR – “Astronaut” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: four previous appearances, “The Future” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists were also good to this Nashville performer, a frequent find on our Friday Faves and The New Nashville lists. On Friday, he found love from the Germany, Italy and Schweiz curators. In the pop blog galaxy, it’s flying high!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BENJI LEWIS – “Deep Blue”
CONFETTI – “People Suck”
DES ROCS – “HVY MTL DRMR”
JOHN.k – “Best Of Me”
MATT WOODS – “Rearview”
REYNA – “Cool With It”
SVRCINA – “Whispers”

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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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/15 – 10/21/17

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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FLEURIE, DALTON DIEHL & RUSLAN – “Take Me With You” (Spotify)
There’s a lot of Nashville power charging this musical ménage à trois, though Diehl (previously Young Brother) is now found in The Golden State. Regardless of location, this new collaboration is a nice treat, a soft pop indulgence that you need for your fall playlist.

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MATT WOODS – “Tongues” (Spotify)
We were certainly wagging our tongues at the idea of a new release from Woods, and our mouths were watering by the time this cut was confirmed. Following “Nervous” and “Stop”, his latest single continues to deliver an exquisite soulful experience. Lovely sound.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRYCE FOX – “Punches” (SoundCloud)
ERIN MCCARLEY featuring BODYTALKR – “Blackout” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/24 – 9/30/17

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…

Due to the Yom Kippur holiday, and the overwhelming amount of quality independent singles this week, the usual commentary will be back next week. Until then, enjoy all the new sounds below!

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BRYCE FOX – “Lucy” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Voodoo” (June 2016), “Burn Fast” (Year-End 2016), “Coldhearted” (March 2017)

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DANIELLA MASON – “Butterflies” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Cruel Summer” (August 2017)

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MATT WOODS – “Stop” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Nothing Less” (October 2016), “If You Forget Me” (December 2016/Year-End 2016), “Nervous” (August 2017), “Craving” (September 2017)

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THØSS – “Two Laces” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Benchwarmer” (June 2016), “Submarine” (November 2016), “Work Is A Four Letter Word” (May 2017)

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WANDERER – “So Far Away” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Call Me Crazy” (September 2016/Year-End 2016), “Make You Feel” (December 2016), “Dreams” (March 2017), “We Were So Young” (July 2017)

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FLETCHER – “You Should Know” (SoundCloud)
GRETA ISAAC – “Tied” (SoundCloud)
NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Tearing Up My Heart” (SoundCloud)
RAINSFORD – “Flowers In A Vase” (SoundCloud)
RYAN EGAN – “Tongue Of Yours” (SoundCloud)
UNION MOON – “What Would I Leave” (SoundCloud)
WHISSELL – “All Shook Up” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/3 – 9/9/17

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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CAPE CUB – “Flowers” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the return of Chad Male and Cape Cub, with his most recent tunes dropping in November of last year on an EP called 6am. With “Flowers” firmly in bloom, the radio potential on this electropop release is certainly growing.

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MATT WOODS – “Craving” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Serving vocals and giving me life once more, Woods’s second single from his forthcoming EP, and the follow-up to “Nervous”, has a way of pulling you in and sticking around in your brain. He effortlessly glides through this smooth neo soul single. It is really lovely.

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UNION MOON – “Red Bow” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the first time on the Rewind for Union Moon, though his pack of three singles to date is pretty good. If you know the work of The Fray, then you may already be aware that this is member Joe King’s solo effort. “Red” is a solid pick for an early morning listen.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DANIELLA MASON – “Cover The Earth” (SoundCloud)
FINNEAS – “I’m In Love Without You” (SoundCloud)
LELAND featuring ALLIE X – “Mattress (Valley Girl Remix)” (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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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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RECORD REWIND: Thirty Top Tunes From 2016

Record Rewind - January 1, 2017

Happy New Year from PGTC! It’s Sunday afternoon, which means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

This week, it’s a Record Rewind special, presenting thirty of the top tracks to make my Spotify playlists throughout 2016. So many great new artists put their music online this year, while those established in the blog world continued to create massive tunes. You will find a Spotify playlist below of all thirty songs, plus twelve highlighted throughout the post. By the way, several hundred songs made these lists during the year, so don’t feel bad if yours isn’t below. It was hard! 2017 is a new year, so give it your best shot.

Check out our Spotify profile page for the Indie Winter Mix (2015/2016), Indie Spring Mix, Indie Summer Mix and Indie Fall Mix for all the action from this year.

(Acts that have been signed since appearing on the lists have been noted below. Positions indicate chronological order, not rank.)

Listen:

Enjoy all the great music!

1. ADAM FRIEDMAN, “Pretty Things”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Gold Rush

2. MACKENZIE THOMS, “Do Me All Again”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Independent

Thoms could sing the phone book and I would probably stream it a few dozen times, but this R&B-flavored tune really hit the spot.

3. CAPE CUB – “Closer”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 9, 2016
Label: Independent

4. RUELLE, “I Get To Love You”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 12, 2016
Label: Independent

5. WYLDER, “Swells”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 16, 2016
Label: Independent

6. BRYCE FOX, “Burn Fast”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 21, 2016
Label: Independent

Fox has a super 2017 ahead, as “Horns” continues to react from airplay in the Denver area. “Burn” is still my favorite of his singles.

7. KYKO – “Native”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 28, 2016
Label: LAB (U.K.)

8. YOUNGR – “Out Of My System”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: April 23, 2016
Label: Independent (now signed to Island/Republic)

Dario Darnell’s father might be Kid Creole, but this kid has a major radio hit in the making with this absolute jam. It’s a killer track.

9. SODY / MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Wasted Youth”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 13, 2016
Label: Independent

I’ve enjoyed Brown’s music for some years now. Put him in a collaboration with a promising newcomer, and you’ve got one hot hit.

10. CAPPA, “I’m Good”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 14, 2016
Label: Independent

11. JOHN SPLITHOFF – “Sing To You”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 20, 2016
Label: Independent

Splithoff recently surpassed five million streams with his fabulous feel-good track, and you’ll feel good about his new material too.

12. TIPLING ROCK – “Low Tide Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: May 27, 2016
Label: Independent

Four Boston college kids mixed pop and psychedelic music to create one monster Spotify Viral anthem for those hot summer days.

13. BILLIE EILISH, “Six Feet Under”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 24, 2016
Label: Drup Music (now signed to Darkroom/Interscope)

14. OFELIA K, “I Love My Lawyer”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 26, 2016
Label: South By Sea

15. KID RUNNER – “Give Me Something To Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 2, 2016
Label: Independent

This Ohio group actually made me “Love” their EP from earlier this year. Also, Alternative radio gatekeepers, make this song a hit!

16. CODY FRY – “Go”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

17. STEFAN ALEXANDER – “Skeleton”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

18. SLOW SUGAR, “Hypnotic Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 6, 2016
Label: Independent

19. DAVIS, “Get Mine”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 7, 2016
Label: Proxy

20. EZA, “Alive”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 12, 2016
Label: Independent

Sensual and unconventional: it’s a small taste of the EP Dead Reckoning, and this glorious gem from Ellery Bonham is impressive.

21. PHANGS, “Cul De Sac”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 24, 2016
Label: Independent

22. GOLDEN COAST, “Recess”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 26, 2016
Label: Independent

23. BEN HOBBS, “Animals”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 31, 2016
Label: Independent

In a zoo full of musical madness, this song escaped from its cage and into my ears this summer. Hobbs has a great catalog of music.

24. JORDAN GABLE, “Didn’t Mean It”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

25. WANDERER, “Call Me Crazy”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

26. MULLALLY, “Wonderful”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 20, 2016
Label: Black Diamond Music

There’s an exciting buzz around singer Connor Mullally, and I’m sure 2017 will be more, well, wonderful for him in plenty of ways.

27. RAINSFORD, “Too Close”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 23, 2016
Label: Independent

28. WHISSELL, “Pain Of Love”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 29, 2016
Label: FourForty Artist Group

From her upcoming EP, Nashville singer Lauren Whistle delivered with this inspired cut. I’m excited for the release in a few weeks.

29. LAUV, “The Story Never Ends (Piano Version)”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: October 20, 2016
Label: Independent

30. MATT WOODS, “If You Forget Me”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: December 2, 2016
Label: Guernsey House

I’ve been a follower of Woods’s music for several years, and this ballad from his recent EP just has me feeling a lot. I love his voice.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/27 – 12/3

Record Rewind - December 4, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

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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ADAM FRIEDMAN – “Sad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Santa Monica singer and songwriter Friedman returns with his follow-up to “Lemonade”, and how sweet it is to have him back. This track had a fair amount of love from Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists a few days ago, including the popular U.S. list. Get happy!

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MATT WOODS – “If You Forget Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This gorgeous ballad from Woods is off his EP called Ain’t No Use, which is amazing from start to finish. Of course, I’ve spent some time with his past material, and his voice is just spectacular. He could sing the phone book and I would stream it. Yes, it’s that great.

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PUBLIC – “4Her” (iTunes – n/a) (Spotify – n/a)
This Cincinnati group quickly hit the top of Hype Machine’s Twitter list a few days ago, and that should bode well for their single on SoundCloud (and more services soon, hopefully!) “4Her” has a fresh and fun vibe that should appeal to indie pop and tropical fans.

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WANDERER – “Make You Feel” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I wandered into this Arizona performer’s catalog earlier this year, and I’m certainly glad I did. Adam Simons has a great set of songs with his C I T Y EP, one of which was highlighted on the Rewind in September: “Call Me Crazy”. Call me a big fan of his music so far.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LONELY BENSON – “Leave You Mama” (SoundCloud)
P O P F I L T E R – “In Love Again” (SoundCloud)
THE DUNWELLS – “It’s OK This Time” (SoundCloud)

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