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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/15 – 1/21/17

Record Rewind - January 22, 2017

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…


CASTLECOMER – “If I Could Be Like You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Sydney’s smashing Alternative quintet keeps on making great music, with this song being one of their more accessible tracks to date. I guess it’s because you can both rock out and dance to it, which is always a good thing. The catchy jam is ready to make some moves.


KEVIN GARRETT – “Strangehold” (iTunes) (Spotify)
A surprise release from New York’s Garrett, still making quite a name for himself in the blog and streaming worlds, gives us another great entry this week. The soulful sound of Garrett’s vocals and musicality is so enticing that you’ll be wishing for more. I know I am.


MAX AND THE MOON – “Killing Time” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s a bittersweet moment for this Rewind entry, as the Los Angeles quartet is going their separate ways. However, their last single is actually my favorite of theirs, ironically enough, combining anthemic rock and pop into a lush sound for their fans. We’ll miss them.


REYNA – “Matinee” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Milwaukee duo came onto the PGTC radar in the spring of last year with a song called “Ink On My Skin”, which is closing in on a solid 200,000 streams on Spotify. Their latest guitar-driven single digs into some late 80’s roots, inspiring one smooth pop dream.


For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
AUGUST – “Ghosts” (SoundCloud)
Eliason – “Heaven Knows” (SoundCloud)
Hundred Handed – “Vibe” (SoundCloud)
Pierre Stemmett – “Unfair” (SoundCloud)
Sabrina Parker – “Write You Down” (SoundCloud)
Sam Seg – “Lover” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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ON THE RISE: Cool Acts, Hot New Releases (June 2015)

The PGTC SoundCloud page is still going strong with updated tracks from some great new and emerging acts, based here in the U.S. and abroad. I definitely enjoy sharing my favorites, including here on the blog, and this new artist spotlight is now a semi-regular. This time, we’re focusing on new singles and EPs, some streaming and some purchasable, from acts that call the States home, including two from California and two from Tennessee. Check them out to freshen up your summer playlist:

Boh Doran

BOH DORAN – “White Knuckles” / “Rainbow” (iTunes)
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Newcomer Doran has been creating music with Ethan Mentzer and Jon Kaplan for her debut, and based on the two singles that are out so far, it’s sure to contain more pop delights. With a musical palette that spans from classic soul to indie pop and a voice that hints at shades of Lisa Loeb and Nina Gordon, she tastes the “Rainbow” and shines brightly, while putting up a darker fight with her “White Knuckles”. Doran’s solid hook-driven tracks are bound to find an even greater audience, so watch out for more.

Max And The Moon

Location: Chino Hills and Los Angeles, CA

Rocketing back into the musical mesosphere this week is a four-man California band that has released several EPs over the past few years. However, it’s their latest work that’s getting quite a bit of love from the blogosphere and at streaming platforms. It is easy to see why: songs like “Harps” and recent posting “Turbulent” feature strong choruses with synth and guitar melodies, and the use of interesting vocal loops and samples. It’s familiar, yet fresh, and the synthesis between the two makes for one cool act.


WΛVE & ROME – Across The Map EP (iTunes)
Location: Nashville, TN

Singer/songwriter Sam Tinnesz is making waves (perhaps even in Rome) with his new solo effort, a change of pace from writing for other acts and his past exposure in MIKESCHAIR. His debut is marked by five solid tracks that straddle a line between indie pop and southern rock to create a dynamic vibe that fits the current Alternative radio landscape. All five tunes are worth a listen through, but the title song and “Hands Over Eyes” (recently featured on Nashville) rank among the highlights. Surf’s up, dudes.

Young Brother

YOUNG BROTHER – Kamikaze EP (iTunes)
Location: Nashville, TN

Through a series of samplers and song uploads, Dalton Diehl is quickly becoming one of my top discoveries and go-to acts for a shot of slick tuneage. Formerly of the band Samestate, he’s now a solo singer and songwriter, having attained some press in the last six months for the title track from this EP. Even better is “Man Up”, a burst of energetic, anthemic pop that lends itself well to huge radio and synch potential. It’s one of the best earworms so far this year. Pump that single and “Work It” up and jam on.

For more great music (or at least I would like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making that music!

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