Music News | Upcoming EP Midnight in EG¥PT, by EG¥PT

Self-Taught Singer/Songwriter Discusses Emotional Abuse On Her First EP, Midnight in EG¥PT, To Be Released Spring 2019

midnight in egypt ep by egypt - brash! magazine blogATLANTA, GA – Self-taught, singer/songwriter and independent recording artist, EG¥PT, recently announced her first project of her career Midnight in EG¥PT. This eight track EP is scheduled to release on all streaming platforms early as Spring 2019. After her latest single “DRUGZ” broke 40,000 plays in under 24 hours; fans are raving for the EP to be released.

Midnight in EG¥PT was developed around a series of life events as Egypt went through a long- term emotionally abusive relationship. The eight tracks are strategically placed in order to carry you through the journey and healing process EG¥PT faced.

This project was my peace and serenity to move on and to re-realize I AM the crème de la crème and no one could tell me otherwise. – EG¥PT

Midnight in EG¥PT will show the evolution of a woman coming out of her darkest hour also referred to as “midnight” to the light and finding self-love and happiness within herself. From track 1 “X” where we enter darkness an experience a break-up to make-up relationship to track 8 “Lux” when the sunrises in EG¥PT and freedom, self-worth and love is now recognized.

About EG¥PT
As a former actress and starting her singing and music career just a year and a half ago, EG¥PT is moving fast through the industry. She infuses her own style and edge with the modern trap-soul genre to give a refreshing sound to the Hip- Hop industry. She continues to grow and evolve her musical ability, brand, and following, to maximize her career and become a power player within the industry.

Twitter: @iamegyptmusic
IG: iamegyptmusic


Uncomfortable Convos | “Uneasy” by Stevie Rae Stephens

Nashville, TN – Pop singer/songwriter and former American Idol powerhouse Stevie Rae Stephens recently released her newest single, “Uneasy.” 

Uneasy by Stevie Rae Stephens

With touching, yet chilling, lyrics like Does it make you uneasy, when the world is in pain and the face of it looks like you, does it make you uneasy, when the women you love and the men you call friends write #metoo, Stevie Rae manages to write a very relatable song based on unfortunate current events.

“Uneasy” is the first of four singles Stevie Rae will be releasing, preceding three EPs, Ladylike, Daydreams, and Cruel Love. These will ultimately make up her upcoming album, Ladylike, set to be released in Fall 2019.

“Uneasy” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

As an activist for raising awareness and confronting domestic violence, rape culture, sexual violence/exploitation/trafficking in all it’s ugly forms, I do my best to address these issues in my songwriting. To call me a ‘feminist’ is an understatement.
– Stevie Rae Stephens

Inspired by pop icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Sara Bareilles, Stevie Rae also has deep roots in theater and composition. She is currently directing a production of The Vagina Monologues, which will take place on February 17 & 18 at Nashville’s famous Exit/In. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

About Stevie Rae Stephens
California native, Stevie Rae, is a pop singer/songwriter whose powerhouse vocals, presented through honest lyricism and soaring melodies, create the perfect canvas for her message of empowerment, feminism, and self-love. Past achievements range from reaching the Top 75 on American Idol Season 12 to singing the National Anthem for the San Fransisco Giants. She has two full lengths albums and will be releasing a third called Ladylike in Fall 2019.

Stevie Rae Stephens, Ladylike Album Promo
Twitter: @stevierae_music
IG: stevierae_music

Loving Freely | “Now and Forever” by Lorenzo

Melbourne Singer-Songwriter, LORENZO, Releases Pop Single, “Now and Forever”

Melbourne, Australia has given birth to a man with the voice of an angel, and one can’t help but ask themselves why this artist sounds so much like our late George Michael?

In so many ways, LORENZO has a charismatic, charming style with strong vocals and talent with a pen… there is no stopping this artist.

The new release, “Now and Forever” is the story of a couple who are separated. It is about surrendering to love in all its beauty -allowing the other person to live their life alongside yours, giving them the freedom to be themselves and loving them for it. It is the realization that you need to be with the one you love and you will sacrifice anything to be with them. If we can just give in and be true – regardless of time and distance we will always find our way back to our true love.

Now and Forever by Lorenzo

“Now and Forever” is Available Now on iTunes, Amazon, & CD Baby!

LORENZO recently signed a US Publishing Deal with Soda Box Music and a distribution deal with Indie label G.I.Records LLC out of Muncie, Indiana USA which will take his music, his brand, and talent worldwide. A&R and Label of G.I Records LLC owner Mr. Andrew “Drew” Knibbs said, “it was indeed a grand opportunity to be able to represent for this artist and when his Manager, Michelle Schembri-Lipscombe made initial contact with the label regarding this artist, after listening to his music, myself and my Asst. A&R Talent Scout were blown away by his voice, and the words and melody of his writing skills. He is truly an amazing artist, singer/songwriter and we just could not pass him by and not sign him. We hope by our exposure, marketing and promotion of him that any music he performs will reach the top of all the charts out there today and that it will catch the attention of worldwide music fans, major labels and music industry taste makers.”
Twitter: @Lorenzo_Aus
IG: lorenzo_australia

Week29 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Break Point by X.AriArtist: X.Ari
Track: “Break Point”
Bittersweet alt electro-pop artist X.Ari returns with Midi Jones produced heavy synth hook and stutter, burn low on the down and out, “Break Point”. Caught between the two worlds of hyper-confident anthemic chart bangers and dysfunctional electronic pop, X.Ari is a difficult artist to pin down; the 3 minutes 21 second shard of sonic scream in anguish, ‘Cattle Call’ a glorious demonstration of all that is great, raw and noisy about Independent Music; could not be more starkly contrasted, than by that of the brazen mass appeal and uber ‘Boom Boom’ of ‘want you up in my room’ crowd pleaser, ‘Stay Go’; the release of these two tracks not separated by years, but rather featured on X.Ari’s second EP ‘Dis-Order’. To date ‘Vapors’ perhaps represents her most successful endeavor to reconcile these two opposing creative forces; both perfectly formed slice of consumable electro-pop and problematic expression through lyric, introspective and raked with self-doubt. With latest release, ‘Break Point’ the young artist and songwriter draws upon painful memories of her own mental breakdown; the protracted shattering of self and sense of dislocation; which, to this day, she still carries the psychological and emotional scars. X.Ari’s talent for crafting vocal lines of engaging and contrasting percussive pattern is evident throughout, as she walks the beats with well-practiced finesse. The verse twists and turns through the lyric; a tightening spiral of scattered thought, flashback and abstract impression. The chorus presented in two halves; the first, a sharp series of melodic splinters that cut and snap at the ear; the second, a rapid vocal cascade and collapse. X.Ari’s smart use of vocal structure to reflect the weight of her words is further enhanced by well-judged and imaginative production and sound design by producer Midi Jones. Deep impact kicks and stuttered beat are combined to form an odd, stunted rhythm, paired with a lumbering, grungy synth and smartly blended reverses and quick rises; resulting in a compelling and unique listening experience. Additional musical and sonic elements add rich variation and surprising depth and detail to the on the face of it, stark pop production. Tastefully arranged backing vocal support, compliment, and counterpoint X.Ari’s own impressive vocal performance. Although eclectic, there’s a consistency of thinking behind the design/arrangement of the song that is evident throughout. ‘Break Point’ may well be X.Ari’s most accomplished work to date; no small achievement, considering the stand out quality of her work so far. With a Midi Jones produced EP slated for release, X.Ari is standing tall on shoulders of her hard-earned successes of last year, and looking straight up at the stars. To her great credit, she continues to turn her pain into our power.
Twitter: @xariofficial
IG: xariofficial


Stuck in the House by Cream with a K

Artist: Cream with a K
Track: “Stuck in the House”
Former J Pop front-woman Cream with a K drops a five-minute slice of ultra-cool alt-pop oddity groove, new single “Stuck in the House”. Having spent five years behind the mic with J Pop group NEKO PUNCH, the British born Independent musician and visual artist released her first solo material early 2018. Driven by a retro drum machine, saturated trashy and sat back in reverb, debut single, ‘Burn’ contrasted fuzzy lo-fi guitars and gloriously draggy bass line, with sweet vocals, delivered lazy, laid back and luscious. Two further singles followed last year, the stuttered bit-crushed skip and distortion fest of ‘Terrible Voices’, and trash-compacted beat, stupefied guitar breaks, and surreal feedback dance ‘5:35’; both adding weight to the integrity of fledgling solo artist’s songwriting and musicianship. Latest release “Stuck in the House” adds awesome alt synth drone and noise to the do it yourself digital drums and grungy over driven six strings. Cream with a K works the ‘at odds’ instrumentation with impressive finesse, successfully crafting a unique and cohesive sound. The production is willfully ‘garagey’ and stands in stark and, no doubt, intentional contrast to her self-described ‘bubblegum J Pop band’. The hazy, dazy vocal delivery, idle lines and undersung/talked lyrics further contrast the super-catchy/hyper-singalong melodies of NEKO PUNCH. And yet, despite a seeming indifference in presentation, a keenly developed sense of songcraft is nevertheless hard at work, as “Stuck in the House” quietly catches your ear, holds your attention and encourages you to sing along. With musical influences ranging from early electronic through grunge to pop, Cream with a K stands apart as a strikingly original and exciting young artist. One to watch in 2019.
IG: cream_with_a_k

"Beast of the Night" by CatbearArtist: CATBEAR
Track: “Beast of the Night”
South London Electro Indie Grrrl Band CATBEAR’s debut release, “Beast of the Night” is an uplifting neo-synthpop infused independent pop gem of stand out quality. Released in late November 2018, “Beast of the Night” is a well-worked production of soaring sequencer, ambient pad, and carefully placed riser. Punchy electro snare and pumping dance kick smack and thump the three minutes twenty-second track forward in tight percussive stanzas. Additional sound design and clever use of automation ad extra depth, width, and movement. The vocals delivered, quietly confident and with understated cool; lyrics running through a shifting, building mood, impressively reflected in the shifting, building arrangement. Although very much kept on the down-low, “Beast of the Night” represents an accomplished demonstration in musicianship and songwriting. An impressive debut release. More CATBEAR, please!
Twitter: @catbearuk
IG: catbearmusic


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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.
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Loving Up the Charts | “Sunrise Sunset” by J. Brown

R&B Singer-Songwriter, J. Brown’s Latest Single, “Sunrise Sunset” Reaches #20 on Billboard Magazine’s Urban AC Chart

“Sunrise Sunset” is a mid-tempo make-you-feel-good-song was written by C. Farrar, J. Brown and M. Harley and produced by Quad and Ibiza.

sunrise sunset by j. brown - brash! magazine blog

I wanted to sing about making women feel good about themselves and how they should be treated by their partner in the relationship and Sunrise Sunset does just that. – J. Brown.

“Sunrise Sunset” currently is the #20 R&B Urban AC song in the country according to Mediabase and Billboard Magazine. Later this month, J. Brown embarks on the Sunrise national promotional tour and stops will include; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Indianapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

“Sunrise Sunset” is Available Now on iTunes, Google Play, & TIDAL!

RnB artist, J. BrownAbout J. Brown
Detroit’s own J. Brown wants to make you scream…or cry, or laugh – any kind of emotion will do, so long as you feel something when you hear his music. “Good music is about passion,” says the R&B singer/songwriter. “When I write or sing a song, I put my all into it. And I want people to feel that.”

Brown knows a thing or two about passion and good music. Born and raised in the Motor City, Brown, the youngest of five, was a preacher’s kid who sang in his father’s church every Sunday from the age of eight. His mom- who at the age of 17 had her own deal with Motown Records- would play hours of classical music in the house, “basically to calm us down,” Brown recalls.

Now, faced with high expectations and aggressive goals, Brown is in the studio working on his album. A subtle mix of R&B with a hint of Hip Hop and Rock influences, the album is designed to uniquely showcase Brown’s distinct voice.

“I don’t focus on any one genre,” he maintains. “I can sing classical, rock, pop-pretty much anything… I don’t have to use Auto-Tune on a record. I’m a real singer. I can sing on the spot without any technology, just like the old school cats did.”

And he certainly wants to continue making this feel-good music for years to come, just as his icons Tank, Usher, Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix, Sting, Jay-Z, and Nas have done before him. Brown acknowledges that the secret to their success is focus and perseverance, qualities he’s incorporated into his own journey.
Twitter: @JBrownMusicOnly
IG: JBrownMusicOnly

Bringing You the FIRE! | Katchafire Tour News

Katchafire’s USA Tour Around One Love and Arizona Roots Festivals with Jordan T & Swells

Reggae Band, Katchafire

New Zealand pacific roots reggae ambassadors Katchafire kicks off their first 2019 USA tour late this month, around their festival slots on One Love in California and Arizona Roots Festival. All club shows also feature special guests Maui’s irrepressible singer/guitarist Jordan T who has shared many stages with Katchafire, along with the smooth soulful tones & feel good vibes of Swells from Orange County who has just released a new EP.

Stream Katchafire Music on Spotify!

Katchafire’s Fyah In The Trenches tour will celebrate the release of their new video/single scheduled to premiere with a Watch Party/Live chat with the band on their Official YouTube Channel (date dependent on country) – UTC 24 January 2019 at 21:00

katchafire trenches tour poster

Thu Jan. 31, 2019 – Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn WA with Jordan T & Swells
Fri Feb. 1, 2019 – Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn WA with Jordan T & Swells
Sat Feb. 2, 2019 – Armory, Ashland OR with Jordan T, Swells & The Current
Wed Feb. 6, 2019 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA with Jordan T & Swells
Thu Feb. 7, 2019 – Longboard Margarita Bar, Pacifica CA with Jordan T & Swells
Fri Feb. 8, 2019 – Music Box, San Diego CA with Jordan T & Swells
Sat Feb. 9, 2019 – Arizona Roots Festival, Chandler AZ
Sun Feb. 10, 2019 – One Love Festival, Long Beach CA
Mon Feb. 11, 2019 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas NV with Jordan T, Swells & Mystic Roots

Tickets for all shows are available now – Links & details available at Katchafire website & social pages.

Click here to watch Katchafire’s documentary created by Mike Abela/Abela Films

“Fyah In The Trenches” will be the 5th video/single from Katchafire’s acclaimed 5th studio album (released June 2018).

**Watch Party Dates & Times – UTC 21:00 24 Jan 2019**
US HONOLULU – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 11am
US LOS ANGELES – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 1pm
US NEW YORK – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 4pm
JA KINGSTON – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 4pm
UK LONDON – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 9pm
EU BERLIN – Thursday, Jan 24th @ 10pm
JP TOKYO – Friday, Jan 25th @ 6am
AU SYDNEY – Friday, Jan 25th @ 8am
NZ AUCKLAND – Friday, Jan 25th @ 10am

Katchafire will then head to Hawaii for several shows with reggae legends UB40.
Twitter: @Katchafire
IG: KatchafireOfficial

Like No Time Has Passed| “All My Friends” by Matt Koelsch ft Georgia Feroce

New highly anticipated single from Matt Koelsch ft Georgia Feroce, “All My Friends”

all my friends by Matt Koeslch ft Georgia Feroce - brash! magazine blog“All My Friends” is about the heart warming spirit of friendship after a prolonged absence. Reminiscing around a piano, basking in nostalgia and embracing the night.

Georgia Feroce and Matt Koelsch made an instant connection amidst the dynamic music scene surrounding the Eastside of Los Angeles California in early 2016. Both natives of the harsh New England winters, each set out to the west coast with the intentions of expanding their musical horizons and in pursuit of eternal sunshine.

Together through their collaborations, performances and travels, a single was born, All My Friends. A song about the heart warming spirit of friendship after a prolonged absence. Reminiscing around a piano, basking in nostalgia and embracing the night. A timeless feeling and moment we all look forward to year after year while tapping glasses and breaking bread.

“When writing this song we connected through our own struggles of being apart from the people we grew up with and saw on a regular basis. The distance has made us realize how special it is when we do get to spend time with family and friends, and it makes every reunion that much sweeter.

True friendships do not suffer from time spent apart. With my best friends, we pick up right where we left off, as if no time has passed.”

The pair sought out acclaimed engineer Pierre De Reeder (She & Him, St. Vincent, Sia) to help capture the magic that exists in All My Friends.

Upbeat-jangly-rag piano, light acoustic guitar textures, three-part female-male pop-harmonies with a crowd of 15 background singers merge together to form this modern spin on a folk-sing-along. The track you are hearing is an unedited raw live performance amongst the entire group in the recording studio.

Georgia Geroce and Matt Koelsch performed at acclaimed venues throughout the United States including a variety of festivals. Both musical artists share common ground in philanthropy, Georgia often donating blood to the Red Cross and fostering animals. Matt is a 1% for the Planet member (environmental) and both have performed for a variety of fundraisers for cancer research, homelessness and green initiatives.

“All My Friends” is Available Now on Spotify!
Twitter: @MattKoelsch
IG: MattKoelsch
Twitter: @georgiaferoce
IG: GeorgiaFeroce