Best Nominees | Richard Lynch and Whiskey & Cigarettes Radio Show

Richard Lynch, Whiskey And Cigarettes Joins Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney As New Music Award Nominees

Richard Lynch received a nomination for Best New Country Artist. Whiskey and Cigarettes Show (W&C) was nominated for Best Internet Radio Station.

This recognition from the industry is proof positive that honest, talented and hard-working people can come out on top. 
– Michael Stover, President, MTS Management Group

Los Angeles, CA — MTS Management Group is proud to announce Ohio-based country artist Richard Lynch and Milan-based “Whiskey and Cigarettes Show” (W&C) have been nominated for the 2019 New Music Awards. Richard Lynch is nominated for Best New Country Artist alongside Luke Combs, Mitchell Tenpenney, and Jimmie Allen.

Richard Lynch

W&C is nominated for Best Internet/Syndicated Radio Station alongside Country Bear, Sound Machine Country, and others. This is the first New Music Awards nomination for Richard Lynch. W&C won the NMA in 2015.

new music awards - brash! magazine blogThe annual New Music Awards are given for excellence in music to both recording artist and radio stations, by New Music Weekly Magazine. First round nominations are submitted by members of the press, radio, music industry and fans, with the top performing nominees being selected for the final ballot. Voting for the Final Round Winners is underway at . 2018 winners included Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Midland. Additional 2019 nominees include Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean.

“I’m so happy for both Richard and DJ Nik, host and creator of W&C,” said Michael Stover of MTS. “You won’t find two more deserving people in this business. This recognition from the industry is proof positive that honest, talented and hard-working people can come out on top. Good luck to all of the nominees!”

New Music Weekly is a nationally distributed trade magazine for the radio and music industries. Following the tradition of Bill Gavin and the Gavin Report, New Music Weekly interprets data from the Spins Tracking System for music industry executives and artists across the United States. Weekly editorial features include highlights of the top singles impacting radio and “spotlights” of new music from the Top40/Pop, Country, AC/Hot, and College music genres.

About Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch is an Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard’s single, “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore” went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart. His current single, “Pray on the Radio” is receiving Christian radio airplay and charting.

Richard is a multiple-award-winning artist and a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame and Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame, who has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, and countless other media outlets. He is also the host of “Traditionally Lynch,” airing on TV and radio, and he’s the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans.
Twitter: @richardlynchband
IG: richardlynchband4432

whisky and cigarettes show - brash! magazine blogAbout Whiskey And Cigarettes Radio Show
“Whiskey And Cigarettes Radio Show” is a weekly show, originating in Milan, Italy, hosted by the “Romeo of the Rodeo” Nik Pizzigoni. Nik is a Nashville Universe Awards Winner, International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a New Music Awards Winner, AMG Heritage Awards nominee, and an Independent Country Music Association nominee. The show features a unique blend of classic, current and indie country, trivia, contests, artist spotlights and interviews and Nik’s European charm. Previous guests have included Charley Pride, Hank Williams, Jr.,Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, John Rich, Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Bill Anderson, Luke Bryan, Bryan White, Travis Tritt, Lee Greenwood, Collin Raye and many others.
Twitter: @WhiskeyCigsShow
IG: wcradioshow

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

Release the Magic Within | “Breakdown Breakthrough” by Derek Sallmann

Pop artist, Derek Sallmann, Releases New Single, “Breakdown Breakthrough” and is Set to Release the infectious EP, Love, Future You, on Dec. 14th

Breakdown, Breakthrough by Derek Sallmann - BRASH! Magazine BlogOn Derek Sallmann’s newest single, “Breakdown Breakthrough,” he reflects on discovering hope within the darkest moments of chasing a dream. Co-written by Garrison Starr, the stunningly soft melody is the perfect accent to Sallmann’s smooth, emotive vocals. Hope radiates from one sweet chorus to the next with echoes of encouragement. It inspires listeners to fight for what they believe in and trust that eventually, life will guide you where you need to be. As he sings, “I might breakdown, but I’m gonna breakthrough, in the highs and the lows, you find another side of you,” Sallmann taps into the magic born from the struggle. From the layers of harmonies to the impactful heartbeat rhythm, every moment of this inspiring track makes you believe that any dream is possible if only you dare to keep chasing it.

“Breakdown Breakthrough” is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play!

On his new EP, Love, Future You, Derek Sallmann presents one unforgettable pop experience after another that lingers in your mind long after you stop listening.

Love, Future You (Cover Art)

The artist, born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, began writing and performing at an early age, tinkering around on his father’s guitar and experimenting with songwriting. He released his debut album, All Seasons in 2016 and immediately hit the tour circuit to bring the music to audiences from coast to coast. He’s performed over 300 shows and already has a multitude of accolades under his belt including being named the Shepherd Express 2017 “Best of Milwaukee” winner for “Best Acoustic Musician” and a Wisconsin Area Music Industry nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2016. He spent most of 2018 writing and recording the songs that comprise Love, Future You with producer Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers, Joshua Radin) and co-writers Kyler England and Garrison Starr. The collection of songs is powerhouse pop perfection that will have listeners hitting repeat again and again.
Twitter: @DerekSallmann
IG: DerekSallmann

Fanning the Flames | “Heart on Fire” by Morrison

Electro-Rock Artist, Morrison, Releases New Single “Heart on Fire”

Heart on Fire by Morrison - BRASH! Magazine Blog(New York, NY) – Miami-based rock/pop artist Megan Morrison (aka MORRISON) bursts onto the indie music scene with her incendiary new single, “Heart on Fire.” The song is the first release from Morrison’s debut solo EP, Appetite for Freedom, set to release in Spring 2019.

Listen to “Heart on Fire”!

Morrison’s music career began at a very young age while growing up in Massachusetts. After singing in high school choirs and musicals and ranking at the top of her high school All-State competitions, she pursued a music degree from University of MA Amherst. Studying opera, she discovered she excelled at musical theatre having nabbed the lead in the musical, Cinderella. For her senior year, she moved to New York City to attend Hunter College and audition for Broadway musicals. Eventually, she began singing in rock/punk bands throughout the City where she found “her calling.” She moved to Miami in 2009 where she formed her first official band, Dorothy’s Surrender, for which she wrote all the songs influenced by her biggest inspirations: Hole, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Audioslave. Her second band, Revlover, formed in 2016, and had more of a folk, inspirational rock sound.

She Makes Music called Morrison’s vocals “full of rebellious attitude and a tone to back it up.” Miami New Times named Morrison one of the “Five Miami Women Artists to Watch on International Women’s Day” in March 2018, noting her five areas of expertise–a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, model, and fire dancer. Her last skill led her to guest appearances in music videos by Pitbull and Elvis Crespo and onstage with pop singer Jessie J.

Morrison - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Today, Morrison has a new band for her solo project that has more of an electronic rock sound that she attributes to her favorite band, Muse. (She considers herself the female Matt Bellamy!) Be sure to look out for her new music video for the “Heart on Fire”, featuring the artist dancing with fire!
Twitter: @MMorrisonMusic
IG: MeganMorrisonMusic

Business News | Longarrow Publicity

Young Entrepreneur, Trevor Perkins, Announces the Launch of Longarrow Publicity

Longarrow PublicityNashville, TN – Trevor Perkins, a well-respected young member of the music industry, has worked with many breakthrough artists throughout the country. After consideration, a decision to pursue his own path was formed. The new firm Longarrow Publicity offers a wide range of publicity services that enable him to push for a successful future for his clients.

Trevor Perkins founded the Nashville based online publication, Music Update Central with industry veteran, Jill Pavel back in 2014. Since the launch of the publication, Trevor has shared conversations with some of the country’s biggest stars in music including Walker Hayes, Jordan Davis, Phill Vassar, Kalie Shorr, and many other artists across the genres. Recently, Trevor teamed up with Cassie Lynn Wells, founder of Cassie’s Kick-Ass Country, to create an all-genre, all-female community, Music Like A Lady. Since launch in early 2018, they’ve released interviews with Stella Parton, Jenna Paulette, Lena Stone, plus many other talented artists.
Twitter: @Longarrow_PR

Must Listen! | Podcast Host, Royce Gomez, Unveils Special Singer-Songwriter Series

Royce Gomez, A Renowned Podcast Host and Author, Features Nearly A Dozen Artists on Her Podcast, “Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory”

Royce Talks by Royce GomezColorado Springs, CO — Royce Gomez, a renowned podcast host and author endorsed by Kevin Harrington and other celebrities for her business acumen shared in her book, “27 Secrets of Marketing: Your Ticket to Maximum Revenue,” is featuring nearly a dozen artists on her podcast, “Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory.”

“Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory” has strayed from featuring only females sharing their success journey to feature international singer-songwriters promoted by MTS Management Group.

The birth of “Thrive” stemmed from Royce consulting with and interviewing successful startup founders; she felt these stories deserved to be heard to inspire others. Today “Thrive” has a large audience and is heard around the U.S. 20% of the listeners hail from other English speaking countries where Royce has consulted and spoken to professional audiences. Royce Gomez has been published on Huffington Post, Small Business Expert Forum and more. For more information on Royce Gomez, visit and

Author/Podcast Host, Royce Gomez

Royce Gomez is a real pro and we’ve enjoyed having our artists featured on her show! — Michael Stover, President of MTS Management Group

MTS Artists being featured in the musician’s series are:
Aaron Hart, frontman for Denver glam rock band, Love Stallion
Matt Westin, Pittsburgh-based country rock artist
Heather Whitney, Texas country singer-songwriter
Jeremy Parsons, Nashville americana singer-songwriter
Ed Roman, Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Cory M. Coons, Ottawa-based melodic roots rock singer-songwriter
Across The Board, Toronto-based pop/rock band
Fitzsimon and Brogan, London-based pop/rock songwriting and production duo

Listen to the podcasts on demand at

Twitter: @RoyceGomez

Founded in 2010 by Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer, Michael Stover. A music industry veteran of over 30 years, Michael is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree specializing in the Music and Video business. Michael has used that education to gain a wealth of experience within the industry: from retail music manager and DJ, to two-time Billboard Magazine Contest winning songwriter, performer and chart-topping producer, and finally, award-winning artist manager, publicist, promoter and label president. In just 8 years, MTS Records has released 33 Top 40 New Music Weekly country chart singles, including TWELVE #1s and 8 Top 85 Music Row chart singles. MTS has also promoted 8 Top 25 itunes chart singles, including 3 Top 5s and a #1! Michael has written columns featured in Hypebot, Music Think Tank, and Fair Play Country Music, among others.

Michael has managed and/or promoted artists and events from the United States, UK, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Australia and Sweden, making MTS a truly international company.

Indie Music News | BMG Acquires Indie Hip-Hop Label RBC Records

BMG Acquires Independent Hip-Hop Label RBC Records, Home of Chief Keef, Flippa, Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and The Gucci Mane Catalog

BMG, new music model - BRASH! Magazine BlogLos Angeles, CA  – BMG has announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based independent hip-hop/rap label RBC Records (RBC). Launched in 2002, the label is home to a number of prolific and influential artists including Chief Keef, Flippa (aka Skippa Da Flippa), Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and Gucci Mane, whose catalog sits alongside more than 500 label releases having sold millions of records worldwide.

The first acquisition of a label by BMG since it acquired Nashville powerhouse BBR Music Group (Broken Bow Records, Wheelhouse Records, Stoney Creek Records) in February 2017, RBC joins BMG’s recording operations in Los Angeles and New York, together with Rise Records in Portland, OR, and S-Curve Records in New York City.

The deal continues to amplify BMG’s position in the hip-hop market following the recent string of successes from Big K.R.I.T. (4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time), Scarface (Deeply Rooted), and releases from Commission Music artists Lil Dicky (US and UK chart-topping, 2X Platinum single ‘Freaky Friday’), MadeinTYO (Platinum single ‘Skateboard P’), and newcomer Derez De’Shon (Platinum single ‘Hardaway’).

Founded by partners Brian Shafton and Ben Grossi, RBC is an independent rap/hip-hop label and artist services company specializing in digital marketing and distribution. Offering artists and independent labels distribution, product management, sales, marketing, publicity, radio and video promotion, and creative-services consulting to artists and management, RBC is a full-service label alternative.

RBC’s existing team, who are based in Los Angeles, will remain in their positions and continue to report to Shafton, with Shafton reporting to BMG’s EVP, Recorded Music, Tom ‘Grover’ Biery.

Over the years, RBC has released hundreds of projects from artists such as Tech N9ne, E-40, Run the Jewels, Goldlink, and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

The first projects slated for release include new music from Chief Keef and Flippa, with more to be announced soon.

Zach Katz, President, Marketing & Repertoire, BMG US, said, “We have an incredible amount of admiration for what Brian has been able to build and achieve independently and are very excited about what we can now go on to grow together. The RBC team brings a wealth of experience, an extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit, an unrivalled network and a great track record of success. Put that together with BMG’s scale and ability to deliver and I think you have something very special.”

Said Shafton, “BMG respects our history, took notice of our immense growth over the past couple of years, and most importantly, are fully invested in our future. We love BMG’s vision, team, and infrastructure. By joining forces, RBC will gain tremendous synergies that will allow us unbridled growth. I am so excited about this partnership and know that it will propel us into the future.”

Said Grossi, “BMG understands the intrinsic value and experience RBC brings in its more than 16-year history in the hip-hop/rap game and BMG possesses a formidable machine to complement it. The depth and scale of what BMG brings to the table will allow RBC to achieve new heights.”

About BMG
BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 15 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, which also includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with.
Twitter: @BMG_US

Banger After Banger | No Service Album by Griff Queso

Inglewood’s Griff Queso Releases NEW Sophomore Album No Service

No Service Album by Griff Queso

California is in the spotlight again following the release of Inglewood’s own Griff Queso’s latest album No Service. The rapper’s sophomore project comes just a year after the success of his debut EP Passion. With Executive production credited to Wall Street Crooks, and engineering to rising star Enimal, it’s no question as to why the album is comprised of banger after banger.

No Service Album Back Cover by Griff Queso - BRASH! Magazine Blog

No Service is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, and other major digital retailers!

Hip Hop Artist, Griff QuesoAbout Griff Queso
Griff Queso is a 24 year old rapper from Inglewood, California. After being inspired at an early age by poetry, Queso first stepped into a recording studio in middle school. The young artist was inspired by Drake, and Kanye West while working to develop his own sound. His first project “Passion” was an example of his ability to capture the listener with his talent to display raw emotion on records. As a further developed artist, Griff Queso is out to make his mark in the industry, and engrave his name on the wall of Hip-Hop Culture.
Twitter: @GriffQueso
IG: GriffQueso

Week8 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

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Kids in America by ofVerona - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: of Verona
Track: “Kids in America”
Kim Wilde’s 1981 debut single, “Kids in America” entertains the conjecture of a darker time, with alt pop/electro soul, three piece of Verona. The seminal 80s hit recast a wide sonic vessel of creeping ambients and melody in murmur; lead singer Mandi Perkins’ poring rendition, struts and frets her 3 minutes 36 seconds upon the band’s expertly crafted stage. Full of percussive sound and distant fury, much of Dillion Pace’s instrumentation deftly shrouded by EQ and set deep in layers of reverb. The pride, pomp and circumstance of Jeff Sojka’s glorious drum work, adds drama and depth to the mini pop odyssey. With many an pop act keeping it on the down low, the sheer cinematic scale and epic overtones of the LA based trio’s music, makes for an inspiring, if at times almost overwhelming listening experience. Set speakers Olympus high! Cry havoc and press play! “We’re the kids in America! We’re the kids in America! Everybody live for the music-go-round!”. Our revels now are ended.
Twitter: @ofVerona
IG: ofVerona


Tanners EP -BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tanners
Track: “This Crazy”
New York based artist/songwriter Tanners drops a 3 minute 58 second slice of alt pop/psychedelic dream pop and cautionary snapshot, with new single “This Crazy”. Short percussive bass riffs partner a drum kit, set roomy; the rhythmic pair driving the song in a shuffled series of darting stabs and rolls. Synthpopped electro hooks and shifting synthsonics, modulated ambient envelop the track, providing width and depth. Tanners vocals are clear and bright, with a soulful hush, emphasized by well worked reverb. The young Artist’s lyrics, ideas and memories flow in an intuitive rush of singalong melodies and percussive turns; engaging in their haste, as Tanners relives and reveals the great waste of indulgent/destructive youth. Part confessional, part conversational, part art rock, part chartpop, “This Crazy” is an accomplished blend of contrasting musical influences, that strikes a compelling balance between art and entertainment; and places its author at the heart of a growing movement of young women, intent on bringing intelligent, challenging, socially and artistically relevant pop back to our much devalued charts. Tanners is very much an artist on the up…whoever she might be.
Twitter: @WhoisTanners
IG: WhoisTanners


Kaua E Mate Wheke by soccerpractise - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: SoccerPractise
Track: “Kaua E Mate Wheke”
Skip hop, trip electro, alt pop, four piece, SoccerPractise concoct a b*tches brew of simmering grooves, spiraled phrasing, and blue note inflections, with new single, “Kaua E Mate Wheke”. The heady mix of contrasting musical influences, shift like liquid, in layered depths, upon the stuttered and snapped, syncopated beat. Loop, sample and instrument, twist, turn and tiptoe in the sonic melting pot. Metallic shards sound percussive left/right; evocative of the experimental film soundtracks, belonging to 70s B-Movies, such as Tobe Hooper’s infamous flawed masterpiece, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974). The willfully unsettling instrumentation is grounded and given soul, by talented lead singer Geneva Alexander-Marsters’ quietly compelling, conversational vocal style and her use of te reo; the warm, open phonetics of the Maori language, bringing a rich, earthy weight to the hazy glissé of the quartet’s expansive musical expression. Ill-formed awesome, imperfect splendid, “Kaua E Mate Wheke” is an inspiring 3 minute 42 second slice of explorative art pop, extraordinary. Newly signed to Kartel Music Group, the New Zealand based group promise an ongoing musical journey, rich in possibility and improbability.
Twitter: @SoccerPractise
IG: SoccerPractise

Week8 Music Monster Picks


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.

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.
Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week5 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

Horrorscope by Jack WattsArtist: Jack Watts
Track: “Horrorscope”
Ambient soundscapes, shattered memories guised audio snapshot, blunted bass sonics and lofi-ed beats, shuffled to Motown seasoned syncopation, makes for the alt pop, electro experimental, canvas on which singer songwriter Jack Watts paints his latest release, the kaleidoscopic, helter skelter-ed, “Horrorscope”. Jack Watt’s soulful voice carries the lyrics gentle, in well worked, strained phrasing that compels, in quiet surges of emotion, as it flexes to breaking point ; accompanying harmonies add depth and warmth, but also contrasting disturbance and uneasy melancholy. The scattered shifting sonicscape works the stereo field in criss-crossing breaths ; sudden snatches of aural agony burst, breaking open the well crafted melodic flow. A jazz infused crescendo groove tops the track off, in a surprising turn of pace. Inspired as it is odd, delightful as it is disquieting, “Horrorscope” stands apart. Jack Watts is very much one to keep on ear on. ..if only to hear what he’ll dare to do next.
Twitter: @JackWattsMusic
IG: JackWattsMusic

Track: Kingdoms Fall (DIS-ORDER EP)
Canadian born, LA based, bittersweet alt electro pop artist, X.ARI follows up on quick fire release, the dancefloor moving, Bimbo Jones remix of “Stay v Go”, with her much anticipated second EP, DIS-ORDER. Delayed two months, the hardworking songwriter left with no choice, but to take a well overdue break, the six track collection and creator, are perhaps best summed up by the conflicted beauty of opening title, ‘Kingdoms Fall’. Stadium filling singalong pop anthem, heartbreaking in their melodic elegance, sit oddly against FX drenched, percussive lyric riffs ; lofi stuttered bit blunted beats, are swallowed up by pitch drops cascading in rhythmic waves ; X.ARI’s words cast infinite in feedback washed delays, or plunged into unfathomable depths of reverb. The experience for the listener, akin to being caught in a sonic maelstrom, as X.ARI struggles to reconcile two great opposing forces ; her striking talent for crafting powerful chart conquering choruses, versus the delicate introspect, fragility and darkness of her lyrical world. And yet, it is through this act of struggling, X.ARI’s work excels ; the point of violent convergence, a vital spark that infuses her music with a bright light. Very much a star in ascendance, we can only hope that X.ARI’s inspiring artistic struggle does not come at the expense of her own health, as she turns her pain into our power.

*Kingdoms Fall will be released officially as a single on August 3rd. BRASH! makes no apologies for being ahead of the game 😉
Twitter: @xARIofficial
IG: xARIofficial

JON MAGNUSSON - ARTWORKArtist: Jon Magnusson
Track: “Sweetest Thing”
It’s been a busy year for Swedish singer songwriter Jon Magnusson, having already released his second EP, Always a Rebel and a string of supporting remixes, newly released, “Acoustic Dreams” retains the Independent Artist’s trademark mix of influences, ranging from punk to folk, metal to electro ; but in doing so, conjures an intoxicating nostalgia and a dreamlike sense of emotional place and time. Beautifully worked reverb and carefully, consistent use of panning and processing give the EP a binded together feel, rare in modern ‘multi producer / mixer’ releases ; providing a subtle frame in which to present, Jon’s talent for original arrangement and intuitive musical timing. The finger picked rendition of Stockholm based Indietronica duet, Almost Honey’s, “Sweetest Thing”, is an inspired blend of counterpointed arpeggios, wistful backing vocals and sweeping, intricate string accompaniment. With a growing canon of impressive musical works, Jon is steadily becoming an Artist of considerable integrity and depth. A storyteller who stands favorable compare with likes of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen.
Twitter: @JonMagnussonof
IG: JonMagnussonof

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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. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.
Twitter: @MonsterThread