Band News | Marquee Grand’s Self-Titled EP

Emerging Alt-Rock Band Marquee Grand Recently Released Debut Self-Titled EP 

Marquee Grand EP - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Buffalo, NY – Teasing fans with the recent release of their single “Maybe”, Marquee Grand is eager to share their new music with the world – a tantalizing taste of their high energy, infectious music that has led them to perform in conjunction with major bands like The 1975, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182.

Our debut EP means a lot to us. It shows the progression of songwriting and is a true demonstration of the genre barriers that we can break. Each track on the EP has meaning to us and the EP as a whole represents feelings that most adolescents and young adults encounter in their lives. Our goal is to take the experiences and feelings we’ve had and channel it through music to connect with others. This EP is just the tip of the iceberg, as we will be very busy delivering new music to our fanbase in a quick manner in 2020.

Stream Marquee Grand EP Now!

Since the release of their debut single in 2018, Marquee Grand has brought a refreshingly modern style to Buffalo, New York’s music scene. Comprised of members John Richter, TJ Luckman, Matt Lawniczak, and Josh Owczarzak, these Buffalo natives stand out above the rest with alt-rock influences spanning the past few decades. Their single release “Not Finished Yet” resonated with fans and reached over 27,000 streams on Spotify signifying a strong representation of the band’s cohesive musicality and burgeoning talent. High energy performances make their live shows memorable as they radiate infectious melodies, unforgettable lyrics, and an anthemic attitude throughout each of their original tracks. Their portfolio is comprised of carefully-crafted singles leading up to their highly-anticipated debut EP in early 2020. Their message is simple: Be Grand.
Twitter: @marqueegrand
IG: marqueegrand

The Heat Isn’t Going Anywhere… | BEFORE I’M SAD AGAIN, EP by Robbie Russell

Robbie Russell is looking to extend Summer 2019 with the release of his new EP ‘BEFORE I’M SAD AGAIN’

BEFORE IM SAD AGAIN EP by Robbie Russell

The 6-song project is very upbeat, bouncy, fun-centered, and full of nothing but hits. From the feel-good vibes of the opening song ELYSIUM to the contemplative nature of the final track iFMU, this project is a nonstop good time. The young Virginia artist has generally given us heavier, more emotional music in the past with projects such as The Bad Guy., but this time around he experiments with a range of music production from Dinuzzo to Klean Beatz and even CashMoneyAp in order to showcase a side of him that we’ve never seen before. “This project is simply me saying hey, let’s turn up before this seasonal depression sets in,” said the artist in a recent interview about the project. The leaves may be changing color and the sun might be setting earlier, but this EP makes us want to fix ourselves a nice drink, lather up the sunscreen, and find the nearest beach to relax on!

Stream BEFORE I’M SAD AGAIN EP NOW on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Check out the previous projects from Robbie Russell:
Mixed Drinks & Emotions EP
The Bad Guy EP
Twitter: @imrobbierussell
IG: ImRobbieRussell

Industry News: Music Player Network Now Independently Owned

Music Player Network - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Thousand Oaks, CA – Music Player Network, the cutting-edge internet community dedicated to those creating, performing, and enjoying music, is now owned by the people who set the standard in music-oriented online communities. Established in 2000, but tracing its roots back even further to Craig Anderton’s ground-breaking “Sound, Studio, and Stage” site on AOL, MPN has grown to include discussion forums that cover a vast selection of music-related topics. Continuing the site’s enviable reputation for credibility, all forum moderators are hand-picked industry experts.

Owned by diverse corporate interests over the years, MPN was acquired by Future plc from NewBay Media in 2018. Future immediately realized that MPN was unique, and generously returned ownership to its creators. According to Stuart Williams, Brand Director of Music at Future plc, “After consulting with MPN staff and carefully evaluating our options, we came to the decision that MPN would be best served in the hands of the people who had created it. We know it will flourish under their guidance, and wish the community the very best for the coming years.”

Already, MPN has implemented several improvements that take advantage of the latest advances in forum technology, added exciting new communities and moderators, and rebooted legacy forums for a new generation of participants. Managing Director David Bryce states, “Forum members regard MPN as a home away from home, and it was of paramount importance to keep that congenial, helpful feel intact. We remain committed to the ‘by musicians, for musicians’ philosophy that has been key to the site’s success and longevity. Based on the response to the recent changes, that’s exactly what’s needed in today’s world.”

MPN will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2020. Several events and additions to the site are planned in recognition of the event. Please visit for more information, and to join the internet’s most vital music community.
Twitter: @MusicPlayerNtwk
IG: musicplayernetwork

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

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

Week28 |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

talk talk ep by miss gritArtist: Miss Grit
Track: Talk Talk (EP)
Brooklyn-based Indie rock outfit Miss Grit delivers a debut EP of striking musical contrasts, emotional depths, and awesome noise.  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student, Margaret Sohn formed the band on the back of a winter break spent knee deep in stompbox distortion and feedback delay; the Michigan born frontwoman running her vocals through guitar FX and amp. The resulting four-track EP, Talk Talk feels almost like a sprawling mass of attenuators and pots, switches and dials, soldered and resoldered again across a haphazard terrain of circuit boards. Saturations, loops, stutters, and pitch shifts modulate, oscillate, fadeout and feedback, in great waves of pulsating sound pressure. The experience of listening, every bit as much one of texture and tone, as melody and lyric. Sohn’s vocals wash above, beneath and within the tracks in overlapping layers, often partly submerged; the singer mixing her own voice with that of FX with inspired finesse. Talk Talk takes the form of an odd duet of sorts between Sohn’s own voice and the voice of her guitar. The ever-changing personality of her six-string steel vocal cords, counterpointing and challenging her human voice in call back, shout out and shout down. Sohn’s guitar working through a vast and various repertoire of wail, wah, shriek, fuzz, drive, and crunch. The great quality of Miss Grit’s debut offering will no doubt turn off many mainstream listeners, who will struggle to ‘hear’ through the apparent mess of cluttered sonics. It will, however, delight and enthrall fans of alternative music; many of whom feel bored by the current ultra-conservative, hyper risk adverse, super-slick productions that dominate chart and so-called independent playlist alike. Miss Grit join a rising tide of Independent Artists and Bands who are bringing the noise, the risk and the wonder back to alternative music.
IG: miss_grit


ghost 2 u by jinkaArtist: Jinka
Track: “Ghost 2 U”
The willfully indefinable genre contrarian Jinka drops 3 minutes 41 seconds of inspired alt art pop/experiment in sonic space, new single, “Ghost 2 U”. The Transylvanian, Berlin-based Independent artist, and producer, released her first single, electro-kaleidoscope and melody in deconstruction, ‘Trash from the Past’ in 2017. The intervening years have been spent in her, self-described, ‘laboratory’ shrouded in the structure of sound. The subsequent five releases as much installation art pieces realized in audio, as they were singles. Jinka’s latest track, “Ghost 2 U” continues in her characteristic theme of defying thematic analysis or consistent artistic identity. The production rests uneasy upon a scattered beat, arriving in fits and starts; tight pockets of bit crushed hit and sample burst, erupt and die back in obliquely timed patterns. Trap infused bass drops and heavy drone provide sudden stab and shift/core and weight; one juxtaposing the other, in an intentional act of musical defiance. Jinka’s vocals land in fragmented phrases and vocal hook, cut to shard. Her voice engaging and disarmingly pop, edged with pitch and synth FX. Deliberate and accomplished production works the depth and width of the stereo field, with stylish use of frequency in arrangement and brazen use of pan; ear candy flung violently from left to right/right to left. A chart popstar exploded and reduced to atomic element, Jinka’s self-imposed perpetual state of self-reimagining has yielded that rarest of phenomenon, original pop music with integrity. We can only hope, Jinka’s experiments in the fundamentals and structures of sound keep her working long into the night.
Twitter: @jinkamusic
IG: jinkamusic


preacher_learner by blossomerArtist: Blossomer
Track: “Preacher_Learner”
Risen from the dead, prodical Independent cine-scape, sonic alchemists Blossmer return with five-track collection ‘HLLW’ and opening track, “Preacher_Learner”. Having scattered to the four winds on the brink of blowing up, the Sheffield born and breed three-piece return from their self imposed four years in exile, to make good on the considerable promise of the debut self-titled album. Protracted breaks between releases have not always been conducive to continued quality, Manchester based The Stone Roses famously falling short of their debut release, with much hyped/much delayed follow-up,’ The Second Coming’ (unfortunately, in name only). With expectations high and every to lose, “Preacher_Learner” strikes a deep vein of quality with the opening arpeggio of blunted synthesizer tone and accompanying brooding ambiance. The three minutes thirty two second track unfolds majestically as if hewn from an ancient ore of melody, rhythm, harmony, and bass; a great expanding soundscape of pulsating, modulating sonic terrain. A bit crushed beat snips, snaps and smacks the accomplished instrumentation forward; a stutter/skip train line of fragmented iron shards, pixelated, fused digital and modern. The sheer range of musical element and encompassing design is hard to take in all at once and seems to increase with every listen. Vocals walk quiet in deliberate, hushed footsteps across the vast territory; doubles, delays and reverbs add ghosting textures, afterthoughts, and shadows; the lyrics mournful and almost at prayer. In contrast to the all too often shallow and superficial chatter of throw away, pop productions, the music of Blossmer is set deep with weight. “Preacher_Learner” plays heavy, rich in the resonance of musical integrity. Independent Music is littered with the unrealized potential of countless rising stars, Blossomer have returned with a confident statement of intention. They intend to make good on their promise.
Twitter: @Blossomerband
IG: Blossomerband


You can now submit / recommend new releases for our New Music Monster, every Friday via our new Reddit!

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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Twitter: @producedbytobi
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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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Power of Collaborations | kiNection Album by #lamonte & Tony Monterry

kinection album by #lamonte & Tony Monterry

Hip Hop artist, Steven Lamont aka #lamonte joined forces with his godbrother, Tony Monterry to release their joint album, kiNection. The project shows how both artists compliment each other’s skills utilizing “Rock-N-Sock Connection” references, coming together on 8 out of the 14 album cuts.

kiNection was released on Dec 21st, a day of history since the Mayan’s 2012 prediction. The album features guests, Pazij and DayDay Duhh; #lamonte, under the music production alias, Fisherman Cap, executive produced the album.

kiNection is Available Now on Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, & BandCamp!
Twitter: @StvnLmnt
Twitter: @KingToneo
IG: StvnLmnt

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself | “Gonna Make It” by Crizzy Santaiga

Crizzy Santaiga, The Industry’s Next Big Thing!

Gonna Make It by Crizzy Santaiga

After being away from the scene for a while, Crizzy Santaiga returns with his motivational single “Gonna Make It”. Collaborating over a smooth Cali vibing sacramento based producer Derrick Ingram beat, Crizzy displays his lyricism with his “vintage” beat surfing flow and catchy hook. He’s seen around different locations in downtown Mississauga, showing off his long proven talent in visuals shot by Mississauga’s own MWorks. Although Mr.Santaiga displaying his creative flows over a dope beat is nothing new, he plans to be more consistent in 2K19 releasing his Drake inspired “A KeKe Story” in the second week of the new year. FBRFNO!

“Gonna Make It” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Watch the Official Music Video for “Gonna Make It”
Twitter: @SantaigaFBR
IG: SantaigaFBR