“Thy Will” by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family

On the cusp of their international success, multi-awarded country music trio Lady Antebellum surprised us with their hiatus after wrapping up their Wheel Up Tour in 2015. It leaves no modicum of surprise that the temporary disbanding is part of the growing pains which group artists experience in search for their individual identity. As they hurtle down the…

“All in My Head (Flex) ” by Fifth Harmony feat. Fetty Wap

Summer just got heat upgrade as five sexy sirens turned up the beach and basked under the sun in their latest music video, “All in My Head (Flex)” drumming up their North and South American tour series to promote their 7/27 sophomore album. Fifth Harmony heat up the screen with a display of their scantily-clad…

“Little Bit of Us” by Mike Smith

Fame and family don’t usually mix. But true-blue Philadelphia country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Smith seems to know the magic formula in crafting seamless modern country songs that resonate his family life and channels these atop stylishly produced yet lyrically sincere slews of existential preoccupations. Recently, he dishes up his latest single, “Little Bit of…

“Cheap Sunglasses” by Kelleigh Bannen

If Taylor Swift were any fiercer and hotter, she would be Kelleigh Bannen. But we don’t see Bannen toeing the line in the mainstream pop anytime soon. For the time being, we can just enjoy her new fashion sense. Wait, that just doesn’t sound right. Neither does her 5-track EP “Cheap Sunglasses”. Here, she retools…

“Change” by Christina Aguilera

Many an artist has come forward to express utter condemnation and disgust of the harrowing Orlando mass shooting that killed 49 people last June 12. Pop artists Nick Jonas and Lady Gaga were in the thick of tributes and dedications in honor of the victims. Other artists resorted to social media platforms to vent out…

“Not Leaving Here” by Tom Bertram

Limits do exist unless you’re Tom Bertram. In his latest 10-track LP “Dig To Locate”, this promising British acoustic pop artist goes on a field day wearing his heart on his sleeve in soul-baring lyrical sincerity set against tightly-wound nuggets of guitar-driven pop propulsion. If you dug his Back Home EP in 2012, you’ll dig…

“Heartbreak Song” by Mickey Guyton

Country upstart Mickey Guyton is picking up where she left off in 2015 with her soulfully waltzy signature country song “Better Than You Left Me” as she spewed bon mots after recovering from the wrong end of a breakup. A year after, she is wheezing her way through another heartbreaking anthem fittingly titled “Heartbreak Song”…

“Through It All” by Chris Smee

Make no mistake. He may sound like a chip off the old Ed but Chris Smee is gazing inward to create a name for himself. Or at least an identity of his own. From the acoustic strings driving in the opener to the nifty guitar slapping in his single, “Through It All”, this 18-year-old acoustic…

“Summer” by Cassadee Pope

Everybody’s tossing a summer song lately. And Cassadee Pope, being no fool, dishes out her own last-minute infallibly cool organic vibe before the hottest season draws to a close. Having enjoyed the resounding success following her duet with Nashville Star big winner Chris Young in the country-ballad “Think of You”, Cassadee has finally found her…

“Never Be Like You” by Flume feat. Kai

Australian DJ/EDM producer Flume’s growing footprint catapulted him at the top of the list of the most sought-after electropop producers following the commercial and critical success of his self-titled studio album in 2012. He continues to expand his musical horizons with a cavalcade of EDM-heavy festival music and remixes that run the gamut from electronica…

“Holding On” by Matt Jaffe and the Distractions

Punk rock moves Bay Area’s Matt Jaffe and the Distractions, but pop doesn’t hurt either. And what better place to capture the genre’s playfulness than theme parks and fairgrounds. From their Blast Off EP, MJD’s “Holding On” continues to channel their teenage musings on life and love atop a stylishly produced punch of garage pop-rock…

“Toothbrush” by DNCE

Joe Jonas (2nd from left) is maybe taking his sweet time from joining his younger brother Nick in the upper echelon. But at the rate of his group DNCE is inching towards dance-popdom with colorfully quirky yet funky pop jangles ready to fill the floors, Joe will just be surprised to see that fame is…