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Sho releases soaring debut single "Planet Hurt"

Sho Ishikura makes their recorded debut with the single "Planet Hurt", an R&B ballad in the vein of artists like Prince, with Ishikura's soulful voice harmonizing over a seductive beat delivering lyrics such as "She gets me wet like a newborn." When Ishikura shared the song with fellow songwriters at an ASCAP workshop a couple of years ago, industry folks and other artists showed hesitation at the subject matter. However, a substantial amount of people were intrigued by Ishikura's tune, creating a sense of controversy that helped create some buzz for it. The uproar of "Planet Hurt" -- a track which blends pleasure with pain, light with dark --  makes it a piece of work worth your ears' attention, so that you can form your own opinion about it. Take a listen to "Planet Hurt" below. - Will Sisskind

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Lonas releases debut EP "Youth", releases video for "Doesn't Feel Right"

Louis Johnson has released his debut EP Youth under his relatively new moniker, Lonas. Though he's lived and played in Nashville for the better part of the decade, Johnson created Lonas after his duo The Saint Johns signed with Dr. Luke's Prescription Songs to release their latest album. Needing a change of direction from that toxicity, Johnson spent time reconnecting with old musician friends, writing his own songs, and creating the framework for what has become Lonas and Youth. The melodic and folk-adjacent tracks of Lonas come from Johnson's experiences alone; a blend of millennial ennui, grief over lost friends and embattled families, and anxiety stemming from financial and spiritual discord power the lyrics and create some of the most raw music Johnson's ever put out. 

Along with the release, Johnson has released a music video for a live acoustic jam version of "Doesn't Feel Right", showcasing his Nashville-based musician friend circle; take a look at it below. - Will Sisskind

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frogi makes a blissful plea on new single, "Time"

"Time," the new single by singer/songwriter frogi, begins slow and steady. "Baby let's just give it time," she beckons, a song she wrote during a period of emotional relationship turmoil. She uses nothing more than her soft, enrapturing voice, hitting each note with striking precision over a droning ambient backdrop until she builds things up to a soaring finish. Her denouement is simple, yet sublime, letting us in into her most vulnerable state with a freeing sense of resolution.

Listen to "Time," alongside frogi's debut single, "peace of mind," via her official Soundcloud page. - Juan Rodríguez

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Bluegrass artist Billy Strings releases "Taking Water" from upcoming sophomore album

Billy Strings has released "Taking Water", his first single from his upcoming sophomore album HOME, set to come out on September 27th. While Michigan-born Strings' acoustic-heavy sound remains undeniably bluegrass -- complete with accompaniment from the banjo, fiddles, and bass -- he finds ways to add in hints of punk, ambient, and psych rock to his tunes. It results in a gripping country sound that makes a song like "Taking Water" a breathtaking listen. Strings will hit the road this month on a nationwide tour supporting the release of HOME; catch him in Nashville when he returns for a show on September 11th at Americanafest. Take a listen to "Taking Water" below. - Will Sisskind

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A Deli Premiere: "Live It Up (feat. Lanna)" by Tano Brock

You could say Tano Brock has been living it up the last couple of years, traveling from his native San Francisco and relocating to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. While in Bean Town Brock has managed to keep busy and capture the spirit of his travels with his latest single “Live It Up” which features vocals from Brock’s Bay Area friend Lanna. “Live It Up” delivers an impressive grouping of pop elements that along with some R&B drizzle, create a track ideal for the summer. The kick drum driven song is layered with synthesizer thrusts that fill enough sonic space to create a solid foundation for Brock and Lanna’s vocal dance. Brock is confident in his vocal delivery: the singer’s lead melodies entrance and he packs surprises with rich harmonies at every turn. Brock, at a young age, is showing his acute ear for pop music’s demands by creating colorful compositions that hook listeners with serious intent. The singer/songwriter is cruising through the summer in style and prepping some shows for Boston peeps to attend. We are premiering “Live It Up” for you below. - Rene Cobar

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