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Rad Cat

The rising EDM artist has two new singles, “Diamond” with Gloria Kim on Dim Mak, and “Replay” with Skyler Cocco.

Slush Puppy

The San Diego native, whose real name is Sam Catalano, has two new singles, “Barbie Doll” and “Eat Spit,” the latter featuring Royal and the Serpent.

The Color Forty Nine

Their new bi-lingual single “What Would I Know? - Yo que sé?” features Rubén Albarr. The band sings English lyrics such as “Look at the lines in a face/All eyes can bring tears/All eyes can break fears/We are one and all,” while Albarrán replies in Spanish ”Wipe out the lines that we made/How can I cross a border when you can’t come north?/This is not a fair game.” In a press release, the band explains “This whole process of writing this song seemed to fulfill its own prophecy. We have these obstacles that have been created such as borders and discrimination, and if you can simply break those down then wonderful things can occur. Simply putting out the idea of collaboration to the right folks led us to working with an icon of music in Latin America, Rubén Albarrán, from Cafe Tacvba, and Hugo Crosthwaite, artist, and winner of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Prize. The song seemed to speak to them enough to dedicate, in Hugo’s case, 3 months to hand drawing an incredible animated video. What better reward can you have for reaching out and crossing borders?” The song comes from their just-released String Ladders, the first of two planned EPs.

Olivia Rodrigo

The rising pop singer from Temecula is in the news, thanks to joining the White House effort to promote youth awareness of COVID-19 vaccinations. She met with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci, to discuss her efforts that will include making videos about the importance of getting vaccinated, and answering questions that young people may have regarding the shots. “It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated,” Rodrigo said in a White House press briefing. "It doesn't matter if you're young and healthy, getting the vaccine is about protecting yourself, your friends and your family."

Subsurfer

Their fourth full-length Subversive, which has been in production for around four years, is due in early September. The album is produced by Brian Karscig (Louis XIV) and Erik Groysman.

Howlin Rain

The band describes their sixth studio album, The Dharma Wheel, as "a six-track, 52-minute dive into a joyous fantasy realm of exaggerated present...the song cycles from Crazy Horse-meets-Traffic jams through colossal, mass-moving funk stomp, eventually cresting and washing into a sing-along gospel lament." Due October 8 via founding member Ethan Miller's label Silver Current Records, the title track is a 16-minute multi-movement suite. According to Miller, the group's primary songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist, "I wanted The Dharma Wheel to be a portal from our everyday world, the one from which you stand on hard ground and hold the album in your hands and peer into the artwork, and into another universe. You enter into that universe with your eyes and ears and mind and take a ride through free-form meditation on these ideas—from big, fundamental concepts about our existence right down to the grease that rolls down the arm of a pulp novel killer as he eats a gas station hot dog in an old Dodge in an alleyway." Miller co-produced the album with Tim Green (Six Organs Of Admittance, Earthless), who worked on previous Howlin Rain records Magnificent Fiend and The Russian Wilds. Guests include Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue) on violin, Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun) on keys.

Big Mountain

They have a new single, "Reggae Inna Summertime."

Glass Spells

The synth pop group has a new music video for their track "Shattered," the title track of their upcoming album due August 6 via Negative Gain and said to be "inspired by nostalgic synth-driven classics." According to the band, "The video took place at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego on the same stage where a scene from Top Gun was filmed." A release party takes place August 14 at Soda Bar.
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