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Beach Weather Release “New Skin” Music Video

Beach Weather.jpgDespite having only formed late last year, Beach Weather, comprised of Nick Santino (vox/guitar), Reeve Powers (bass), and Austin Scates (drums), are off to one hell of a start! The bad just released their brand new music video for their single, “New Skin,” from their debut EP What a Drag.

The video is a first from the band, and shot by the talented videographer Alexa San Roman. “When we talked about making a music video, I personally felt that ‘New Skin’ would be a great choice for the song. [It’s] a song I wrote all about starting something new. Having another chance at something you love. Not being afraid of what’s to come,” Santino explains, and the video beautifully backs up that profound statement, giving fans a glimpse into a normal day for the band, and the friendship behind the music.

For Nick Santino, that’s exactly what he hopes fans spot. “We want to make a video that felt just that. Something that really portrayed happiness and a fresh start.”

Beach Weather will be embarking on a European tour to support Sleeping With Sirens and This Wild Life. You can view tour dates below.

Check out the video for “New Skin” below. Beach Weather’s debut EP for What A Drag is available worldwide on iTunes.

TOUR DATES

w/ Sleeping With Sirens, This Wild Life

Feb 19 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Feb 20 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands *SOLD OUT

Feb 22 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany

Feb 23 – Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany

Feb 24 – Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany

Feb 26 – Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany

Feb 27 – Live Music Hall – Koln, Germany

Feb 29 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK

Mar 1 – Rocky City – Nottingham, UK

Mar 2 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK

Mar 4 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

Mar 5 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK

Mar 6 – Roundhouse – London, UK * SOLD OUT

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Nick Santino Releases First Solo Music Video

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Boston-based singer/songwriter Nick Santino just released his brand new music video for “Have a Little Faith In Me,” which stems from his 2014’s debut solo album, Big Skies. The video premiered exclusively on VEVO, his first video as a solo artist. The ex-A Rocket To The Moon frontman has since spent his time touring and releasing new music under his self-titled solo project. Last week, he announced a summer acoustic tour in support of Sleeping With Sirens.

Santino is currently on the road in support of indie-folk duo Oh Honey, on the spring Postcards Across America Tour wrapping up this week. In May he will return to Texas to support fellow 8123 artists The Maine and The Technicolors for a couple of one-off shows. Following those dates he will head out on the We Like It Quiet Tour; an acoustic run with Epitaph Records’ Sleeping With Sirens and Fearless Records’ The Summer Set.

Below, you can view the new video and a complete list of remaining tour dates.

TOUR DATES

Postcards Across America Tour w/ Oh Honey
4/15 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
4/18 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe

The Maine, The Technicolors Support Dates
5/19 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
5/20 – San Antonio, TX – Kapone’s

We Like It Quiet Tour w/ Sleeping With Sirens, The Summer Set
6/04 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
6/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *SOLD OUT
6/07 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
6/10 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
6/12 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *SOLD OUT
6/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
6/14 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall *SOLD OUT
6/16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East *SOLD OUT
6/19 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Center
6/21 – Orlando, FL – The Social
6/22 – Orlando, FL – The Social *SOLD OUT

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Nick Santino Announces Spring Tour

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Almost two years after announcing the end of pop-outfit A Rocket To The Moon, former frontman turned indie singer/songwriter, Nick Santino has announced another slew of spring touring dates. He’s going to be kicking off the tour with a festival performance at Dallas’ South By So What?! this Friday, March 20th. The festival’s lineup also includes the likes of Mayday Parade, The Maine, Cartel and many more.

Following the festival, Santino will hit the road with indie-folk duo Oh Honey on the Postcards Across America Tour which, as the name suggests, sees the artists performing in various cities across the US. This run will be the first full tour of the spring for Santino who started the year opening for Hanson at a special Mexico show, in various college performances, and even headlining a rare, intimate acoustic performance in his small hometown of Braintree, MA.

Offstage, Santino has kept himself busy working on new music, pulling together a backing band and filming his first solo music video. The video – shot in the cinematic Boston area snow – is slated for release this spring. You can see the Postcards Across America tour dates below, as well as all of Santino’s tour dates.

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TOUR DATES

3/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
3/26 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar
3/30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
3/31 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4/2 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
4/3 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/6 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
4/7 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
4/9 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
4/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
4/11 – Detroit, MI – Pike Room @ Crofoot
4/12 – Columbus, OH – A & R Bar
4/14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/15 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
4/18 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe

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100 Artists You Must Hear In 2015

Another year, another group of incredible artists who have found their way onto our playlists. All throughout 2014, Planet Stereo has brought upcoming, new, and popular artists your way. Now, as we prepare to enter 2015, here is your roadmap to the artists that we expect big things from this year. Some familiar faces may grace this list, but also some new ones. Below, you can see Planet Stereo’s 100 Artists You Must Hear in 2015.

 

2015

 

1. Lake Malawi – The UK-based band, led by a two-time MTV Award Winner and two-time Nominee, Albert Cerny, seems to be on the path to success, having already opened for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, performing at the Great Escape Festival, and much more.            Facebook   Website

2. The Actions – London-based alt-rock duo have an undeniable raw energy, seamlessly blending alternative rock with psychedelic electronic sounds. Their high intensity will charge you and your playlist, setting you on the right track in the new year.          Facebook    Website

3. Seaway –   Canadian pop-punk band who cite their influence as a scene from the hit film American Pie. Need we say more?      Facebook

4. Close Talker – Canada’s Close Talker is one of the many rising stars from the indie rock explosion of last year, garnering attention left and right for their single, “For The Sun,” calling attention to their  upcoming LP, Flux.                 Facebook      Website

5. Thieves & Lovers –  A new alternative rock band that is already entrancing listeners, despite their very new beginnings. With two EPs under their belt, they’re ready to tackle 2015…and your playlist.                Facebook      Website

 

 

6. Young Statues – The indie-rock band from Philadelphia have a unique flare for penning introspective lyrics, and matching them to a melodic tune. With their new album, The Flatlands Are Your Friends, out now, the band is looking forward to a busy year of touring. Be sure to catch a show!   Facebook      Website

7. 7East – Pop duo comprised of Pia Toscano and Jared Lee. Together, the pair make wonderful music that will have you singing along with every word. The pop-duo’s first single dropped a few months back, but 2015 is full of promise for amazing new music.                 Facebook

8. GO WOLF – Belfast-based pop four-piece that create indie-pop with a flare reminiscent of the 80’s. If you love bands like Rooney, this is the group for you.  The earworms the band comes up with, much like their popular single, “Talk To You,” will have you singing along unknowingly and coming back for more.                  Facebook      Website

9. Nikos – Recommended for fans of feel-good pop-rock, with a style reminiscent of 30 Seconds To Mars meddled with the arena-quality of MUSE. The more you listen, the more you’ll find yourself dancing around to every note. NIKOS’s self-titled debut EP is out now.                 Facebook      Website

10. Summer Heart – The Swedish dream-pop act has a unique way of presenting indie-quality vocals with upbeat pop music. Reminiscent of HelloGoodbye, Summer Heart’s melodic, upbeat music is more entrancing with every listen.     Facebook

 

 

11. Wise Girl –  The NYC-based pop trio released their sophomore acoustic EP, Sing Me To Sleep, earlier in 2014, later releasing their single, “Don’t Go,” to positive reviews. With an attention grabbing power-pop attitude, further emphasized by the stellar vocals and the energetic structure of the songs, Wise Girl is impossible to ignore. They’re poised for excellence in 2015. Be sure to get on board NOW.                 Facebook      Website

12. Jocelyn Arndt – Effortlessly blending indie-rock with soul and blues through skillful songwriting that evokes emotion, Jocelyn seems to have cracked the code to connect with listeners. Co-writing with her brother Chris, the pair are a brilliant team that bring about amazing sounds that are sure to dominate in 2015.                  Facebook      Website

13. Seiichi Daimo – A musical prodigy now working on a solo career, Daimo is awe-inspiring. His debut EP, In The Inbetween showcases a modern approach to a classic sound that will leave you breathless.         Facebook      Website

14. Sinclair – With just her debut EP, Sweet Talk, Sinclair has proven herself to be phenomenally talented. As previously said, the debut was not an introduction, it was an “explosion.” It is inevitable that Sinclair will shoot to stardom, and Planet Stereo thinks 2015 is the year.                  Facebook      Website

15. Redlands –  The Colorado-based alternative rock/indie band has only been around since the summer of 2013, but already making headway in an ever-growing scene. After recording their debut EP, The Lonewolf, with renowned producer Matt Grabe, and playing Warped Tour, Redlands has gone back into the studio with members of This Century. Lots of exciting things are coming for Redlands, and we can’t wait to hear them!                  Facebook      Website

 

 

16. Veronika Jokel – The NYC-based indie pop/blues act shocked listeners in 2014 with her soulful vocals and catchy music. With a rich, smoky sound, Jokel is reminiscent of the greats, providing an original, strong voice to her generation.                  Facebook

17. Jesse Davidson – The Adelaide-based musician with a lot to say. With tracks like “Big Bois Gotta Eat” and “Ocean,” Davidson has spectacular vocals that help shape the character behind each track, perfectly blending with the carefree instrumentals. Put him on your playlist for your next beach visit!                  Facebook

18. Heidi Merrill – A shockingly talented pop artist. With catchy tracks and stunning vocals, Heidi Merrill is one to watch this year! Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Merrill is poised for stardom in 2015, and Planet Stereo just has one thing to say: “Called it!”                Facebook      Website

19. The Cinema –  The indie-pop side project of an amazingly talented duo, comprised of Matt Malpass and Lydia’s Leighton Antelman, who, despite being on opposite sides of the country, make fantastic music together. Their sophomore album, Talking In Your Sleep, is out NOW.                 Facebook      Website

20. The National Parks – Indie/folk band that makes the simplest of tunes sound magnificent. The more you listen, the more you’ll love them. With each track and well-made video, The National Parks offer an original sound, and beautiful melodies.               Facebook      Website

 

 

21. Light You Up – The alternative rock band from Birmingham has been generating some major attention as of late. Their debut album, All We’ve Ever Known, comes out on January 26th, and it’s already got critics throwing praise left and right. With features in Kerrang! and more, Light You Up are on their way to a successful 2015.                  Facebook      Website

22. Contra – The bright, electrifying bass-pop band Contra have already been playing off our love of nostalgia, and 2015 will be no different. After recently releasing their latest single, “1992,” from the forthcoming album The 90’s Are All That, the band will be releasing their later singles, “1996” and “1998” by spring of 2015. Get ready to want to binge watch classic 90’s Nickelodeon shows!                  Facebook      Website

23. Kelsea Ballerini – The sweet country pop artist may be young, but with smooth vocals, Kelsey Ballerini is an up and coming star. With her single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” from her debut EP is catchy as hell, and a wonderful introduction to your new favorite artist.     Facebook      Website

24. PVRIS – You’ve probably heard their name get passed around a few times, but the Massachusetts -based trio is one group we can’t wait to see more of in 2015. With their debut album, White Noise, out via Rise/Velocity Records, the band has left listeners desperate for more…and hopefully, more is what we’ll get!                Facebook      Website

25. Commonweather – Another addition to the amazing music scene of Chicago. The alternative rock band produce their sound with a confidence and sophistication that is stunning for a band who only formed in 2014. With quality work and talented members, big things are coming from this band.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

26. Hannah Schneider – The alternative/electronica/folk-pop songstress from Copenhagen had listeners buzzing in 2014, and there’s no doubt the buzz will continue. With her latest album, Me vs. I, Schneider boldly showcases her storytelling and vocal abilities, wowing anyone who hears the album.                  Facebook      Website

27. Lime Cordiale – We’re still buzzing about this band from Sydney, and you should be to! With a catchy jazz-rock-‘n’-roll sound, you’ll be singing and dancing to their EP, Falling Up The Stairs, for weeks at a time.               Facebook      Website

28. BoyMeetsWorld – If you love pop-punk at all, you will love these guys. The Cincinnati-based five-piece are recording their debut full length, and after listening to their EPs, you’ll be just as pumped for it as we are!                   Facebook      Website

29. Frank Hamilton – The London-based singer who wowed everyone with his #OneSongAWeek challenge. You’re definitely going to want to give him another listen!                  Facebook      Website

30. Alex & Sierra – Yes, you’ve probably heard their names thrown around a few times, but this amazing duo from Florida is going on tour with Andy Grammer and you’ll definitely want to know their names before the tour kicks off!                  Facebook      Website

 

 

31. Geppetto & The Whales – With their debut full-length dropped in early 2014, showcasing the Belgian indie band’s musical sophistication and their youthful style. Each note carries a pure, confidant sound that may act as a breakout for the band.          Facebook      Website

32. Ruby My Dear – The alternative five-piece with members from Australia, New Jersey, LA, Vegas, and Seattle is one of the most talented unsigned bands that have graced Planet Stereo in the last year. The band’s jazzy roots, upbeat-po attitude, and stunning melodies make them one to watch.         Facebook      Website

33. Plaid Brixx – On their EP, Chemistry, Plaid Brixx demonstrated a consistency and 80’s-esque quality to their music, surprising critics and listeners alike with their sophisticated new wave/rock fusion. 2015 holds the recording of a new album and a lot of touring. We recommend you jump on board with this NOW.                  Facebook      Website

34. Rob Lynch – The Warped Tour alum from the UK is amazing everyone with both his music and his incredible sense of humor. His debut album, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, is out now, as well as his hilarious #StandingInTheWayOfLove calendar. Pick up a copy of both today!                  Facebook      Website

35. Sigrid Zeiner – Effortlessly fusing electronic-pop and folk together, the Norwegian singer-songwriter pushes boundaries, utilizing her background as a classical singer, her ongoing degree in pop music, and sleepless nights of self-taught production skills. In September of 2014, she released her EP, Uncomfortable, hooking in listeners to her dramatic, quirky sound.   Facebook      Website

 

 

36. The Millenium – A non-traditional blend of indie, acoustic, electronic-pop sounds to create a genuine, original, and melodic work of art. Between their ability to tap into the raw emotions behind love, loss, and life itself, and their dedication, this unsigned band is forging a name for themselves without sticking to the mold.         Facebook      Website

37. Revisionist – Toronto’s own acoustic punk group who tackle songwriting in a refreshingly poetic and honest way; no pretenses required. There is a gut, unpolished sound that makes their style stand out, bringing the stories presented with a very human power to them.  Facebook

38. Aaron Parker – The country singer who deserves every bit of praise he receives. After a successful tour opening for Cassadee Pope (NBC’s The Voice winner and ex-Hey Monday front woman), Aaron Parker has electrified fans across the country. With an entrancing sound, sincere attitude, and undeniable work-ethic, Planet Stereo declares 2015 the Year of Aaron Parker.           Facebook      Website

39. Michael Malarkey – The talented actor/musician is known for playing Enzo on The Vampire Diaries, but has also showcased a talent for Bob Dylan-like storytelling. After playing various punk and hardcore bands in his youth, Malarkey has developed his storytelling abilities and his alternative folk rock style.        Facebook

40. The Way Away – Garnering fans with catchy vocals, high-paced tempos, and a traditionally pop-punk style, the Minnesota band has steadily been building a name for themselves, spending the majority of 2014 working on their sophomore EP, Carry On, and their first music video. With their determination and evident passion, big things are on their way for The Way Away.   Facebook

 

 

41. Taylor Barrett – A fresh face in music, singer-songwriter Taylor Barrett has been compared to the likes of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. At just 22 years old, the Virginia Native will release his debut album, Great Falls, on March 10th, and from there, who knows where this incredibly talented artist will end up?               Website

42. Foxing – If you’re looking for a unique band to amp your playlist up in 2015, Foxing may be it for you. With singles like, “Rory,” from their album Albatross, the Saint Louis band will fascinate you…and maybe bring out your love of Gilmore Girls.                  Facebook

43. East of Eli – As a talented actor/musician, Nathan Wrest has highlighted his strengths, captivating audiences in major films to independent projects, and now, as a singer-songwriter. With a classic rock and roll storytelling style, East of Eli’s Nothing Ordinary showcases the artist’s growth.                  Facebook      Website

44. The Weekend Riot – The Philadelphia duo believes it was fate that brought them together…as well as their incredible determination to persevere. Thankfully, Ace Enders recognized their charismatic energy and talent, co-penning their first track. Their debut single, “25 Minutes,” is out now, and if you’ve ever wanted to travel, you should probably hear it.          Facebook

45. Nick Santino – The former A Rocket To The Moon frontman has forged a trail many solo artists can only dream of. With a unique, dynamic sound, the singer-songwriter delivers a cinematic sound with releases like Savannah, his latest EP.                  Facebook

 

 

46. Stellar Young – Fusing multiple genres together, Stellar Young creates a signature, melodic sound that draws from folk, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and more. Having shared the stage with acts like We The Kings, Civil Twilight, and more, Stellar Young is poised for mainstream success. Their new album, Vessels, was just released (December of 2014), and is sure to be a breakout for the group.                  Facebook

47. Anais Aida – The progressive R&B songstress from France has a soulful, yet powerful beauty behind her music, exploring love and loss through self-reflection. With the pairing of rich vocals paired and dramatic instrumentation, Aida is enchanting.                 Facebook

48. The Attic Ends – The Brooklyn-based four piece indie-rock/dream-pop group that draw from the classic rock of the 60’s and the mainstream 90’s. With lush melodies, powerful vocals, and a fearless approach, The Attic Ends are captivating.                  Facebook      Website

49. Travis Hayes – Honesty goes a long way in songwriting, and so far, Travis Hayes’s honest musical sensibilities have charmed listeners. With a brilliant lyrical perspective, Hayes documents heartbreak, growing up, and every milestone in between with all the charm and charisma of a James Joyce character.                  Facebook      Website

50. Shawn Mendes – The up and coming singer songwriter will be touring all throughout 2015, having generated buzz left and right in 2014. With spectacular tracks like “Life of The Party,” the young artist shows a lot of promise.                Facebook      Website

 

 

51. Elena Ovalle – The Bay Area singer-songwriter delivers her soulful pop tunes, pulling from her personal experiences. Throughout high school and college, Ovalle has performed in choirs and talent shows, although, nowadays, her audiences are a little bit bigger… Her new single, “Shoot Me Down,” was released on December 9th, and it won’t be long before she’s blowing up the mainstream with her refreshing style.                 Facebook

52. My Drunken Haze – The psychedelic pop five-piece from Athens, influenced by the 60’s cinematic sounds. Following the release of their self-titled debut via Inner Ear Records, the band has released their first music video, “Carol Wait,” which premiered on Exclaim!     Facebook

53. Taylor Locke – Ex-Rooney guitarist debut single and video generated enough buzz about his forthcoming album, Time Stands Still, which is expected in the new year. As his first solo album, Locke has assured listeners it’s a far cry from the typical singer/songwriter affair.       Facebook      Website

54. With Beating Hearts – The side project of The Material front woman, Colleen D’Agostino. Venturing into the electro genre, Colleen released her EP, The Wolves, at the beginning of 2014, revealing a new layer to her musical personality.         Facebook      Website

55. Alexa Ferr –  At just 19 years old, the Canadian R&B/pop artist has been dubbed the “Rugged Popstar.” A triple threat, Ferr was an extra on the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato Disney film, Camp Rock 2. Her EP, No Good, was released in 2014, and even more incredible things are in the works for the young artist; expect new music, videos, and much more!         Facebook      Website

 

 

56. Twin Forks –  The Americana folk rock band needs no introduction. Founded by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, the Nashville based seven-piece band released their debut full-length album in February of 2014, and since then, seem to be growing rapidly. 2015 will hopefully bring more for this amazing group.                  Facebook      Website

57. Jennie Abrahamson – A pop artist who takes a unique approach to the creation of her sound. Her fourth album, Gemini Gemini, was written in the spring, recorded in the summer, and completed in the winter, expecting a spring 2015 release. With wonderfully noisy rhythms and melodic undertones, Abrahamsson will be releasing her new single, “The War,” on January 19th.                 Facebook      Website

58. Little Envy –  The San Francisco based duo, comprised of Joseph De Los Reves and Koosh Sazena, proved they were one to watch with their latest release, Little Envy, released in early December. With the lead single, “Boy,” the band has been featured in Alternative Press, on Absolute Punk, and more.            Facebook      Website

59. Wyland – Ah, smoothie music; a perfect blend of rich, emotive content, and excitable pop music. Who can beat soaring vocals, songs that perfectly capture the struggles of growing up, and ambient beats? No one, really.                   Facebook      Website

60. Billy The Kid –  The Canadian folk singer garnered popularity with her edgy, honey-sweet music, enchanting audiences on the Vans’ Warped Tour in 2013. She stands apart with her impressive guitar skills and “can-do”/DIY attitude. She recently worked on an album with Frank Turner, which is available for pre-order NOW.                 Facebook      Website

 

 

61. Eric Dash – Singer/songwriter Eric Dash has quickly become a Youtube/Vevo sensation with his first single, “One More Love Song.” Dash’s smooth vocals convey an authenticity that, alongside beautiful lyrics and catchy melodies, will launch this pop artist to the next level.   Facebook      Website

62. Vinnie Hines –  Working hard to pay his dues in the music world, the singer/songwriter from Illinois is a full-time soloist for Carnival Cruise Lines, but so much more than that. The talented artist released two of his singles, “My Kind of Crazy” and “The Riddle” in early 2014. The simplicity in his music is probably what makes it so stunning, as well as the plethora of influences that have collided to give him an original sound.                 Facebook      Website

63. Shayna Steele – Jazz/R&B vocalist Shayna Steele showcases how incredible she is not just with her powerful vocals, but her years of experience, including many years working with a plethora of artists like Bette Midler, Rihanna, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. Her sophomore full-length, Rise, is set to release later this month and we cannot wait!      Facebook      Website

64. Throw The Fight – With a DIY, classic approach to rock and roll, Throw The Fight produce music with a pulse. There is a pure energy in each track, and it’s pulling attention from all angles, as the band tours with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Sevendust, and more.                  Facebook      Website

65. Get Involved! – Featuring members of Thursday, Glassjaw, and From Autumn To Ashes, the pedigree post-hardcore band aids in the craft of strikingly original music. Their highly anticipated EP, Silk Cuts, produced by Ross Robinson, debuted to rave reviews, and hopefully acts as a preview for a busy and impressive year for the band.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

66. Emergency Tiara – The New York City-based pop artist and fashion blogger is smart, stylish, and determined to craft upbeat, catchy music to entertain the masses…and running a stellar fashion/lifestyle blog, of course. Her debut EP, Until The Stroke Of Midnight, was released in 2014, featuring the single, “Around.”                  Facebook      Website

67. Rayvon Owen – The Buzzed featured R&B/pop artist started off singing in choirs and touring with gospel artists, and it seems all that practice paid off! His dedication to his craft and his genuine personality extend into ever aspect of his work, spurring an undeniable future filled with success.      Facebook      Website

68. The Plastics – The indie rock band from Cape Town has been stunning critics and listeners alike since the 2010 release of their debut album, Shark, which was produced by Gordon Raphael, the award-winning producer best known for his work with The Strokes. Their sophomore album, Pyramid, dropped in 2014, featuring a new material, a new guitarist, and the band’s first set of UK tour dates.                Facebook      Website

69. Eric Zayne – Soul-infused pop-rock music that is reminiscent of pop music from the late 80’s, early 90’s. With a sophisticated quality to his songwriting and performing skills, Eric Zayne is an artis on the rise, with his 2014 EP, AutobiograMe featuring performances from Amber Riley, Matisyahu, Rozzi Crane, and King Blaise.          Facebook

70. NÖME –  With beat-orientated, synth-driven tunes, the UK-based quartet has captured the attention of digital media outlets across the world. The powerhouse group has the makings of a larger-than-life band, with songs that capture love, loss, and the perpetual struggle of a youth missing out on childhood.          Facebook      Website

 

 

71. Justin Stein –  Generating buzz from critics, the pop/R&B singer with a classic style is mesmerizing. With a 60’s flare, Justin Stein provides the perfect “rock out with a hairbrush” music. He also showcased his talents during his Tribute Tuesdays Youtube series, which is worth giving a listen. If you love Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and the like, you will fall in love with Justin Stein.                 Facebook      Website

72. Myke Terry –   The ex-Bury Your Dead frontman returned to his roots of funk and soul, with his solo EP, Red Handed. The EP captured his soulful vocals, and the depth of his storytelling abilities with honest tracks with a realism provided by a lifetime of experience.       Facebook

73. Misterwives – The NYC band that blew up 2014 with hit singles like “Reflections” and “Vagabonds.” With infectious tunes, MisterWives seemed to come completely out of nowhere, suddenly bursting onto the scene and landing a spot on a nationwide tour with Bleachers and Twenty One Pilots.                  Facebook      Website

74. Brian Marquis – Former guitarist for Therefore I Am who debuted as a solo artist on Equal Vision Records. The Americana/folk artist showcases his musical prowess with his album, Blood & Spirits, launching his success and notoriety for introspective lyrics, dynamic tracks filled with brilliant melodies, and crowd-interaction.                  Facebook      Website

75. Driver Friendly – Their name isn’t a lie; their music really is driver friendly. Starting off as a high school garage band, Driver Friendly quickly found themselves with a developing, loyal fancies, sparking the determination of the group even more. With melodic, electrifying songs, this band is on their way to something incredible; here’s hoping 2015 is the year!       Facebook      Website

 

 

76. From Indian Lakes – American indie rock band From Indian Lakes stunned listeners with their independently released sophomore album, Able Bodies, mesmerizing fans with their ability to create a seamless fusion of genres. The band’s their album, Absent Sounds, was released on October 7th of 2014, and the band will continue to tour in support in 2015.                  Facebook      Website

77. Wild Party – The Texas based pop four-pieceare filled with a vivacious, undeniable energy that puts them on the map for ‘must hear/see’ acts of 2015. Following a successful run touring with Andrew McMahon and Hellogoodbye in support of their debut album, Phantom Pop, Wild Party have generated an ever-growing fan base and a reputation for putting on an amazing live show.       Facebook      Website

78. Sleepwave – The brainchild of former Underoath singer, Spencer Chamberlain, Sleepwave is a rock band based in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the short time they’ve been a band (2013), the duo announced their debut album, Broken Compass, which was released in 2014 via Epitaph Records. The band will be touring in support of the critically acclaimed album throughout 2015, which is sure to sell tickets quick, considering how brilliantly they did touring with Tonight Alive in support of Taking Back Sunday and The Used.                   Facebook      Website

79. Taylor & The Wild Now – With an articulate, soulfully-driven sound, Taylor & The Wild Now, comprised of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker, have a truly inspired quality to their music. Like the perfect cup of coffee, it’s blended just right, mixing indie, soul, and folk, with rich, melodic undertones, and clever lyrics.         Facebook      Website

80. The Starless –  Electronic rock is steadily growing, etching out its place. As the genre works on doing that, artists like The Starless are working just as hard to stake their claim on a place in the music industry, with passionate, experimental tunes that convey the adventurous, bright spirit behind the band itself.                 Facebook

 

 

81. Friends w/0 Benefits – Meet the band who are unafraid of laughing at their own expense. The San Francisco-based band are pursuing the goal of opening the world’s eyes to “the current state of boredom and misinformation caused by technolgy” through their punk-disco sound.              Facebook      Website

82. John & Brittany – The rock and roll duo of John & Brittany have ignited the scene in 2014 with their new EP, Stories To Be Told.  With powerful lyrics and dynamic songwriting, the duo are on their way to becoming a smash hit.                Facebook      Website

83. Smashing Satellites – The more you listen, the more you realize this is what the musical lovechild of Prince and Neon Trees would sound like…and it’s awesome! If you’re looking for an interesting pop artist to start the new year off right with an electrifying playlist, look no further!           Facebook      Website

84. Gerard Way – The former MCR frontman went solo and stunned the world with his psychedelic tunes and his solo debut, Hesitant Alien. If you were a fan of My Chemical Romance, this is…entirely different, but a necessary listen.              Facebook      Website

85. 3PM – After forming in the summer of 2012, the Baltimore band took their love for pop-punk bands like blink182, Green Day, New Found Glory, and Yellowcard, creating their own version of the sound. Their sophomore album (produced by Paul Leavitt) came out last summer, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon!              Facebook      Website

 

 

86. Tamar Haviv – The unique stylings of this singer-songwriter have left artists like Paul McCartney and Amy Ray, and critics alike in a sense of awe at her limitless talent. With the summer release of her debut album, You and Me In Pajamas, Tamar Haviv continues to charm listeners.           Facebook      Website

87. KIVEN – The modern rock band from LA released their debut self-titled album back in February, with the single, “In The Fire,” which went Number 1 on KROQ Locals Only and more. Along with wowing crowds with amazing performances, KIVEN has a skill for fusing together melodic alternative rock/jazz styles with prog-metal.                  Facebook      Website

88. Mark Weber – After playing in alternative and pop-pink bands all across the Chicago suburbs, this solo artist has been doing it all, releasing Crashing: In Color, on July 15th of 2014. With just one listen, Weber will captivate your attention with his endless talent.            Facebook

89. Lakes – The California rock band will have you stomping your feet and enjoying each note of their crisp, raw sound. Not only did they release a Christmas EP, but they also tend to tour a lot. Check out their socials to see when they perform in your town!                  Facebook      Website

90. NoNoNo – Swedish trio NONONO have a remarkable sensibility about them. With their self-described “beat-oriented” debut, We Are Only What We Feel, NONONO is a powerhouse of talent; a fact made evident with each listen.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

91. Wasi – Energetic is the best way to describe Wasi’s sound. A tie between dance-pop and punk music, they’re the Energizer Bunnies of music, guaranteed to electrify crowds. The trio have been working hard, and 2015 has some exciting things in store for the group.       Facebook      Website

92. Homemade Crazy – After the release of their album, Synergy, Homemade Crazy had a very busy 2014. With such a dynamic sound, Planet Stereo expects nothing but greatness from the Nebraska four-piece. Keep your ears out!                  Facebook      Website

93. Weatherbox –  The alternative indie-rock group from San Diego are all that and a bag ‘o chips. Having toured with the likes of Say Anything, Cartel, and more, the band has already etched out quite a name for themselves. Their EP, Flies In All Directions, is out NOW.              Facebook      Website

94. David Rosales – After dropping his sophomore solo EP, Along The Way, back in June of 2014 to critical acclaim. Consisting of an Americana style and an affinity for writing profound lyrics, we’re looking forward to an exciting year for Rosales.                  Facebook      Website

95. Arc & Stones – Taking it back to a classic sound, the Nashville band released their sophomore EP, As You Were, in 2014. With soulful vocals and a bluesy musicality, Arc & Stones are a great reminder of what it really means to be rock ‘n’ roll.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

96. Royal Tailor – Their Essential Records debut, Black & White, was GRAMMY-nominated, and Royal Tailor just continues to get better. The band combines multiple genres to create a sound all their own that will appeal to many different listeners.                 Facebook      Website

97. Lost In Los Angeles – The alternative-pop group from, where else, Los Angeles fuse brilliant, swelling melodies with cinematic flare that will leave you both breathless and entranced. With each track, LiLA showcases incredible talent, originality, and an irresistible musicality.      Facebook      Website

98. Alexz Johnson – The incredibly talented singer-songwriter/actress is still wowing fans with her music. Each release adds a new layer to this brilliant artist. Her latest album, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, is out now, and she’ll be on tour in 2015!              Facebook      Website

99. Typefighter – The self-described “garage pop” group from D.C. released their first full-length, The End of Everything, in 2014, garnering praise from critics left and right. With a larger-than-life sound, we predict that 2015 holds big things for the group this year.                  Facebook      Website

100. Eilidh McKellar – The indie-rock/blues songstress from Scotland will knock your socks off. With her old-school style and progressive attitude, McKellar brings soul with her spectacular vocals and a knack for making her guitar sing.                 Facebook      Website

 

 

 

So there you have it! Be sure to go and check out these awesome artists, and keep your eyes peeled for their music throughout the new year. Planet Stereo will still be on the look-out for new/up and coming artists in 2015, so if you know someone whose music we have to hear, be sure to send them our way!

 

Happy New Year…

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Top 15 EPs of 2014

2014 had a lot of great albums, but what about all those EPs? People tend to let smaller releases slip by unnoticed, but at Planet Stereo, the phrase, “nice things come in small packages,” is muttered throughout the year. (…that may be partly because I’m only 5’2″, but hey! It’s a valid argument!) Here are the Top 15 EPs of 2014. Here’s hoping 2015 brings some good ones too!

 

1. Savannah by Nick Santino – released December 19th, 2014.

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A quality EP that displays both artistry and originality throughout. There is pure character in each track, which gives Savannah  a cinematic quality/value. The stripped down sound provides a quiet, almost hushed tone that carries a lofty emotional weight.

2. Waiting For a Sequel by Beat The Heart – released on May 6th, 2014.

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The epitome of indie/rock. There is an almost tangent energy to the EP, fusing together a cinematic, melodic style with the ballad worthy attitude of the 80s.

3. Strangers In Fairyland by Jocelyn Arndt – released October 27th, 2014.

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Jocelyn Arndt perfectly delivers wit and attitude, wrapped up in raw power. It’s a debut EP that showcases the pure talent of Arndt and an effortless mystery behind it all.

4. Sweet Talk by Sinclair – released on November 4th, 2014.

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From the opening notes of Sweet Talk, it is obvious there is something very special about Sinclair. I had said in my review that I believed there was a star in the making; that this wasn’t a debut, “this is an explosion,” and I stand by that.

5. It’s So Much Friendlier With Two by The Millenium – released on February 23rd, 2014.

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“[A] memorable EP. The effort and talent put into just five tracks shines through in every line, but, in a surprising twist, it doesn’t sound forced. This EP flows organically and sounds like the product of a group of very creative people collaborating. One listen, and The Millenium are difficult to forget, not that you’d want to. If this EP is anything to go by, we should all be expecting big things from this group in 2015. ”

6. Nonvesations by Summon The Octopi – released on November 17th, 2014.

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“Summon The Octopi have figured out how to do something many modern artists would deem impossible: they have managed to speak to listeners without having the need of a voice on every song. There is a true originality to every track, speaking for Nonversations, marking it as more than a debut EP, but more as a launch station for a talented group of musicians. ”

7. As You Were by Arc & Stones – released on June 10th, 2014.

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“The more I listen to As You Were, the more I want to see a tour with Arc & Stones and Thirty Seconds To Mars headlining the bill. The EP is an instant classic, and, considering this is the first time I’ve ever listened to Arc & Stones, a perfect introduction. As far as first impressions go, the band has left a fine one on me, and I look forward to hearing what they come up with next.”

8. Commonweather by Commonweather – released on November 25th, 2014.

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“Chicago is known for being home to some of the best artists, especially in the alternative rock arena, but even hailing from such a city, it is a rarity to hear a band that sounds so developed, and so confident in their sound on an EP. Just listening to Commonweather’s EP, it is obvious that we will see big things from them soon, because they already have enough quality in their work to compete with some of their more experienced counterparts. I, for one, cannot wait to see the results.”

9. Nikos by Nikos – released on October 21st, 2014.

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As an introduction to the band, it is a wonderful preview at where they are headed, and how certain they are in their sound already. Their self-titled EP is delightfully melodic, energetic, and hauntingly brilliant.

10. All In My Head by Seaway – released on November 4th, 2014.

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“As a debut, All In My Head is pretty much close to perfection, showcasing what Seaway is capable of musically, lyrically, and even style-wise. It is refreshing to hear a group who so obviously knows the direction they plan to take with their career, without imitating their icons.”

11. Thieves & Lovers by Thieves & Lovers – released on September 23rd, 2014

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“Thieves & Lovers are fiercely talented, seemingly avoiding the over-produced quality that so many artists seem to be floating towards these days. With their self-titled EP, the band definitely stands out, and leaves listeners waiting for a full-length album.”

12. I Woke Up by Nominee – released on October 14th, 2014.

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Nominee’s sophomore release is wonderfully original; a well-made addition to the band’s discography. The EP had an irresistible style, with a dynamic and infectious attitude that further emphasizes the overall quality.

13. Balloons by Ruby My Dear – released on October 14th, 2014.

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There is a soulful beauty to this EP, and every track had something to offer. The music and lyrics of Balloons work together, fitting like pieces of a puzzle; there is not the typical competition of which will win the heart of the listener.

14. At Night by Choir Vandals – released on October 27th, 2014.

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Between the mixture of emotional intensities, explosions of raw power, and a brooding undertone, Choir Vandals are the musical Heathcliffs of the scene…if, you know, stages could stand in the moors. The intricacy of their sophomore EP makes them one to watch.

15. HEART by Alexz Johnson – released on February 18th, 2014.

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“One thing I really enjoy about HEART is the raw, melodic tone each track has. Unwaveringly honest and powerful, this EP encourages listeners to not only sing along, but to feel what is being sang about. Alexz Johnson is an artist who has a very recognizable voice, and her songwriting rivals some of the greats. HEART is more than an EP; it is a statement. It might say different things to different people, but one thing is undeniable: whatever it’s saying is coming through loud and clear.”

 

 HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Acoustic EP by Jake Furia

Move Now by Marshall Crenshaw

Lucy Scholl by Lucy Scholl

Chemistry by Plaid Brixx 

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REVIEW: Nick Santino – ‘Savannah’ EP

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Nick Santino is a great storyteller. It was obvious when he was in A Rocket To The Moon, and even more so on his debut solo album, Big Skies. As his third EP since becoming a solo artist, Savannah shows further development of an already exceptionally talented artist.

With a heart wrenchingly beautiful narrative, “Rio” starts the EP off with character and personality. The love song, set to a sweet instrumental, is real in a way that many artists seem to be missing the mark with recently. There are no false pretenses to the track, no armor to break down, or cryptic messages; if I could describe the phrase “heart on your sleeve,” this song may be the personification.

There is a raw, acoustic-session feel to the EP. Each track displays a realness; a humanity that cannot be replicated easily. From “Madeline” to “That Old Corolla,” there is a lightness delivered, despite the heavy underlying themes (love, growing up, lost love, et cetera). With a poignant sense of emotion, Santino strips away any fillers, getting to the point, saying what he means, and telling a story in a way that is both enchanting and grounding.

“I Just Wanted You To Know” is a stand-out track, with a vulnerable, melancholic, “I’ve been thinking about you, and I miss you like crazy, and I need you right now,” desperation. It’s refreshingly soft, driven more by pure emotion than a lust-filled brain.

Lyrically, Savannah is strikingly fascinating and poetic, but “How To Live With a Ghost” may take the cake. Depending on your perspective, the ghost could be anyone or anything, but the struggle to move past it is constant. The more I listen to it, the more I imagine a broken hearted man haunted by the love he has lost. The lyrics themselves are hauntingly beautiful (for lack of a better, less cliched phrase), and will enchant listeners. The title track of the EP is just as still; there is a peace to the melancholy tone that paints every line. It’s the perfect end to a very well executed piece of art.

The artistry displayed on Savannah does not surprise me; it was expected. What did come as a surprise was the unique quality of each track. Usually, stripped down EPs/albums have a constant, if not repetitive sound, but Nick Santino has figured out a way of giving each song a character all their own. It adds a cinematic value to the EP, as though this could be the soundtrack to a brilliant indie film that everyone raves about for years. Another perfect group of songs to finish off the year with.

Savannah will release worldwide right before the holidays on Friday, December 19th. For more information, please click HERE.

 

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TOUR: The Long & Winding Roadshow

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Following an eventful summer spent on the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour, Nick Santino is still going, heading out to the UK and into Europe (for the first time as a solo artist) before headlining a tour back on American soil.

The Long & Winding Roadshow heads out across the US and into Canada this November, with stops in many of the major cities along the way. The acoustic tour, headlined by Nick Santino features support from This Century, Brian Marquis, Austin Gibbs, William Beckett, and other special guests yet to be announced.

No stranger to the road, Santino will wrap up his 2014 touring schedule with The Long & Winding Roadshow. Earlier this year he played for fans in both the Philippines and Brazil. His hectic touring schedule comes in support of his debut full length Big Skies, produced by Pat Kirch of The Maine and released in May of this year. Since the break up of his former band A Rocket To The Moon last summer, Nick Santino has released two debut EPs in addition to this full length.

Arizona’s This Century are excited to get back out on the road after spending the summer working on new music. This tour will be their first since the spring, when they were direct support for We The Kings in the US. Acoustic performances are nothing new to the band as many of their songs have been released in acoustic renditions, including those on an acoustic EP they put out a few years back.

The tour lineup is rounded out by the talented Brian Marquis who also founded the Acoustic Basement, an all-acoustic stage on the Vans Warped Tour annually, and singer-songwriter Austin Gibbs. Gibbs is touring in support of his new EP released earlier this year. Switching out with Brian Marquis on a few of the dates, is William Beckett – former frontman of The Academy Is… and long-time touring friend of Nick Santino.

Setting The Long & Winding Roadshow apart from many other fall tours is not only the low ticket prices which the bands are striving to maintain in all markets, but also their personal connection with the fans at each show. In an industry saturated with VIP ticket options and bands charging their fans for meet & greets, The Long & Winding Roadshow is having none of it. Each artist on the tour will be hanging out for free to sign for and take pictures with fans every night.

Fans can pick up tickets to the tour over at www.81twentythree.com. Check out tour dates below!

TOUR DATES

11/1/2014 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/2/2014 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11/3/2014 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
11/5/2014 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
11/6/2014 – Hamden, CT – The Space
11/7/2014 – New York, NY – Santos Party House
11/8/2014 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
11/9/2014 – Nutley, NJ – Radiant
11/10/2014 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
11/11/2014 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room @ Crofoot
11/12/2014 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
11/14/2014 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
11/15/2014 – Minneapolis, MN – Nether Bar
11/17/2014 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/19/2014 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
11/22/2014 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

Miss any of the Warped Tour fun? Check out Liv’s interview with Nick Santino below:

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Fuse Streams Nick Santino & The Northern Winds’ Track “Miss Virginia”

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The former Rocket To The Moon frontman is going to release his solo EP Going Home EP this Tuesday. The four-song EP delves further into the folksy, country style that Santino possesses, which was only touched upon when working with a Rocket To The Moon. It’s available for preorder on iTunes.

Fuse is streaming one of the tracks from the EP: “Miss Virginia”

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