“Villain is realising you might be the villain of your own story. It’s accepting the shadowy parts of who you are, while hinting towards a darker, painful underlying origin story which makes the villain, the villain.” says Dark.
Raised between Barcelona, Munich, London, and NYC, Dark finds herself drawing inspiration from her multicultural upbringing and eclectic music taste (from Françoise Hardy to Portishead, to Nancy Sinatra and Arctic Monkeys). Dark moved to NYC and began working with Matt Chiaravalle (Debbie Harry, Warren Zevon). She started releasing alt-pop singles in 2021, building her sonic and visual world, and grew a cult following on TikTok. Dark has opened for Ghostly Kisses, NoSo, Julian LaMadrid, and more. With over 170,000 streams on her debut single, features on Apple Music’s New In Rock and New in Alternative playlist, as well as publications Earmilk, She Shreds, Blackbook, and Story+Rain’s “Her Life is Her Art” alongside actress Sydney Sweeney and musician Rainsford, and more, Dark’s authentic lyricism and distinctive musical production makes her an up-and-coming artist to watch.
“This song says a lot of things we want to say but have never said out loud,” says Krooked Kings on their latest release.
The DIY band started putting on basement shows around Utah, carving out a niche in the indie-rock landscape. Signed to LA-based label Nobody Gets It, the band first made waves with their debut single “96 Subaru”, clocking over three million Spotify streams. The band has landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday, New Noise, and Ultimate Indie. The band will perform at The Echo in Los Angeles on March 3rd.
Leanna Firestone releases new EP “Public Display Of Affection” along with lead EP anthemic single – “You Just Didn’t Like Me That Much”. Early fans of the record include JP Saxe, Dodie and Tessa Violet. Coinciding with the EP release, Leanna will also support New Found Glory on their mass US tour – full dates below.
Leanna posted her first verse to her now 700k TikTok following in August of 2021, the video has 3.4M views and was shared over 30,000 times, over 10,000 pieces of user generated content have been created with the song. Leanna bucked intense pressure to drop the record from both her fans and the industry, choosing to build the song into a poptimist heaven with producer Rajiv Dhall (Royal & The Serpent, Stand Atlantic). She has over 50,000,000 Global Streams and 817,000+ monthly listeners
Kenyon France releases the bluesy Tell Me I’m Yours. The mid tempo track could find its way on Spotify’s Rock This and New Noise. “My parents split up when I was younger and my father wasn’t around. He would make promises, but never kept them. Even as a little boy I would try to be good or change in order to receive that love, but he still never kept his word. I’ve written many songs about broken promises, but when I reflect on “Tell Me I’m Yours”, the rawness of the vocals and lyrics couldn’t of portrayed my underlying pain any better.” Kenyon France
Mike Baretz is a singer, songwriter and producer who blends r&b/groove-infused production, pop-conscious melodies, and high-level musicianship that emanates through his versatile catalog. His diversified style comes from his range of influences, with artists from John Mayer to D’angelo to Charlie Puth. Mike has studied with 2x Grammy award-winning composer Herschel Garfein, and is mentored by artist developer and pianist Vera Tisheff (Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines). When he is not honing his pianistic technique or arranging a string quartet to be performed at Juilliard, he is selling out shows at Muchmore’s, Cornelia Street Cafe, and other venues in the NYC/Brooklyn area with just him, a guitar or piano, and a computer. His latest single, “Foolish to Try” recently released in mid November, and there is no way that you’ll be able to get it out of your head.