Pop rocker Marlo the Barbarian releases Fake Yourself. I like the serious dark undertones. This girl isn’t fooling around. The singer songwriter has landed on Spotify’s harder edge playlists like New Alt, New Noise, and Fierce Femmes.
Before heading out to LA she was living in New York and performed in bars. She’s inspired by Alanis Morissette, The Beatles, Lana Del Rey, and Daughter. When asked about her music she says, “That it’s okay to feel shitty and be blunt about it. It’s okay to do things you maybe wouldn’t do a few years from now. It’s okay to be truthful about life. I try to emulate this in my music for my own sanity and hopefully for others.” Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
I’ve never heard of these guys until now, but I likem. I like the just track released Guru by Thirdway. It has the catchy melody layered in 80’s synths which I personally love. It’s like a follow up to The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights. The duo are Xander Edwards and Paul Vilas and they creating soulful and danceable tracks laden with synths, drum machines, organic samples and expansive vocals out of their their studio in South London. Find the track on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
Billie Eilish has been forced to officially cancel her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go” tour after saying there was no way to re-schedule it. “i wish that i could have seen you on tour this year. i’ve missed performing for you and being on stage so much i can’t even tell you,” Eilish wrote in a note to fans.
“we’ve tried as many different scenarios as possible for the tour but none are possible and, although i know so many of you want to hold onto your tickets and vip passes, the best thing we can do for everyone is to get the money back into your hands as soon as we can.”
Belaro releases the uptempo single Scarlet. The 19 year old singer wrote the song with her best friend and co-writer Sophia Romano at the beginning of lockdown and were aiming to write an updated version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.
Belaro says, “We created a fictional girl, Scarlet, who we would be jealous of and who we would fear would take our man. I would say we wrote an homage because we all admire Dolly so much. Scarlet is super special to me because I got to write it with those I love and I think we wrote something super relatable that everyone will be able to connect with in one way or another. We’re all super proud of this one! It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve written to date and I’m so excited to share it with the world.”
Check out the video here and give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
Do you remember artist feuds? Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. It started when dancers left before Swift’s tour ended to join Perry on her Prismatic tour. Then you had controversies and quarrels between Madonna and Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and Remy Ma vs Nicki Minaj.
The media landscape changed and the power shifted to influencers. The new media landscape has paved the way for political activists challenging artists. The new feud is Candace Owners vs Harry Styles.
On November 14th Candace Owens criticized Harry Styles for wearing a dress. She said he looked silly wearing a woman’s dress. She started a campaign “Bring back manly men”.
Harry Styles finally defended himself with a a picture of himself wearing a powder blue suit and ruffled shirt while eating a banana and a caption “Bring back manly men,”. “To not wear something because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes,” says Styles.
Owens reiterated that she “inspires global conversation,” but pointed out that she actually likes Styles’ outfit in his shady post to her.
“He looks stupid, but he doesn’t look feminine,” she said in the video, referencing Styles’ blue suit and ruffled white shirt. “He kind of just looks like he’s in a different century and I think it looks good.”
Owens said, “He’s giving me Henry VIII meets Michael Jackson ‘You Are Not Alone’ vibes. I’m digging it. I would wear it, Harry. I love you.”