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Premiere: Join Lyra Star For “The Loneliest Nights”

With the continuing effect of Coronavirus on the world today, we all share one thing in common: being trapped in a life of isolation. Feeling as though we are all living through the loneliest nights.

A positive outcome to the isolation has been the amount of artists who have released extremely relatable songs that put to words what we’re all feeling.

Lyra Star is among many of these artists with the release of her newest single “The Loneliest Nights.”

Lyra Star is a singer, songwriter, contortionist, and magical dreamer originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently based out of Los Angeles, California.

She has been blessing the music industry with her creativity since her debut album A Thousand Dreams (2018)

 I’m happy that we are lucky enough to be the ones to premiere “The Loneliest Nights” right here at IBG.

Listen to “The Loneliest Nights” Below:

“The Loneliest Nights” is about the isolation that many of us have been living in during this pandemic.

Lyra on “The Loneliest Nights”

“In all honesty, I wasn’t feeling inspired to write music as much as I thought I would during the lockdown, but this song started to take shape about three months into the initial quarantine. I am a huge introvert, and I usually love my alone time.  However, when it is being forced upon you for weeks and weeks and weeks with no end in sight, it can start to get pretty heavy.  I also knew that I was not the only one having this experience… the effects of a worldwide pandemic were being felt by everyone across the globe in some way, shape, or form.

Prior to lockdown, I was busy all the time and barely had time to breathe.  All of a sudden, the hustle and bustle was gone, and everything I had started to build in Los Angeles came to a screeching halt.  The days and nights started to feel the same, and I missed people so much.  Everything that the media was saying was so depressing and gave absolutely no hope, so I really stopped paying attention to it for the most part.  I’m really excited about how the production came out on this one… I wrote the song initially on my electric guitar, but I wanted to create a vibe through strong electronic beats and haunting harmonies almost reminiscent of a gothic fairy tale.  I think people are going to relate to it on many different levels, especially considering that it is one year since the pandemic began, and we are still in it to some degree.”  – Lyra Star

This is the worst waiting game I’ve ever played.”

Everyone is feeling like life has recently felt like one huge waiting game. The virus continues to drag on and people are desperately looking hope it will end. Days drag on and morale is low. Lyra perfectly captured the way many of us have felt during the pandemic. This makes this track undeniably relatable, bringing any one who listens a sense of comfort that they’re not alone through this chaotic world.

What I love the most about Lyra is that she doesn’t tie herself down to just one specific genre. With her ethereal vocals and deep lyrics, Lyra has truly created a magical sound of her own. Despite the sense of despair within the lyrics, the track is bold and powerful. That juxtaposition makes “The Loneliest Nights” stand out above the crowd.

Keep Up With Lyra Star

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Photo credit: Daniel J. Sliwa 
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Onism E Is Finding Hope In ‘Survivors’

Onism E premieres Survivors, album out February 19th, 2021

When we seek to comment on the state of the world, we have always looked to music. In particular, punk actively seeks to comment on the difficulties that we face as people.

One band that has consistently used their music to help us through the struggles of this past year has been Onism E. July saw their release, “My America,” take the music scene by storm. The track was an unflinching look at the incredible struggles that many Americans face daily.

Their next hit, “Survivors,” was a more hopeful glimpse into our futures. The newest album, also called Survivors, uses a combination of punk-pop and punk-rock to discuss the pain that so many of us have experienced since the pandemic hit.

The fear and uncertainty have only been amplified by the consistent loneliness that comes with self-isolation. However, what often goes undiscussed are the lingering mental and emotional effects that have been brought about by the pandemic. Survivors has taken on this subject with all the intensity and brilliance that we saw from Onism E overall the past year.

Watch the video for title track, “Survivors” below

The first track on the album, “Stay,” is about the changes that many of us have undergone as a result of Covid-19. The song is refreshingly honest about what it means to go through a rebirth, which can be incredibly painful.

Another track, “Be Strong,” implores the listener to continue, in spite of all the pain we have faced lately. “Be Strong” makes the listener feel heard, perhaps for the first time in a long while.

“Reach” is a stunning reminder that we are all worthy of life, no matter what we feel ourselves. “Reach” is an effort by Onism E to convince their listener that their hopes and desires and not only attainable, but they are also worth fighting for.

Survivors, by Onism E drops today, February 19th, 2021. 

Watch the video for “My America” by Onism E

Keep up with Onism E

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | BandCamp 

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Angus Crowne ‘Let’s Fly’ With an IBG Premiere

The rise of independent music and the fall of the major labels controlling every aspect of what we hear has truly shifted the music industry. It is no longer mandatory to be a sexy young girl to get your music to the masses. This freedom has allowed amazing artists to come to the forefront even after the powers that be said they were too old and washed up. One of our favorite artists going against this norm is Angus Crowne. 

(We covered his debut HERE a while back) 

The accomplished musician and concert producer has been in the music game since his early teens. Working with such legends as QUEEN, Boy George, Fatboy Slim, Spacehog, Paul Oakenfold, and more has helped Angus Crowne shape his own career. Yes, he and his band The Family Jewels (guitarist Gavin Ross, drummer Tino Marrufo, and bassist/guitarist Rod Kashani) are in their late 40’s now, but now is the time for them to have the freedom to make the music they want.

Their Uke-Billy Punk sound is truly unique. It comes from a wide variety of influences to become something that hasn’t really been heard before. As Angus Crowne says “My music is ultimately about honesty and truth. And if I get to piss a few people off along the way, then my work here is done.” That punk rock ethos is alive and well for us ‘old-timers.’

Angus Young Premieres Let’s Fly on IndieBandGuru

Today, December 15th, 2020 marks the release of the newest record by Angus Crowne Let’s Fly. The 11 track album takes the listener into an alternate universe of raw sounds. As we open with “Dreaming Is True” it is clear that something new is here. The head bopping beat carries us along with some soulfully delivered lyrics.

The title track “Let’s Fly” shows off the experimentalism of Angus Crowne with exotic sounds filling the sonic space as a straight matter of fact vocal tells it like it is. Our minds are left wondering which piece of the music to grab on to. The uke-billy-punk rock is on full display on “Soft Show Scuffle.” The energetic psycho swing sound shows what the band is all about. 

Some comedy comes to the table on “She Don’t Care”. Fun lyrics paired with some inventive instrumentation and a cool guitar solo make for a full song. And add in the catchy “do a do wap” and you will be listening to this one for a while.

The record closes with an all-out energy assault with “Moulin Rouge.” The fast-paced banger will get toes tapping and ready for the exotic dance floor that Angus Crowne and The Family Jewels have created.

Keep up with more from Angus and the band HERE.

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Midnight Canyon rises with Debut EP

We are all well aware of the damage that the Covid-19 pandemic has done to the music industry as a whole. I can’t even explain my disappointment in the fact that I have not been to a live concert in 9 months. Fortunately some good has come out of this as well. We recently discovered the band Midnight Canyon that would probably not exist if it wasn’t for busy schedules being wiped out. 

The group emerged when three well respected Chicago artists found plenty of free time on their hands. Danny Chaimson (whose credits range from O.A.R., Mike Doughty and Orgone, to Tyga, Solange Knowles, and Mike Posner) called good friends Packy Lundholm (I Fight Dragons, May Erlewine, Woody Goss) and acclaimed singer-songwriter Pat McKillen to come in for an experimental, no expectations, strictly for fun quarantine jam session. The jamming led to songs, which led to recordings, which led to expert production in Chaimson’s home studio. A warm reverence for 70’s songwriting and heartfelt lyrics led to the official formation of Midnight Canyon.

Now the band has put their 5 favorites together into their self-titled debut EP Midnight Canyon. Opening with “Meet You Where The Ocean Starts”, sets that warm early Bruce Springsteen like tone mixed with the more modern Americana sounds. The emotional vocal delivery draws the listener into the soul of the song. This is classic songwriting.

Some diversity is shown by Midnight Canyon with the traditional country sound of “Angels & Devils” taken to a contemporary pop level with expert instrumentation. These are true artists blending their talents together perfectly. “Don’t Leave Me In The Dark” slows it down a little for the heartfelt song to really grab the listener. A smooth guitar solo meshed with beautiful vocal harmonies puts the track right there alongside classics by Steely Dan and Jackson Browne.

For the closer “Piano in The Dark”, Midnight Canyon stays in the soulful zone for an alt-country/indie rock standard. Layers build on top of each other seamlessly again highlighting the production skills of the project. 

Keep up with Midnight Canyon on INSTAGRAM for more. 

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Music Video Premiere and Interview With Erick Beau

Music will always find a way. Even after it is pushed aside for years, good music will reawaken and insist that it gets released to the world. This seems to be the case with our recent find Erick Beau.

We had a chance to chat with the talented singer songwriter and have a premiere of his new music video for “Waiting For You”. Enjoy:

World Premiere of “Waiting For You’ by Erick Beau

What first drew you to music?

The first thing that drew me to music was when I received a kid drum kit at around 8 years old and I started to play while listening to Elvis or Beatles songs.

How would you describe the Erick Beau sound?

The Erick Beau sound is truly organic. Real root instruments are played and mix with more modern sounds. It is also very melodic. The melodies keep haunting you over and over again.

Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?

The artists that had the biggest influence are Bach, Paul McCarthy, Sting, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, and U2.

How does a song come together for you? What is your songwriting process?

When I write a song I start with a theme, then I imagine myself singing it and discover the beat. Once I have a beat I then write the melody together with the lyrics and then I finish with chord placement and adjustments. In production, I can hear the different instruments and where they should come in in the song so I write the partitions and then have them played or write them with the artists.

After taking some time away from music to become a lawyer, what was the catalyst to launch your debut album?

The catalyst for launching my album was that I was in a position to do so and I felt the urgency to get it out there. My wife played a huge part in pushing me forward and making me realize it was finally the time to get my music out there.

What do you hope the listener takes away from your songs?

I hope my songs make my listener feel alive and understood in the feelings they experience through the different challenges we face in life, like going through a long-distance love story.

Share some advice for others sharing real life in their music.

My advice is to be real and sing about what you have experienced so the audience can really feel what you are going through and relate to your message.

Give us a look at the future from Erick Beau.

I will be launching 2 other singles at the beginning of 2021 and the Album will be out in the spring.

I am also launching more music videos.

Look out for some live acoustic version I will also be playing for you.

Keep up with more from Erick Beau on his website and social media channels:

https://erickbeau.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erickbeaumusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Erickbeaumusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erickbeau1/

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Music You Should Know Premiere Review

“Lick It Up” From Sundae Crush

– photo by JP Martin

80’s movies have a special place in my heart. And among them, is the movie Heathers. So when I saw that Sundae Crush was referencing this iconic film in their newest music video, I was ecstatic. Lick It Up recreates the tension filled climactic ending of the movie (which I won’t spoil for those who have not seen). Directed by Trixxxy Poodle, the video was also shot at her house and edited by Izaac Mellow.

“I’m so glad I got to lyrically write about Heathers, it’s one of my favorite movies. It was really fun filming this video at Trixxxy’s house, she really made it wacky and fun throwing things on us. I’ve never been covered in sprinkles on my face before, and I can’t say it’s a great physical sensation. Definitely fits with the song though.” 

More About Sundae Crush:

Sundae Crush is a rainbow, daydream band writing songs to crush modern ideas of romance which can be toxic and unhealthy. The daydream started with Jena Pyle (vocals, guitar, flute) and is brought into reality with Emily Harris (guitar, vocals), Daniel Shapiro (drums, vocals), and Izaac Mellow (bass, vocals). The band pairs experimentation with groovy, heartfelt pop to tint your vision to a rosy hue. They’re releasing their first full length album Fall 2020.


Sundae Crush has appeared on KEXP’s Audioasis and has shared the stage with Frankie Cosmos, Winter, and Peach Kelli Pop.

The music video is off of the band’s forthcoming debut album A Real Sensation out via Donut Sounds Record Co. on November 27th. Dedicated to singer / songwriter Pyle’s therapist of five years, Sundae Crush works out damage by tuning up and turning listeners on to sweet and sour anthems like “Sensation” (already premiered by KEXP), “Kiss 2 Death,” and “Lick it Up.”

Even with these deep themes, they play for a party we’re all living out on a rainbow colored planet of fun stoner pop. Out on November 27th, make sure you tune into their newest release, and then throw on Heathers, for old time’s sake.

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Cello/Phn Premieres “Do It” with IndieBandGuru

Here at Indie Band Guru we make it a habit of keeping up with what is coming up from our favorite independent artists that we have featured. After seeing so much music cross our desk, we are very aware when something unique is happening. Our friend Cello/Phn (who we covered HERE in the past), has allowed us to Premiere his newest single “Do It”.

Growing up in New Orleans among a diverse music scene allowed Cello/Phn to hear all different genres and styles of music. As his songwriting developed he found a way to include a wide array of sounds into his own unique flavor. Through any track you can experience soul, rock, R&B, hip-hop, psychedelic, and experimental sounds. This is the future.

Today Cello/Phn releases “Do It” to the world here at IndieBandGuru. The powerful first single off his upcoming What Happened To Monday EP set for release on December 21st, 2020. The future beats and imagination of the song grab you right from the beginning. Something different is happening here that demands attention. 

With the coming EP seeming a little mellow in his friends eyes, Cello/Phn turned up the energy to bring this banger about. In his words “Do It”, in its essence, is about just doing it, whatever it may be, whoever it is, or however it may get done. It was created out just letting go and having fun.” 

Rising rapper GodIsMikey was brought in to add another layer to the track. The flows reach into your soul as the eclectic sound storm attacks from every angle. “Do It” demands multiple listens to take it all in. We will be spinning this on repeat as we wait impatiently for the new EP.


Stay on top of the rising star on Instagram at @CellowPhane and @WhatHappened2Monday

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Megan and Shane Tell Us All About ‘Caroline’

This year has been quite a crazy time. We all needed to find ways to adapt our lives and make the best of it. Our new friends Megan and Shane turned their newfound free time into a new musical project to bring some joy to the world. 

The Phoenix, Arizona based couple are both seasoned veterans of the independent music scene. Megan and Shane are also both teachers at School Of Rock helping to pass their love of music to the next generation of stars. The new music has a rootsy Americana feel that is ready to share hope with everyone.

Indie Band Guru is honored to premiere the new single “Caroline”

The track adds a full on energy to their Americana sound with a pumped up beat that will get toes tapping and heads nodding along. The harmonized vocals of Megan and Shane pair perfectly to share that light the world needs right now. It is mature, yet raw. Melodic, yet punchy. Just what we all need right now.

We caught up with the pair for a deeper look into the new project and single. Enjoy the chat here:

First off, what drew you to start this project in this crazy time?

Our friend Noah Levy who is the drummer for Brian Setzer had his tours canceled.  So he made a post saying he just built a new studio in his house and will play on anyone’s songs.  So we thought, let’s help him out and write a couple of songs.  The 2 songs turned into 10 and ended up including friends from various states recording remotely.

We hadn’t had this much time to write in a really long time and those initial 2 songs opened up the floodgates of creativity.

How would you describe the Megan & Shane sound?

I (Shane) spent my earlier musical days touring in punk/ska bands opening for bands like Goldfinger, Smashmouth, D.I. Social D etc…and Megan cut her teeth country and rockabilly in Chicago clubs and then moved down to Charleston and played with Hall of Fame BlueGrass pickers.

So our writing always pulls a little bit from everything. 

This project has really helped us start to hone it in. 

In short…maybe if Alt  Country had a baby with Mellencamp?

Tell us about the new single “Caroline” released today? (and who is this Caroline?)

We both grew up in small towns in the Midwest.  We spend nights talking about the towns and the people in the towns.  Small towns are magical places that we weren’t able to appreciate when we were growing up.

Caroline is the girl that never left.  She was the one that was the cheerleading captain, prom queen…super popular and the town favorite.  All her friends started to grow up and move away and she couldn’t let go of her glory days and got rougher as time went on.

You see that person after many years and how tough their life was and you genuinely hope they turn out ok.   

What do you hope the listeners will take away from your music?

We want everyone to feel connected to our stories and to want to sing along.  We hope they walk away feeling better than before they listened.  

Some of our songs are upbeat, some are somber…but they are all stories from our experiences.

Overall, we just hope they love it!

Give us a look at the future of Megan & Shane?

We have a TON planned!  We just finished a Holiday EP that will come out in November and then we plan on releasing the rest of the songs from the Caroline sessions in December.

Then we are heading into Flying Blanket Recording studios in November to work with Bob Hoag to record another full length album that we are super excited about.  We are also trying to plan some socially distant outdoor concerts here in AZ. 

“Caroline” really gave us the momentum to really take off running with Megan & Shane and kickstart this next part of our musical path.

In this crazy time, we were able to pull light out of the darkness and we feel really lucky to be able to do that together and with our friends.

Follow Megan and Shane on INSTAGRAM