On This Day In
Richmond Music

June 16th

Richmond music pillar DJ Harrison releases HazyMoods in 2017, an instrumental tribute to the expansive sounds and fluid styles that guide his restless and bountiful musical passion.
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MC extraordinaire Nickelus F releases The Gold Mine Vol. 1 in 2019, a brief but rewarding glimpse into the hoard of unreleased musical brilliance from the underground legend.
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Electronic innovator Mirror Kisses (George Clanton) releases Bad Dreams in 2012, an earnest yet cheeky synthpop record that weaves whimsy and wit into lavish and sublime soundscapes.
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Hip-hop virtuoso Ohbliv releases EZ Widas in 2010, a hypnotic relaxation crafted through sharp looping, meticulous sampling, and enveloping grooves that unfolds with alphabetical delight.
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Melodic rock charmers Horsehead release their seventh album, Sundogs Dancing In The Early Morning Light, in 2023, an exuberant roots-rock collection showcasing their endless creativity and spirited, twangy sound.
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Thrash deviants MURDERSOME releases Carnal Death in 2023, a blitz of speed and death metal driven by wanton deviancy that powers their sawing and pummeling sound.
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Versatile hip-hop artist DººF releases ..Waiting 4 Tha Weedman.. in 2015, a leaning burst of inventive energy spanning twenty cleverly crafted tracks infused with wry charm.
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Southern rockers The Trongone Band releases Keys To The House in 2017, a spirited nine-track album that seamlessly blends familiar melodic charm with modern genre fusion, showcasing ease and inventive spirit.
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Luminous synthpop duo Regis releases Goodnight, Sweet Lowlifes in 2017, a shimmering four-track album that achieves lyrical clarity amidst a cascade of synthesized modulation, crafting an infectious soundscape.
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Post-punk revelers Fat Spirit release Cul De Sac/Ace Of Cups in 2018, a two-song offering that embraces the fuzzy charm of garage rock and nurtures its intricate, groove-laden spirit.
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Digital sound manipulator Marchenko releases Tjing in 2016, an electronic dalliance that disperses lush, resonant reverberations into the ether, anticipating intriguing returns from unexpected angles.
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Punk zealots The Alex Jonestown Massacre release Candy Apple Island in 2019, a potent two song release that draws on the pillars of punk history to portray their perceptive modern wit and bracing melodic acumen.
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Elusive musical ovum Egg Overlord releases Void in 2022, a shifty electronica record that darts between EDM, IDM, glitch, chiptune, and ambient grooves.
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Impassioned pop punk trio Diet Blood releases First Steps in 2019, a triad of fierce songwriting that’s incensed by rousing sounds that clamor with conviction and strike with spirit.
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June 15th

Dynamic music ensemble Brunswick release Five Years in 2018, an exciting flourish of musical adventure in eight clever tracks that perfectly encapsulate their bold exploration of jazz-rock.
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Twangy psych-rockers Magic Number release Ampersand in 2018, a bold record that blends spaghetti western elements with surf melodies and mixes acid rock vibes with cowpunk ambitions in their signature “country-eastern” style.
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Folk-rock resonator Andy Jenkins releases Sweet Bunch on Spacebomb Records in 2018, a crafty nine-track record overflowing with melodic hooks that seamlessly blend acute lyricism with rich, textured instrumentation.
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Versatile pop band She (aka Drook) releases Jimmy Carlos And The Dean Of Ill in 2015, a piercing record that achieves lyrical clarity and catharsis within the melodic interplay of echoing tones and pulsating rhythms.
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Gallery5 releases Live From G5 Vol. 3 in 2016, a collection of live performances from the art hub, recorded and mixed by Bryan Wallthall at Stereo Image, featuring artists such as Doll Baby, We Never, Sleave, Josie McQueen, You’re Jovian, and more.
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Jangly rock band The Silent Boys release Tilt-A-Whirl in 2020, a crisp ten-track album that furthers their adventurous blend of retro sensibility and modern finesse.
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Impassioned rock trio The Concussion Theory releases Lament in 2018, a nuanced seven-track album that blends late-stage alternative, searing post-hardcore, and gritty emo, reveling in its versatile resonance.
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Avant-garde melodist Spartan Jet-Plex releases All The World in 2017, a bold exploration into drone pop that precedes Grimalkin Records, yet unmistakably sets the stage for its distinctive style.
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Wide-eyed sound artiste Virginia Aveline releases Fountains For Assisi (Seven Movements For M.R.M.) in 2019, an experimental reflection of a seven-day trek through Vienna, VA that inspires, directs, and envelops the intriguing sound.
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Shifty hard rock band Apricity releases Technicolor in 2018, a blistering twelve-track album driven by the singular force of a one-man musical wrecking ball.
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Southside rapper Daddy Ratchet releases his third album, #aftt2, in 2019, a 17-track collection that showcases his tenacious vocal flow, slick melodic ear, and restless imagination.
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Sulfuric acolyte Acid Druid releases Forget I’m In The Forest in 2015, an electronic cavalcade firmly rooted in acid house while branching freely into various erratic and striking sub-genres.
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Grimey musical craftsman Korporal K releases Phroot Snaxxx Project. in 2018, a refreshing twelve-track beat tape full of nodding grooves and soulful samples.
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Electronic producer INFJ releases Super Happy Deluxe Fun Time Vol. 3 in 2017, a capricious assemblage of whimsical chiptune beats, crafty drum samples, and curious harmonic hooks.
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First-wave Richmond punk band Insinuations releases Prompt Critical on Feel It Records in 2018, a reissue of their self-released 1980 two-sided single that captures their short-lived yet enduring impact on the local scene.
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June 14th

Richmond institution No BS! Brass release RVA ALL DAY in 2013, a vibrant and punchy twelve-song record that serves as a call to arms for local musical pride.
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Punk maestros Sea Of Storms release their second album, Saddest Faction, in 2019, an eight-song record that rouses and invigorates with piercing insights and rowdy harmony.
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Alternative paladins Gnawing release their self-titled debut record in 2018, a five track introduction in the band’s sturdy punk foundation and twangy aspirations.
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Searing metalcore act Bend The Knee releases Eyes Behind The Algorithm in 2023, a mercurial eruption of mathcore complexity and post-hardcore emotion that spans eight dynamic tracks.
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Sound scrapbooker Tommy Birchett releases Helium in 2018, compilation of ambient recordings and audio collages that echo the fracturing splinters found within the artwork’s cracked glass.
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Beatdown hoodlums LCTR releases Goodness Wont Save You From The Fire in 2023, a roaring hardcore and deathcore release that revels in its tonal calamity.
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Country-tinged rock outfit Red States release A Gentleman’s Shiv in 2013, an alternative jaunt through rootsy punk that stirs with sharp lyricism and radicalizes with its bold blend.
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Dream pop specters Mazarine releases Ire Desire in 2018, a rich seven-track album that discovers melodic bliss amidst the enticing haze of wavy distortion and tempered rhythms.
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Immersive instrumentalist Cervidae releases Microchromatic in 2016, an eleven-track wonderland blending digital revelry with organic dexterity, revealing vivid insights.
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Experimental artist M. Richard Talley releases Bongraiser: Dopebound in 2018, a truly boundless record that fuses noir with metal, folk with noise, and dissonance with harmony.
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Grinding iconoclast TERFSMASHER releases VILE in 2022, a succinct onslaught of cybergrind, bitgrind, and midigrind that torments with its cacophonous terror.
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Jangle pop quartet Young Scum releases Live At RNH in 2014, a recording of the spirited group’s first-ever concert at a beloved house show.
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June 13th

Kinetic duo Monday Night & Foisey release Holly Favored in 2020, a smooth and flavorful blend of relaxing hip-hop that excites through its mellow versatility.
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Richmond music pillar DJ Harrison releases Remixes. in 2018, a deep and engrossing collection of reimaginings from familiar hits and beloved deep cuts.
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Garage punks The Privies release their self-titled album in 2015, a nine-track lo-fi surf through punchy rhythms and wavy melodies that feel viscerally polished.
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Fluid hip-hop artist Jimmy The Loch releases The Blunder Years in 2015, a nine-track stroll through electro-pop and EDM soundscapes with classic spirit and modern flair.
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Psych-jazz ensemble Gump Anbaud releases BOCHQXS in 2023, a daring record that infuses groove jams and acid rock with free jazz, creating a thrilling concoction.
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Hazy menace DEADGXD releases Sodom & Gomorrah in 2019, a brash ten-track record that clatters with alarm and resonates with terror, marking another key entry from the Haunted Trap collective.
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The Street Fighter: The RVA Warrior compilation is released in 2017, an ambitious project that remixes the classic Capcom soundtrack with the help of 20 Richmond artists, including 8bitmullet, Johnny Ciggs, Dogfuck, Tru Nyce, PT Burnmen, BlakcLiq, F1NG3RS, Goad Gatsby, Ant The Symbol, BCMusic1st, and more!
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June 12th

The Days Of A Quiet Sun compilation is released via Feel It Records in 2020, a collection of mid-1960s garage rock produced by Martin Gary, highlighting the overlooked array of artists from Virginia in the early years of rock and roll.
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Thrash specialists Municipal Waste release their third album, The Art Of Partying, in 2007, a highly-charged record that blends their unique melodic slice with humorous storytelling.
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Hip-hop virtuoso ohbliv releases LewseJoints Quatre in 2015 and With All Things in 2023, two albums separated by eight years but tethered by a constant dedication to musical exploration and creative freedom.
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Punk sensations Haircut release their promo tape in 2017, their second (un)official record that features forceful bi-lingual vocals blowing through roaring riffs and ripping rhythms.
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Koncept Jack$on & Sadhugold release Draft Dodger in 2023, the debut audio novella in a series chronicling the adventures of an international man evading Interpol.
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Ardent pop punkers Battleghost releases This May Hurt A Little in 2012, a dynamic album that delivers a potent mix of energetic riffs, heartfelt lyrics, and catchy melodies.
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Folk artist Gold Julius releases Say Their Names in 2020, a touching instrumental tribute to lives taken far too soon from this world due to systematic oppression.
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Funk-rock band Dr. Con release their debut record, Concept, in 2014, a nine track offering that reveals a punk heart driving these energetic jams.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases Deadstock, Vol. 8 in 2020, the last entry in his outtake series that showcases the depth of his impressive discography.
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Americana caregivers Andy Vaughan & The Driveline release Sinners & Saints in 2014, a richly textured blend of alt-country, honky tonk, and country-western that captures the nostalgic charm of days gone by.
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Ingenious MC Shawn Gray releases GRAY 2 in 2023, a vivid hip-hop record that features poetic poise, rhythmic flair, and melodic brilliance in an expansive package.
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Electropop Safra Nikoto & The Ixra Divide release Gloamington in 2014, a sonically adventurous album that seamlessly blends delicate trip-hop with dynamic glitch rock, showcasing their impressive prowess.
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Underground rap group Illatungs releases The Vaccine in 2020, a nimble yet grooving blend of classic hip-hop from bold MCs with forceful flows and sly producers with bumping beats.
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Synth explorer NGC 3019 releases Galactic Simulations in 2021, a boundless collection of themed songs inspecting the supernatural and ethereal aspects of the cosmic map.
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Melodic comedian Dr Pooper releases The Pee Pee Poopy E.P. in 2023, a six-track “record” that revels in the joy and pain of bodily functions within a punk setting.
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June 11th

Slick maestro Just Plain Ant releases Just Plain Ant Is Gone… in 2013, an eight-track album that highlights his exceptional mixing skills and signifies his evolution from producer and designer to visionary and icon.
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The Charles Owens Trio releases 10 Years in 2021, an exhilarating display of funk-jazz prowess featuring passionate grooves and precise melodies across ten sublime tracks.
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Hip-hop virtuoso Bradford Thomas (Ohbliv) releases OST: Bradventure in 2019, an expansive beat tape that showcases his versatile skill and expansive vision across 17 enthralling instrumentals.
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Stark metal quartet High Priest releases Grail Sludge in 2017, a thunderous four-song EP that shrewdly balances death and black metal sensibilities for a towering sound.
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Folktronic satirist Elton Wong releases Odd Gardens in 2021, a shifty yet dynamic blend of ambient interludes and melodic larks, offering an intriguing reinterpretation of the concept album.
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Flickering emo band Feigning Grace releases Christlike in 2021, an eleven-track album that provides reflections set against the backdrop of central Virginia, featuring rich musical textures and insightful lyrics.
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Psychedelic garage band Mad Abbey releases Haze Of Your Own in 2020, a wild romp through amorphous grooves, melodies, and theatrics, undulating effortlessly across the rock spectrum with gleeful abandon.
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Hardcore punk band Grown Ass Men releases Too Old To Die Young in 2011, a brash collection of quick, pummeling VAHC tracks, showcasing their raw energy and rebellious spirit.
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Shoegazy nomads W I S H release I Don’t Believe In Heaven in 2018, a three-track demo recording that unfurls their hazy, fuzzy, and rich tapestry of alternative melodic distortion.
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Acoustic songbird Kimberley Dayell releases We Are Portals in 2022, a brisk folk-rock album that spans seven rich compositions, showcasing her authentic and insightful melodic vision.
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Heavy electronic mixer DJ Body Double releases Lobotomized Tracks in 2023, an imposing four-track digital stomp over the aural senses from one half of underground titans INFARED 804.
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Scopic rock band Captains Of Industry releases In Black And White in 2019, an adventurous record that travels through alternative, acoustic, R&B, indie, and soul with surprising ease and auditory wonder.
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Sloping producer Kieser Beats releases Time Bandit in 2018, a bountiful beat tape that twinkles through the relaxing grooves and slick samples with creative comfort.
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June 10th

Riveting singer-songwriter Deau Eyes releases her second album, Legacies, in 2022, a heartfelt pop-rock record brimming with personal wonder and melodic catharsis, which went on to win the 2023 Newlin Music Prize!
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Shockoe Sessions Live hosts its first ever concert and livestream in 2020 from In Your Ear Studios, featuring singer-songwriter Michael Lille.
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Speed metal cult BAT releases their debut album, Wings Of Chains, in 2016, a 12-song onslaught of raw energy and aggression that solidifies their reputation with relentless riffs and anthemic intensity.
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Forceful pop punk quartet Kept At Bay releases Something Honest in 2016, a punchy blaze of melodic fury spanning four brisk and striking tracks, capturing the raw essence of their energetic sound.
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Brazen punk band Pissing Contest releases Pissing Contest Shits The Hits in 2015, a live album recorded in a garage storage depot that encapsulates their frenetic energy and melodic chaos.
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Experimental hip-hop artist 38KEA releases Psychopomp Sunrise in 2017, an eight-track sound mosaic that weaves through classic beats, fuzzy glitches, and ethereal reflections with sonic curiosity.
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Alt-pop duo Twin Films release their debut self-titled record in 2019, a brisk campaign through intimate bedroom compositions and vibrant electronic gatherings that delights in the freedom of true-to-form indie music.
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Progressive sensations Halfcast release The Mononoke Sessions in 2018, a bold four-track album that fuses avant-rock with psychedelic curiosity, punk conviction, and technical precision.
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Hard rock outfit Crushing Yellow Sun releases Extemporaneous Meanderings in 2019, a dense blend of acid rock and psych-sludge that heats up sharp melodic tones with gritty, captivating distortion.
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Ambient composer Steve Ashby releases Winter Birds in 2016, a mesmerizing sonic journey inspired by the unpredictable and mercurial winter winds of Virginia.
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Blackgaze assailers Deprimere releases Permanent Crisis in 2021, a stark and sepulchral six-track record that envelops listeners in a haunting blend of atmospheric despair and crushing mania.
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Angular punk-metal band Roy Batty releases their demo record in 2017, a compelling three-track display of their immersive sound, pulsating with rhythm and searing with captivating tone.
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Experimental recording outfit Manhole release พี*Piss On My Heart*หั in 2020, a decaying distortion for a degraded dystopia that slices through no wave and avant-garde with gleeful terror.
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Genre defier Airport releases Crisis Actor in 2019, a bold and unpredictable album that surfs the high tides of limitless eclecticism, venturing into striking new sonic territories.
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Record blender DJ Pooh On Da Trak releases Beatz & Skatez 4 in 2021, a fourteen-track collection of sharp mixes with plenty of familiar voices.
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June 9th

Sharp metal band Inter Arma release Destroyer in 2012, a gripping record that offers a more refined take on their genre-defying sound, combining technical power with expansive vision.
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Punk maestros Sea Of Storms release their debut album, Dead Weight, in 2015, a bold showcase of their ear-turning sound that draws on all branches of the punk genre to craft an emotionally charged, intricate sound.
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Infectious rock quintet Lightfields release their debut album, Junior, in 2014, a hook-heavy ten song record that skillfully blends sweet indie-pop melodies with hard rock riffs.
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Power electronica artist R-COMPLEX releases FORNICATOR in 2015, a roaring mix of industrial bellows and metal dissonance over seven stark and striking songs.
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Wavy garage band Deathbirds Surf Club release their second album, Pier Pressure, in 2023, a contemporary twist on the timeless sun-kissed electric sound, injecting it with cresting melodies and surging charm.
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Art rock band Dead Canaries release their debut album, Something Else, in 2012, a sixteen-track sashay through bright pop-folk, smoky jazz, lo-fi rock, and a dozen more capricious styles.
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Blustery rock band Dividing Face releases their debut record, Starting Over, in 2018, a forceful five-track album that highlights their imposing sound with intense vocals, heavy riffs, and booming resonance.
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Funk-rock band Dr. Con releases Contraband Goods in 2015, a four-track live session showcasing their energetic syncopation and soulful melodies through an experimental lens of creativity.
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Garage punks Neat Sweep release Space Is For Dogs in 2018, an electrifying blast of gritty melodic wonder that transforms into a grimy and noisy pop concoction of fervent energy.
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June 8th

Skilled duo Høly River (fka Lobo Marino) release their debut album, Keep Your Head Up, in 2010, a striking record featuring a curious freak folk sound that the duo would expand and enhance in subsequent years.
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Diligent mixer DJ Mentos releases The Ill Collins Sessions in 2017, a compilation of his instrumental singles series that delivers warm grooves, nodding beats, and clever samples.
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Powerhouse drum and bass duo Wrong Worshippers release (Not Actually) Live From Hep’s Garage!!!! in 2022, a tongue-in-cheek “live” album spotlighting the band’s dynamic punk sound with bold, punchy, and unforgettable tracks.
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Celestial alt-rockers FACESHIP release their debut album, Greatest Hits, Volume 11, in 2021, an eleven-track record that weaves together their signature elastic rock sound, infusing folk sensibility with a progressive drive.
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Rockabilly band Lowbirds their self-titled record in 2019, a free-range four-track record that displays their sharp, alt-country approach to western swing.
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Hyper-productive MC Dari Loso releases Legendari in 2017, an especially dense twenty-nine (!!!) track record that emerges from the Haunted Trap collective with assertive flair and wild imagination.
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Twinkling folk-rocker It Is Rain In My Face releases Stolen Days in 2014, a captivating five-track journey blending acoustic charm with electronic flickers and electric jolts.
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NWOTHM outfit Nature Freak releases Demonstration in 2018, a commanding three-song EP that skillfully blends contemporary speed and power with a timeless roar.
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Cosmic composer Richard Terrance releases Titan in 2023, a condensed soundtrack for a movie destined to remain unseen, offering an evocative glimpse into interplanetary exploration.
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Grimey musical craftsman Korporal K releases Playin House in 2022, a ten-track beat tape with laid-back grooves that provide a lively listen through their playful arrangement.
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Flippant grindcore duo Crack Addict releases ヤンデレVIOLENCE in 2014, an ear-splitting record that lures listeners in with j-pop influences before twisting and disintegrating into irreverent fury.
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Versatile hip-hop artist BLAND releases Smooth & Soothing EP in 2014, a five-track record demonstrating the creative mastery of a boom bap artisan who handles writing, arranging, producing, and performing.
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June 7th

Piercing rock band Doll Baby release their debut record, Polliwog, in 2016, a dynamic three-song EP that snaps, snarls, and surges with thrilling energy and bold intensity.
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Richmond music pillar DJ Harrison releases TuNEROCK alongside Reeverb Entertainment in 2011, a vibrant blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop across eight powerful and memorable instrumentals.
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Stirring synthrockers She (aka Drook) releases Bleach in 2018, a clandestine three song EP chasing the clarity of twilight to cure restless yearning within the scope of expansive melodic landscape.
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Inventive hip-hop producer Yajirobe releases Stagnant, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 in 2020, a two-part series featuring remarkable unmastered demos from his extensive archive.
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Holistic duo Pressed Orchid releases Thé Au Jasmin in 2019, a dreamy three-part movement that uncovers pop melodies through tender, ambient exploration.
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Assertive hip-hop duo Die Hard releases Contraband 3 in 2013, the third installment of their signature mixtape series, featuring A. Day and Shift, which revitalizes their signature hip-hop brand with conquering musical heroics.
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Acoustic alternative Josiah Wells releases Hurting Myself And Others in 2018, a lo-fi showcase of raw compositional talent pouring into a restless guitar with passion and conviction.
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Grimey musical craftsman Korporal K releases Error. in 2023, a robust beat tape featuring twelve unique and vibrant instrumentals that display his inventive groove and rhythm.
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Resonant folk duo Flicker & Flame (Tristan Dougherty and Psalm Araujo) release their demo recordings in 2018, a heartfelt and evocative three-song EP encapsulating the unfiltered potency of vocal and guitar expression within an intimate offering.
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Synth-hop reveler A Naga Named: SOMEBODY! releases LAZER! in 2020, a towering electronic wonderland that rises and thrills across four tracks capturing the spirit of hip-hop and marvel of synthpop.
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Emotive singer-songwriter VRBICEK releases From Brno With Love in 2018, an acoustic album presenting deep lyrical expression that skillfully balances melody with message across four cathartic tracks.
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The MLWGS Music Composition And Recording Seminar releases End Of The Road in 2022, a collection of original compositions and recordings from a gifted class of emerging musicians and artists.
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June 6th

Ingenious songwriter Pete Curry releases Doin’ Nothing in 2016, a breezy folk-pop record that stands in rich contract to the bubbling swirl of FM Skyline that Curry would begin to explore in subsequent releases.
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Crafty hip-hop artists Monday Night & DVNT release Long Story Short in 2023, a slick EP that sublimely captures bountiful lyrical and rhythmic minds within sleek, snug tracks, providing endless delight with abundant talent and creativity.
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Hardcore heels Sinister Purpose releases Scorched Earth in 2016, Burn In Hell in 2017, and Aces Low in 2018, a trio of records that showcase their ear-splitting blend of vicious vocals, rowdy riffs, and riotous rhythms.
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Roots quartet Black Water Gold releases Round Up in 2015, a warm three-song EP that lively mixes classic folk with chill rock to exude a captivating charm, resonating strongly beyond its modest production.
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Thrash rascals Die Today release their self-titled record in 2023, a bold ten-track record that dives fearlessly into the sonic abyss of melodic heaviness in order to distill the stark allure that lies within.
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Remarkable singer-songwriter Jenna Kole releases Upstairs Bath Sessions in 2015, an intimate recording that beautifully captures her melodically clever and lyrically astute compositions.
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Scoffing pop punk band Park Sparrows releases More Peace in 2018, a razor-sharp EP characterized by a flurry of melodic punches expertly dispersed across four racing tracks.
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Forceful metal quartet Dirt Nap releases A Lonely Place To Die in 2017, a mauling seven-track record that marches with terror across thrilling breakdowns and caustic riffs.
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Garage standouts The Smirks releases Sweaty Situations in 2016, a five-song showcase of their raw charisma and powerful presence that bursts with vibrant energy and unmistakable attitude.
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Early punk project The Elysium Trigger release Why Be Peaceful? in 2011, a seven-track demo recording that predates acts like The Young Sins, capturing impassioned rock theatrics infused with emo and alternative influences.
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Hard rock outfit Crushing Yellow Sun releases Daylight Flowers in 2016, a ten-track fusion of acid rock, brimming with flavorful distortion and expertly honed skill.
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Rowdy punk band The You Go Girls releases Teeth in 2017, a whirlwind of garage expression condensed into ten dynamic tracks that delight whether with short bursts of energy or lingering reverberations.
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Shadowy electronic outfit The Black Mask releases Dance Or Die in 2018, a digital mandate featuring grimy rhythms, looping melodies, and inviting soundscapes that captivate with wonder and mystique.
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Digital tinkerer Thumpr releases Jot Jams in 2019, a collection of ambient impressions and electronic reflections that immerses listeners in a kaleidoscope of sonic textures and hazy melodies.
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Mutable producer Forasteros releases III in 2023, an adventurous and genre-bending alternative hip-hop album that overflows with innovative samples and beats, leaving listeners both astonished and spellbound.
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June 5th

Grimalkin Records releases the Grimalkin Sampler I in 2020, featuring 22 diverse songs by queer, trans, BIPOC, & disabled artists that showcase the non-profit collective’s commitment to expanding the reach of marginalized voices.
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Scheme Team and Mutant Academy docent Big Kahuna OG releases BLOCKAVELLI in 2020, a powerful seven-track album showcasing the exceptional talent of a prominent figure in contemporary underground hip-hop.
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Richmond music pillar DJ Harrison releases TapeCookies in 2015, a vibrant compilation of funk-soul fusions envisioned by his virtuosic creativity and recorded with an analog VTR.
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Garage rock zealots The Ar-Kaics release Ar-Kives: Volume One in 2020, a compilation bringing together singles, demos, and an early unreleased song all showcasing their modern impressions on a classic sound.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases Deadstock Vol. 5 in 2020, another bountiful entry in his outtake series that covers his prolific output that could easily fill one hundred volumes.
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Post-punk trio Canary oh Canary put out Release (Live In Jackson Ward) in 2020, a live recording from 2014 that showcases their signature “shoewave” sound that electrified the local scene for many years.
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Richmond ambient icon VonnBoyd releases Overpass in 2019, a furtive four-part ambient movement that pulses through intricate soundscapes with a hip-hop edge.
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Potent pop punk pack XED OUT release Full Body Apparition on Say-10 Records in 2020, a four-song EP with vigorous vocals, rousing rhythms, and raucous riffs.
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Noise artisan Coteries release Predestination on Anti-Everything in 2019, a dual movement release that builds tense reflection through slithering and squirming tones.
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Graceful melodic hypnotist EXUM releases his debut album, Xardinal Coffee, in 2021, a strikingly contemporary blend of slick hip hop, rich textures, idiosyncratic grooves, and electronic-tinged wonky R&B.
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Sonic decayer Xenojothsz releases Mother-Child Psychosis on Anti-Everything in 2019, a nineteen-minute deconstruction of melody, structure, and rhythm that captivates with riveting conviction and unsettles with sharp ingenuity.
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Alternative fusers Line In releases their self-titled record in 2018, a dashing record blending indie rock with free jazz, bombastic blues, and soul funk to create an ear-popping delight.
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Spiritual boom bap artist Tha Mark Of Buddha releases It’s Tha Mark Of Buddha! on Nero Sol Records in 2017, a dynamic and fluid beat tape that showcases inventive flair across nine distinct tracks.
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Lo-fi garage band Black Naked Wings release Best Of The Worst in 2013, a striking record that tracks a mercurial punk style across fourteen songs with sharp clarity.
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Elusive electronic artist Kids Techno releases Otamatone Drones on Cherub Records in 2011, featuring three compositions exploring the then-relatively new Japanese toy synthesizer that would become a frequent fixture on social media.
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June 4th

Sonic visionaries Butcher Brown release Encore in 2021, a hearty snack left over from the bountiful #KingButch meal that further details their infectious charm and dazzling talent.
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Prodigious MC Fly Anakin releases Pixote in 2021, a seven-track EP that further explores his keen sense of lyrical density and textural charm.
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Garage rock zealots The Ar-Kaics release Live In The Shit in 2021, a 2020 performance “during the waning days of normalcy” that captures the band’s lively electric jangle.
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Textural electrorock mavens Opin releases 1233N24STEP in 2020, a puckish record that balances pensive thought with rhythmic relief across four spacious and echoing tracks.
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Cutting pop punk band We Call This Courage release Sapling in 2021, a spirited record full of punchy jams and burning lyrics that tear through ten slick tracks.
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Sons Of The James (Rob Milton and DJ Harrison) release their debut two-sided single, Happy / Things I Should Have Said, in 2020, a bold blend of progressive soul and classic Gospel that provides endless wonder and delight.
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Electronic purveyor Dust~ releases Jah Deux in 2021, a two-song rhythmic dalliance through spacious soundscapes adorned with melodic curiosity and percussive allure.
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Sardonic grindcore CORNBREAD releases Tom Hanks in 2015, a curt five-song EP full of metal quips and derisive melodies that features future members of Killing Pace.
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Esoteric act Brief Scenes release Venable Basement in 2018, a lo-fi collection of wispy home recordings from a decade earlier performed on everything from piano & bass to toy guitar and zither.
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Hollering punk band Red Money release their self-titled EP in 2020, a sharp five-track record that infuses metal aesthetics into the DIY genre without borrowing from familiar thrash trademarks.
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Forceful power trio BUCKET release American Standard in 2023, a bold record nestled firmly in alternative rock that offers musical catharsis in reflective and rowdy moments.
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Underground MC LD50 release Going Up? in 2012, a striking record that dashes, spins, and glides across ideal boom bap beats with lyrical poise and finesse.
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Blasting metal quartet Cruel Streak release their demo recordings in 2019, a pummeling record that nimbly ties together death, thrash, and metalcore hallmarks for a welcome onslaught of riffs and rhythms.
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Dark trap artist Da Krypt Keepa releases Tales From Da Krypt, Vol. 1 in 2021, a collection of horrorcore beats and collabs that relishes in its plaguing sense of melody and rhythm.
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Enigmatic recording artist Me releases their demo recordings in 2021, a five-track offering that straddles the line between hypnotic outsider art and bedroom pop musings.
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June 3rd

Metal icons GWAR release their fifteenth album, The New Dark Ages, in 2022, a potent and towering record that brings their pioneering shock rock sound solidly into its fifth decade.
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Venturous hip-hop artist Lil Ugly Mane releases Absence Of Shitperson in 2014, a collection of previously released material that removes the voice of a self-deprecating artist, inviting budding artists to experiment and exhibit their talents.
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Sludge giants Cough releases Still They Pray in 2016, an expansive odyssey delving from depths to abyss, traversing towering astral anguish with crushing grooves and cathartic riffs.
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Swirling hip-hop artist Black Kray releases Euro Glime in 2019, a gritty addition to the Goth Money collection, showcasing the murmuring trap wordsmith with underground brilliance.
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Gnarled punk band New Turks release their self-titled EP in 2014, a five-track distortion of heavy rhythms and sharp riffs that is explored with intense energy and unapologetic edge.
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Alt-hip-hop artisan Billy Capricorn releases Days Of The Weak on Citrus City Records in 2022, a vibrant seven-track album brimming with originality and featuring guest performances from Alfred., clwdwlkr, Ty Sorrell, Dhemo, and more.
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Shoegaze wonders Bright Arc release their debut album, Neverlasting Night, in 2022, a textural triumph featuring twelve sweeping compositions that enhance hazy reveries with sharp alt-rock rhythms, emo rapture, and punk riffs.
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Noise act Hold Me Down releases Powerless in 2022, a striking record that builds a seething cauldron of metal furor and industrial decay over ten stark tracks.
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Hard rock outfit Crushing Yellow Sun releases Summertime Blues in 2019, a sprawling five-track record that stretches their acid sound into the fertile roots of blues music.
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Electronic firebrand Gemtone releases Mourning Flame in 2016, an expansive digital expression gracefully navigating melodic melodrama and droning dissonance with precision and flair.
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Cheeky electronic punk Steak Sauce releases Ape Sauce in 2021, an experimental concept album about a man granted extraordinary powers by aliens, who must then confront Earth’s greatest threat.
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Crust punk quartet Rain Dogs release their demo record in 2017, a gnawing six-track recording that captures their d-beat prowess, expertly melding together anarcho-punk with thrash metal.
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Progressive ambient pop outfit Colin Phils releases Totokon in 2022, a striking two-part movement that captures the essence of their hometown, Mariposa, California into the evocative beauty of electronic indie.
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Stratified producer Limbz+z releases cloudworld in 2022, a lavish lo-fi record that unfurls itself vividly and manically across eighteen crafty tracks, blending diverse sounds and styles.
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June 2nd

Slick maestro Ant The Symbol releases I Know Who I Am on Shockoe Records in 2023, a genre-defying album that sublimely taps into Richmond’s rich and diverse scene, earning a nomination for the 2024 Newlin Music Prize!
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Sprightly firebrands Dead Billionaires release Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book in 2023, a stirring power pop album that tackles societal turmoil with musical prowess and was nominated for the 2024 Newlin Music Prize!
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Crafty trio Ultra Dolphins release their second album, Alien Baby on Rorschach Records in 2010, a charged nine-track record that juggles post-hardcore ambition and raw garage rock intensity.
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Insightful songwriter Sincerely, Iris releases Love In A Time Of Disaster in 2023, an expansive album that blends ambitious rock soundscapes with raw emotional depths.
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Power-driven quartet Close Talker release their debut album, So Am I, in 2013, a spirited breath of fresh, chaotic air into the pop punk genre that is relayed with invigorating charm.
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Hardcore heavyweights Candy releases their demo recordings in 2017, an intense three-track snapshot of their relentless onslaught of metal-punk fury.
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Melodic MC DIZZYWUNDA releases WUNDALAND in 2023, a fusion of near-death experiences and surgical recoveries distilled into a vibrant sound brimming with impassioned beats and clever lyricism.
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Cagey psych-soul quartet Cleophus James releases Leftover Hills in 2023, a crisp and brisk four-track record laden with melodic ingenuity and technical mastery.
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Devo XO, Oldboy & Animist release Oldimist in 2022, a bumping twelve-track album that fuses classic hip-hop punches with contemporary flair.
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Perceptive multi-instrumentalist Eric Godsey releases Friends in 2016, a compilation of colleague recordings featuring Hannah Goad, Brent McCormick, Chad Murla, Hannah Standiford, and more!
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Experimental rap group Digital Hell releases 204863 in 2018, a sequentially titled five-track record that follows erratic beats through the torsion of harsh noise.
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American primitive guitar duo Springhouse release Mistake As Directed in 2019, an instrumental record that features a rootsy duet of fingerstyle plucking and strumming across ten mellow tracks.
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Noise purveyors Head Molt release Black Cube Of The Old Covenant in 2019, a record that soothes through the dissonance with a therapeutic mix of rumbles, crackles, and squeals.
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Synth-charmed punk band The Goodbye Forevers release their debut album, Lay Where You Fall, in 2017, an exigent record with eleven sharp tracks showcasing bold songwriting and impassioned performances.
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Agile emo outfit LVTCS release 13013/B202B in 2018, a moving instrumental album containing striking melodies and powerful breakdowns across six electrifying tracks.
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June 1st

Natalie Prass releases her second album, The Future And The Past, in 2018, a dazzling collection of charged songs that dances through grief and strife with musical poise and melodic wonder.
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Textural electrorock mavens Opin releases Hospital Street on WarHen Records in 2022, an instrumental freefall into the minds of overflowing artisans capturing their expressions and impressions with dazzling freedom.
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Boundless rock project Marble Valley releases their fourth and final album, Breakthrough, in 2011, another striking release helmed by Steve West that features songs written on five continents and in over a dozen countries while touring the planet during Pavement’s 2010 reunion tour.
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Prog-rock arbiters Kinetic Element release Travelog in 2015, a symphonic masterpiece blending jazz-rock fusion with melodic complexity, featuring stunning instrumental performances and diverse vocals.
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Punk legends Ann Beretta release Like A Riot! Live From The Broadberry in 2020, a rewarding recording of a rare acoustic set from the frenetic melody mavens in September of 2018.
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Masked industrial musician Gull releases Alight From Stone in 2015, a collection of four spumy tracks tracking a seething and caustic mindset.
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Hip-hop virtuoso Ohbliv releases SLPHNC2. in 2012, a lavish beat tape from a production legend that offers soothing tracks built on crafty loops and sublime layering.
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Thrash behemoths Humungus releases Warband in 2015, a journey through a desolate landscape filled with roaring engines, tearing through ’80s heavy metal standards at breakneck speed.
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Pop punk champions Flight Club release Kinda Funny in 2017, a nuanced approach to the blunt genre that opens up their melodies and riffs for deeper resonance.
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Hardcore punk band Wasted Time release No Shore in 2007 on Grave Mistakes Records, a racing release of visceral animosity that thrills and incites.
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Shoegaze garage paragons The Talkies release their debut record, These Aren’t My Friends, I’ve Just Known Them For Awhile, in 2016, a lo-fi wonderland of DIY gumption and musical adventure that was a stand-out in the early careers of Austin Ruhf and Deore.
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Metalcore outfit Dead & Dreaming release Levitation in 2019, an unflinching onslaught of hard rhythms, sawing riffs, and prodding vocals.
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Bluegrass band The Hot Seats release Live! in 2012, a nineteen-track album comprised of recordings from an Ashland Coffee & Tea performance as well as tracks from their 2008 record, Retreat To Camp Candy Temptation Island.
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Hardcore punk quartet Trace Amount release First Six in 2023, a musically berserk storm that blows through six brisk tracks with deliberate intensity and precise plague.
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Pedals On Our Pirate Ships and The Wild release their split record in 2010, a smattering of folk-punk compositions that display the restless spirit driving each band’s pulsating sound.
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May 31st

Eight piece indie folk band Mermaid Skeletons release Darlings in 2008 and also headline a memorable concert in the Enchanted Gardens of the Poe Museum with a zealous crowd scaling the eight wall for a better view of the band’s striking performance. (Find out more about this event in the RVA Playlist book!)
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Decorated post rockers Night Idea release their debut record, Paths, in 2013, a thrilling fusion of crunchy math riffs and crafty prog-rock structures that will undoubtedly leave you awestruck with your jaw hanging on the ground.
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Punk-funk heroes Toxic Moxie release Episode V in 2014, a daring record that blends ambient wonder with visceral synth-dance melodies, creating an endlessly captivating and entertaining experience for listeners.
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Math rock outfit New Lions release End Story in 2019, the first record for the formerly-titled Clair Morgan that retains the resonance, ambition, and excitement characteristic of the band’s signature sound.
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Sage hip-hop artist BlackLiq releases NOW Vol 5 in 2019, a ten track rhapsody that embodies selfless music creation, brimming with boundless creativity, relentless energy, and a deep sense of community engagement.
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Surf garage band The Milkstains release Gored, Kicked, Beaten in 2014, a sharp lo-fi record featuring three songs tailor-made for contemporary noir films, drenched in nostalgic overtones and groundbreaking progressions.
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Prolific musician Dave Watkins releases Without Words in 2003, an energetic seven-track instrumental album featuring nimble gypsy jazz and rustic folk, offering timeless entertainment.
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Jangle rock stalwarts The Silent Boys release By The Light Of The Moon in 2019, another bright entry in their joyous catalog expanding on the classic C86 style with sharp production and heartfelt emotion.
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Prolific producer Sleeping Awake releases Devil Jazz Summoner in 2013, a vivid record with hip-hop and techno punk styles melding together to tell an instrumental story of conflict and vacillation.
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Southern gothic group Red Clay River releases We Are All Here in 2007, a roaring roots rock record with four folksy fugues that sharpen slyly with crafty charm. Alliteration is fun.
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Rock overlords Sleepy Tyrant release Traffic Jam Sessions in 2022, a fiery blend of electric alternative music spanning seven dynamic tracks that seamlessly meld grunge, punk, and groove rock.
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Roots post-punk quartet Josephine release Beeline in 2013, a brisk two-step through driving garage rock and resolute honky-tonk that will invigorate your mind and stir your feet.
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Proficient hip-hop trio Black Kat releases Black Water Mist in 2016, a dense thirteen track record that strips down the crowded genre into the relationship between streamlined beats and gritty lyrical elegance.
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Gossamer songwriter dewphis releases Defeat By Depletion in 2019, a brief, dreamy record featuring two echoing reveries that opens with a surrealist expression of tonal invitation and alarm.
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Ingenious performer Sara Bouchard releases Live Coding Live! in 2023, a triad of improvisational pieces coded on the fly in Sonic Pi using TouchOSC that incorporates vocals, field recordings, natural and inorganic objects, hydrophone sounds, and children’s toys.
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May 30th

Scheme Team and Mutant Academy pundits Big Kahuna OG & Monday Night release The Prequel in 2021, a cohesive collaboration between two dynamic and inspired hip-hop artists that provides endless rap delight.
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Math rock quartet Parentheses release their debut self-titled album in 2015, a brisk and bursting record that tracks their jazz influence and punk spirit through nine crunchy and crafty songs.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases the Thug Wilder’s Revenge mixtape in 2013, a bumping fourteen track offering, hosted by DJ 3-2-1, that continues to explore the bottomless well of lyrical talent from the industrious MC.
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Virulent hardcore band UPPERHAND release Chains Of Shame in 2013, a commanding five-song EP that terrorizes and rouses with powerful rhythms, blistering riffs, and fierce vocals.
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Experimental hip-hop artist 38KEA releases radical.info/vol888 in 2018, an eight-track instrumental record that wanders with determination into sonic fields of techno, hypnagogic pop, and drum’n’bass.
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One-man goregrind project Septicemic Plague releases Radioactive Melting Flesh in 2019, a ten-minute onslaught of explosive drumming, tearing guitars, and primal vocals, delivered through seven intense tracks.
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Underground hip-hop collective Astral Trap releases Afrofuturism in 2021, an exploration of the cosmic curiosity found within the black community, often underestimated yet profoundly enriching.
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Moshing pop punk quartet Underdog Champs releases Picked Last in 2015, an ear-popping three-track EP that embraces the melodic highs of the subgenre while still holding on to thrashing and aggressive convictions.
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Slick rap group Dedikated Boyz releases The Whole Truth in 2023, a high-speed album that races with lyrical ingenuity through fourteen sharp tracks, promising the kind of rhythmic impact that leaves musical whiplash.
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Deathcore adversaries Seraph release their fourth album, Embrace Your Demise, in 2014, a searing collection of seven tumultuous tracks that showcase technical brilliance and dissonant creativity.
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Six-piece jazz ensemble Stephanie Osmond releases their self-titled record in 2019, a dynamic blend of inventive bursts and smooth grooves inspired by grocery store adventures and horror movie marathons.
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Veracious boom bap artist Blak Truth releases Blak America in 2012, a bold hip-hop record that spins tales of personal triumph and struggle through the lens of militant protection and vulnerable admission.
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Occultist hard rock outfit Exit The Beast release Born Evil in 2019, a heavy blues-psych blend that explores phantom curiosities over eight stupefying tracks.
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Fluid MC Shiva releases Clippers R Portals in 2014, a wide-eyed celebration of hip-hop’s inspiration and spirit, leaving listeners musically fulfilled, spiritually refreshed, and mentally energized.
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Crafty producer lovenloops releases Root + Flow Loops in 2021, a fifteen-minute collaborative meditation of looping tonal energy designed to help you hit the pause button and savor the joyful moments of life.
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May 29th

Slick producer Ant The Symbol releases Nowhere In Particular in 2020, an eleven-song collection of vibrant instrumentals with pulsating textures that reveal the sharp melodic mind behind the mixing board.
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Grindcore legends SUPPRESSION & LANDFILL release their split record on Chaotic Noise Productions in 2017, a brutal 17-track onslaught that shocks, unsettles, and ignites in mere moments, akin to a furious sprint or a rabid retreat.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases Deadstock, Vol. 6 in 2020, another glimpse into the vast back catalog of a prolific artist with an insatiable passion for rhythm and a boundless love for diverse sounds.
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Metalcore project Voices release their debut record, Disorder, in 2018, a blistering six-track record that funnels raw emotion through pummeling breakdowns and chaotic rhythms.
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Incisive luminary Avery Fogarty releases their demo recordings in 2019, a sublime blend of skillful melodies, poignant lyrics, and mesmerizing vocals that serves as a precursor to the deep resonance of Hotspit.
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Roots troupe Red Light Rodeo releases Nothing But The Nuts in 2014, a bustling five-track record blending bluegrass, country-western, and Americana, energizing listeners with its lively beats and invigorating melodies.
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Hazy dancerock group The Hoodoos releases Boogie Sunrise in 2017, an infusion of psych-rock into groove-laden songwriting that thrills with lo-fi buzzes, transporting listeners to a hi-fi wonderland of imagination.
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Groove punk duo GRINDS releases their self-titled record in 2014, a potent seven-track EP embodying the exhilarating essence of two frenetic souls reveling in diabolic punk energy.
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Underground hip-hop duo Fordson Labs release Fordson Sessions: Volume Two in 2018, a superb beat tape that effortlessly guides body movements and uplifts spirits with unwavering conviction.
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Cheeky indie folk artist Beth Jarratt releases Special Place In Hell in 2019, a concise EP highlighting their witty ukulele compositions alongside brief forays into synthpop and fuzz rock.
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Manic punk band Cement Shoes releases A Love Story Of Drugs & Rock & Roll & Drugs in 2020, a three-song EP recorded both in Australia and Virginia that showcases flippant wit and smashing tones.
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Hip-hop intoner LithiumGod releases 13th Temple in 2018, an album that blends yearning R&B croons with shadowy rap beats, creating a sound that navigates through melodic struggles and captures rhythmic delight.
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May 28th

Metal icons GWAR releases The Disc With No Name in 2021, a four song EP featuring unplugged acoustic versions of classic entries in the scumdogs’ blistering discography.
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Noise punk band Gumming release their second full-length album, Overripe, on Vinyl Conflict in 2020, a piercing and rousing fourteen-track record that examines grief and mental health with dissonant brilliance.
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Sunny artisan Ty Sorrell releases Fast Food in 2020, an eight course hip-hop meal that adds melodic nutrition to junk food with crafty beats and engrossing bars.
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Prog-psych dynamos Ten Pound Snail release their second EP, Parlor Tricks, in 2021, a seven-track expansion upon a slowcore foundation with heavy atmosphere and echoing clarity.
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Musical marvel Billy Bacci releases Adaptation in 2018, a dazzling assortment of rock and pop compositions characterized by a sharp lyrical mind and a daring melodic spirit.
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Black metal tyrants Prisoner release their debut record in 2013, a searing record with six potent musical assaults that contrast the terse album title.
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Heavy psych band Sinister Haze release their debut EP, Betrayed By Time, in 2015, a scalding meld of punk and doom influences that create an acutely caustic sound.
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Abstract artist Lum releases his self-titled EP in 2016, a wry rock record comprised of seven curious tracks led by a prodding bass guitar.
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Gauzy MC Rome Montana releases Destination Landed in 2013, a hip-hop journey infused with atmospheric jazz and soul, designed to enchant the heart and engage the mind.
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Shadowy pensive rockers Exholiday releases Pine Street in 2014, a resurfaced collection of early 2000s recordings featuring dark, evocative melodies and deeply emotional lyrics.
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Avant noise expressionist Flightbike releases That’s The Way To Do It!!! in 2015, a capricious record that bends and twists through twenty-one tracks that veer into surrealist no wave.
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May 27th

Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases TRILLipino in 2022, his most intimate project yet, vividly narrating the struggles of the Filipino diaspora and drawing from a whirlwind of influences that fuel his artistry.
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Avant-noise ensemble Dumb Waiter release their second album, Cancel Christmas, in 2016, an intricate and impressive record with eight tracks that expand on their jazz-rock sound with nimble and dexterous skill.
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Starry rock quartet Rikki Rakki release their debut EP, Quarantine Sessions, in 2022, an impassioned five-track record that examines the mania and grief of forced isolation with jangle-rock brilliance.
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Fuzzy twee band Big Baby release their first official EP, Dumb Guys, in 2016, a three-song showcase of the forceful resonance that materializes from their swaying, lo-fi sound.
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Nimble folk artist David Shultz releases A Gentle Evening At The Virginia Moonwalker in 2015, an audio snapshot of a gentle and moving performance at the fabled local recording studio.
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Math rock extemporizer Charger Port releases Don’t Care, Good Music in 2022, a capricious instrumental math rock record that captivates with its errant deviations.
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Production collaboration Bovine Joni (ScoopKid & Gordy Michael) releases Denim/velvet in 2017, a remarkable beat tape comprised of a staggering thirty-five tracks that explores the rich nexus between soul and jazz.
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Blackened punk outfit SameStory release their second record, Lamentations, in 2022, a stark six-track record that further expands on their gothic blend of darkwave, industrial and post-punk.
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Enterprising wordsmith Nerd Ferguson releases his second album, Gunshots & Twizzlers, in 2013, a teeming 17 track record that presents crisp & compact vision through vivid & vibrant hip-hop.
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Indie rock act Edelkayt releases their debut record, Generican Gothic, in 2019, a luminous blend of slowcore and indie pop across six tracks that revel in emotional depth.
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Freewheelin’ rock quartet 3 Legged Dog releases What Goes On in 2016, an agile eight-track record that dances with indie grace on candid vocals and swaying melodies.
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Versatile recording project Secret Agent X-9 release their self-titled record in 2010, an assemblage of recordings and compositions from late adolescence that unveil an expanding and avid musical mind.
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Brazen lo-fi duo Beer Ghost releases This Sucks in 2015, a puckish four-track record that indulges in the crackle of home recording for a raw, unfiltered pop vibe.
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Springing MC D.J.D releases Two Faced in 2015, a gusty six-track record that highlights the raw energy and spirit of lo-fi, underground hip-hop.
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Instrumental rock project Kozi releases Cactus Hug in 2023, an exuberant rock record that dashes through alternative, power pop, and garage rock with exciting enjoyment.
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May 26th

Post-rock trailblazers Labradford release their second album, A Stable Reference, in 1995, a complex and cagey collection of ambient ruminations and contorted soundscapes.
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Post-metal giants Shy, Low release Babylonica in 2023, a compelling three-part movement of heavy music that transcends instrumental genres through its awe, creativity, and fervor.
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Flippant indie rock band Lance Bangs release in Whammy in 2020, a snappy and quirky post-punk record that punches with conviction and alarm across six tight tracks.
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Piercing singer-songwriter Chris Staples releases Cloud Souvenirs in 2023, a heartfelt album featuring tender and poignant compositions, presented in an intimate manner that places you side-by-side with the artist in a cozy recording space.
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Ambient duo switchsystems (cybercrasherstv and TURQUOISEDEATH) release Love To Wither in 2023, a daring record that tells the story of a devout girl finding new life outside of faith and family.
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Sly hip-hop artist CLWDWLKR releases And Then… in 2023, a rich seven-track beat tape showcasing his ingenious creativity and relentless ambition.
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Southern gothic rock band Horse Culture release their debut record, House, in 2017, a gripping eleven-track record full of darkened shoegaze that displays their tense grooves and riveting noise.
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Imposing hardcore quintet The Get Off release their demo recording in 2021, an early glimpse of their melodic indignation that spirals into a whirlwind of exhilarating discord.
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Industrial club ruffian Impulse Control Disorder release The Reaching Out in 2021, a daring album that momentarily halts the decay of distortion to delve into melancholic grooves with eagerness and curiosity.
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Tight hardcore quartet 3:33 release their initial demo tape, 3 Visions Of Horror, in 2015, a fervent and fierce record that showcases their sharp blend of punk and thrash.
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Strident hip-hop duo Controlled Chaos release Chips On Cold Shoulders in 2023, a melodically charged album set to classic boom bap beats that let the verbal haymakers land with stunning force.
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Knotty punk band Brief Lives release their second EP, Never Last, in 2011, a thorny and edgy record that highlights post-hardcore influences within a stripped-down setting.
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Shadowy electronic conjurer ACITYASLEEP release Immortal in 2023, a four-track EP brimming with digital marvels that shimmer in the twilight, showcasing their masterful creativity.
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Pulsing rock quartet Lowlife Tea Party release Get It Together in 2021, a pageantry of punk ethos that moves through alternative, pop, and post-hardcore backdrops with ease and zeal.
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Furtive post-rock project Maple release A Common Perception in 2015, a vivid instrumental album that navigates through shadowy soundscapes infused with elements of hardcore, mathcore, and blackgaze.
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May 25th

Heavy metal moguls Alabama Thunderpussy release their fifth album, Fulton Hill, in 2004, their first with lead vocalist Johnny Wells that expanded on their pummeling hard rock sound.
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Dreampop luminary Sophie Colette releases Kisses From Clay Street in 2023, a lavish expansion of tender compositions, exquisitely crafted and brought to life through passionate performances.
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Rock mavens Make Phantoms release their self-titled record in 2010, an expansive overview of alternative and indie that extracts rich harmonies, echoing melodies, and soul-stirring grooves from the crowded landscape.
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Acoustic-folk duo Colin & Caroline release Cover Sessions, Vol. 2 in 2023, a five track release that offers a shining glimpse into the alternative sounds and pop reflections that ignite their creative spark.
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Effusive electronic envoy Wafers 3D release Tradwave Compline in 2022, an electronic reimagination of the Code of Rubrics split into Latin and English readings set against a backdrop of turn-of-the-century hallmarks.
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Thematic folk artisan Empty Stage release Transmissions To Trappist 1e in 2017, a melodic interpretation of signals from an Aquarian star, drawing parallels with terrestrial themes.
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I Make My Bed, Every Morning, Every Day release their self-titled record in 2018, a wildly diverse compilation record featuring alternative producers Chino Amobi, Noelle Manfredi, Kayla Rymer, & more!
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Lance Bangs members Collin Thibodeauxx & Ray Murdoch release This Isn’t Our Piano in 2021, a four-track split EP offering bright indie jaunts and knotty bedroom dissections.
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Experimental rap group Digital Hell releases Reproductive Behavior in 2017, a six song beat tape with twinkling melodies and pulsating rhythms that thrive in the subterranean music realm.
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Bedroom pop nightingale Josephine Painter release Rosco Mash in 2023, an assortment of memories, observations, and shower thoughts transformed into starry-eyed songs that shine brightly above their intimate recordings.
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Bluesy rap rock quartet Too Indecent release Burgatory in 2016, a cleverly crafted album that blends hip-hop energy with bluesy rhythms for a ear-turning affair.
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Digital herald Henry Lloyd Allen releases Composite in 2020, a thirteen-track collection of ambient reflections, spurting clamors, and hip-hop rotations that was built up over several years of recording.
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Lo-fi beatmaker Slyme releases Valley Tapes Vol. 3 in 2018, a spirited beat tape that blends animated grooves and samples into a relaxing chillwave soundscape.
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Black metal project Violent Spectrums release Infrasonic Psychosis in 2019, a chaotic three-track release that crackles above its lo-fi recording to torment and agonize.
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Ambient vagabond Formless Hours releases Love’s Desolation in 2018, a stark twenty-minute piece split into droning renunciation and yearning noise.
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May 24th

MC extraordinaire Nickelus F releases the Season Premiere mixtape in 2010, a vibrant release that brilliantly displays his intense drive and remarkable talent across sixteen bombastic tracks.
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Screamo titans Ostraca release their second record, Last, in 2017, a torrent of melodic anguish flowing through post-metal soundscapes, blending refined fury with controlled release.
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The Colloquial Orchestra releases Live At Bandito’s on Cherub Records in 2019, a thirty-minute live from the improvisational quartet performing on dulcitars custom-built and designed by Dave Watkins.
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Cinematic avant jazz ensemble Glows In The Dark releases Beach Of The War Gods in 2011, a melodic dynamo where diverse influences meld into a captivating musical expression.
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Hard-hitting acid rockers PRODUCER releases their self-titled EP in 2022, a thrilling surge of electric adrenaline split into five exciting jolts.
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Textural rock group Desert Beagles releases Sun Howling in 2023, a riveting instrumental showcase of the melodic essence found in emo, post-hardcore, and shoegaze sub-genres.
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Reverential garage duo The Bon Air Electric releases their self-titled record in 2023, a swerving ride through fuzz punk that highlights their genre-defying approach and fondness for crackly distortion.
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Experimental rap group Digital Hell release Ten Seventy One in 2018, a crackly and convulsive beat tape that moves with alarm and delights with ingenuity.
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Hardcore pugilists Dimension Six releases their demo record in 2023, a gruff and combative four-track glimpse into their savage timbre.
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Sharp alt-rockers ExKnives releases Witches And Skindivers in 2019, a bold album that transforms familiar sonic elements into a more powerful and refined sound.
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Cloud rapper MC NASDAQ releases My Horse in 2014, a misty hip-hop reflection characterized by its free-flowing lyricism and limitless expression.
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Recondite alternative musician Mikael releases Where Is My Spring? in 2018, a collection of lo-fi murmurs and ethereal musings set against an esoteric backdrop of tones and harmonies.
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Ambient wanderer Jorby Tender releases Put In A Good Word in 2019, a wide-eyed album that gracefully navigates through six poignant movements, offering a comforting musical embrace with an open mind and heart.
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May 23rd

Chiptune artisan F1NG3RS releases Lost Levels in 2022, a dense compilation of rarities and outtakes that comprise a musical DLC for his digital speedruns, a worthy accompaniment to a lavish discography.
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Hardcore punk band Cretins release their debut self-titled EP on Grave Mistake Records in 2014, a bruising six-track tape that delivers stiff musical assaults and ferocious vocal tirades with welcome intensity.
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Experimental sonic ruffian Mall Prowler release Tear In A Glass Eye on Anti-Everything in 2019, a shaky, spastic, and static-laden four-track tape that stitches together errant melodies and wandering rhythms, delivering a sharp sonic shock.
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Transfixing ambient composer Gregory Darden releases Forgotten Gardens in 2023, an enlightening record that provides a meditative journey through murmuring soundscapes, unveiling its own unique spirituality along the way.
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Electro debauchee Stephanie releases their self-titled record in 2016, a vivid showcase rooted in Italo disco and power noise that thrills and enchants with its digital creativity and melodic intrigue.
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Peripatetic folk musician Sequoia releases Lonesome As You Found Me in 2020, a moving record full of intimate reflections and vulnerable assertions that yearn with melodic sincerity across ten tender tracks.
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Cerebral ensemble CARDINAL release CARDINAL_DEMOS in 2019, a three-track preview of unreleased material that showcases their musical fascination and ear-turning wonder.
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Improvisational trio ADGROD releases “What Do You Want To Call It?” in 2018, a cheeky five-track record that further demonstrate the comedy trio’s quick wit and absurdist tone.
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Rich singer-songwriter Annie Mirage releases Marionette in 2022, an impressive showcase of refined talent set against a moving backdrop of styles that complement and enhance the riveting vocals and poignant lyrics.
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ENE releases BRAINFLOWR 1990 in 2021, a glimpse into the compelling sound of a storied punk quartet that excited Richmond from 1987 to 1990 with piercing sound and distorted resonance.
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Chillwave producer Solipsystems releases Soporificin in 2023, a burrowing eleven-track oeuvre of rhythmic fascination and melodic decoration that seems to bend time around tonal enchantments.
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Indie artist Coy Pond releases Pond Demos in 2021 through Rosewood Recordings, a three song EP that travels between wispy electric sounds and spacious acoustic echoes to relay its intimate reflections.
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Avant digital producer Yoki, The Casual Wzrd releases grey.weather.theory in 2016, an instrumental wonderland that spreads boundless creativity, expansive vision, and impressive skill across eight sly tracks.
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Lo-fi ruminator Levi Douthit releases their demo recording in 2019, a four-track intimate acoustic arrangement of their unique melodic inquiry that probes, comforts, and affirms.
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Demure ambient artist k a m i releases e x i t in 2019, a gossamer musical imprint that unfolds in three ethereal movements, each inviting curiosity and captivate with their stark, imaginative vision.
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May 22nd

Musical maestro Qing Richy releases Blue Chrysalis in 2023, a vibrant exploration of the queer black experience skillfully synthesized into versatile hip-hop sounds, creating a dynamic wonderland of expression.
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Hardcore punk band Government Warning release Arrested on Grave Mistake Records in 2007, a blistering four-track record that re-imagines SoCalHC with mid-Atlantic flair in a frenzied blaze of ferocity.
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Nuanced percussionist and composer Scott Clark releases his first album, A&B, in 2012, a vibrant and cerebral record credited to ScottClark4tet that also features Cameron Ralston, Bob Miller, & Jason Scott.
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Canny folk musician Saw Black releases Horsin’ Round in 2020, a stripped down album that blends studio sessions with Tascam recordings to deliver twangy and swaying introspection.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases Deadstock, Vol. 5 in 2020, another brief glimpse into the extensive back catalog of a bold and unwavering artist known for his prolific output.
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Hardcore rap act Prison Religion releases O FUCC IM ON THE WRONG PLANET in 2018, a compact cluster of virulence equally distributed out over six rabid tracks that gnaw, howl, and slither with gripping panic.
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Sage rock trio The Concussion Theory releases their self-titled record in 2014, a bold record that punches with pop punk conviction, comforts with emo grace, and bursts with alternative creativity.
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Electronic prospector Gardener releases their debut record, Wash, in 2013, a moving mosaic of synth textures, vocal harmonizations, ambient recordings, and droning static that will delight with finesse.
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Straight edge hardcore Cease 2 Resist releases Living Proof on Edgewood Records in 2016, a curt five-track sprint of punk ferocity that is welcome radicalization to any disillusioned soul.
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Death metal duo VORATOR releases their demo recordings in 2013, a glimpse of their thunderous roar through four relentless musical assaults.
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Noise auger A’naja releases Enthusiasm For Zero on Lustmurder Records in 2023, a turbulent four-track record that buzzes, crackles, and growls with a deep, penetrating intensity.
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Forceful hip-hop artist Millz releases R.A.W. in 2012, an energetic display of lyrical prowess and introspective themes set against a backdrop of dashing beats and clever samples.
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Synthwave sleuth Shadow Sequence release their self-title record in 2019, a vivid journey through of illusory soundscapes that captivates with electronic creativity and melodic control.
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Rustic troubadour a1232 releases Screw It, I’m Going Fishing. in 2021, a seven-track lo-fi recording capturing a fiddle and guitar duet underneath impassion tales of personal growth and loss.
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Digital hard rock linguist Silver Storm releases Turn To Ash in 2023, a driving collection of compositions inspired by the treasured bond between the Pallet Town hero and his faunal companions.
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May 21st

Emo adventurers Downhaul release their sophomore LP, Proof, in 2021, a reflection on personal growth that progresses the band’s sharp and affecting sound through ten piercing tracks.
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Cloud rap pioneer Black Kray releases City Of Doves on Goth Money Records in 2014, a bright spot in his crowded discography that presents his shadowy resonance at its most consistent, allowing him more chances to thrill and excite.
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Virtuosic MC Skinnyy Hendrixx releases The Smooth League Villain in 2021, a dense seventeen-track odyssey chronicling the personal journey of a wildly creative artist wielding astonishing lyrical, rhythmic, and melodic prowess.
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Doomgaze outfit Breaths release Isolera in 2022, a sweeping four-movement suite that revels in its construction of immersive soundscapes that drift through ambient, chillhop, and post-rock.
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Skinnyy Hendrixx & PT Vell release Case Closed in 2020, a collaborative EP from two gifted MCs who synergize their talent, creativity, and vision to craft something truly exceptional.
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Hard rock outfit Crushing Yellow Sun releases Primer ’18 in 2018, a thirteen-track collection of outtakes and B-Sides from his prolific catalog that reveal a never-ending wellspring of creativity.
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Sly hip-hop artist Flip Grimace releases Psyclone in 2023, a glib and deft nine-track record that entices with a voracious lyrical flow and pleases with its polished production.
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Nimble alt-rockers Daruma releases Bite Size in 2015, a jaunty and zesty five-track album that dances with lo-fi freedom while maintaining high fidelity, allowing its garage and psych tendencies to subtly blend beneath its pop sensibility.
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Progressive hip-hop artists The Honorable Sleaze and Graphic Melee release Graphic Sleaze in 2013, an EP pulsating with raw energy across four gritty tracks that flaunts visceral depth and force.
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Black metal duo Cultum Draculesti release their self-titled record on Moreau records in 2021, a stark release that draws inspiration from medieval archetypes, infusing its ominous sound with heightened dread and terror.
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Impassioned wordsmith Yung Sums releases Mayflower in 2019, a personal spin on conscious hip-hop that displays a compelling musical soul, blending vulnerable poise with affecting talent as he reaches for the brass ring.
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Soul-stirring singer-songwriter Sarah Labriny releases Strength Again in 2021, a tender and comforting six-track record that explores the creativity and insight that blossoms from deep spirituality.
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Suave hip-hop artist Roy Cota releases Tokyo Night Sky in 2019, a sleek twelve-track record blending stylish lyrics and rhythms that offers a refined portrayal of a crafty songwriting and recording.
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EDM designer Dreaddy Bear releases Spikey in 2020, a vibrant fusion of dubstep, funk, trip-hop, and reggae influences that yields a controlled chaos of melodic intensity.
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Sleek producer RWILLOW BEATS releases WAYVES Vol. 1 in 2017, a three-track beat tape that delights with tranquil yet billowing sounds that blend into soothing rhythmic fluctuations.
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May 20th

Skilled duo Holy River (fka Lobo Marino) release The Mulberry House in 2017, a bittersweet distillation of local history through a global sonic lens, presented in twelve enveloping tracks.
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Boisterous punk band Destructo Disk release their second album, Bad Gravity, in 2022, an electrifying collection of songs described as a “liminal space punk rock opera” that will delight, excite, and incite.
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Resonating chamber musician Ryan Irby releases Apogee in 2023, a striking array of rootsy folk and ambient pop that shifts its sharp resonance with each rewarding listen.
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Richmond Electronic Collective releases REC Vol.2 in 2013, the second installment showcasing the city’s flourishing collection of original beat music, featuring producers like DJ Harrison, Ant The Symbol, Profound79, F1NG3RS, DJ Mordecai, and more!
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Shadowy anarchist ensemble LOST TRIBE releases their self-titled record in 2012, a thrilling three-track album that delivers a powerful post-punk sound rooted in goth aesthetics and fueled by a sense of justified radicalism.
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One-man goregrind project Septemic Plague releases Creeping Flesh Horror in 2018, an abrasive blast of thundering drums, ripping guitars, and feral vocals spread across ten striking tracks.
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Dexterous hip-hop artist clwdwlkr releases Don’t Exist in 2019, a nine-track lo-fi wonderland of hazy soundscapes and persistent bars, all pulled from a teeming mind of sonic marvel.
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Experimental rap group Digital Hell release LP2 in 2019, a jittery record with six jarring tracks that perfectly relay their slanted melodic sense.
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Experimental rap group Digital Hell release Bleeding Virginia in 2020, a nine-track collection featuring decaying beats and murmuring vocals that embody the theme of distressing trickling.
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Vibrant MC 3waySlim releases MVP in 2019, a sparkling underground rap record built on jazzy flourishes and soulful ambiance across nine rewarding tracks.
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Ambient duo switchsystems (CybercrashersTV & TURQUOISEDEATH) releases The Death Of Taurus in 2023, an electronic album that shrewdly utilizes the backdrop of a decaying astrological phase to dissect the unfulfillment that sentience provides to all living things.
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Gnawing MC BIGHOMIE$LIM releases Mindfuck in 2018, a rabid hip-hop record that unleashes its lyrical fury over prowling beats with primal fury.
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Electrogoth project Song Of Chance releases Land in 2020, a cerebral post-punk record featuring three burrowing tracks that explore a vast and richly textured sonic landscape.
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Electronic producer Yokai releases Divine Origins in 2017, a ten-track collection showcasing his unique style of FDMSoul, characterized by its use of obscure sounds and soulful samples.
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Ambient collective Too Early, Too Late releases Seasoning in 2023, an expansive and piercing record that highlights the harsh dissonance of existence as well as its innate harmonic bliss.
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May 19th

Indie folk rock legends Carbon Leaf release their seventh album, Nothing Rhymes With Woman, in 2009, an ideal showcase of their signature songwriting ingenuity, featuring resonant lyrics and infectious melodies.
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Darkwave outfit Shadow Age release their debut EP, Silaluk, in 2015, a riveting three-track offering that relays stark beauty through tense melodies and anxious grooves.
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Hip-hop virtuoso Ohbliv release blk love frequency (a) in 2014, a passionate beat tape aimed at spreading and sharing love through rhythmic joy and wonder.
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Prolific musician Dave Watkins releases Odds + Ends in 2008, an eclectic collection of instrumental compositions showcasing wonder and creativity across several genres.
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Enterprising MC Delta Automatik releases The Dirty Larry Files: Swag Vs. Barz Vol. I on Gritty City Records in 2012, a dense record brimming with rhythmic treasures and lyrical richness.
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Crackly psych-garage duo Psychic Idols release Tiny Wire Animals in 2020, a sharp haze of lo-fi melodic wraiths that fully materialize in the fuzzy, slender spaces.
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DEBEA$$I & Nittz release Jordan & Pippen in 2023, a blueprint of melodic hip-hop triumph inspired by an iconic basketball duo on the cusp of greatness.
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Brian Jones Guitar Quartet release Wool in 2021, a jazzy take on Americana string harmonies that captures the essence of roots music while infusing it with imaginative improvisation.
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Granular hardcore group Hominid release their demo recordings in 2023, a four-track preview of their pulverizing sound that blows out receivers with concise punk assaults.
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Metal trio Cut The Architect’s Hand release Ahsential in 2020, a corrosive three song EP inspired by restlessness and apprehension from the early days of lockdown.
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Rousing MC Pandemic releases The Infection on Gritty City Records in 2012, a vivid journey through street rap that eerily foreshadowed events eight years down the line.
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Fantasy melodists Excellent Strategy Manuals Inc. release Hollow Mountain Adventures in 2019, an electronic journey through a mysterious landscape of hazard and treasures, relayed through sounds of FM synthesis.
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Rolling hip-hop artist Zo The Flopro releases P.O.T. (Pain Is Only Temporary) in 2012, a lyrical frolic over club romps and lounge relaxations that energizes with rhythmic flair.
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Cinematic synth composer blvcklvng releases The Witching Hour II in 2023, a gripping instrumental homage to classic horror soundtracks, packed with menacing electronic ingenuity.
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Industrious MC Lex Cartier releases Lost Tapes, Vol. 1 in 2023, a padded hip-hop record that collects demos and outtakes from a prolific two year period.
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May 18th

Burn The Priest aka Lamb Of God release Legion: XX in 2018, their second album under the name Burn The Priest after their 1999 debut which contains rousing covers of punk and metal legends.
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Canny folk musician Saw Black release Water Tower on WarHen Records and Crystal Pistol in 2018, a collection of vulnerable compositions that speak their truth while carrying bright optimism.
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Slick hip-hop duo Henny L.O. and Ohbliv release Sages in 2020, an all-around sturdy collection of tight bars and rich beats from two officers from the star-studded collective Mutant Academy.
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Metallic tyrants Mutually Assured Destruction release their first full-length record, Ascension, in 2022, a sharp eight-track record with heavy grooves directed by a towering voice and imposing riffs.
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Cagey garage rocker GHOSTS releases Black Sheep in 2017, a showcase of mellifluous songwriting delivered through gritty, lo-fi tones that excite with their contrast.
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Americana paladin Chris Leggett releases Some Odd Years in 2018, a piercing three-track EP that envelops with its rootsy aesthetic, evoking deep introspection and revelation.
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LORETTA ABERDEEN x JAK3 release Keys To The Game in 2022, a sprawling underground record that delights with sonic adventure across five entrancing tracks.
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Distinctive rock quartet Get In The Car release their self-titled album in 2016, a daring record that refines sprawling post-punk tracks with a noir sheen, delivering thrilling results.
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Perceptive multi-instrumentalist Eric Godsey releases Music For Minimal Tasks in 2015, a sonic relaxation comprised of improvised guitar loops enhanced and refined with clarity and poise.
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Bullish power trio Josie McQueen releases The Man Is A Thief in 2016, a brisk five-track record that encapsulates their ethos of “true rock, no frills” with clever vision.
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Glo-fi producer bigdummybeatz releases Breathe Life Into Me in 2021, an ambient meander distilled into a ten track beat tape featuring guest appearances from prime and clever musicians.
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Surfy lo-fi four-piece Solar Tantrums release their self-titled debut record in 2016, a wavy record that sparkles with inviting charm through its guitar strums and percussion taps.
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Multimedia magnate Tedikuma releases Cosmic Slop in 2018, a snazzy beat tape that utilizes space and sci-fi samples to build a sonic venture into the cosmos.
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Swinging math rockers Parentheses releases Pinhole Camera in 2013, an idiosyncratic representation of adjunct punk and post-rock that settles into a signature “shoebop” stroke of genius.
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Trickster rock quartet Turbo Mansion release Two Turbo in 2016, a six-track record bursting with melodic and lyric personality channeled through a lively electric sound.
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May 17th

Sprightly firebrands Little River Creek Police release their debut EP, Quiet The Ruckus, in 2018, a five-track record featuring five folk tracks drenched in punk spirit, a precursor to the clever skill of future scene champions Dead Billionaires.
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Hip-hop virtuoso Ohbliv releases CALEA Z. II in 2022, a dense eleven-track beat tape representing a pseudo post-punk phase for the prodigious producer.
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Chamber pop merrymaker Minor Poet releases his second record, The Good News, in 2019, a luminous and exuberant record that expands on his layered, sun-kissed sound with six infectious pop-rock tracks.
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Canny folk musician Saw Black releases Space Heater in 2019, a radiating four-song EP that provides an intimate and echoing presentation of his piercing songwriting.
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Crafty producer Profound79. releases Thug Library Vol.2 in 2015, a vivid and vibrant beat tape containing twenty-one captivating instrumentals that scurry and stomp with melodic ingenuity.
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Post Metal band Conductor releases their debut record, Icarus, in 2019, a daring record with three lengthy compositions exploring their dreamy yet jarring vision of doom rock.
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Curious punk zealots Reptile Planet releases The Lounge Lizzard Tape in 2019, a madcap of garage inspiration that’s funneled through ophidian inspiration for a peculiar yet original spin on a classic sound.
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Country revival chorale The Green Boys releases Oh Delia in 2013, a cross-section of bluegrass, honky-tonk, and folk that warms the soul with classic harmonies and steadfast authenticity.
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Sharp grunge stylists Chive Giants releases The Passion Blaze in 2020, a distorted decree of underground convictions relayed through pointed lyricism and riveting music.
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Grainy rock gathering Big Loud Awful Sound releases their debut record, News For The Hard Of Hearing, in 2019 with nine cagey tracks that contrast the lo-fi recording with a boundless sound.
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Indie folk artist Clint Maul releases Abound in 2020, a fitting showcase of modern Americana that glows in its lo-fi chirping and booms in its twangy scuttle.
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Madcap punk band Love Roses releases Stubborn in 2019, a three-song EP that pulls from the canon of pop music to build its raving sound with impish creativity and determined musicianship.
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Post-hardcore band Eaves releases Grey in 2019, an expansive two-song release featuring their signature brand of captivating tension that swells and relents with thrilling resonance.
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Piercing ambient artisan Interior Products releases Neutral To The Void in 2017, a murmur from the sub-conscious that unfolds over seven bubbling and germinating compositions.
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Lush electronic groover Buraza Kenmei releases Spring Baby in 2017, a resplendent collection of shimmering soundscapes drifting through neo-soul reflections and funk-pop exercises.
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May 16th

Transcendent hip-hop artist McKinley Dixon releases his second mixtape, The Importance Of Self Belief, in 2018, a remarkable ten-track project fueled by his profound sense of community that features an illustrious array of local musicians.
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Noisegrind legends SUPPRESSION release Placebo Reality in 2018, an arresting record containing 39 (!!) tracks that encompass 70 (!!!) individual compositions, highlighting the endless creativity of underground noise.
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Blistering hardcore band Killing Pace release their debut self-titled record in 2022, a rapid-fire seven track onslaught of grinding musical bedlam that will thrill any fan of death metal or hardcore punk.
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Cross-functional rap paragon Sap Evans releases Albatross in 2023, a vibrant hip-hop mixtape that continuously flows as a unified entity, showcasing diverse beats, skilled lyricism, and infectious energy.
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Speed rock outfit U.S. Bastards release Totally Fucked in 2015, a gritty revelation that deftly stretches the frenetic allure of hardcore punk over several minutes, crafting a fully realized sonic experience.
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Punchy punk quartet Equestrians release Ten Hopeless Hymns For The Hopeful in 2011, a sharp nine-track record that deftly navigates the battered border between hardcore and pop punk with true melodic clout.
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Richmond multi-media collective Subterranea releases Between The Two Volume 03: Hematoma & Antiphons in 2014, a dual release featuring the stripped down sounds of two riveting local musical acts.
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Gnawing hip-hop artist Quagen! releases PĘRCS 4 MORONS in 2023, a trilling release vaulting from cloud rap to alternative hip-hop with lyrical conviction driving the melodic murmurs and rhythmic agility.
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Electronic artist Stormglove releases their debut self-titled record in 2021, a shifty record featuring four outstretched tracks that dart between bright dubstep and expansive synthwave.
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Experimental artist Mebus releases Live At Toronto Noise Fest Presents: Noise Online in 2020, a crackling release capturing a three-song set from quarantine that served as a highlight for the first day of the underground festival.
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May 15th

Avant-noise ensemble Dumb Waiter release their fourth album, Tsk, in 2020, a refined approach to their off-kilter brand of mathy jazz permutations that thrills with audacious flair.
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Electronic prospector Gardener releases Calm Down in 2020, a lengthy six song record that offers restorative electronica shifting from ambient droning to bustling soundscapes.
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Misanthropic sludge rock duo THUNDERCHIEF release No Sufferance For Thy Fools in 2020, a pummeling and fracturing record that prods with melodic frustration and rhythmic intensity.
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Fan Ran & Starr Nyce release KINTSUKUROii in 2020 on Gritty City Records, a verbose showcase of hip-hop sincerity and authenticity across shrewd samples and wily production.
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Ardent pop punkers Battleghost release Transient in 2014, a rollicking record that unpacks a bevy of rhythmic punches and melodic jolts in a brisk yet memorable runtime.
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Searing & Sunkjaw release Something That A Friend Sends You in 2020, a four song split tape of resonant acoustic tracks from two sharp punk bands.
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Local hip-hop icon Noah-O releases Deadstock Vol. 4 in 2020, another entry into his outtake series that offers a sneak peek into his abundant back catalog.
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Prolific hard rock outfit Dead Panda releases Volume 4 in 2019, the first release from their teaming catalog with vocals, infusing their signature fuzz with a distinct hardcore edge.
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itslolita & Digital Hell release Murder: Legalized in 2021, a coarse but refined beat tape that injects engrossing soul into chaotic distortions in a surprising success.
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Sonic revelers Silhouettes Vs. The Sun release Noise in 2018, a pastiche of art rock instrumentals and avant-pop expressions that thrills with whimsical vision and slick finesse.
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Screamo trio The Blue Letter releases Love Is Not Control in 2012, a stark five act musical movement that examines the degradation of despair and frustration with precise catharsis.
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Psych garage band Black Naked Wings release White Wall in 2017, a vibrant lo-fi record that uses the sparse recording technique to augment the psychotropic tones bouncing around the sharp rock sound.
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Sequestered experimental artist mnemonic releases device in 2022, a self-described “collection of sonic reveries and memories” that jars, jolts, and distorts with manic ease.
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Truculent noisegrind project Baseball Players release Skeleton Sparks in 2023, a showcase of curt vocal distortions and wry dissonant machinations across ten industrial exercises (and one prelude).
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Digital hard rock linguist Silver Storm releases Pokémon Metal in 2017, a hardened and distorted reimagination of the world of Galar, Alola, Johto, and Kanto.
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May 14th

Dynamic post-rockers Shapes In The Water release their debut EP, We Were Giants Once, in 2019, a thrilling and invigorating six-track record that establishes their glistening brand of atmospheric tones and resonant emotion.
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Towering electronic visionary Ki:Theory releases Centrifugal in 2019, a daring album that breathes life into alternative soundscapes with synthesized ingenuity, encapsulating the chaos of industrial music and the raw energy of grunge.
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Versatile folk ensemble Dharma Bombs release their debut EP, Bird Dog Basement Tapes, in 2016, a lively record featuring five bustling roots jams that intertwine rustic melodies with soul-filling lyrics.
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Hard rock outfit Crushing Yellow Sun releases Space Station in 2016, a sprawling thirteen-track odyssey that transports listeners to distant galaxies through a kaleidoscopic journey of psychedelic acid rock.
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Rabid hardcore quartet Future Terror releases Toxic Greed in 2018, a hybrid promo tape that serves as a jarring and jostling preview of their 2019 record Plague.
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Experimental outfit Intercontinental Champ releases Death At The Folies-Bergère on lustmurder records in 2022, a grinding harsh noise record with a subtle undercurrent of pop rock structure.
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Rogue folk project Itchy Hearts releases Tried To Be Punk in 2011, an acoustic driven record detailing that stripes the distortion away from the anti-establishment genre to reveal the piercing and resonant themes lying bare underneath.
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Indie rock collective Crystal Flowers release 2 Weeks & Some Change in 2019, a vivid and compelling snapshot of eighteen days of songwriting and recording inspired by Japanese Breakfast’s 2013 album June.
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Cerebral ensemble CARDINAL releases Tension Rod / One Wing in 2019, a dual single that balances the weighty intensity of post-hardcore with the poignant fervor of emo, crafting a dreamy amalgamation of raw emotion and overdriven passion.
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Booming hip-hop duo Isaiah & Hovey release Dante’s Love Inferno Machine in 2010, a bold and fearless record that rattles from the low end while delighting in the register.
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Anti-genre project Electric Couch releases Thereby Everything Ends, Everything Ends Badly in 2018, an elastic record that defies stylistic norms with impish audacity, effortlessly weaving through genres with amorphous ease.
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Bracing MC Uriyah releases L-A-T-E in 2011, a brisk and popping hip-hop record brimming with sharp lyricism, inventive production, and melodic charm.
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Sweeping production whiz LithiumGod releases Deep Soul 2 in 2014, an immersive beat tape that pushes moving hip-hop beats from the club into the ether, where it rockets with delights.
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Roguish avant trio REAL TIME releases Real Time Vol. 2: Case Studies in 2018, an exercise in rhythmic noise and distortion spread across three roaming musical minds.
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Hip-hop chronicler Real Talk releases Testimony Of A Masquerade in 2015, a sincere expression of personal strife and triumph over sleek and crisp production.
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May 13th

Richmond folk-punk legend Tim Barry releases Raising Hell & Living Cheap in 2014, his first solo live record that displays his thrilling presence and enduring sound across eighteen firebrand tracks.
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Johnny Ciggs & Fan Ran releases Elegance on Gritty City Records in 2015, a polished representation of a grimy sound that revels in its musical self-assurance across fourteen bold tracks.
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Hip-hop virtuoso ohbliv releases SLPHNC III in 2016, a silky-smooth beat tape that decorates his abundant catalog with eighteen soulful instrumentals that beckons listeners to immerse themselves fully.
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Dynamic rock quartet Rough Age release their debut EP, Blank Eyes, in 2022 with four raucous tracks that offer punk bluster and indie ingenuity in a potent mix that feels fresh, raw, and vital.
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Shimmering ensemble Colpa Mia release their debut EP, Honey, in 2022, an enveloping record with six artfully crafted compositions that resonate with brilliance and wonder.
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Richmond ambient icon VonnBoyd releases The Days I Remember in 2023, a six-track sway through smooth hip-hop beats and tranquil textural tones, transitioning effortlessly from rhythmic drive to melodic serenity.
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Garage rock band Hot Dolphin release their second and final record, Singles Club, in 2015, a mini-compilation for Negative Fun Records that encapsulates their frantic musical glory that is endlessly riveting.
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Orphic songstress Tiara Mustafa releases TRIBE in 2023, an enchanting and magnificent two-song EP that conjures misty harmonies and resonant charm to breathe life into sweeping soundscapes.
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Dexterous string picker Jack Wirth releases Bad Spirits in 2016, a lively fusion of folk melodies that delve deep into the genre’s origins while also branching out into new, uncharted territories, painted with noir and avant affection.
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Recondite mountain folk quartet Secret Moths release their live demo recording in 2017, a composite recording taken from a Gallery5 set that showcases hauntingly beautiful harmonies, echoing across three raw and visceral tracks.
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Peripatetic folk musician Sequoia releases Bullfighter in 2022, a sincere roots expression that explores bluesy folk across moving floral ballads with time-honored prudence.
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Versatile electronic artist Frank Storey releases Nocturnal Admissions in 2023, a masterful distillation of moody introspection and wide-eyed exploration, directed by a sharp musical mind.
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Bubbling MC AB BADD releases Where Is My Spacepod?!! in 2022, an effusive hip-hop record that pairs manic lyrical creativity with sleek production, embodying a juxtaposition of boundless creativity.
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Art rock duo Oscarina releases The Glimmer And Din in 2019, a sprightly record bursting with inventiveness and artistry that infuses krautrock grooves with avant sensibility and lo-fi charm.
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Grungy post-rock trio Dorris McKinnon releases All These Songs Sound The Same. in 2017, a spacious and fretful record that blends together tones of agitation, mirroring the angst-laden sentiments expressed throughout the album.
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May 12th

Holistic folk enchanters Holy River (fka Lobo Marino) release We Hear The Ocean in 2015, a dynamic folk record that tears down musical and imperial borders to deliver a sweeping collection of songs.
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Alternative paladins Gnawing release Modern Survival Techniques in 2023, an excellent rock record that blow out the walls on its garage sound with punk vigor and southern insight.
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Post-hardcore champions Followship release Stigma in 2023, a gripping record that focuses its melodic chaos and technical angst into shifty and crafty compositions.
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Versatile folk ensemble Dharma Bombs release their debut full-length album, Old Time Romance, in 2017, a twelve-song collection of stirring roots music showcasing curious and creative prowess.
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Relaxed musical polyglots Camp Howard release Juice on Egghunt Records in 2017, a forceful gust of indie rock featuring tight grooves and fuzzy, elastic riffs.
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Richmond sonic visionary Tennishu releases Forward in 2023, an astounding six-song EP that uses bustling hip-hop and exuberant soul to distill expansive ambition.
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Cunt Puncher & Poorly Wrote Suicide Notes release The Lowest Of Low in 2023, a split tape that vividly illustrates the striking parallels between jarring screamo and combative grindcore.
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Elastic MC Ben FM releases his second album, Ben FM Comes Alive, in 2015 on Gritty City Records, a recording that captures the live energy of an infectious and ingenious artist.
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Hip-hop docent Skinny V releases Skinny Vercitti, Vol. 1 in 2023, a five-track peer into the restless mind of a lyrical mason that’s at the height of his sonic craftmanship.
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Murmuring hip-hop duo TH3 & Sahir Sensation release TLOT in 2018, a rhythmic and lyric romp through crisp beats and fresh melodies that pops with sonic flair.
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Doom metal five piece The Astral Void releases Mandragora in 2019, a conceptual examination delving into the vivid precursor and the abstract aftermath of peering into the abyss.
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Richmond ambient icon VonnBoyd releases Seclusion in 2020, an enveloping six-track record that marks the 47th (!!) entry in his sweeping and scenic discography.
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Conscious hip hop artist God Goldin releases The Adventures Of Polo Rogers in 2012, a self-described odyssey that weaves through classic and vital beats with pure lyrical clarity.
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Intense metal outfit Shredded releases Simex Erasure in 2023, a blistering assailment of relentless grindcore with pressing aggression and driving intensity.
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Musical polymorph GEORGIE releases Dogpile in 2023, a brisk jaunt through bedroom pop, indie rock, synthpop, and neo-soul that offers emotive observations and memorable melodies.
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May 11th

MC extraordinaire Nickelus F releases his tenth record, Stuck, in 2018, a towering manifestation of lyrical ingenuity and rhythmic control, proudly showcasing the evolution of an endlessly captivating musician.
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Adventurous rock quartet Prabir Trio releases Haanji in 2021, an electrifying & enlightening record fusing heartland rock with raga melodic modes, an innovative blend that earned them a nomination for the inaugural Newlin Music Prize!
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Nuanced percussionist and composer Scott Clark releases his second album, ToNow, in 2018, a daring musical suite that explores indigenous heritage in light of the Standing Rock protests.
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Hi-fi indie rocker Gold Connections releases Popular Fiction in 2018, an ear-turning display of power pop that showcases warm lyricism, irresistible melodies, and sharp musicianship.
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Twangy lo-fi project Nerve City releases Sleepwalker in 2010, a striking record steeped in stannic tones and echoing resonance that mixes static, crackles, and hiss into its own melodic language.
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Ardent punk quartet Battleghost release Don’t Be A Hero in 2013, an expressive release that deftly intertwines the nuances of alternative, emo, and pop punk genres with skillful precision.
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Sprinting punk quartet Cross Eyed release their self-titled record in 2014, an ear-cracking affair that tears through melodic binges that pull firmly from pop punk, skate punk, and melodic hardcore.
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Ray Murdoch & Collin Thibodeauxx release their split EP in 2021, a sharp peer into the minds of two awry and mordant musicians with a idiosyncratic sound that’s instantly compelling.
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President Sam & Stay Here release their split EP in 2018, a four-track blast of emotional punk music that vaults from poppy, punchy expressions to more contemplative, angsty ruminations.
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Instrumental math rockers Midair release Bop Sock in 2010, a shifty and adroit record that exhibits the best of the quirky sub-genre’s bold promise and original talent.
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Rock group Sadartha release their second album, Eden, in 2018, a fiery continuation of their aggressive blend of underground sub-genres from garage psych to stoner rock.
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Truculent noisegrind project Baseball Players releases Debut in 2023, a cacophony of sonic groans, melodic squeals, and convulsive feedback that plays out through four brief, but unrelenting tracks.
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Southern gothic bard Bean Weatherford releases his self-titled album in 2015, an alt-country presentation of tinny reflections, echoing croons, and noodling melodies.
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Freak folk act Zenith Mountain Band releases Harrison Colby And The Zenith Mountain Band in 2012, a lively blend of Americana tones and psychedelic expressions across eight crafty tracks.
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Gruff hip-hop artist C4 releases Portrait Of A Wise Guy in 2011, a bumping and clacking record that draws from rap meccas like Atlanta and Memphis to build its own swinging sound.
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May 10th

Punk legends Avail release their third album, 4am Friday, in 1996, a seminal release in Richmond’s storied rock history that continues to resonate with fans thanks to its raw energy, impassioned lyrics, and unapologetic authenticity.
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Emo melodic advisers DOWNHAUL release Squall in 2023, a four-track record that showcases their melodic finesse at its most nuanced, further accentuating their narrative richness and sonic drive that elevates their music.
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Richmond sonic visionary Tennishu releases Triple Trey in 2019, a soulful wonderland of jazz & hip-hop that celebrates over 12,000 days in this world, later re-imagined as Butcher Brown’s hit 2022 record.
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Richmond music pillar DJ Harrison releases Vault Series #6: Trio 1967 in 2014, the sixth installment for his ongoing series that peers into the copious archives of an ambitious and creative visionary.
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Antifolk singer-songwriter Benjamin Shepherd releases his second album, Hold The Line, in 2019, a nine-track record that seamlessly blend northern folk influences with southern roots, resulting in poignant lyricism that resonates deeply.
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Hip-hop virtuoso ohbliv releases Give Thanks in 2019, a highlight from his overwhelming discography that features beats and loops inspired by familial pride and sincere gratitude.
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Poignant powerhouse Hotspit release their demo recording in 2019, a sparse three-track recording that captures the raw emotion of their songwriting, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the band’s stirring sound.
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Sensational textural rockers White Laces release their compilation in 2011, a combination of their outstanding self-titled EP and impressive singles released prior to their debut album, Moves.
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Musical shapeshifters Rattlemouth release their seventh album, Precious Standing, in 2020, another bold entry in their daring discography that blends elements of free jazz and art rock with folk compositions and progressive jams.
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Jazz ensemble Hallahan/Larrabee/Pharr/Jones release Summer Song in 2022, with nine tracks presenting the nimble talent and pure genius of the four marvelous musicians.
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Austere multi-instrumentalist Brian Markham releases Bat In The Baptismal Room in 2019, a stark record that echoes through cavernous soundscapes with visceral lure and melodic fascination.
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Industrial artist Pain Generator releases Prelude 2.0 in 2020, an eremitic four-track record that darts firmly between tense ambiance and disorientating noise.
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Alt-country bard Eric Hunter releases Live And Learn To Love It in 2010, a rollicking presentation of reflective and penetrating songwriting that’s elevated thanks to the backing efforts of melodic rock charmers Horsehead.
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Curious punk quartet BUTT release B҉A҉D҉ S҉E҉X҉ in 2019, a record full of gritty and barking songs stylized with typesetting glyphs that showcase their offbeat approach to classic dissension.
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Metal guitarist Mack Thompson releases Scrap Metal in 2018, a collection of four improvisational tracks that explores free metal with a receptive mindset in order to gain a deeper understanding of distorted harmonic blueprints.
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Progressive folk melodist Brother Rutherford releases Tunneling in 2019, a striking instrumental meditation on serenity and passion that inspires and delights across nine wide-eyed tracks.
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Slump and True Body release their Split EP in 2017 on Citrus City Records, a manic sprint of hardcore ethos and heavy psych fascination that plays out through four searing tracks.
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Prolific producer Sleeping Awake releases Future Noir 001: 3am Chilldown in 2014, a twelve-track late night simmering meditation through flashy soundscapes with jazzy grooves & hip-hop punches.
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Post-twee wayfarers Cream Dream release Bright Idea in 2017, a striking indie rock record that excels with tempered drive, propelling itself past laid-back genres with ease and excitement.
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Multi-instrumentalist Eric Eckhart releases Touching Grass in 2021, an animated electronic array with five bustling tracks that twinkle with hectic creativity.
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HeadlessMantis and vvuumm release their split, ∆TRRRASHCRYSTALRADIO∆, in 2017, a boundary-pushing release that soars with krautrock, acid rock, and post rock inspiration.
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Crafty producer lovenloops releases Bev Lives On in 2019, a passionate four track beat tape that serves as a beloved tribute to parental guidance and affection.
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Poet Jamil Jasey releases the spoken word record The Eden in 2012, a lively offering with six quatrains that are given new life when paired with jazzy loops.
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Glowing underground artist Devo XO releases L’Appel Du Vide in 2023, a brief beat tape that highlight the fine line between profundity and devastation within our subconscious.
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Grueling deathcore group Burn Defiance releases Mortal Desecration in 2023, a four-track march through emotional decay and gratifying frustration that rouses as much as it astonishes.
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Diffusive wordsmith Lil Greg The Bastard releases Bury Me In Hollywood in 2014, a sharp hip-hop release that wraps crafty and impressive flows around laid-back beats and clacking rhythms.
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Indie folk project Americans Abroad releases Mother’s Day in 2021, a three-song EP that draws inspiration from the Earthbound / Mother video game series, recorded just in time for the matriarchal holiday.
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Electropunk artist BLEACHEDGOAT releases MINU_s in 2018, a spastic and capricious four-track record that pits rhythm and melody against each other in a spacious arena.
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Chamber folk musician Biasco Ballroom releases Film in 2020, a collection of late ’90s recordings that showcase minimalist arrangements extracting expressive exegesis.
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Riveting singer-songwriter Deau Eyes releases her debut album, Let It Leave, in 2020, a stunning and captivating introduction into the dazzling world of a passionate melodic artisan.
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Rabid hardcore quartet Future Terror releases We’re All Fucked in 2017, an onslaught of festering despair and blistering frustration that sprawls over six caustic tracks.
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Local hip-hop icon NOAH-O releases Deadstock Vol. 3 in 2020, another popping collection of B-Sides and outtakes showcasing his prolific and dynamic output.
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Metal outfit HOLDEN releases their debut album, Ursa Minor, in 2020, a searing meld of doom, sludge, and progressive sounds stretched across five teeming tracks.
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Cloud rap journaler ayefelon releases Praxis Project in 2020, a chop-building exercise that showcases melodic curiosity, rhythmic discipline, and lyrical drills.
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Traditional country bard Norris releases The River That Took My Brother in 2020, a soothing and delightful record containing three original and one reimagination set to the warm sounds of strings ranging from banjo to pedal steel.
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Electronic textural artificer Landis Wine releases his demo recordings in 2023, a digital imprint of melodic and rhythmic fascination that shows both expansive appreciation and slender detail.
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Noise pop duo Blare releases Breathe / Late in 2020, a piercing dual single release that serves as an exciting precursor to the garage heroics of Dazy.
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Forceful alt-rock quartet Go & Tell releases their debut album, Childish Air, in 2015, a starry-eyed rock record bursting with youthful optimism and insightful verisimilitude.
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Hip-hop crooner snsKeem releases PureEmotions in 2023, a gritty exhibition of passionate sensations delivered through three trilling and filling tracks.
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Sterling hip-hop artist Korporal K releases Overtime in 2023, an enthralling record featuring Yung Rettro, Phantom, and Go$$ip that brims with sincerity, clarity, and ingenuity.
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Avant-garde musician kamika releases .g .h in 2019, a snapshot of exercises, demos, and conceptions, errantly named to reflect their free-form identity.
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