SØF Release New Track "Ghosts"

East Brunswick's very own, SØF has taken some time to do some re-branding, allowing herself to take on a new persona! Shedding away her initial pop tracks, SØF delves into a feisty and organic sound. She plans to release multiple singles throughout the first half of 2017, hoping to maintain a wave of momentum through her natural ability to write descriptive, personified indie tracks, all tinged with a hint of relatable pop. 

To do so, SØF has released her single, "Ghosts" which you can check out below!

About the tracks, SØF states: “Writing “Ghosts” was admittedly a massive therapy session for me. For years, I dealt with a unforgiving urge to cling to the past and hold onto the memories of people who hurt me. I wanted so badly to be the girl who is unaffected by all of that, and “Ghosts” was my way of faking it until I could make it.”

For more on SØF, check out her social media below!

SØF:  Facebook // Website

FRTNK Drop Track & It's Guaranteed To Make You Dance

L.A. based hip-hop trio, FRTNK (pronounced Fourteen K) have released their new track ‘Let Go’ exclusively on Afropunk in the wake of their latest EP, Perplex City.

Classified as alternative hip-hop, the trio pays homage to the classic sounds of the genre while drawing comparisons to world-renowned such as Outkast, The Gorillas, and The Neptunes. ‘Let Go’ is a song for a new generation of relationships that walks a fine line between a serious and emotional R&B track and a ‘too cool for love’ rap track while taking all of the best elements from both. The track is an incredibly danceable upbeat song that conveys the struggle of wanting something you can’t have in today’s modern relationships. 

On the topic of the track, FRTNK had this to say: “It's about the game of wanting and missing somebody when you can't have them, but when they are there 'somehow' things still don't work. It's that endless circle we experience and know we should probably reject, but still find ourselves stuck in the loop. We are saying it's time to 'Let Go' of that."

Check out the video below!

Comprised of members, Benjamin Aragbaye, Bryan Ramos, and Barin Butler, FRTNK are quickly gaining momentum in LA, on their social media outlets, and on Spotify where their album Perplex City is doing extremely well. Each member has been studying music from a young age and every one of their tracks effortlessly blends ideas from competing genres to make a sound all their own.

You can listen to ‘Let Go’ above, and be sure to check out their social media pages to stay up to date with all things FRTNK!

FRTNK: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud

When Thieves Are About Share 'Youth Decay'

Photography: Chris Weiser

Photography: Chris Weiser

When Thieves Are About have started to really take over the genre blending scene!

A nice mix between pop-punk and hardcore, When Thieves Are About recently released their latest single, "Youth Decay." The track takes it's place as the first official single that When Thieves Are About shared! Released back on March 25th, "Youth Decay" sports the energy and meaning that fans appreciate, while also trying something new!

Check it out below!

With the energy of hardcore, and the spirit of pop-punk, "Youth Decay" is definitely a track worth listening to. It makes The Hook excited for what else is in store from When Thieves Are About, and having shared the stage with acts like Senses Fail, Comeback kid, Transit, Man Overboard, We came as Romans, and The Wonder Years you definitely want to keep them on your radar as well!

Definitely check out this track, and When Thieves Are About via their social media below!

When Thieves Are About: Facebook

Summer Scouts Announce Debut Album

Summer Scouts, the five piece from Allentown, PA, gears up to release their album, Furthest Reach on May 20, 2016. The group formed in 2013 and has been preparing this masterpiece for three years now, with the intentions of making music that has emotive instrumentals and catchy hooks. 

With a sound completely organic and like no other, they are best known for their mix of pop and post-rock. Before the album releases, the band will bless their fans with a sneak-peak of the album on their tour. That begins on April 23, 2016 in Amity Teen Center in Woodbridge, CT, then will be heading to New Jersey, Long Island, and Upstate New York. While the finale will take place in Pittsburg, PA just before their album release.

The album consists of ten tacks including “Olympic White,” - a tune that created a lot of buzz in 2015. Check out the track-list below!

1. Diamond Days
2. Seafoam
3. Olympic White
4. Vessel
5. Once Lived
6. April
7. Carry On
8. Telepathy
9. Flares
10. Fight Off All The Years

For more info on Summer Scouts, take a peek at their social media!

Summer Scouts: Website

Unwritten Law Release Music Video

2016 has been a wild year for Unwritten Law - and they can't be stopped!

The Punk legends revisited their "The Celebration Song," which originally appeared on their fifth studio album, Here's To The Mourning. Yesterday, the band partnered with Alternative Press to unleash their cosmic music video for the famed single, which can be viewed here. The music video comes just a week after the band unveiled their eighth studio album, Acoustic, which can be heard in its entirety only on KROQ.

You can check out the new video for "Celebration," below!

Go ahead and check out Acoustic now, available everywhere!
For more info on Unwritten Law & what they're up to, check out their links!

Unwritten Law: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Andrea Nardello Releases New Track

Andrea Nardello - a folk artist based out of Philadelphia, PA (represent) recently released a new track after making the announcement for her upcoming EP, Fire!

Fire is expected out on April 15th via Noble Steed Music. As Nardello's latest project she's released the title track, "Fire" in anticipation! The artist partnered with AfterEllen for an exclusive premier of the track!

Meanwhile, Nardello had this to say about her release, "When I wrote 'Fire' I thought about life and how often you need to pick yourself back up after being broken. We as individuals need to keep our internal light burning. No one else can do that for you. Life is short so it's critical to feed your soul, enjoy what you do, and figure out what lights you up."

Andrea has been busy touring in support of her EP, entitled ECHO, opening for Brandi Carlile, Tony Lucca, Gabe Dixon, Ron Pope, and Emerson Hart of Tonic fame. Andrea's refined accessibility draws from folk, rock, soul, and even the swagger of hip-hop. Andrea is once-again collaborating with trusted producer Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Josh Joplin) for this emotional new EP.

For more info on Andrea Nardello, check out here links below!

Andrea Nardello: // Facebook // Twitter // Youtube // SoundCloud

Plaid Brixx Share New Single

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Indie Pop act, Plaid Brixx just released their newest single, "The Greener Side!"

The single marks their 2016 return - which follows the announcement of their upcoming summer EP! “The Greener Side,” was recently named “Best Song of the Month” by Songwriter Universe. Co-written by Plaid Brixx founder, Chris Duggan, and fellow NYU Alumni, Melody Noel, as well as co-written and produced by Nelson Kyle (Hyro Da Hero) and Mike Molina (John Legend, Fifth Harmony.)

The Greener Side is the follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP, Chemistry, including a nomination for one of the “Best Rock EPs of 2014” by the Annual Independent Music Awards.   Singer-songwriter Chris Duggan brings prodigious talent to the table with the ability to play multiple instruments including the guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, ukulele, trombone, and even the mandolin!

You can check out "The Greener Side," on youtube, or on iTunes & Amazon for purchase!

And if you're interested in more info on Plaid Brixx, check out what they're up to on their social media!

Plaid Brixx: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Night Argent Deconstructs Track

On March 24th, Night Argent debuted a deconstructed version of their track, "Nothing More Beautiful." 

The track is from their upcoming self-titled EP, and has been a hit with listeners - amping people up for Night Argent's April 22 release. Night Argent stripped down the song, adding a cello and vocal beatbox accents, giving the original arena rock song a saucy, seductive feel. 

"A couple months ago our manager asked us if we'd be willing to put together an acoustic version of our first single 'Nothing More Beautiful' as a bonus track for our EP. We loved the idea, but didn't want to play the exact same arrangement as the original just on acoustic instruments. We wanted to take the sound we created and deconstruct it, rebuild it with a new arrangement, and a completely new vibe. 'Nothing More Beautiful' has always had a big sound, so we decided to challenge ourselves and bring out a more chill and raw ambience to the track, while maintaining the emotional impact of the original." - Chase Manhattan

You can check out the track above on youtube!

For more info on Night Argent, check out their social media below!

Night Argent: Website // Facebook // Twitter // YouTube // Instagram