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Wallice - “Hey Michael”

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On the song “Hey Michael,” new LA-based artist Wallice launches a no-holds-barred attack on those boys that too many girls have had to deal with. “‘Hey Michael’ is a revenge anthem for anyone who has encountered a gaslighting, manipulative person,” the songwriter recently explained. “It’s what I wish I would have said to all the ‘Michaels’ I have met in my life. It can be substituted by many names, we all know or have met a ‘Michael,’ though.” Here, Wallice cleverly takes a catchy indie-pop vibe and washes it in angst to create a whimsical punch in the face to “Michaels” everywhere. The song comes from her debut EP “Off The Rails,” which arrives later this summer.


Allison Russell - “Nightflyer”

Allison Russell (of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago) is going it alone for a new album, “Outside Child,” due out May 21. On it, she’s pulled from the most personal aspects of her life to create the song “Nightflyer.” Russell recently said the song’s lyric “I am the mother of the evening star / I am the love that conquers all” is “the most defiantly triumphant, hopeful line I’ve ever written. … That’s about the birth of my daughter and how that transformed me.”


Red Fang - “Arrows”

“Arrows” is the newest album from veteran Portland rock outfit Red Fang. Once again, they’ve joined forces with producer (and member of The Decemberists) Chris Funk. “It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” guitarist and vocalist Bryan Giles said of working with their long-time collaborator. The title song, “Arrows,” perfectly captures the classic, crunchy, fuzzed-out hard rock sound that will most assuredly awaken the inner teenager in their long time fans while showing newer generations how it’s done.

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