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David Karl Roberts broods in new folk single "Walking in the Rain"

Few showers can match the splendor of those that wash over Portland, Maine, be it on a hot summer morning or a chilly fall evening. David Karl Roberts draws inspiration for his sinister folk single “Walking in the Rain” from such ambiances: whistles, ominous, bluesy guitar riffs, and the harmonious dance of Roberts’ experienced voice with musician Molly Ladd’s confident tone mimics the tranquility before the storm. “Walking in the Rain” carries the atmosphere of New England’s dark corners, bathed in its folk tradition, and timeless enough for all sorrows and passions; stream the new single below, pour a drink, the week is early. - René Cobar 

X-Ray calls for unity in new single “Live & Die In America”

Roslindale, Massachusetts, can be proud of its artists when it is those like X-Ray that lead the way. The resident rapper takes a stand and bares his soul in his latest single “Live & Die In America,” which comes during a time when the message deployed hits hardest. X-Ray flows with conviction, to a beat by Urban Nerd Beats that is both melancholic but uplifting at the same time. X-Ray does call in its lyrics for unity, for recognition of broken systems, and ultimately for a rediscovering of the human spirit that seems so faded right now. For a weekend of reflection, stream “Live & Die In America” below. - René Cobar

Aakash Sridhar assembles serious talent in new single "Road to Oman"

Featuring a cast of talented musicians such as Joey Rosin, Art Baden, Pritesh Walia, Ron Cha, Masaaki Saito, and Aman Jagwani, the talents of composer Aakash Sridhar are evident in his latest single “Road to Oman.” The 6-minute piece is a riveting tale told with the class that only intricate instrumentation that includes graceful piano leads, complex basslines, and soft cymbal hits could provide. The sonic story is tailored for a unique listener experience: each individual can take from the music his or her own set of memories-sparked, wrapped in silky-smooth saxophone embellishments. For a Tuesday afternoon and beyond, “Road to Oman” fits; stream the single below for a taste of real class, and wait for that guitar majesty at the 5-minute mark. - René Cobar

The Flower Pistils experiment in new single "Oooh Banana"

Was it so long ago that the now infamous duct-taped banana at Art Basel made headlines around the world? When you listen to The Flower Pistils’ (Emma Gies and Micah Huang) art-pop single “Oooh Banana,” you feel you are eating it yourself. The song experiments with electronic influences and suggestive themes that defy the group’s usual indie-pop label; fuck labels. Mechanical but groovy, abstract yet profound, you can savor the single as you like. As the rhythm trots and intensifies its pace, you cannot help join it—what else would you like for a weekend treat? Stream “Oooh Banana” below for a taste of fantasies born out of exquisite sounds. - René Cobar

Evelyn Cormier continues to blossom in new single "Little White Rabbit"

As if inside a cavern of delightful sounds and shimmering lights, Evelyn Cormier’s latest single “Little White Rabbit” is meant for exploration and admiration. The delicate acoustic guitar riffs of the song dance to resounding chords and piano notes that trickle towards the commanding vocals of Cormier, gentle and assertive all at once. The story “Little White Rabbit” tells is of separation and its accompanying heartache but also of the bravery that brews beneath the surface of that, the courage to let to go, the resolve to begin again. Cormier, the New Hampshire artist, delivers a brand of indie-folk that is immediately recognizable, and that continues to blossom; stream her latest single “Little White Rabbit” below. - Rene Cobar

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