Nashville Beats: Singer/Songwriter Brooke Moriber

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Brooke Moriber is a singer/ songwriter known for her edgy pop tunes. She has been critically acclaimed for her “clarion voice” by the Associated Press and her “immense vocal range”. Recent shows featuring music from her latest EP “Fire” have earned her glowing reviews by bloggers and magazines applauding her “huge vocals”, and songs that are “destined for high rotation”.

Born in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Brooke has made a mark on New York City with her distinctive sound and her unique career.

Brooke’s first professional gig was performing on the Broadway stage as young Cosette in Les Miserables. Since then, she has made a name for herself on stage, film, and TV as one of New York’s most versatile performers.

As a teenager, Brooke’s original pop/rock music was licensed to Nickelodeon and her songs have been featured on soundtracks for film and theater . Her band has played venues throughout the Manhattan club circuit such as Pianos, The Cutting Room, The Knitting Factory, and The Red Lion. 

While juggling appearances with her band Brooke has performed in 7 Broadway shows including those in which she created such roles as “Nadine” in The Wild Party, “Iola Stover” in Parade and “Lily” in James Joyce’s The Dead.   She played a young opera singer in Follies on Broadway and performed with Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in The Threepenny Opera. 

Brook has released the title track of her upcoming Cry Like A Girl LP, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with legendary producer Fred Mollin (Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin) at the helm. The song is a powerful country-pop cut that showcases Brooke’s powerhouse vocal delivery and lyrics that challenge what it means to “cry like a girl”.

Cry Like A Girl is a deeply meaningful statement for Moriber who explains, “I named the album after that particular song because it has such a clear message that embodies the collection as a whole. It’s a statement about self-discovery and the strength that comes with embracing your emotions and allowing yourself to heal and grow. Human beings are resilient and I believe music can be the best reminder of that. I hope that the journey for the listeners can be as empowering and healing as it was for me to write it.”

The album also features “The Last Goodbye” which caught attention from No Depression, who lauded Brooke as “a major league talent deserving a spot in the mainstream spotlight”, and Celebmix who raved that “her powerful voice just blew us away the first time we heard her tracks, and she is definitely destined for success.”

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West Coast Beats: New Single From LA’s Acclaimed Activist Musical Collective – Trapdoor Social

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Trapdoor Social is a Los Angeles based independent rock band with a mission.

With it’s origins in a college environmental studies program, the band has a record of fundraising and activism to promote sustainability. Starting in 2015 Trapdoor Social branched off from the usual mix of club/radio/college shows and began producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events around the US, including Sunstock Solar Festival, which is takes place in Los Angeles annually. Their other projects combining music with activism have benefitted Homeboy Industries, Mesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique. Several of the band’s songs— “Away”, “Fine on My Own,” “Sunshine,” and “Wining as Truth” – have received significant airplay around the country, a national TV ad placement and success on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’.

Since Sunstock ’17, the band has been working on an LP that will be their fourth release.

Their new single “Hold Me Down” blends surf rock and captivating indie pop featuring anthemic melodies and jangly guitars. Trapdoor Social is set to release a full album following around the new year, and a national tour in the spring of 2019.

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PHILLY BEATS: New Music From Rockers Mo Lowda & The Humble

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Philadelphia rockers, Mo Lowda & the Humble have released their new video for their new song “Card Shark

Card Shark” comes off of Mo Lowda’s sophomore album, Creatures , released earlier this year. The track is a slow, booming, yet bouncy song – drop C tuned guitar drenched in reverb, bellows over an assertive, forward moving bassline and stomping drums as shouty vocals tell the tale of a man who loses everything he loves due to a gambling addiction. Gang vocals sing an ironically joyful melody in the sub-bass driven choruses. The third person account was written by Jordan Caiola (lead vocalist, guitarist) on his flight home from a post-college graduation trip to Las Vegas with some friends. Caiola shares, “We were only playing $5 tables out there for fun but, even so…I saw how easy it could be to get caught up in that, especially if the stakes were higher and desperation played a role.

“We really wanted to dig into the psychology of our hero, and the struggle he faces between his home life, with his wife and child, and his gambling addiction,” says director, Kirby Sybert. “There’s a frightening power involved with addiction that can really tear lives apart. Whether it’s gambling, drinking, drugs, money, power, whatever the vice there are real world consequences attached. Most times core relationships are disrupted. Jordan had come to me with the idea earlier this year and so the band and I really paid attention to the moments that felt real and visceral. We wanted that internal struggle of our hero and his detachment from his surroundings due to this addiction. When it came to shooting we went in with cinematographer, Skyler Jenkins, and shot everything in that one day. It was one of those shoots where everything falls into place and it just feels right. It’s that feeling where we knew we had captured some magic.”

The trio, known for their progressive songwriting and energetic live performances, will be kicking off a fall North American tour this Friday in Columbus, and have announced their first-ever European tour for early 2019.

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New Music From Young Rising Sons

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At first glance, Young Rising Sons may seem to be just another Jersey band, raised on Bruce in the ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’. Perhaps, at some point, that’s exactly what they were, but Young Rising Sons has grown into a family, with its foundation rooted in resilience.

On a moody fall day in the East Village, bassist Julian Dimagiba & drummer Steve Patrick stumbled into a dive bar and caught Andy Tongren performing an acoustic set. The two realized that Tongren, an Ohio-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was what their band needed. They had instant chemistry, and the newly formed Sons threw themselves at the NYC and NJ circuits. After beginning to develop a humble, yet loyal fan base they met producers Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta.

In 2014 Young Rising Sons signed with Goodman & Accettas’ production company, Dirty Canvas Music, and released ‘High”. It garnered the attention of fans and industry executives alike. The band ultimately signed with Interscope Records and released their self-titled EP shortly after.

Following their signing, Young Rising Sons played to the world through placements in Toyota, Pepsi & Hulu commercials, trailers – like Universal Picture’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” the Guitar Hero video game, and ESPN broadcasts of NCAA Football.

They have performed across the US, Canada, and the U.K. with the likes of Halsey, The 1975, & The Neighbourhood. From 200-cap shows at Bowery Electric, to a field of 20,000 at Firefly, the Sons fans have grown with the band. Young Rising Sons have garnered critical acclaim from publications such as Billboard, Clash and Teen Vogue to name a few.

Their new single ‘Scatterbrain’ features infectious playful lyrics, driving drums and gritty guitars, while narrating the chaos and confusion of feeling something and not understanding or knowing how to process it. The band explain “It’s the byproduct of being an emotional hoarder and carrying baggage that you know you shouldn’t. Scatterbrain is about trying to balance the outside work when you’re living inside your head”.

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