We at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give underground creators a platform and the recognition they deserve. But while we love a good monthly roundup, there’s so much great music coming out on a weekly basis that we wanted to share even more. And artists like Boychik and VIVIZ were killing it this week! Here’s what you may have missed over the past few days.
We got to talk to Lakookala about her energetic new single, “Outside of Your Body,” 80s music videos, visual art, and more this week! You can read it here and listen to “Outside of Your Body” below.
In such a fast-paced industry, it’s easy to miss a few hidden gems that deserve a spot on your playlist. But don’t worry, we’re looking out for you! We posted our recap of some of the best new songs to come out in April right here, so be sure to check that out.
Congratulations to the incredible Baby Got Back Talk, who are joining the Wiretap Records family with fierce ambition and a tireless work ethic that blows us away. This dynamic quartet has impressed fans worldwide with their DIY sound and how they never shy from discussing life’s toughest subjects. We can’t wait to hear their Existential Shred EP when it comes out this summer!
The four of us think of our project as a Mom and Pop Punk band. Which makes linking up with Wiretap Records a whole vibe, since [Wiretap Records owner] Rob Castellon’s hustle and social consciousness are a perfect match for our own. Our forthcoming EP, Existential Shred, is a bold new chapter in the band’s story and we’re stoked to release it on such a rad and forward-thinking label. Shout to queer punx and punx of color worldwide – this is for you.Vocalist and bassist G’Ra Asim
We’ve got a buzzy new debut for you! A STARR sets the record straight with an effortless confidence on the trap-pop anthem “No Filter,” which she co-wrote with Poo Bear (yup, the one that’s worked with artists like Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber). It’s a feel-good banger about refusing to be anything other than who you really are, and we dare you not to get the melody or catchy lyrics stuck in your head! A STARR is the future of alternative pop, and you heard it here first.
Nowadays, people hide behind social media. They’re pretending to be someone they’re not. They’re just following what everyone else is doing though. Instead of being a follower, be your own leader. I’ve realized that over these last few years. The real people will accept you for who you are, and that’s all that matters. You don’t need a filter.A STARR
With a piano-based instrumental and a frantic atmosphere, Boychik explores a romance laced with simultaneous worry and excitement on “Bombed Out Building.” Their voice feels calmer than the beat and backing suggest, mirroring how the relationship feels like a safe haven of sorts in such a chaotic world. It’s a sweet ode to the importance of finding someone who makes you feel comfortable enough to be your authentic self, and a poignant reminder to accept nothing less from those around you.
Like many people, I live with free-floating anxiety usually based in nothing. But when there is actually something tangible that causes the anxiety, like falling impossibly, painfully in love for the first time, the disquiet has the tendency to spiral out of control. The sheer terror of being in love and the mixture of feelings that ensue: ‘will it suddenly end, will I rely on this person too heavily?’ A fear of what is meant for the rest of my life looking forward. The lyric opens during an anxious episode and a conversation between me and my lover.Boychik
Addison Grace has returned with the raw “Getting Used To,” a harrowing description of what adolescence and your teen years feel like in the 21st century. It opens with excited cheers before drifting into vivid memories of 7-11 trips and growing apart from friends while grappling with mental health. Addison has such a unique way with words that really shines through on this track, unfolding through little details that come together for the ultimate coming-of-age story.
‘Getting Used To’ is about that awkward in-between stage of growing up, for me it was specifically being 19. You don’t feel ready to be an adult but you feel too old to be a kid anymore. It’s scary, confusing, and awful, but you learn to cherish your memories and find the good in your current experiences.Addison Grace
Yot Club announced his upcoming debut album off the grid (due June 10th) with the release of the bittersweet “cant celebrate,” a track all about acknowledging his past accomplishments while recognizing that he has a far road ahead of him. Despite the humble message, the upbeat song will definitely make you want to celebrate! It’s the perfect soundtrack for nights where you want to sit back and appreciate the hard work you’ve put in to get where you are now.
I wrote ‘cant celebrate’ right before I moved to Nashville and right when my music started to get noticed more. I felt like there was a lot to celebrate but I was also scared to because I didn’t want to jinx myself and ruin everything.Yot Club
Machine Gun Kelly wrote “bloody valentine” about the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, but now he’s hitting the Vegas Strip as part of the festivities for Billboard’s MusicCon! If you’ll be in the area, you can’t miss his show at Zouk Nightclub on May 13th, and as New Yorkers, we’re more than a little jealous of anyone who’s secured tickets. We can’t wait to find out how he incorporates Zouk’s high-tech environment and interactive ceiling into his performance!
Speaking of Los Angeles, the dynamic duo Sometimes Y, comprised of Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings, is gonna be taking over the city with their first headlining show on May 8th! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the success of their self-titled debut album, which came out in March. And the icing on the cake: the show is free! So be sure to arrive at The Viper Room early to make sure you get a good spot.
Music On Screen
VIVIZ stopped by the Recording Academy’s Global Spin for an energetic rendition of their hit “BOP BOP!,” which draws from Latin influences while also playing on the trio’s bright, colorful concept. It’s such a fun track that we’ve had on repeat since it came out! And now, we not only get a live performance, but also a freshly-released remix by Yves Y. It’s a great week to be a NAV!
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Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, The Honey POP, Genius, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, as well as my own Melodic Musings blog. Find me on socials @madisonmwrites!