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NEW RELEASES: FLICKERING FORWARD (UPDATE)
Niall, Future-Thug, more. (10/23a)
THIS CHART STORY IS PRETTY IN P!NK
P!nk is BIG. (10/20a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SURPRISES ON THE GRAMMY BALLOT
Expect the unexpected. (10/23a)
THE GRAMMY CONVERSATIONS,
TAKE TWO
Singers and songwriters talk shop. (10/23a)
HITS U.K. SPECIAL
Buy a bloody ad, ya wanker.
THE PIZZA ISN'T HERE YET
If it doesn't get here in the next 15, somebody's fired.
EMINEM
The cypher vs. the cipher.
A WHOLE NEW CHESSBOARD
You can't tell the players without a trade rag.
THE B-SIDE
VOTING YES ON NONA
10/12/17


BY KENZ MEADOWS

Last week, L.A.’s Arts District gem, The Resident, welcomed local band NONA to its stage. NONA is the brainchild of Michael Goldman, who both writes the lyrics and composes the music for all of the group’s songs.

There’s a vintage tone. The music and lyrics, which manage to be a bit wistful, often make me feel like I’m in a teen-movie montage (something I’m routinely aspiring to) or like I should be kicking a rock around, hands-a-pocket, considering my own nature. With moments of yearning, self-pity, confrontation and denial, there’s something for everyone (besides the blindly peppy, but who needs those folk anyway?). I bet you Goldman loves Pavement.

The band, who was opening for Madeline Kenney when I caught them, isn't signed. Their most popular song, “Otherways,” has more than 600k streams, and snagged solid sync placement on podcast Millennials Don’t Suck. It's also landed featured spots on Spotify’s Fresh Finds, New Indie Mix, and Good Indie playlists. Their close work with more widely known acts like Goldroom (who we’ve also got a soft-spot for) is worth noting as well.

Forthcoming EP Otherways—NONA's five-track dip into Goldman’s proverbial pool of youthful philosophizing—will be released 10/20 via WAX ltd.. Mark your calendars now, and whet your appetite with a stream of single "Fathers Day" below.

LINDA PERRY IS DOWN TO BUSINESS WITH DOROTHY
10/5/17

For the first time in her career, Songwriters Hall of Famer and former 4 Non Blondes lead singer Linda Perry is plunging headfirst into management. Her first act, Dorothy, is represented by Perry's label group We Are Hear and signed to a record deal with Roc Nation

The group's single, "Down To The Bottom," was also co-written and produced by Perry. The live cut is due to be released tomorrow while the in-studio single-take music video will be up tonight (10/5) 9pm PT, at which point you can take a gander at it here.

Dorothy's next upcoming performance will be in Joshua Tree 10/21 for Babes Ride Out, a ladies-only moto ride and campout. Rev your engines and get your tickets here.

Midland (Big Machine Records)
9/27/17

WHAT IT IS: The debut album from Midland—Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy, Jess Carson—channels a time when country came with a little sin, a little kicked-back ease and a little desire. Whether it’s the easy strum of “Check Cashin’ Country,” which captures the yearning life of a band on the run, or the harmony-laden “Burn Out,” with its last-call desolation, or the first single, “Drinkin’ Problem”—an unapologetic embrace of a 100-proof solution—this band distills the country of the ’70s and ’80s.
ALBUM: On The Rocks
RELEASE DATE: 9/22
SINGLE: “Make A Little”
TV: Kimmel 8/16, Fallon 9/20
LIVE: CMT On Tour with Jon Pardi this fall; previously opened for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Zac Brown Band
INTERNET: More than 1.5m on-demand streams
RADIO: #1 single “Drinkin’ Problem” at country radio; second single impacts the format 9/25
PRESS: NPR, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, Women’s Wear Daily, Variety, Rolling Stone Country, more
BOOKING: Brett Saliba/CAA
PUBLISHING: Warner/Chappell
MANAGEMENT: Matt Graham/BRND MGMT; Jason Owen & Todd Ramey/Sandbox Ent.