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ANALYZING THE ACMS
A few firsts among the ACM Awards noms. (2/26a)
LIVE NATION EYES
SUMMER RESTART
Rapino's ready for festivals to return. (2/26a)
DODGING BULLETS AND DIVINE PURPOSE
Kamasi Washington answers our questions. (2/26a)
iHEARTMEDIA RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS UNITS
Radio giant makes a shift. (2/26a)
FREEDOM NOW AND OTHER JAMS, PT. 1
Social justice through the lens of jazz (2/23a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
THE B-SIDE
BULBENKO, BROOME AND THE BIG STIR
2/21/21

Known for their keen eye in recognizing guitar-pop music, Big Stir Records’ co-founders Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome have been onto something in the music scene since fronting their band, The Armoires.

Before helming their independent label BTR, the Burbank-based band progressed from playing shows to hosting them.

Kicking off the Big Stir Concert Series in L.A in 2016, the pair wanted to foster a community for local musicians and quickly expanded, spawning sister series in the U.K. and other parts of California.

As artists and bands grew with the live series, Bulbenko and Broome launched Big Stir Records, which now features a roster of over twenty artists from the U.S., U.K. and EU.

And while they boast CD and LP releases as well as support their roster through a weekly Digital Single Series—supplied to DSPs and radio alike—the pair continues to hold their concert series, which has been re-imagined for the pandemic as a virtual livestreaming event.

With an emphasis on their motto “we’re stronger together,” these community organizers are all about collaboration, inspiration and their sheer love for music.

For more info on Big Stir Records, click here.

TOM ODELL GETS “NUMB”
2/18/21

RCA’s Tom Odell is giving us all the feels with his latest track, “numb.” Arriving on 2/18 alongside a music video, the single is layered with Odell’s unadorned vocal over a sparse piano and electronic elements.

Marking his first release of the year, “numb” serves as a follow-up to 2019’s “Summer Day” and is inspired by experimental musician Mica Levi's soundscapes, synthetic textures and acoustic accompaniments. 

In addition to his new single, Odell is gearing up to drop his fourth studio album later this year. Created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James, the forthcoming project will have a more electronic, bedroom pop sound and broader lyrical horizons.

With over 2.6b streams to date, Odell has also earned three U.K. Top 5 albums—including his platinum-selling and #1 debut album, Long Way Down—two U.K. Top 10 singles, an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year and a BRIT Award, among other accolades.

Steam “numb” here and feast your eyes on the vid below.

LVRN'S HOT STREAK
2/17/21

Interscope’s LVRN is enjoying a hot streak with several of its artists this week, including newly signed Young Rog and BRS Kash.

On the heels of their pub partnership with Warner Chappell Music, BRS Kash hit #1 on the Urban chart this week with “Th***t Baby” (Go Baby).” The record was worked by Keinon Johnson and Larry Khan from Interscope’s Urban radio team.

LVRN’s 6LACK is also enjoying the view from the #1 spot on Spotify’s Top 200 U.S. chart. He’s currently featured on Lil Tjay’s “Calling My Phone” (Columbia).

The platinum-selling artist saw success on his debut project as well as his latest EP and was featured on LVRN’s Home For The Holidays project alongside Summer Walker, Young Rog, Kitty Ca$h and more.

With LVRN’s newcomer Young Rog, his single “Bullshit” recently hit #1 on SoundCloud’s New & Hot chart, which features up-and-coming tracks in R&B and Soul.

Aside from BRS Kash, new signings at LVRN also include Cruel Santino, GMK and Genio Bambino.