THE NIGHT GAME: RETURN TO ‘ROCK STAR’

For months, when the project first started the only images we would see would be darkly lit images of a slender figure with a mullet. The music video for “The Outfield” is the back of a guy wearing a red jacket walking through multiple crowds of people in different cities — revealing a slow motion turn at the very end, by which we never really see his face. At the time, no one knew that Martin was indeed The Night Game and that he had chosen to disregard his every accolade, a thing that most other people would never do. Rumor has it, Martin got his record deal by being contacted through DM on Instagram after Bill Burr heard “The Outfield” at “It’s a School Night” (a popular showcase in Los Angeles) He signed without anyone putting together that he was “Martin-Johnson-former-frontman-of-Boys-Like-Girls-and-successful-writer/producer.”

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NOT SURE YET: R&B SINGER REECE, ON HIS DEBUT EP

The songs included on I’m Not Sure Yet changed over the course of two years; his only vision was to make “a project full of songs that I loved and I wanted people to hear.” Lyrically, things to tie together as each song sees Reece writing about himself. The tracks relate to love, getting older, and learning to deal with hardships in life like mental illness. Speaking on the connecting threads, Reece says, “I wanted to have a theme of maybe a little bit of a brain vomit but kind of like — a brain vomit that's a little bit… put together as well.”

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE NIGHT GAME

The Night Game is the millennial hipster’s wet dream. He’s accidentally 80’s nostalgic in aesthetic — and every track on his debut album are as if the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights and Bruce Springsteen mated and had multiple magical children right on first base in Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams. While the sun is setting.

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LIL AARON IS NO LONGER THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Just as you’d expect, Lil Aaron isn’t here for anyone who might have luke warm feelings about his music… “I don't want people to hear my music and be like, "Oh, I kinda like this." Either you love it or you hate it. I'll be the first to tell anyone I'm not for everyone. I'm a very vibrant energy, I guess. You can do whatever you want, but I think a lot of new people are gonna connect with this project.”

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LIVE REVIEW: morgxn’s “VITAL” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY WITH AIRBNB

It’s difficult to narrow down a standout song from the night, with excellent performances of his singles “home” and “carry the weight,” but his cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” was truly magical and breathtaking. Morgxn showed off his stellar vocal range and control on this challenging track, hitting the high notes with ease while never losing his ability to connect to his audience.

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