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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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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TRACK PREMIERE: DES ROCS “LET ME LIVE, LET ME DIE”

Des Rocs, aka Danny Rocco, is probably best known as one half of synth-rock duo Secret Weapons who toured with Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Weezer and more over the past few years. His new solo project explores a side of Danny that is more strictly rock — an amazing throwback and homage to Freddie Mercury and the fuzz boxy rock legends before him. As the follow up from “HVY MTL DRMR” and “Used to the Darkness,” the new tune is anthemic and flamboyant all at once.

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ZANDER BLECK WON’T LET ANYTHING STOP HIM FROM ROCKIN’

Former fashion model and multifaceted musician Zander Bleck had all the makings of a rock-recipe destined for success: he worked with producer RedOne and was signed to both Interscope and Capitol records, and was said to have a voice that was a mixture of Jim Morrison, Bono AND Freddie Mercury, plus, his face is gorgeous — what could have gone wrong, right?

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