The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — March 21, 2016

The list this week is heavily representing Hit List veterans, and I couldn’t be happier to feature these artists again. Some of these albums and EP’s have been on almost permanent repeat for the last few months for me, and I’m only becoming more and more obsessed with them. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great new stuff to check out; there are still some new artists on the list today, many of whom released albums just in the last couple of weeks. This is a list for a sunny spring day, so if you’re looking for some energy-inducing music, have at it. As always, albums are in no particular order, so show all these incredible people some love!

1. Break Down The WallsBreak Down The Walls – 2016

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2. White Lotus – SingleIt’s Butter – 2015

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3. The Parts We SaveHeel – 2016

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4. Eugenia EPDarla and the Blonde – 2016

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5. Hardly Loaded EPPhantomHead – 2016

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6. Welcome to the Whist Coast (EP)Whist – 2015

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7. AlchemyAlchemy – 2013

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8. Free RecoveryFree Recovery – 2015

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9. Screech BatsScreech Bats – 2016

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10. Good HangsLauren Patti – 2016

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11. Muster PointJeeps – 2016

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12. OmensThe Furies – 2015

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13. RelentlessThe Nixon Rodeo – 2015

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14. The Eternal SeaThe Eternal Sea – 2016

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15. Five KitesFive Kites – 2016

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16. Gaining PerspectiveGlory Days – 2016

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17. I Talk to StrangersI Talk to Strangers – 2016

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18. The Dowsers SocietyThe Dowsers Society – 2016

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19. Mystic WomanPins & Needles – 2015

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20. Red Bricks FactoryRed Bricks Factory – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — March 14, 2016

A lot of new releases on the Hit List this week! Many of these albums dropped just in the last week, and showcase just how hard these artists have been working. The list this week is a healthy mix of newcomers and veterans alike, and with strong representations from Canada, the U.S., U.K., and Australia among others, the community of artists and material just continues to grow exponentially. The collective artwork on this week’s list is also some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen lately, so props to the great graphic artists whose work is represented here. As always, albums are in no particular order, enjoy!

1. The Parts We SaveHeel – 2016

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2. Blue Room Revival – MooseKick – 2014

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3. Alterhood – Alterhood – 2016

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4. Us Kids – SingleChelsea Shag – 2016

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5. Muster PointJeeps – 2016

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6. Softspoken Woman – SingleUtena – 2016

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7. BlackSuan – 2016

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8. Departure from VenusROMP – 2016

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9. Mystic WomanPins & Needles – 2015

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10. RE:saudade – .gif – 2015

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11. EDGESJocelyn & Chris Arndt – 2016

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12. Live SessionIcarus Dive – 2016

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13. Fall In Love And Fall ApartThe Drive Home – 2015

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14. Day OneFrom Ashes to New – 2016

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15. Europe – Single – Mulligrub – 2016

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16. Gaining PerspectiveGlory Days – 2016

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17. Psychosoul EPShadow Culture – 2016

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18. Nothing RemainsStill Phantoms – 2016

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20. The Lippies EP – The Lippies – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — March 7, 2016

I love the new list today because it crosses a variety of genres. There’s a ton of synthe and electronic material on here today, and I’m loving all of it. Some of these tracks have a lofty, ethereal feel while other songs have that down and dirty alternative-punk sneer I dig so much. Spanning a plethora of geographies, the Hit List this week especially underscores the fact that area and Facebook-like count don’t matter; the only thing that matters is a sick riff and a great beat. ;D As always, albums are in no particular order, so hit these people up for a great set of music to start your week off!

1. Hit the AirBasic Land – 2016

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2. In Requiem EPIn Requiem – 2016

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3. Good DaysSkyline – 2016

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4. Five KitesFive Kites – 2016

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5. VectorsYeah Sure Whatever – 2016

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6. Muster PointJeeps – 2016

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7. Black – Suan – 2016

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8. Press ReleaseThe King’s Aces – 2016

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9. StonesCherry Water – 2016

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10. Alterhood – Alterhood – 2016

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11. Hound the World – SingleMobley – 2016

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12. DeVoll EP – DeVoll – 2015

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13. Mild Blood EPMild Blood – 2016

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14. SweetMeat – The BlackLava – 2016

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15. Abandoned HomesThe Aesthetic – 2016

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16. RE:saudade – .gif – 2015

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17. StargazeHiki – 2016

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18. The World Never Dropped (EP)Ocean Jet – 2016

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19. It’s Too Bright InsideLush Vibes – 2016

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20. Jakarta EPNovember Kings – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — February 29, 2016

It’s a leap year, so here’s a great Hit List today to rock out to! There are a bunch of awesome tunes this week to celebrate this super sunny day in Atlanta (for those of you still dealing with snow, you have my sympathies lol), so take a listen through the whole Hit List. We’ve got artists here from a ton of countries, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Mexico, Japan, and the Philippines. I’m really digging a lot on the crunchy guitar riffs that the list is heavy with this week, so if you’re looking for something with a little edge, some of these artists might have exactly what you’re craving. As always, albums are in no particular order, so hit ’em all up!

1. Good DaysSkyline – 2016

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2. AlchemyAlchemy – 2013

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3. Hit the AirBasic Land – 2016

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4. Breaking FreeA Truth Divides – 2016

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5. Five KitesFive Kites – 2016

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6. The Monday SpecialsThe Monday Specials – 2016

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7. InburnInburn – 2016

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8. Ropes EndRopes End – 2016

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9. FRIENDZAn Oddity – 2016

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10. Debut Album – Revote – 2016

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11. The Whisper GameThe Whisper Game – 2016

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12. I Talk to StrangersI Talk to Strangers – 2016

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13. Talk with TransparencyThe Radiographers – 2016

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14. VectorsYeah Sure Whatever – 2016

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15. StonesCherry Water – 2016

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16. Breathe – Iridesce – 2016

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17. AngelHeroes – 2016

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18. The Last Year EPThe Last Year – 2013

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19. Motion – EPToyosea – 2016

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20. The UndergroundCity Limits – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — February 22, 2016

I’m really kind of amazed at the number of Canadian artists on the list this week. There’s been a large influx of Canadian material coming out recently, and I’m super excited to see that it ranges in influence and sound. This week’s list if heavy on grunge and alternative-rock to reflect the rainy weather we’ve been getting here in Atlanta, but I I’m not complaining at all. ;D As always, albums are in no particular order, so hit every one of these people up!

1. Hardly Loaded EPPhantomHead – 2016

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2. Calling for the CrazyThe Ballistics – 2016

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3. ShadowboxVivienne the Witch – 2016

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4. BlanksRock Eupora – 2016

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5. ConsequencesDream State – 2015

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6. FRIENDZAn Oddity – 2016

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7. I Talk to StrangersI Talk to Strangers – 2016

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8. Green – SingleFrown – 2016

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9. AntsAnts – 2016

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10. Ropes EndRopes End – 2016

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11. Get FünkeDr. Beardface and the Spaceman – 2015

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12. Bareknuckle Love – Freya Wilcox & The Howl – 2015

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13. CairosCairos – 2014

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14. Trapped Inside EPFaith in Casinos – 2016

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15. Red CallingRed Calling – 2015

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16. Crawl EPThe Science of Letting On – 2016

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17. The Whisper GameThe Whisper Game – 2016

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18. Inburn – Inburn – 2016

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19. Sand in the SunThe Soles – 2016

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20. FlourishHanover – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — February 15, 2016

I’ll call the list this week a revisiting, because I’m just killin it to a bunch of artists who have made an appearance here before. I love listening to new music, and sometimes these albums stay fresh for a while, and you can just find yourself listening to them over the course of a month. Featuring artists from around the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more, I’m excited that the geography of the Hit List keeps expanding. Some of these artists I’ve seen play shows over the last few weeks and they rocked it ;D. As always, albums are in no particular order, so give them all a listen, and hit these great creators up for some more!

1. Yellow & Bliss – SingleHeel – 2016

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2. Blue Room RevivalMooseKick – 2014

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3. BlanksRock Eupora – 2016

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4. Double A-SideThe Mis-Made – 2016

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5. MillipedesThe Head – 2015

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6. March in the Dark: Chapter TwoAnyone’s Guess – 2015

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7. Do You Feel Electric? EPMiss – 2015

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8. The Black Album (EP)AggronumpH – 2015

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9. ColourblindVideoman – 2015

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10. Half MeasuresCross – 2015

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11. StagesKopacetic – 2016

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12. OMermaidens – 2014

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13. Bear Essentials EPOne Trick Grizzly – 2015

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14. Welcome to VanillavilleRedbloom – 2015

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15. E.P.Neverhood – 2015

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16. Cosmophonie EPCosmophone – 2016

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17. MUTTMUTT – 2015

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18. Art CapitalArt Capital – 2015

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19. Torn UpSuch Great Heights – 2015

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20. Forgotten BattlesA Thousand Shades of Cold – 2015

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — February 8, 2016

I’m super excited for the new list this week because it’s such a great mix of material from newbies and Hit List veterans, underscoring just how massive the growing independent world is. I actually had a chance to go see 3 of these bands play on the same bill two nights ago (check my Twitter feed to see which ones!), and they just killed it on stage. It’s so easy to get sucked into the music that these artists create that sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much stage presence and presentation really add to the overall effect of an artist’s brand. It’s a wide, wide world of expansive music and showmanship, and the artists on this week’s like really highlight that fact! As always, albums are in no particular order, so have a sick Monday trying them all out. ;D It’s gonna be a good week!

1. AlchemyAlchemy – 2013

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2. Yellow & Bliss SingleHeel – 2016

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3. Imminent for Your InterestsPeople Like Us. – 2015

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4. Blue Room RevivalMooseKick – 2014

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5. The Steppin Stones – The Steppin Stones – 2015

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6. Hardly Loaded EPPhantomHead – 2016

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7.Otra Vez I – Sidewatcher – 2016

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8. ShadowboxVivienne the Witch – 2016

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9. ConsequencesDream State – 2015

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10. Welcome to the Whist Coast (EP)Whist – 2015

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11. Gone to PerditionHype Lights – 2016

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12. Trapped Inside EPFaith in Casinos – 2016

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13. Hear You Out EPDifferent Pulse – 2015

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15. Asleep/Repeat/Awake EPMoira – 2015

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16. Origin – Rille Ataka – 2016

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17. The Best Is Yet to ComeFader Hill – 2016

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18. Get FünkeDr. Beardface and the Spaceman – 2015

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19. Growing Pains EPGoing Nowhere – 2016

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20. Marvelous FunkshunMarvelous Funkshun – 2013

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — February 1, 2016

One of the things I’m most excited about with this week’s list is the release of new material from some artists whom I love and have been following for a while. It’s always great when you see an artist you love take the time to hunker down and write some new material that really shows an element of growth and evolution in their sound. In addition to triumphant returns for those artists, there are some people new to the Hit List who I’m super stoked to share! These albums really underscore what a wide world of music exists out there beyond the mainstream, and I love that it’s a never-ending journey of exploration. As always, albums are in no particular order, so you don’t wanna miss a moment of any of them!

1. Tied DownForever Still – 2016

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2. The ReIntroductionAlmost Kings – 2016

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3. Refuse to Shine – SingleMr.Mountain – 2016

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4. The Steppin StonesThe Steppin Stones – 2015

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5. AlchemyAlchemy – 2013

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6. Please Welcome Imperial Jade – Imperial Jade – 2016

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7. Imminent for Your InterestsPeople Like Us. – 2015

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8. Hardly Loaded EPPhantomHead – 2016

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9. Baltimore – SingleOriginal Mindset – 2015

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10. She-Devils EPShe-Devils – 2016

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11. Otra Vez I – Sidewatcher – 2016

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12. Calling for the CrazyThe Ballistics – 2016

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14. ShadowboxVivienne the Witch – 2016

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15. Demo – OceanWaves – 2015

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16. Swan Valley HeightsSwan Valley Heights – 2016

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17. Tectonic Plates EP – Audioclub – 2015

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18. Intacepta – Bandita – 2015

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20. Heart Like a HomeBetter Half – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — January 25, 2016

I’ll call this week a “stuck-in-your-head” week, because most everything on this list just sticks with you from the moment you hit “play.” The list this week is a little all over the place, but in the best way; people are back from the holidays, and some great music for 2016 is starting to roll in. For the artists who are making their second, third, and subsequent appearance on the Hit List, there’s a reason why; you’re really going to want to check those people out.  As always, albums are in no particular order, so hit it all up. ;D That’s it, happy Monday, now go forth and listen to some great tunes!

1. White Lotus – SingleIt’s Butter – 2015

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2. Please Welcome Imperial JadeImperial Jade – 2016

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3. BurlesqueSouthern Storm – 2016

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4. No More Blue (EP)New Days – 2016

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5. She-Devils EPShe-Devils – 2016

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6. Refraction – Moonfall – 2015

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7. Stages – Kopacetic – 2016

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8. Bear Essentials EPOne Trick Grizzly – 2015

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9. Cosmophonie EP – Cosmophone – 2016

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10. Between the RosesSway – 2016

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11. Lost E – SingleMy Cruel Goro – 2016

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12. OceanaThe Trade Rumors – 2016

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13. Neat Neat – Neat Neat – 2016

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14. Gone To PerditionHype Lights – 2016

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15. The MirrorsThe Mirrors – 2016

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16. The Journey (EP)Rusty Joe – 2016

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17. Colorworld EPColorworld – 2015

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18. For When You’re Falling BackwardsRome Hero Foxes – 2016

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19. Nothing GoodBremer and the No Goods – 2016

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20. WiltSOAR – 2016

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The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now — January 18, 2016

It’s been a kinda dreary day here in Atlanta, but everything is always better with amazing new music. A lot of these artists ar making their second, third, or even fourth appearance because I simply can’t stop listening to these albums. But they’re joined by some great fresh blood, and I’m more than confident that this list will help you get through the Monday, and cap off a great holiday weekend. Check these people out! As always, albums are in no particular order. ;D

1. Sexsmith – Sexsmith – 2015

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2. White KnivesModern Capitals – 2016

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3.  I Want – The Buns – 2016

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4. Theories of the UniverseHaunted Ghost Town – 2016

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5. Metadonna – Metadonna – 2016

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6. Bear Essentials EPOne Trick Grizzly – 2015

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7. Bored Up! – Bumsy and The Moochers – 2015

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8. Been Five Years EP – PaperWolf – 2015

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9. ColourblindVideoman – 2015

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10. Dirty Lyxx – Dirty Lyxx – 2016

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11. Volume 1 – Lilli & Chris – 2016

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12. Revival – Lullwater – 2015

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13. Cosmophonie EP – Cosmophone – 2016

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14. Between the RosesSway – 2016

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15. Neat NeatNeat Neat – 2016

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16. Vagabond – A Reluctant Arrow – 2015

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17. StagesKopacetic – 2016

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18. The Journey (EP) – Rusty Joe – 2016

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19. TagaboutsTagabouts – 2016

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20. Over Thousands of Miles EP – Souland – 2016

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