For this list, this writer will be mixing music from the South Florida scene with music from the national scene since some really great music was discovered over the past week.
1) Darling Parade
This writer cannot say enough about the amazing pop-rocky ear candy that is Darling Parade. The Tennessee band recently released a video for current single "Ghost", the first in a serialized video story. What's really impressive about Darling Parade, however, is the name they have made for themselves in such a short amount of time. The band formed in 2007, and since then have released three EPs, received airplay on both MTVu and VH1, scored the #8 spot on Billboard's "Next Big Sound" chart and toured with Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday fame. They also raised $16,000 on crowd-funding site Kickstarter in order to fund their first full-length album, "Battle Scars and Broken Hearts". "Battle Scars" is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
2) Kirby Maurier
This R&B singer-songwriter from Miami has built a buzz around her name by recording stellar covers of such songs as Beyonce's "Halo" and Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World" on her YouTube channel. The buzz all led up to Maurier becoming the "highest rated independent R&B artist release of 2012" as well as the "most viewed indie female recording artist in Florida (YouTube)" for debut EP "Class of '96". Maurier shows her vocal prowess and song writing ability, however, on single "I'm Jus Sayin'". She's set to release another single, "IZ YOU WIT IT" in October. Kirby Maurier is definitely one to watch.
Technically Miami rock band Delpaxton's "Follow the Sun" EP isn't new, as it was originally released in 2010, but the band is experiencing a resurgence in the South Florida scene following some lineup changes. They have added new drummer Benny Oliva and former drummer John Walker is now Delpaxton's bassist. Their mission of making a "new standard of melodic and catchy rock n' roll" is evident on songs such as "Fiction" and "Praku Praku". They are playing one of their first shows in about five years on October 4th at Jazid in Miami Beach along with Latin rock band Radioclip and comedy band Dark Rift. "Follow the Sun" is available for FREE on their website.
4) Consider Me Dead
Hollywood transplants Consider Me Dead are an electronic/pop band who bring together soaring, dreamy vocals from lead singer Chris Brewington with matching programming/electronics and drums from Brandon Pettitt and Kevin McGuire (respectively). On "Breathe Me In", Brewington begs the listener to "breathe [him] in like oxygen, let [him] be [one's] addiction", and upon first listen, this writer is sure that will be the case. Consider Me Dead has put out two EPs available now and are currently recording their debut album.
5) Daybreak Embrace
Fort Lauderdale rock band Daybreak Embrace never does anything half way, which is part of what makes them such a great band. They continue this trend with the release of new single "Faded", the first single off upcoming EP "Mercury". "Faded" adds a bit of an electronic edge to the band's signature heavy riffs and emotional lyrics/vocals. The result is a song that fans of hard rock are sure to love instantly. "Mercury" comes out on October 11 and Daybreak Embrace is throwing two album release parties: on October 17 at the Social in Orlando and October 26 at Premier Billiards and Sports Club in Coral Springs.
6) XO Stereo
Los Angeles rock band XO Stereo has only officially existed for a little over a month (since August 14, 2013), but they are already well ahead of the game with a video for single "Show and Tell", an energetic, layered rocker of a song that immediately commands the listener's attention. XO Stereo features members from bands such as From First to Last and LoveHateHero. The band's previous music experience only benefits them. Not only is "Show and Tell" well-written, both musically and lyrically, but it is also well-produced, especially in terms of the music video. Although "Show and Tell" is the only song they currently have available (pick it up on iTunes), XO Stereo has already amassed 13,125 followers on Twitter and 3,770 on Facebook.
7) Ghost Town
Hollywood electronic rock band Ghost Town has only been playing together for about a year, but in that time they have created something unlike anything most rock and electronic music fans have ever heard. Combining artist imamachinist's unique designs with creative, intricately plotted lyrics by singer Kevin Ghost and guitarist Alix Monster, thundering drums from MannYtheDrummeR and well-placed electronics from Evan Pearce, Ghost Town's music (and live show) takes listeners on an auditory as well as a visual journey. They have released a slew of singles, available now on iTunes, as well as a full-length album called Party in the Graveyard. Standouts: "Trick or Treat", "Off With Her Head" and "Voodoo".