Hear it Now: Valery Gore’s “Hummingbird in Reverse”

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Alternative pop artist Valery Gore is literally venturing into uncharted territory with her new single and video “Humming Bird in Reverse.” The Canadian-born musician is fresh off of the release of her third LP Idols in the Dark Heart, which she released in early September. Gore worked diligently on perfectly crafting this third album, taking approximately four years to complete it.

Gore’s musical style is difficult to compare, roughly similar to other alt-pop icons like Lana Del Rey and Bjork. The synth beats pair perfectly with her alternative, rhythmatic sounds. The two delightfully crash into each other imperfect bliss, stringing the listener along the baseline melodies.

The accompanying video is nothing short of an alluring compilation of scenic highways and vast escapes. The video, shot and edited by Sebastian Fishchbeck, follows Gore through a contrast of rainy, wet scenery, sunny waterfalls and deserted back roads. The vintage shots match the tone and tempo of the song and beautifully exemplify the true nature of the song. Noisey’s Ilana Kaplan suggests, “It’s pretty beautiful see the world through Valery Gore’s eyes. It’s impossible not to relate to her exploration of the human condition, nostalgia, love and loss.”

View her video below!


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Hear It Now: Pam Steebler’s “Me and You”

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In describing Pam Steebler in one sentence is construed by what she really stands for and her music proudly details her quirky form of swift pop and soul with a smattering of rock and roll. When discovering her true style, Pam did not have to look far. In fact, her main influence came from her childhood. She is a Canadian-born singer who reflects how she was brought up in her songs. In fact, she reflects many musical styles in her sound, especially in her hit song “Me and You,” which depicts unconditional love and fancy addictions.

She uses her vocals to create pure harmony and, to put it bluntly, she transitions from one powerhouse to another. When I first heard “Me and You,” I realized that Pam’s influences ran deep. As you continue listening, you can hear her lyrical style and upbeat undertones. Her musical style can makes you think a bit of Aretha and even a bit of the Beatles. Coming ten times over, the beats that emerge are hard to deny. You feel eager to know the words and conquer blind discrimination.

You can’t give up on this artist because Pam has just begun to make a name for herself. If you dig deep into her music and lyrics, you can find even better lyrics or even better sounds the next time you listen.

She has conquered a fresh voice and while on the new beat sound, there is almost a sound of a young Katy Perry. The name of Pam’s forthcoming album is Give In. You can tell by listening to the new album that it will drive major sales and make Pam not only a star here in America, but in her home country of Canada. Her larger-than-life singing style has show us what her motivation is.

There is no doubt that Pam’s usage of strong female roles in her songs and her major endorsements from other artist can either make or break her. In the end we expect her to be a prized singing sensation and make her EP Give in and her song “Me and You” definite hits and a real breath of fresh air. It’s not overwhelming and can really tear into your soul but it doesn’t complicate the listening experience.

Her consciousness and her rooted soul sounds can be compared to artist such as Sam Smith. Pam’s fixation on Adele and Pink can be clearly heard too. Her underlining message in the song is true love, first love and “Me and You” takes a look at that. It looks at the sadness and upbringing of love and how ready humans are to change. It is beautifully told and richly new. Listen to “Me And You” below:

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Premiere: Free Download Roger Street Friedman’s “Gone, Gone, Gone”

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In the world of music it’s rare to find someone that can seamlessly marry the old with the new while adding a good dose of their own, personal style. Roger Street Friedman is one of those artists. His signature style that blends a delicious amount of new sounds with the delightful fun of vintage tunes will set your toes tapping and your heart singing. His single “Gone Gone Gone” from his latest album The Waiting Sky is available for free download today.

Roger is a New York City based artist that has a remarkable flair and style all his own. He is an Americana singer-songwriter that has had a varied career in the music industry. He released The Waiting Sky this year just this year after decades of dabbling in the music industry. Roger’s style is a delightful, refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and R&B. His songs are immensely reminiscent of many classic, revered artists like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. His delightful ability to blend multiple styles and sounds makes him a refreshing artist in today’s world.

“Gone Gone Gone” is an absolutely fantastic track. It’s an uptempo track with phenomenal layering of instruments. The use of guitar, saxophones and other brass instruments lend the track a fantastic retro feel while the mellow beat adds a layer of laid-back vibes. Overall the single is an amazing track with a definite retro or vintage vibe. Roger blends his own style with traditional styles in an absolutely mesmerizing way. With his incredible touch, phenomenal lyrics, and fun style, Roger is bound to go far. Listen to the track below and go get it as a free download!

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Behind the Industry: Producer Ponomo Talks Label, Blog, and Accomplishments

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Breaking into the music industry isn’t an easy task to do. It takes hard work, dedication, and a plan to follow through. That’s all Ponomo needed to finally make his dreams of becoming a music producer and businessman come to life. Born in New York, but based in New Jersey, Ponomo had the opportunity to see what the music business life was like first hand. Not only does he produce amazing beats for upcoming hip hop artists, but he founded his own record label Conspiracy Music Group and music blog Dope Material.

With those outlets alone, Ponomo has help several artists in their career whether it was doing public relations, producing, or reviewing their projects. Ponomo has accomplished a lot such as becoming a member of the performance rights organization, BMI.  There’s more on his plate that has to be done, but right now he’s enjoying the recent success and letting everything sink in.

I got the chance to talked with Ponomo about his start in the business industry, what he has planned for Dope Material, and  misconceptions people may have about producers and the music industry.

How did you get into the music industry? How did your influences/education/connects get you further in your career?

Ponomo: My first job in the industry was a music producer. I went straight to what I wanted to do. No coffee runs for me. I wanted to get straight to business. (Laughs). There’s nothing wrong with getting your foot in to these labels and companies, but I wanted to get to business right away.

What got me further in my career is just my hunger and my passion. Ever since I made that first beat, I wanted to be the best producer on the planet. I’m not there yet so that’s why I keep pushing. When I get to the top. I’m still gonna push. It’s a nonstop grind.

Also, I would say negative experiences have pushed me further in my career. From failed projects, interviews I’ve done that never saw the light of day, going long periods of time without a project, etc have pushed me further. This business is frustrating, but I took all those frustrations and kept going. I could of quit a long time ago but now I’m here and everything is going smoothly.

Not only are you a producer, but you’re the founder of Conspiracy Music Group. How did that come about? Where do you see your business in the next two-three years?

Ponomo: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. When I was a youngster listening to and following hip-hop, I always said I wanted a Def Jam, a Roc-A-Fella, etc. When I became a producer, I decided to bring the label dreams into a reality. I see this label having a very popular artist in the near future and hopefully have a distribution deal with any of the big boys like Interscope, Universal, Sony etc.

You are an great outlet to the hip hop community with your blog, Dope Material. What was your vision for Dope Material and how have you helped rising hip hop artists today?

Ponomo: Thanks for the compliment. My vision for DMM was to give an outlet for up and coming artists to showcase their music. I also wanted an outlet to share with the world the things I have passion in like music, fashion, sports, tech etc and share it in a way that no other online mag/blog has done before.

Not only have I helped artists showcase their music, I believe I have helped artists, pr reps and companies network with other artists, pr reps and companies. Not too long ago, I saw a PR rep that I work with connect with an artist that I work with and that made me feel good.

I’m also benefiting from this. I made a lot of connections with the people that submit material to me. I’m working on projects with some of those people. It feels great.

What are some misconceptions people may have about producers and the music industry?

Ponomo: One misconception I see that people have about a producer is that they have no time for an artist and that they want to work with established acts ONLY. That’s so far from the truth. I have time for my artists! I never leave anyone hanging. I reply to every email, I always carry out whatever I promise and if it’s something I can’t do, I let the person know in a timely manner. As for only working with established artists, that’s not true. I’ve worked with rappers that wrote their first rhymes after connecting with me. I’ve worked with artists that I had to send to vocal training classes. I work with anybody that wants to work with me. If I’m going to wait for only an established artist, it’s going to be a long wait (laughs).

As for the music business as a whole, the misconception that I hear is that we don’t work together and we don’t look out for each other. You have some isolated incidents of that but for the most part, we help each other out. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have features on albums, street teams, DJ’s spinning records, etc. If we didn’t work together, we would have albums of just lyrics and no beats, albums with beats and no lyrics, artists directing their own videos, etc.(Laughs).

Name some of your accomplishments so far in 2014.

Ponomo: I’ve seen my work ethic get even stronger this year and that alone is an achievement! Dope Material Magazine is an ongoing achievement. Each submission that lands in my inbox is an achievement. I really do appreciate people sending me their material. On top of that, this year I finally joined the performance rights organization, BMI. They pretty much handle payments of royalties. I should of done this before, but thankfully I finally did it.

I completed two music related courses from Berklee College Of Music. In this industry you always have to keep learning. I learned a lot from those courses and to have those plaques in my crib feels great. I’ve done a few projects with some upcoming artists and I got one in the works right now and when that drops…oh boy!

On a busy day, describe how your day goes from start to finish.

Ponomo: It starts with making beats, hitting the studio, listening to submissions, looking for material for the mag, writing articles, checking Twitter and Instagram, responding to emails and always seeking out the next move.

Weekends, I’m at shows, meeting with artists, industry events and some me time! I love going to football, baseball and soccer games, hitting the mall, going out to eat and a little partying. Even when I’m partying, I’m working. I always give out my business card. (Laughs).

Anything else you would like to share with Limerence’s readers?

Ponomo: Just stay tuned! To keep abreast of everything Ponomo, hit up my website. Make sure you have my magazine Dope Material in your browser’s bookmarks. I appreciate ya’ll for conducting the interview and for your support. Thanks to the readers of your mag for checking the interview out.

Shoutouts to everyone that support Ponomo and Dope Material Magazine. From family, friends, associates, people I work with and everyone that reads every article I write…Thank you!

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GIVEAWAY: Win A Twin Atlantic iPad With New Album Pre-loaded And On Vinyl


Twin Atlantic wants to hook YOU up with an iPad preloaded with their new release, Great Divide! Join us as Limerence Magazine partners up with Total Assault to give a chance at a giveaway you won’t want to miss.

Recently, Twin Atlantic released their album Great Divide, on Red Bull Records. They want to celebrate their release by giving the listeners and music fans a shot to win! They will be giving away an iPad which will have the album pre-loaded on it for your listening convenience. To make it even sweeter, you will also get a copy of the album on vinyl. Don’t miss out on the chance to win an amazing iPad and a great album as well.

To enter, click on the link below, fill it out, and cross your fingers you will be the lucky winner. Be sure to buy Great Divide so you can enjoy the music now, and keep an eye out on our social media platforms to stay updated.

So what are you waiting for? Go enter!

DEADLINE: December 15, 2014

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