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Lyrical pop/singer-songwriter Maika Rose’s debut single, “Your Smile,” incorporates warm storytelling and highlights her robust originality.



With mildly theatrical vocals and instrumentals that venture into art-pop/avant-pop, Maika’s overarching goal is to create music that is interactive, inviting and builds a safe space to feel fragile and vulnerable.


She explains that she doesn’t conform, and is passionate about designing something new and all her own. “Your Smile” is packed with beautifully conveyed emotion that draws you in.


“‘Your Smile’ takes you on a journey of growth within the story of an unrequited love, leaving you feeling empowered and free, if a bit wistful for what could have been.”


We waited a bit to share this review because we knew how impactful the music video for “Your Smile” was going to be. Dance is Maika’s way of adding a different layer to her music, and that extra dimension really does create a very special experience.



Although the song itself is intensely gorgeous and moving, the inclusion of this music video truly captures the message of “Your Smile” and is just so powerful. We are blown away by Maika Rose’s artistic vision and the way she combined these two artforms in such an elegant way.


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Reliable Alibi is an emerging and imaginative folk/rock singer-songwriter who is getting ready to release their first single, “You Are My Heart,” on Friday, April 9th. It is an endearing track about the bond of friendship.



“You Are My Heart” has a distinctive sound that immediately captures your attention. Expertly blending 60s folk rock with electronic elements, this piece takes you on a sonic journey through different genres that unexpectedly work very well together.


Written and recorded with ukuleles and keyboard, the instrumentals are stimulating and innovative with the perfect amount of familiarity. Setting a new standard for creative individuality, Reliable Alibi’s music also pays respect to those who have inspired them.


“I was raised on classic rock. Neil Young and Cat Stevens were inspiring me before I could even write. I grew up harmonizing with The Monkees every morning on the way to school. Then when I was older and discovered the dance music scene, it all came together. I knew I was meant to bring these two worlds that I loved together.”



Reliable Alibi and guest vocalist Kiara Alibi complement each other in such a sweet and genuine way. The lyrics narrate a charming message about those special friendships that last through all of life’s changes. Most people have that one person where you can go a while without talking, but come together again as if you’ve spent no time apart.


“You Are My Heart” is just the beginning of Reliable Alibi’s journey. You can expect to hear their upcoming debut album, The UkeRock Experience, later this year.


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Dark-pop band RIVALS’ new album Sad Looks Pretty On Me is hauntingly imaginative and filled with rousing intricacy.



The Los Angeles quartet consisting of vocalist Kalie Wolfe, bassist Sebastian Clarke, guitarist Micket Woodle, and drummer Josh Alve have revamped their rock sound into a brilliant combination of dreamy pop-rock, post-hardcore, and alt vibes that feel inspired yet original all at once.


RIVALS cannot be put into a box because of how diverse and transformative they are. They are continuously evolving, while expertly maintaining the special qualities their supporters have grown to love about them. With their music, RIVALS hopes to garner the attention of both “radio listeners and bedroom moshers.”



Sad Looks Pretty On Me is their newest full-length album. The lyrics are grippingly poetic and complex, and the edgy instrumentals are joined by intense, stunning vocals. There is an abundance of beautiful emotion and meaningful messages. You’ll find that this collection of songs is wonderfully depth-filled.


“RIVALS always rise to the challenge of confronting demons head on —

while fashioning their moods into something irresistible.”


A perfect example of this is their track, “Strawberries,” which is about Kalie Wolfe’s past addictions with drugs and alcohol, and how she healed from these past issues and found happiness. While I usually try to explore each track individually in my reviews, Sad Looks Pretty On Me is a very personal listening experience. It has touched me in many ways, and I know that you’ll connect with it as well.


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