Category Archives: New Release Radar

Songs You Should Hear: Dreams, Fantasies, and Vendettas

Hip hop and pop rule the day in this week’s edition of Songs You Should Hear. From the ambient and dreamy, to the unabashedly direct, we’ve got the goods that will keep your brain and body moving.

By the way, we do this every Friday, and are always down to receive new submissions. So, if there’s something you think we should hear, let us know!

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UMC20: High Energy, Cool Vibes, Stellar Storytelling (Sept. 13, 2022)

There is no shortage of exciting new sounds to be heard on this week’s edition of UMC20.

From high-powered pop punk bangers, to cool hip hop and R&B vibes, to the storytelling spirit of Americana, this one has it all. We’ve even snuck in tunes from artists on our next couple NashLive! lineups, just for fun.

All told, this week’s playlist is designed to give you something you’ll love. What are you waiting for? Get in there!

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Songs You Should Hear About Breaking Away and Breaking Free

Musically, these three songs are quite different from one another. However, with music being the universal language and all, that doesn’t mean that they don’t share common themes.

This week’s Songs You Should Hear are about breaking free: from the rigors of everyday life. From the throes of addiction and pain. From relationships that do not reflect our best selves or our best interests.

If any of that resonates with you, please step inside.

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Songs You Should Hear: Vices and Sacrifices

The enchanting pull of toxic love. The hypnotizing allure of pushing a stone uphill toward an end goal. The temptation of greener pastures.

Life puts us in a variety of complicated situations and leads us through complex emotions. Today’s Songs You Should Hear illustrate the shades of grey we encounter as we navigate through life.

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Songs You Should Hear: Real Life, Real Love, Real Motivation

This week’s Songs You Should Hear are here to keep it real.

In this week’s edition, we have three songs that are sure to stir authentic emotions, free of filters and filler. Whether bangers or ballads, these tracks will inspire something within you.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Songs You Should Hear… from UMC Contributor Jenna Rose!

Hey, everyone! Gerard here. I’m up in Bethlehem, PA (the cradle of UMC’s very existence) for Musikfest, the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival. I’m throwing it back with my northern work family and pitching in with this year’s festival, which means you’re going to see some guest contributions here over the next week and a half.

That includes next week’s UMC20, curated by our very own UMC Contributor Jenna Rose! But… before we get there, Jenna is popping in to give you all a little preview with this week’s Songs You Should Hear.

Get ready for a whole lot more where this came from next week. In the meantime, I’ll let Jenna take it from here with her picks!

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Songs You Should Hear: Genre-Bending Adventures

This Friday, we will continue to diversify your sonic palettes with multi-colored soundscapes full of imagination.

We’re excited to present this week’s Songs You Should Hear, because all three of this week’s selections stretch genres past perceived boundaries. Craftily-woven, diverse influences are the name of the game this week — and it’s a game we’re delighted to play!

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Songs You Should Hear: Songs for the Dumped

Who hurt all of you?

I ask out of genuine concern, because I did not have to look far into the submission form to find three songs about breakups and their aftermath for this week’s Songs You Should Hear. While each one is sonically different, they share a common thread: love has a dark side, and some of us handle its charismatic embrace better than others.

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Songs You Should Hear: Got a ‘Death Wish?’; Keep ‘Running’ and Stay ‘Golden’

As a quick aside, figuring out how to incorporate all three song titles into each week’s Songs You Should Hear headline is consistently one of the week’s simple joys.

Another simple joy? Uncovering these songs in the first place! We’ve got some high-powered anthems on tap for you, and it seems like we should get right to them. Dig in!

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Songs You Should Hear: Diverse International Flavors

One of the many wonderful things of residing at the literal center of the music industry — Nashville, TN — is that it provides us with the opportunity to be discovered by artists in all corners of the globe.

Today’s Songs You Should Hear puts that theory to work. We have artists from Sweden, Canada, and our home base of the U.S. The sounds all vary greatly, as well, showcasing the diverse musical palette of this planet we all call home.

Come with us on a globe-spanning journey below!

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