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St. Louis Trio The Centaurettes Go Pastel Punk on New EP ‘Cute to be Mean’ 

LOUIS, MO – When St. Louis indie punk band TheCentaurettesdecided to make their second EP, Cute to be Mean” – a project they consider to be more professionally produced than their DIY debut “Please Give Me Space” – they were surprised to hear how much their musicianship and songwriting had grown. Core members Derek Hibbard and Bionca Maldonado – guitar and bass, respectively – added drummer Daniel L. Jackson to their roster first. All three of them are vocalists for the band and represent a diversity seldom seen in rock music today. Two-thirds of them are Queer and People Of Color. That diversity helps create something truly original on “Cute to be Mean,” which was recorded almost entirely live. While the songs still ooze sass and irreverence, the artists also found some soft moments, causing them to rebrand themselves as “pastel punk.” 

In general, there’s a heaviness to the subject matter here. Lyrics confront topics like depression and addiction. Ultimately, Maldonado sees the dominant theme as growth, saying “Growth and adaptation are enormous to everyone right now.” In one standout song, “Spider on the Wall,” vocalist Derek Hibbard explores all aspects of addiction. Yet, the music stays phenomenally groovy, and the song ends with a recording of people laughing. 

Hibbard credits Jackson with helping widen the band’s sound, saying, “Danny started out as just a drummer. But in the recording of this he started doing backing vocals, he added keys, he added guitars. He actually has his own song on the record that he plays and sings, ‘Birds and Bees.’ “We’ve kind of got a punk rock Beatles thing going on where you never know who’s going to be singing.” 

It was Jackson who suggested re-recording “The Barge,” a song on the band’s first EP, wanting to do his own take on the song. Having done multiple recordings, Maldonado was keen to try one more time and give the song a “final resting place.” The band was shocked when they heard how much better the new version was. “Miles and miles above where it started in 2017,” says Hibbard. “Night and day.” Maldonado adds that it’s a treat for their longtime listeners, saying “It’s a way to share an old song that all of our fans knows and show them how good it is now.” Much as Green Day fans enjoy both an older and newer version of “Welcome to Paradise,” “The Barge” now lives in two iterations. A video is forthcoming.  

On “Cute to be Mean,” the St. Louis trio shows their own growth. Not just in their music and songwriting, but in their openness to explore new genres, revisit their past, and make the very best of a change in the band’s lineup.  But they’re keeping the sass.  

“Cute to be Mean” was recorded by The Centaurettes at Lighthouse Sounds in Alton, IL and produced by Alex St. Cin.  

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The EP is currently available across all streaming platforms. To listen to their music, or to follow them on social media, please visit the following links: 

Instagram:  

https://instagram.com/thecentaurettes?utm_medium=copy_link 

Album on Spotify:  

https://open.spotify.com/album/64TDQN4FkYe6fccsZU564m?si=pFv83l9SSv6rlw3vOMM_Tw 

Apple Music album link: 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/cute-to-be-mean-ep/1563203845 

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California Dreaming to A Florida Reality @Its_syvonne

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Shalaine Powell was born and partially raised in Los Angeles, California an avid reader who had dreams of one day becoming an author. She eventually relocated to Carver Ranches, Florida where she was still determined to make this dream a reality. Shalaine’s love for urban fiction was a no-brainer as to which genre she wanted to pursue.

Shalaine penned her first book Karma’s Destruction in 2012 and self-published it in 2015 under the moniker S.Yvonne. S.Yvonne later signed to publisher David Weaver Presents, a sub-company under the Bankroll Squad Umbrella. Since then, she has written well over seventy books and eventually became an independent author. She is recognized as a National Best-Selling Author after consistently ranking as Amazon’s Best Seller in Urban Fiction.

S.Yvonne Presents her publishing company was relaunched in 2019. She currently has twenty-seven authors, some who are also National Best-Selling Authors, signed to her company. S.Yvonne prides herself on going above and beyond for not only herself but for her authors as well.

Every year you can find her traveling around the country for book tours and hosting her own. Interacting with her readers, supporters as well as other authors and publishers is something she looks forward to. She loves to sign books, take as many pictures as possible at these events, and just saying Thank You are some of her most favorite experiences.

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(Video) Pudge Capone – Keep Fighting @PudgeCapone

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Pudge Capone’s musical journey is certainly a lesson in perseverance and resiliency. At one point, the Lebanon, Pennsylvania native was sitting behind bars, contemplating whether he was wasting his talent. That moment of clarity led to him honing his craft and focusing all of his energy on launching his career upon release. For nearly 4 years since he has been a full-time artist, Pudge Capone has collaborated with the likes of Fatboy SSE and amassed well over 100K streams on Apple Music alone. This is all the more remarkable considering his limited number of musical releases. Often splitting his time between Pennsylvania and New York City, Washington Heights specifically, Pudge has built a strong network of creatives to collaborate with from both states that help bring his art to life.

Now ready to take the leap and take his career to greater heights, Pudge Capone has unveiled his first official project in the form of the 4-track EP, “Blood, Sweat & Tears.” The project finds Pudge sharing his journey with raw emotion that resonates with listeners. He also released the first official visual from the project with the TH Media-directed clip for Keep Fighting. Pudge expounds on not getting the recognition he deserves on the song and persevering nonetheless. Watch the video here, follow him on Instagram at @PudgeCapone and be sure to stream the EP Blood, Sweat & Tears currently available on all digital streaming platforms.

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Florida artist KSNS releases new single ‘News Flash’ produced by AR. Be on the lookout for a new album by KSNS dropping In October of this year 2022! “News Flash” is now available on all streaming platforms.

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