River Hooks teams with The Brazilian Gentleman to form Dear Hughes!

December 4, 2020

Photographer - Ed Marshall Photography NYC

Dear Hughes is a three-piece band based in Harlem, NYC. Referencing

John Hughes, the band channels the playful sensitivity of his films and

much of the music associated with them. Dear Hughes delivers a level of

sweetness, sensitivity, and heartbreak that’s most often associated with

singer/songwriters into a world of upbeat pop/dance music. River Hooks

(vocals, guitar), Christian Alexander (vocals, keyboards), and Merc Yes

(production, keyboards) simply bring the spirit of classic 80’s synth-pop

songwriting into the current landscape of current EDM/pop music.

Their first single, due to be released on December 4th by Internet & Weed

Recordings, “Diamond Heart” will leave you wishing to fall in love for the

first time all over again. Full of hooks and synths, but absolutely dance floor

ready, “Diamond Heart” encompasses everything that this group wears on

its sleeve. Not unlike The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” or Rihanna’s “We

Found Love,” they channel that era in music in a way that the listener

doesn’t need a familiarity to appreciate. It’s introspective and equally

anthemic.

“Diamond Heart” fell into place one night in the studio and moments later,

River Hooks named the group. “We’re basically a love letter to John

Hughes” says Hooks as Alexander added, “and all of the sweet melodrama

that goes along with his movies.” The song feels like part club banger, part

heartbreak song, wrapped up in glossy innocent optimism. “It’s okay to cry

on the dance floor sometimes” adds Merc. Although this is a debut for the

group, all three have been active in other entities.

Stream “Diamond Heart” HERE!

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The Indie Spiritualist Presents: A Conversation With R.A. The Rugged Man

October 16, 2020

Chris Grosso sits down with R.A. The Rugged Man to talk about his new album, mental health, the 2020 election, family tragedy, horror movies, touring in the age of Covid, and much more.

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Click HERE to buy or stream All My Heroes Are Dead!

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The Indie Spiritualist Presents: A Conversation with Sage Francis

June 19, 2020
Sage Francie Bio PicThe following conversation was held on 6/18/20.

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Home: In Memoriam of Ram Dass

December 23, 2019

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I didn’t even bother going into my bedroom to lay down last night after learning about Ram Dass’s transition knowing it would be futile. So here I am at 6am and going on zero sleep. I did, however, create this overnight as it’s what I felt called to do. It’s all one take, no edits, and very raw, but as I believe Ram Dass would say, “it’s a transmission of the heart,” so that is exactly how it will stay—raw, flawed, and from the heart. There are more details in the video description on the Youtube page if you’re interested. Sending you all love.

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A Conversation with Christian McKenna of The Brazilian Gentleman and End Christian

November 14, 2019

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Christian McKenna is a musician and visionary who’s currently engulfed in a number of musical projects, the two main ones being The Brazilian Gentleman and End Christian. In this conversation, Christian and I discuss his early experiences and influences musically, taking a somewhat sharp turn in the music he currently works on, his creative process, and much more. Check it out below!

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