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Harshest Critic Allison Ponthier artist courtesy of Interscope Records for use by 360 Magazine

Allison Ponthier – Harshest Critic

BUDDING SINGER-SONGWRITER ALLISON PONTHIER IS HER OWN HARSHEST CRITIC. WATCH THE CAPTIVATING VIDEO HERE. PONTHIER JOINS LORD HURON’S LONG LOST TOUR FOR SELECT DATES

Today, 25-year-old Allison Ponthier has released Harshest Critic, the dreamy, scars-and-all eagerly anticipated follow up to her debut single Cowboy. Harshest Critic is available here via Interscope Records. 

Written by Ponthier and collaborator Adam Melchor, Harshest Critic uses the relationship between performer and her audience as the lens through which the Texas native turned New York transplant can tackle her own insecurities. I’m terrified / Of the way I look when it’s through strangers’ eyes / Wish I had a way to peek inside their minds / But it wouldn’t fix the problems I see through mine, she sings over gauzy guitars and a steady drumbeat, mirroring the thumping of her heart as her thoughts unspool. The song further contextualizes Allison’s complicated journey from a young teen growing up in the bible belt and struggling with her sexuality. Harshest Critic is yet another feather in the cap of an artist on the verge of stardom.

I wrote ‘Harshest Critic’ around the time when labels were knocking on my door, and I kept wondering what it would feel like when other people were judging me and my work, says Ponthier of the song. It ended up being a song about how, when you’re an artist, everything feels like life or death. But in reality, it’s your happiness and who you are as a person that really matter. You might as well enjoy the ride, because no one’s ever going to be as hard on you as you are.

Directed by the visionary Jordan Bahat, who also helmed Ponthier’s Cowboy music video, the Harshest Critic video follows the singer-songwriter as she wears several hats. Tuning into a late-night show from a neon-soaked bedroom, she watches its host, performer, and cameraman all unpack their insecurities in front of a live studio audience. In every way an aesthetic fantasy, Harshest Critic peels back yet another layer to Ponthier’s full package, a fully realized vision playing out before our lucky eyes.

Harshest Critic follows I Lied, Ponthier’s recent heartbreakingly dreamy duet with Lord Huron, as well as her debut single Cowboy. The debut signaled the arrival of a fully baked new talent with the voice, the lyrics, and the vision of an artist twice her age. Cowboy, immediately captures and captivates as both a personal and professional coming-out story, Billboard says. A Phoebe Bridgers-style confessional wrapped up in the country-pop polish of Kacey Musgraves, declared The Guardian, while FADER called the track a bright slice of queer country-pop.

Ponthier joins Lord Huron on select dates for the Long Lost Tour which kicks off September 9th in Philadelphia and hits a variety of outdoor venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Portland and other markets across the country. Check out the full itinerary here

Make sure to follow Allison on her Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

The Brummies Release “After Midnight” Music Video

The Brummies offer a little spice and flavor to the work week with the 80s themed, black-lit music video for “After Midnight.” The Nashville-based, Alabama-bred trio rock out in the basement alongside choreographed aerobic dancers and some creatures of the night inspired by the 1989 family fantasy flick, “Little Monsters.” The band even enlisted some family members and close friends to jump in on the adventure.

“Dazzling summer jam…an irresistible listen, effortlessly riding a wave between shiny pop and rock ‘n’ roll.” – Variance

“Polished, rhythmic rock” – AL.com (Alabama)

“A fluffy hug of indie rock touched with soulful harmonies, funk rockish guitar licks, and blessed by a synth wave softness. The production feels like the all-inclusive hybrid funk rock jams of the 70’s with a twist of big pop that makes it timeless.” – American Pancake

“Certainly a welcome slice of escapism.” – American Songwriter

“Lush” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Billboard

LISTEN / SHARE “AFTER MIDNIGHT” HERE

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO HERE

The Brummies are composed of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, and Trevor Davis. Known for their fresh blend of urgent rock & roll, dreamy indie-folk, and piercing songwriting, the band has a timeless sound crafted by three players in possession of an almost telekinetic musical shorthand.

“This is our dark disco song,” said Jacob. 

“It started with me playing this rhythm on keys one night,” continued Trevor. “At first, it was this long rocking jam that went into this dark halftime outro.”

“[The harmonies were] particularly fun. I was looking for something that deviated from the main melody in the chorus.” said John. “This song started on a synth, which is the first thing you hear in the song. That was always compelling and it eventually evolved into what is now “After Midnight.”

Variance Magazine, who originally premiered the track, said “It might seem like summer is quickly disappearing (or maybe it feels like it never arrived), but “After Midnight” may just have you thinking twice about that, delivering the perfect escape from these weird times.

Only two years ago, The Brummies made their debut in 2018 with the full-length album Eternal Reach, which received high praise from critics and featured GRAMMY award-winning, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves on the song “Drive Away.” The band returned this year with “Hillside,” which featured in the trailer for Dads, a film-festival favorite directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Their last single “Sunshine” captured the essence of the late Bill Withers, and now “After Midnight” takes listeners to the darkside.

Listeners can stay connected by following the band on Instagram and Facebook @thebrummies, and @the_brummies on Twitter. For more info thebrummies.com.

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COACHELLA 2019

Coachella returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends set for April 12th  14th and April 19th 21st. Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande will headline both weekends. (Full lineup as of January 2nd below).
Passes for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival go on sale Friday, January 4 at 11 AM PT at coachella.com, while supplies last. All taxes, shipping and fees are included in listed pass prices.