.digs Music Playlist

New Digs – February

Closing out the month with the February New Digs playlist featuring Brooklyn band Ultra Major with their latest track “Disaster”.

Here are all of the artists to watch this month:

Dua Saleh - pretty kitten
The Tissues - Formation 99
Sonic Fuzz - Cool Blue
Hey Cowboy! - Try...Die
Gouge Away - "Consider"
Ultra Major - "Disaster"
Sorry - More
Velvet Negroni - Baguette
Oliv Blu, Brittney Carter - Fall 4 You
Hayes Peebles - "When I Find My Love"
Mopac - "Rose Gold"
Elkin - Win Win

Check out the February 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the indenpedent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email:

Happy listening!



Show: Archers of Loaf 4/17 @ Underground Arts

Archers of Loaf is playing Underground Arts in Philly on 4/17. 21+

The band announced on their website that they plan to release new music via Merge records in 2020.

Grab tickets:


Show: Andy Schauf 5/1 @ Union Transfer


Andy Schauf is heading on tour in 2020 to support his new record The Neon Skyline. Catch him on 5/1 at Union Transfer in Philly.


Show: Brittany Howard 6/9 @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Celebrate Brooklyn (NYC)

Brittany Howard is killin’ it solo with 2019’s Jamie and you can catch her live for FREE! this summer at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN, 6/9 📍Prospect Park in BK.


Music Playlist

New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: “Neo-Soul Heaven”

Our latest playlist “Neo-Soul Heaven” is now up on Spotify and Apple Music.

This one was tough. It was hard to make. It’s 5 1/2 hours and covers songs from 1985 to today. And that’s because there is just so much. Soul has always melded and shaped to its time, and these days, it’s kinda difficult to delineate the two! – r&b and “neo-soul” that is. Which is cool too, evolution.

“Old school” is anything soulful that harkens back to another time, is smooth, and speaks of “grown folks business”. So, today, as an 80s baby, my old school is 90s R&B (SWV) and Neo-Soul – which is a modern, fluid take on classic soul and tends to lean on the introspection part more often than the romance part (Erykah Badu). Back in the 70s, you could compare the two sounds with, say, The O’jays “Cry Together” (more soul) & The Isley Brothers “Between The Sheets” (more r&b).

What I personally love about Neo-soul is the jazz, hit-hats, atmosphere, sway, time, space, caution. Solange does this so well on last year’s album When I Get Home. Maxwell does it perfectly on Urban Hang Suite, as does Amel Larrieux on Infinite Possibilities, and then of course holdin’ it down for eternity is Ms. J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-T.

While researching this playlist, I was thrilled to see a new release this year from Syleena Johnson, artist and co-host on the #blackgirlmagic that is Sister Circle Live. It’s a show I hold dear to my heart – they are doing amazing things with the platform! She speaks about the state of R&B and Neo-Soul often on air, and they make a constant effort to bring on beloved Neo-soul artists all delivering bona-fide contributions to the genre as it’s both growing new roots and being gentrified into alt – r&b. With all the new voices out here resourcing the classic elements, though, I’m confident we can keep it healthy and well fed, so we can all be fed. We need it! ☺️ Also did ya’ll peep the Roots Picnic line up this year? Sheesh.

Listen to Neo-Soul Heaven now on Spotify and Apple Music and follow @indiedigs.


New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: 00s Alternative

Our latest mix, 00s Alternative, harkens back to moments prior when guitars and literal drums were more of a thing. Ah, the good old days.

In all seriousness, this era was filled with rock bands offering relevant commentary that was often honest, direct, and sometimes difficult to digest. Bands like The White Stripes came on the scene out of nowhere bringing a sound that was completely unique to the time. Clashy. Grimey. Incubus held strong with Morning View (my first rock CD, gifted Christmas of 2001) and, personal favorite political read of the decade, A Crow Left of the Murder. And I still get emotional when I listen to Youth of the Nation by P.O.D.

Hope it inspires you to keep speaking your voice. Listen now on Spotify & Apple Music.