Alternative New Music Friday #Happens

May 10th, 2024

Happy Friday! Alternative New Music Friday #Happens with Judah & The Lion. The Nashville-duo’s fifth full-length album, The Process, is out today featuring the lead single “Long Dark Night.”

Steve Albini R.I.P. 1962-2024 – (Photo: Electrical Audio)

Still processing the sudden passing of musician/producer Steve Albini, who died of a heart attack on May 7th at the age of 61. Albini left his mark on the Alternative format, working with Nirvana, Pixies, and so many others. More in The Latest Alternative News.

Cruel World Festival is this Saturday 5/11 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The set times are HERE

Catfish And The Bottlemen return for their first U.S. tour in 5 years this fall beginning at Austin City Limits. I have details for you in Music Info.

Earlier this week, ALEXSUCKS played an ALT Session at KDKB (ALT AZ 93.3)/Phoenix and Krooked Kings made a strong impression on KIWR (89.7 The River)/Omaha. Check out the latest radio & records exposure on Alternative Photos

New Music that needs to be on your radar this week from Winnetka Bowling League is available for airplay on Alternative Downloads.


Winnetka Bowling League “America In Your 20’s” (MDDN/The Orchard) – 

Listen & Download HERE!

L.A.’s Winnetka Bowling League released “America In Your 20’s” on May 2nd from the forthcoming Sha La La album out May 31st. 

Lead singer Matthew Koma says, “America In Your 20’s is my own bullshit about loving and hating where I come from. You ask a lot of questions in your 20’s and I think that’s when you start to realize the answers are all grey and nuanced.” 

Winnetka Bowling League head out on tour beginning June 25th in Seattle. Find the tour dates HERE

New Music Friday #Happens With Judah & The Lion

Nashville’s Judah & The Lion released their fifth album, The Process, today via Cletus The Van/Downtown Artist & Label Services..The 19 song collection includes the lead single “Long Dark Night” currently Top 35 on the Alternative chart. The band pre-released the following five songs: “Floating In The Night,” “Great Decisions.” “Is What It Is,” “Leave It Better Than You Found It,” and “Song Of A Gun (f/K.Flay).” The new material overall has racked up over 10 million combined global streams to date.

The album draws inspiration from lead singer Judah Akers personal experiences and struggles. Born from the depths of emotional turmoil, the album draws parallels to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Interludes punctuate song suites dedicated to each stage, creating a deeply introspective and cathartic musical experience.

Judah says, “Drawing from the timeless wisdom of the Kübler-Ross stages of grief, originally introduced in the 1960s, The Process guides listeners through the transformative process of navigating loss – in both healthy and unhealthy ways ;). The single, “Long Dark Night,” explores the paradoxical nature of life –  pain can turn to hope and light can come from the depths of darkness.”

The duo that make up Judah & The Lion consists of Judah Akers (vocals/guitar) and Brian MacDonald (mandolin/vocals). Judah & The Lion’s previous four full-length albums are Revival (2022), Pep Talks (2019), Folk Hop N’ Roll (2016), and Kids These Days (2014). The band’s breakout singles “Take It All Back” and “Suit And Jacket” were part of the 2016 release.

Since their 2012 debut EP, Judah & The Lion have received Platinum/Gold certifications, amassed over one billion career streams and sold over 500 million tickets. Six of their singles have gone Top 15 on Alternative Radio 

Judah & The Lion currently are on a spring tour and just recently announced fall dates for The Process Tour. Find the tour dates HERE.

More New Music Friday Albums Out Today


Dehd – Poetry (Fat Possum) 

Judah & The Lion – The Process (Cletus The Van)

Kings Of Leon – Can We Please Have Fun (Capitol)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Love Hate Music Box (Elektra/3EE)

StrateJacket – StrateJacket (EP) (Edgeout/UMe)


Also today, Grouplove release I Want It All Right Now Deluxe, featuring six new tracks via Glassnote. More HERE.