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Taking ‘Five,’ but Giving Back So Much More

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting performs on piano

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting discusses performing an original song for Ukraine in front of the wreckage of Mriya and the band’s upcoming show at the Anthem with Barenaked Ladies with contributing writer Eric Althoff.
John Ondrasik would just as soon chat sports. In fact, even his stage name, Five for Fighting, comes from the world of hockey. When his face pops up on a Zoom screen, behind the singer-songwriter in his Los Angeles-area home resides not just his piano but jerseys of Pat Tillman and Luc Robitaille—the latter given to Ondrasik following the Kings vs. Ducks hockey game played at Dodger Stadium on a decidedly un-snowy California day in January of 2017.

“Not to rub it in, but I was at the final game when the Kings beat the Devils,” Ondrasik smirked of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. (I am from New Jersey.) When I shared that I am also a USC alum, Ondrasik, who attended cross-town rival UCLA, waxed about the dynasty of his alma mater’s basketball program under legendary coach John Wooden. Our conversation then turned naturally to both of our schools decamping from the Pac-12 in 2024 to join the Big 10.

Elvis Drew Wants to ‘Focus’ on You, Baby, with Electric New Single

Elvis Drew Focus

More to Watch By Cynthia Gross On June 17, Lagos, Algarve-based alternative electronic artist Elvis Drew released his latest single, “Focus,” a moody, immersive track that explores love, obsession, and the entangled spaces in between. “’Focus’ was inspired by a kind of relationship that lacks attention and focus from one individual to another,” said Elvis […]

Alchemical Records Playlist Updates: Week of July 2, 2022

New Music Friday - New Music This Week on Alchemical Records

Recent Articles By Daniel Warren Hill Enjoying another holiday weekend here at Alchemical Records, and hope you are enjoying yours! Here’s some new music of exceptional quality to get you through the 4th of July weekend. There’s a little something for everyone here, and without a doubt a reminder of the outstanding artists and music […]

Daniel Bromander Embraces Redemption in Anthemic New Single “Still Standing”

Daniel Bromander "Still Standing" Album Art

Recent Articles By Margaret Adams Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Bromander has released his next single “Still Standing,” a funk-filled, redemptive anthem about reclaiming your life. With his own experience with oppression and extreme hardship, Bromander celebrates his freedom and triumph in the face of adversity. With James Brown as a reference during production, the funky retro-soul […]

Do ALEX IVA and Jovynn Have “Your Attention”?

ALEX IVA and Jovynn "Your Attention" Album Art

Recent Articles By Margaret Adams Ukrainian DJ/ music producer ALEX IVA has joined forces with Malaysian TikTok star, Jovynn, in their newly released single “Your Attention.” This is not only ALEX IVA’s fourth single released this year, but it is also 20-year-old Jovynn’s debut single! Attracted by Jovynn’s concept and styling, ALEX IVA connected with […]