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Southern Punk: The Weeks - "Comin' Down"

The Weeks “Comin’ Down” Two Moons This punkish quartet with a southern twist (storming in from Mississippi), have one of the greatest punk songs this years.  Staffed by twin Brothers Cyle (lead vocals) and Cain Barnes (Drums), Samuel Williams (guitar, …

Unrequited Love: Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes - "The Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)"

Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes “The Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)” Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes are Daniel Ellsworth (lead vox, keys), Timon Lance (guitar), and Marshall Skinner (bass).  These never grown-up Peter Pans make great music …

Energy Galore: FYKE - "Antisocial"

FYKE “Antisocial” Disorder FYKE does such a great job combining electronics with pop sensibilities to create a truly unique experience.  Sometimes they even verge towards post metalpop.  This is a great song.  I love their take on love gone wrong …

Power Rock: Swimming With Bears - "Don't Think About It"

Swimming With Bears “Don’t Think About It” Swimming With Bears You want the new, fun, summer-time band?  Well, jump in the musical waters of Swimming With Bears.  With hooks galore, a sense of fun, and a knowledge of what power …

Goodbye Love: Cody Lovaas - "Love No More"

Cody Lovaas “Love No More” Honestly What a beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching song.  Haven’t we all been here?  When Lovaas sings, And I know you can see all of the pain that’s gathered in my eyes when I look at you, …

Life Affirming: Elephant Heart - "Lenguas"

Elephant Heart “Lenguas” Elephant Heart is probably the most original band out there.  The duo of Jason and Victoria Evigan have formed a world music collective to make music designed to connect us all in ways only art can accomplish.  …

Inhabiting Dreams: Saint Slumber - "Sleeptalk"

Saint Slumber “Sleeptalk” YOUTH / / / 3 The second single from YOUTH / / / 3 dropped and what a great single it is.  “MANTRA” was such a great punk tune that it is a surprise how wonderfully Saint Slumber …

Alt Rock At Its Best: Finish Ticket - "Dream Song"

Finish Ticket “Dream Song” I am so excited that Finish Ticket have a new single out.  This band is so great; I saw them open for The Kin a couple of years ago, and they blew me away.  They still …

Heavenly Music: Electric Youth - "The Life"

Electric Youth “The Life” Memory Emotion This beautiful piece of dreampop is some of the best I’ve heard since Mazzy Star.  Electric Youth are vocalist Bronwyn Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Austin Garrick, and Griffin’s voice is this elegant whisper underneath which …

Rock Is Alive: FREEMAN - "Get Me Started"

FREEMAN “Get Me Started” FREE There is something very retro yet current about London-based artist FREEMAN.  His music is delightfully tuneful and, at times, he sounds like he’s challenging Jagger or Bowie, but all the time with this original, timeless …

Pure Pop Romance: Parker Matthews - "Good Enough"

Parker Matthews “Good Enough” Parker Matthews, that sensation from PA, has dropped a new single, “Good Enough”, which will melt the heart of any pop fan out there.  This is what crooning is all about.  Matthews has seriously become one …

Psych-Country-Rock Night Moves - "Strands Align"

Minnesota-based Night Moves’ third album Can You Really Find Me is the album that will define your summer. This psych-country-rock group has come a long way since their debut, Colored Emotions, was released online for free back in 2011. Listening …

Choose The Right Treasure: Dragon Welding - "These Are Dangerous Times"

Dragon Welding “These Are Dangerous Times” These Are Dangerous Times This is such a great song, so representative of these times.  They are indeed dangerous times.  Dragon Welding is the solo moniker of Andrew Golding of the Wolfhounds.  His solo …

Dark Beauty: The Bright Smoke - "The Lion And"

The Bright Smoke “The Lion And” Gross National Happiness The Bright Smoke is the project of musician and songwriter, Mia Wilson, and formerly included filmmaker, producer, and musician, Quincy Ledbetter, who has been named the ‘Project Cre8’ by Paramount Players …

Beautiful Sadness: Jedd Hughes - "Animal Eyes"

Jedd Hughes “Animal Eyes” WEST Jedd Hughes has one of the most plaintive voices I have ever heard.  When he sings, he sounds like he’s singing through the tears of a broken heart.  It is amazing how much emotion he …

Piano-based Dreams: MOTTRON - "They Know"

MOTTRON “They Know” What an interesting song.  MOTTRON has a voice that doesn’t seem earthly, and the way he uses pianos, well, it shouldn’t work, but somehow it’s perfect, and you walk away (with the song in your head) wondering …

Experimental R&B: Makeunder - "Pale Cicada"

Makeunder “Pale Cicada” Pale Cicada This is surely one of the more interesting records so far for 2019. There is so much going on, not just on the service but bubbling underneath like a Yellowstone geyser, just ready to erupt.  …

Dark Dance: EXNATIONS - "Tether"

EXNATIONS “Tether” Pink Haze With their Cure-like, dirge sound, EXNATIONS are the sound of this generation; mired in self-doubt and self-hatred, just like the 80’s.  EXNATIONS, from Brooklyn, is comprised of Sal Mastrocola, Taylor Hughes, and John O’Neill.  Although they …

Thunderstorm Memories: Def Robot - "Falling Apart Again"

Def Robot “Falling Apart Again” Makers Of Mountains There is something nostalgic yet tragic in the sound of Def Robot.  To me, they bring up memories of storms I’ve endured, successfully or not, in my life.  Maybe it’s the beautiful …

Soundtrack to Your Private Movie: Rude Audio - "Don't Follow Me"

Rude Audio “Don’t Follow Me” Street Light Interference What a great soundtrack Rude Audio has produced.  The tension throughout “Don’t Follow Me” would fit perfect with a John Carpenter film.  The tension is so beautifully presented, when the climax is …

Power Pop: Sub-Radio - "Room For You"

Sub-Radio “Room For You” Dog Years I love this band.  The vocals by Adam Bradley simply blow me away.  When he goes into the stratosphere with that perfect falsetto, I get goosebumps.  He just might be one of the best …

New England Darkness: The Pull Of Autumn - "Not Coming Down"

The Pull Of Autumn “Not Coming Down” Afterglow With Luke Skyscraper James singing lead on this dark song, you get a sound that sounds like what the Velvet Underground would sound like in 2019.  This is such a great song, I’m …

Pure Truth: Wylder - "The Lake"

Wylder “The Lake” Golden Age Thinking Imagine Fleet Foxes meet The Shins, you will get Wylder.  The beautiful harmonies soaring over the beautiful chamber music of the instruments are just unbelievable.  Coming from Virginia, Wylder is comprised of Will McCarry, …

Stop The Noise: Joywave - "Like A Kennedy"

Joywave “Like A Kennedy” What an interesting song.  This is not exactly your happy-go-lucky song, even though the melody and music is poppy.  The lyrics to this song are not even close to being poppy (check the lyrics at the …

Melodic Darkness: Outer Spaces - "I See Her Face"

Outer Spaces “I See Her Face” Gazing A Globe Cara Beth Satalino, the leader of Outer Spaces, has this tremendous voice and this amazing ability to craft a pop song that is memorable and also deeply lyrical.  Coming from Pittstown, …

Intimate Folk: Welsh Avenue - "Two-Door Coupe"

Welsh Avenue “Two-Door Coupe” New Ways Mark DiLillo, aka as Welsh Avenue, has this way of making his music so intimate and fun at the same time.  As DiLillo says: “New Ways is about exploring the unknown, while following a …

Killer Rock: Dead By Wednesday - "You & Die"

Dead By Wednesday “You & Die” Dead By Wednesday What an asskicking band.  Dead By Wednesday represents what I love about heavy metal: killer riffs, pounding bass, drums drums and more drums propelling you into the pit, great sick vocals …

Psychedelia: Flamingods - "Olympia"

Flamingods “Olympia” Levitation What a fun, freaky, full-blown crazy band.  This is straight psychedelia, folks, mining the great 60’s sound and tweaking it with right ‘now’ sound to give “Olympia” that timeless sound.  I love this band.  Comprised of Kamal …

Savior of Power Pop: Raynes - "Lemon Drop/Come My Way/Second Thought"

Raynes “Lemon Drop/Come My Way/Second Thought” I had to introduce this band to you all out there.  When their singles drop, you are going to be swept away.  In this band that sounds like Imagine Dragons meet Mumford & Sons, …

Great Hip Hop: I.L.Y.A. - "Franklin" "Pour It Out"

I.L.Y.A. “Franklin” and “Pour It Out” Hydra I.L.Y.A. (I Leave You Amazed) has made the best hip hop song since Die Antwoord and M.I.A., and also the best money song since ABC’s “How To Be A Billionaire” or Camille’s “Money …

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