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Perfect Pop: ALKE - "All Night"

ALKE “All Night” What a infectious piece of pure pop confection this single by ALKE is.  Just perfect for the late summer, early autumn blues.  In fact, I would be very surprised if “All Night” is not playing on the …

London Pop: Playing House - "Jelly Legs"

Playing House “Jelly Legs” Jocelyn What a great band.  This art band from England is wonderfully fun.  I would call it Talking Heads meet Scritti Politti.  And Tom Robinson loves them.  What more do you need to know?  The band …

Punk Blues: Shotgun Sawyer - "You Got To Run"

Shotgun Sawyer “You Got To Run” Thunderchief Picture, if you will, if Robin Trower were a punk, or if, out of the blue, Johnny Thunders decided to play blues rock.  You would get Shotgun Sawyer.  Comprised of Brett (The Butcher) …

Punk With A Message: Oh Sees - "Animated Violence"

  Oh Sees “Animated Violence” Orc Oh Sees (having dropped the Thee) are back.  God, these guys rock, and their new album, Orc, is no exception.  It has all those great bass riffs that the Oh Sees are capable of, …

Boys From Brooklyn: Grizzly Bear - "Mourning Sound"

Grizzly Bear “Mourning Sound” Painted Ruins After being teased since early July, Grizzly Bear has dropped their new album, and it is wonderful.  This might be the best album (next to Lorde and TORRES) released this year.  Grizzly Bear has …

Lyrical Truth: NEEDTOBREATHE - "Cages"

NEEDTOBREATHE “Cages” Hard Love NEEDTOBREATHE are an amazingly literate and musical band from Charleston, SC.  Comprised of Bear Rinehart- Guitar, Lead Vocals;  Bo Rinehart- Guitar, BGV’s;  Seth Bolt- Bass, BGV’s; and  Josh Lovelace – Keys, BGV’s, this quartet weaves musical …

The Definition of Acid: TOBACCO - "Slaughtered By The Amway Guy"

TOBACCO “Slaughtered By The Amway Guy” Ripe & Majestic This is definitely not your same old same old trip music.  TOBACCO has done something most DJ’s have never thought to do:  he removed all the music from remixes he did …

ANSCR Of The Cloth of Great Midwest Emcees

        The ANSCR born Nico Carreno has been working on his craft and making a name for himself in the midwest music scene. The well traveled emcee who has toured with Bone Thugs and Harmony and had …

Charles Valentino: Are You Offering Me Hips or a Show?

Charles Valentino Scarecrow, “The Wiz” – 1st National Tour (1976) and Broadway Revival (1984) #Miracles Charles Valentino is a Broadway actor, ballet dancer, teacher, songwriter, and choreographer. He has appeared on the television show “CSI” (CBS), and he has worked …

Brooklyn Power Pop: Best Behavior - "Say"

Best Behavior “Say” Good Luck Bad Karma WOW, and I thought great power pop was dead, but here comes Best Behavior to kick me out of my complacency.  Taken cues from the early Who and The Kinks, wrapping it up …

Power Pop: Sleeping With Sirens - "Legends"

Sleeping With Sirens “Legends” Gossip So, you’ve been waiting for the next great power pop/punk band to drive away the Green Day blues?  Well, Sleeping With Sirens have all the moves, the riffs, and, most important, the sincerity that makes …

Dark Retrospective: Christian Dörge - "Scotland Yard"

Christian Dörge “Scotland Yard” Ghost Of A Bad Idea – The Very Best Of Christian Dörge My Munich goth hero has released an extensive greatest hits collection spanning the 25 years of his musical career.  This is the ultimate in …

Dark Goth: Hante - "Le Ponte Du Non-Retour"

Hante “Le Ponte De Non-Retour” Between Hope And Danger What a beautiful, dark, swirling mass of synthesized ecstasy.  Hante is the epitome of dark goth.  Born in Paris as Hélène de Thoury, Hante creates a cold, synthetic and melancholic music …

Denver Self-Loathing: The Yawpers - "Mon Dieu"

The Yawpers “Mon Dieu” Boy In A Well Arising from some graveyard in Denver, after feasting on the remains of the tattered bodies of rock ‘n’ roll, The Yawpers have come to show the faithful the final steps that The …

Rickey "Slikk Muzik" Offord: Speaking of Babyface

Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord Multi-Platinum Producer #Love Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord is multi-platinum producer, who has worked with recording artists, such as Babyface, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jaime Foxx, Master P, and Tank. http://invocation.co/show/performer/rickey-slikk-muzik-offord Aptly titled Shefik presents Invocation, the …

WOW: Lorde - "Perfect Places"

Lorde “Perfect Places” Melodrama Just wow.  Melodrama is the best album dropped so far this year.  And “Perfect Places” is one of Lorde’s best song.  And when she sings, “Where the fuck are perfect places anyway?”, you go wow.  I …

Wandering Around: Alice Merton - "No Roots"

Alice Merton “No Roots” The perfect song for those travelers all over the world, the restless souls who can’t settle down.  Alice Merton understands those feelings.  As she sings:  “I have no roots, but my home was never on the …

Memorable: Adam Ostrar - "Spare Me"

Adam Ostrar “Spare Me” Brawls In The Briar Adam Ostrar has one of the voices that haunts you.  Even though he inhabits the world of the folk singers, his influences like Lou Reed and Robert Wyatt happen to sneak through.  …

Heart On The Sleeve: Brett Gleason - "Alive"

Brett Gleason “Alive” Manifest Not only is Brett Gleason the most romantic singer/songwriter out there who is not afraid to show his heart, he is extremely beautiful.  I love this song.  It is one of the best songs he’s ever …

Aural Dancing: Satellite Mode - "Bad Woman"

Satellite Mode “Bad Woman” Wild Excuses What a voice.  What beautiful compositions that really complement the main strengths of this group.  Satellite Mode is the project of the classically trained duo of vocalist, Jess Carvo and producer and instrumentalist Alex Marko.  …

Dan Croll's Bright & Poppy 'Emerging Adulthood'

British singer-songwriter Dan Croll has just released his sophomore debut with Emerging Adulthood. Croll is known for his playful, polished, pop songs but on this record Croll goes for a bolder and more developed style. Croll to have a pow-wow …

Quirkiness: Tomber Lever - "Being Able To Recognize Kin"

Tomber Lever “Being Able To Recognize Kin” Future Pedagogue This is the most fun band I’ve heard since the Residents came roaring on the scene.  This is a band that breaks all taboos of seriousness by stilling being musically excellent.  …

Rickey "Slikk Muzik" Offord: I Medically Died Twice

Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord Multi-Platinum Producer #Miracles Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord is multi-platinum producer, who has worked with recording artists, such as Babyface, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Jaime Foxx, Master P, and Tank. http://invocation.co/show/performer/rickey-slikk-muzik-offord Aptly titled Shefik presents Invocation, the …

Made of Tungsten: El Jefazo - Rio Tinto

El Jefazo “Rio Tinto” El Jefazo Do you love stoner mental?  Then you are going to LOVE El Jefazo.  These guys have this wonderful interplay of drums, bass, and guitar, heavy, grungy, dirty, perfect for tripping.  Coming from the Peruvian …

The Power Of Punk: Cruising - "My Twin Sister"

Cruising “My Twin Sister” WOW.  Coming from Belfast and Dublin, this queer punk band is incredibly intense and punk, yes, punk is still alive. Cruising is made up of Benni, Claire, Neil,  & Sarah, and they kick ass.  This is great …

Lightening Fingers: Molly Tuttle - "Good Enough"

Molly Tuttle “Good Enough” Rise Wow, what uplifting music.  Molly Tuttle is such a joy to watch.  Her fingers just fly over her fret board, her voice is just so happy, and her face positively glows.  On July 26th, the International Bluegrass …

Alternative Rap: Juiceboxxx - "Guts And Tension"

Juiceboxxx “Guts And Tension” Freaked Out American Loser I love this guy.  Juiceboxxx is the new face, the new sound of rap.  If a genre needed a shot in the arm, it was rap.  It was becoming self-satisfied and backwards …

Music For Fun: Ryan Wong - "Good Lovin'"

Ryan Wong “Good Lovin'” More Milk This song is so fun, so 60’s sound, but at the same time the modern wit like Adam Green.  Even the name of the new album, More Milk, is fun jab on the fact …

New Jazz: Ms. White - "Full Grown"

Ms. White “Full Grown” Jade What a voice.  Ms. White has that smoky, jazzy voice that makes you dream of those smoky Harlem or Paris nightclubs where you’d see Louie Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Josephine Baker, and the other greats.  The …

Diva With A Fun Side: Selena Gomez - "Bad Liar"

Selena Gomez “Bad Liar” There is something pure genius about Selena Gomez.  She has a wonderful voice, she’s beautiful, and she is a great actress.  I love this song.  Taking the bassline from Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (with permission of …

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