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Beautiful Dark Pop: Crimson Apple - "Can't Get Out Of Bed"

Crimson Apple “Can’t Get Out Of Bed” Amazingly poppy song, which, if you listen closely, is actually a dark indictment of a culture that thinks that pills and diet can help depression without reaching to the core of the problems.  …

Soundtrack Extraordinaire: Chris Keya - "Lost Boys"

Chris Keya “Lost Boys” Deadnight Chris Keya has done it again.  Coming from Rome, the home of great soundtracks, he has created the perfect intro to one of my favorite movies, Lost Boys. I always loved the pathos, the humor, the …

Super Honesty: Briston Maroney - "Under My Skin"

Briston Maroney “Under My Skin” Carnival Briston Maroney is one of those super-honest singer/songwriters that have taken notes from the Neil Young songbook but have gone way beyond that to create beautiful music.  Living in Nashville, he drenches his music …

Grunge Pop: talker - "Intimidated"

talker “Intimidated” talker is Celeste Tauchar (a play on her last name).  Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she grew up in Sacramento, California with a German Catholic mother and Jewish Agnostic father, talker was influenced by the grunge music and Lilith …

Beautiful Irony: Lil Peep - "Life Is Beautiful"

Lil Peep “Life Is Beautiful” Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 2 Released after the tragic death of Lil Peep, this song demonstrates why we all are were in shock and mourning.  This is a beautifully introspective song that rings …

Funky Soul: Jak Lizard - "Quality Of Life"

Jak Lizard “Quality Of Life” Shine To Rise What a voice.  Jak Lizard reminds me of the soulful side of Van Morrison.  The funky backbeat and the great musicians backing up Lizard reminds me also of the wonder of Leon …

Dark Is Better: Holy Wars - "Born Dark"

Holy Wars “Born Dark” The best indictment of our society’s way of forcing gender behavior on our society since Hole, Holy Wars turns the whole beauty world on its head by forcing us to consider that some of us don’t …

Lo-Fi Wonder: Jonathan Franco - "18A"

Jonathan Franco’ “18A” Swimming Alone Around The Room I love Jonathan Franco’s matter-of-fact vocals, whether they are the low, hang-over induced as on “18A” or the wispy falsetto that he achieves on other tracks on the album. Franco, coming from …

Hip Hop R&B: Toshi - "The Fall (feat. SK)

Toshi “The Fall (feat. SK) What a great hip hop, dreamy pop song, with a stutter drum background that really helps take Toshi’s voice and the song itself from the average to exceptional.  Toshi has a gorgeous voice, and when …

Electronica: These New Puritans - "Into The Fire"

These New Puritans “Into The Fire” George and Jack Barnett, those twins geniuses from Essex, are back after five years with a new song, and it certainly was worth the wait.  Along with the brothers, David Tibet and Micaela Haslam …

Activism To Stir You Up: Yuzima - "Black Supremacy"

Yuzima “Black Supremacy” POWER This is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year, and after what has happened in states like Georgia, no song could be more relevant.  To describe Yuzima would be hard to do; just imagine …

Love Song For All: Gabe Lopez - "Lasso"

Gabe Lopez “Lasso” God The Save The Queens Gabe Lopez is so amazing.  He writes some of the greatest songs ever, his voice is tremendous, and he is still able to be himself.  He is out and proud, and he …

Psychedelic Folk: Deerhunter - "Death In Midsummer"

Deerhunter “Death In Midsummer” Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared Deerhunter is one of the most intense bands.  Sometimes they sound like the Byrds, then they get way more psychedelic than even McGuinn and McGuire were capable of.  Comprised of Bradford Cox, Lockett …

Story Teller Extraordinaire: Sun Kil Moon - "This Is My Dinner"

Sun Kil Moon “This Is My Dinner” Mark Kozelek is my hero.  The way he writes his stories and sings them to you like you are the only person he is singing to is amazing.  As he says, “Leave the …

Beauty Through Sorrow: Parks (ft. Boston) - "Fools"

Parks (fr. Boston) “Fools” Parks They often say heartbreak breeds beauty, and the new album by Parks proves that.  Parks is Brian E. King, lead vocals/guitar, Eric Bolton on guitar, Andrew Jones on drums, Rob Johanson on bass, and Robin …

Diorama of Life: J Fernandez - "Common Sense"

J Fernandez “Common Sense” Occasional Din The press for J Fernandez starts out “Occasional Din is a sunny shoebox diorama for the eternal pessimist”.  I could not say it better myself.  Each of J Fernandez’ songs is a diorama of scenes …

Mythological Beauty: Holy Golden - "Lost Island"

Holy Golden “Lost Island” Sleepwalkers In The Milky Way Holy Golden is the brainchild of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti, and listening to the beauty of this whole EP is like taking a trip to some faraway, kinder universe.  The low-fi, …

Soul Searching Beauty: Ward - "Slowfast"

Ward “Slowfast” My god, I love this guy’s voice.  As I’ve said before, he is this generation’s Richard Ashcroft.  Again, he and his band have come with an earwig of a song that has melody and words you’ll be singing …

Hard Hitting Beauty: Me & Munich - "Knives Of The Sun"

Me & Munich “Knives Of The Sun” Knives Of The Sun What a killer band.  Denmark has reached out to slay us again.  This duo made up of Jan Petersen on guitar and Marco Bøgehøj on drums have the killer sound …

Fitting Tribute: Alias & Doseone - "The Deadener"

Alias & Doseone “The Deadener” Less Is Orchestra Wow, this is one of the most complex, most emotionally thrilling, most important electronic music I’ve heard for awhile, and it is a fitting tribute to Alias, Brendon Whitney, who left this …

Music Exceptional: Rachel Ana Dobken - "Belief Beneath"

Rachel Ana Dobken “Belief Beneath” When It Happens To You What a great album.  Rachel Ana Dobken has that certain something that lifts this album above most of the music out there.  With one foot in the blues, the other …

Voice of the Future: Jake Fields - "The Other Side Of Waiting"

Jake Fields “The Other Side Of Waiting” Jake Fields’ new singe has finally dropped, and it was seriously worth the wait.  As soon as it starts, you know you’re in for something different.  The beats are much more complex, and …

Beauty: Kiyomi Hawley - "Meet You There"

Kiyomi Hawley “Meet You There” Meet You There Kiyomi Hawley, the voice of the ages, has released the title track to her album, Meet You There, and it is a beautiful plea for us all to put away our immature ways …

Beautiful Tribute: Strange Familia - "Nightlight"

Strange Familia “Nightlight” Strange Familia, which is Garret Williams and Brecken Jones, has created a beautiful but strange and almost disconcerting song celebrating the lives and memorializing the tragic deaths of Williams’ mother and little daughter.  This song has so much …

Innocence Of Love: Gunnar Gehl - "Ocean Blue"

  Gunnar Gehl “Ocean Blue” Seventeen year old Gunnar Gehl has released a new single that proves that there is still life in pop music, and a beautiful song is a beautiful song forever.  In fact, in the world as …

Peruvian Stoner Metal: Rito Verdugo - "Sombras"

Rito Verdugo “Sombras” Cosmos Roaring all stoked and stoned from Lima, Peru, comes Rito Verdugo.  This is one of the greatest stoner heavy metal I have heard since Judas Priest.  These guys are heavy and refuse to lighten up.  No …

Scripts From Life: Billie Eilish - "When The Party's Over"

Billie Eilish “When The Party’s Over” I am not exaggerating how wonder Billie Eilish is.  Her voice has this range that divas would kill for.  She has such passion, such intensity, and she is only 16.  She reminds me of …

Personal Beauty: Augustine de Angelo - "Time (feat. Sufjan Stevens)"

Angelo De Augustine “Time” (feat. Sufjan Stevens) Tomb You combine Angelo de Augustine with Sufjan Stevens, and you get pure unadulterated beauty. de Augustine has one of the voices that could melt the hardest heart, and with Stevens on the piano, …

Jazz: BlissBliss - "I'm Coming Through"

BlissBliss “I’m Coming Through” 3 What a great song.  Imagine Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of Art of Noise.  You have this tremendous band.  What a voice.  Renee Bliss and Lang Bliss have put together the best jazz music I’ve heard for …

Reality: 8 Graves - "Bury Me Low"

8 Graves “Bury Me Low” Black Coming from NYC, 8 Graves consists of Brent Carpentier and Nick Goncalves, who looked ordinary but certainly are not.  Their bio states: “nothing seems to make me feel ok”.  Those are my words to …

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