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Original Dance: Youngblood Hawke - "Robbers"

Youngblood Hawke “Robbers” Youngblood Hawke sound like nothing you’ve ever heard.  They’re part electronica, part indie pop, part rock anthem, all wonderful.  Sometimes they sound like Beck, sometimes like New Order or another New Wave band, sometimes a normal Bjork, …

Indescribable Beauty: Exit Someone - "Absent Lover"

Exit Someone “Absent Lover” Equal Trouble For a short number by two people, there is a lot going on, all great.  From the wonderful ethereal vocals to the spinning keyboard sounds to that wonderful, peaceful rhythm carrying the song, the …

A New Experience: The Dull Blue Lights - "Press Play"

The Dull Blue Lights “Press Play” The Dull Blue Lights Muscle Shoals, the Sound of Philadelphia, a lost tune from Nuggets, combine them all together, and you get the Dull Blue Lights.  Formally The Snails, The Dull Blue Lights decided …

Spiritual Trek: James Riotto - "Mineral King"

James Riotto “Mineral King” Mineral King James Riotto, formally on The Moanin Dove, is about to release his grand tribute to the beauty of the wilderness, and it’s extraordinarily uplifting.  As Riotto says: “I am not a religious, or even …

Music As Healer: Sun Kin - "Bijak"

Sun Kin “Bijak” “Kabir was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint. The Bijak is the best known compilation of Kabir’s poetry, and holy scripture for followers of the Kabirpanthi religion. It is one of the earliest major texts in …

Daring Concepts: Dalton Deschain & The Traveling Show - "Tin Laurel"

  Dalton Deschain & The Traveling Show “Tin Laurels” Catherine Dalton Deschain is releasing one of a trio of albums, and this first release is one the greatest ideas for a concept album since Amanda Palmer and Jason Wembley’s Evelyn Evelyn. …

Dreamscape: TESHA - "Dreams"

TESHA “Dreams” Dreams Vol. 1 As the Eurythmics song goes, “Sweet dreams are made of this”.  TESHA’s new album, dropping soon, is exactly what Annie met.  The music and that gorgeous voice flow all around you like the best of …

Barroom Fun: Wreck Loose - "Long Time Listener, First Time Caller"

Wreck Loose “Long Time Listener, First Time Caller” OK, Wreck Loose Imagine Warren Zevon more out of control and punkier, if that were even possible, and you get Wreck Loose, these lunatics from Pittsburgh, of course.  Wreck Loose is so …

Aussie Eccentricity: The Stevens - "Pulling All The Facts Together"

The Stevens “Pulling All The Facts Together” Good Coming from Melbourne (what is in the water there?), The Stevens formed in 2011 around guitarists Alex Macfarlane (Twerps, Tyrannamen) and New Zealand-born Travis MacDonald, and were soon joined by bassist Gus Lord …

Jazz/Electronica: BEIJU - "Movin On"

BEIJU “Movin On” Demain Demain is the French for tomorrow, and BEIJU definitely has her sites on the future.  Raised in the outskirts of Paris, Caitlin Seager was heavily influenced by contemporary jazz and the avant-garde art world as a …

See: Phoenix Disco-Tinged "J-Boy"

phoenix, jboy, disco, alternative rockPhoenix return with “J-Boy” a song that showcases a laissez-faire pace, glitzy electronics, and a disco-ized sound that diverges from their typical alternative pop-rock. The video pays homage to the title of their album with a talkshow of the same …

SEE: Arcade Fire "Everything Now" and "Creature Comfort"

Arcade Fire are overachievers and nothing shows more proof than the two songs with accompanying videos they just put out. The first being “Everything Now”, a catchy pop-rock tune with an epic chorus that would even leave U2 jealous. Win …

Chamber Music Redux: Seven(Suns - "Heathens"

Seven(Suns “Heathens” (TWENTY ONE PILOTS) For Hearts Still Beating This orchestra is so wonderful, but what is most amazing is not just their covers, which they really own, but on this upcoming album, they also perform their own composition, “Yama”, …

Beautiful Blues: Katie Buchanan - "Stand With Me"

Katie Buchanan “Stand With Me” Who We Are When We’re Standing “Stand With Me” is an truly outstanding song from the sophomore product of my favorite new blues/folk singer, Katie Buchanan.  On this song, her guitar playing (which is amazing …

Bright And Deep: Everything Turned To Color - "Everything Turned To Color"

Everything Turned To Color “Everything Turned To Color” All Things Go What an amazing band.  They sound like the New Christy Minstrels at first, until you listen and realize there is something more complex and darker happening her.  Everything Turned To Color includes brothers …

Feel The Blues: Alan Getto - "Change"

Alan Getto “Change” Versus Wow.  Think of a slightly more positive Conor Oberst with a better voice and beautiful slide/blues guitar playing and you get Alan Getto.  Inspired by paradoxical elements of life and examining his own transition into his …

Service Above Personal Life: Emay Holmes - "The Deployment Song"

Emay Holmes “The Deployment Song” Deep Down This is an absolutely tremendous song written and delivered from a standpoint very few of us have ever been.  Emay Holmes is a serving airman on USS Nimitz; by day he helps launch …

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters "Is This The Life We Really Want?"

Roger Waters has produced the closest thing we will get to a post-Pink Floyd record with “Is This The Life We Really Want?” This is a mammoth record that soars with an array of electronics, layered vocals, random-sampled commentary, acoustic …

Hear: Death From Above - "Freeze Me"

Death From Above are back with a new single entitled “Freeze Me” touching on sex, the political climate, and, of course, love/sex/drugs/rock n roll. Coming fresh off the drop of “1979” in their name (google it) the band is ready …

Strong Kickass Rock: A Bird - "Polluto"

A Bird “Polluto” Steel Cold Train After years spent fronting his former band Those Mockingbirds, NJ-based artist Adam Bird decided to call it a day in February of 2016 to focus on a different musical path.  As much as I …

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