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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 …

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 …

Philly Funk: Palmas - "Where Are You Going?"

Palmas “Where Are You Going?” This is some of the best neo funk/soul I’ve heard for a while.  Palmas, from Philadelphia, sound as if Smoky Robinson decided to front Tame Impala.  This is extremely funky and fun music.  Comprised of Eric, …

Raw Country: Sam Morrow - "Paid By The Mile"

Sam Morrow “Paid By The Mile” Concrete and Mud You combine Stevie Ray Vaughn and Earl Scrubs with John Fogerty’s sense of melody and swampishness, you get Sam Morrow.  Down and dirty, this man can play.  He sounds like he …

New Americana: Mink's Miracle Medicine - "Page Of You"

Mink’s Miracle Medicine “Page Of Me” Pyramid Theory Coming from my backyard, Harper’s Valley, WV, Mink’s Miracle Medicine has managed to change the whole sound of Americana/country music just by the shear honesty of their music.  Mink’s Miracle Medicine consists …

Garage Blues: Darkwing - "Necropants"

Darkwing “Necropants” Super Silver I love these punks.  First, they name their band after one of cartoon heroes.   Then, they name one song, “Necropants”.  So cool and hilarious.  This group of misfits from Brooklyn, consisting of Louis, Rich, Sharif, and Zack, …

St. Lucia's Joyfully-Rich 'Hyperion'

St. Lucia’s Jean-Phillip Grobler brings his high-energy dance pop to a new level with Hyperion, which can only be described as joyfully-rich pop music. Grobler’s quintet adopt a more minimalist dose of stark electronica. Harmonizing synthesizer highlights and staccato melodies. …

Things That Go Bump: Paper Fairy - "Haunted"

Paper Fairy “Haunted” Haunter Haunted Paper Fairy is the solo project of Brooklyn musician Chris Gaskell. The debut album, Haunter Haunted, features Gaskell on bass, piano, guitar and vocals with guest appearances by various New York Musicians such as drummers Itay …

Icelandic Dark Wave: Kaelan Mikla - "Hvermig kemst eg upp?"

Kaelan Mikla “Hvermig kemst eg upp?” Nott Eftir Nott Another wonderful band has come out of Iceland, a tremendous post dark wave/synth wave band called Kaelan Mikla.  Margrét Rósa, Laufey Soffia, and Sólveig Matthildur formed the band in Reykjavik five years …

Dark Romance: Spiryt - "Le Gardien Des Secrets"

Spiryt “Le Gardien Des Secrets” Underworld This is amazing music.  Spiryt is a french artist who has been making great, atmospheric music since the mid 80’s but refuses to play the game.  His music is moody, dark, atmospheric, perfect for …

Philly Punk: SOLD - "Cops"

SOLD “Cops” Feels Unreal This punk band from Philadelphia knows what they’re doing.  This is a great single, and the album is so loud and noisy, just like rock n roll should be.  I know nothing about these guys, which …

Psychedelic Fun: Guerilla Toss - "Meterological"

Guerilla Toss “Meterological” Twisted Crystal Guerilla Toss dropped their insanely crazy new album on September 14, and it’s amazing.  Imagine if Deee-Light and Art of Noise took acid together and created music; that is Guerilla Toss.  Fun, psychedelic, danceable, all …

Ambient Hip Hop: Lil Josiey - "Dreamin' (w/ Lil Gunna & Jay)"

 Lil Josiey “Dreamin’ (w/ Lil Gunna & Jay)” Here you got the best of hip hop and ambient in one place.  This is great, autumnal music, just made for those long, cool nights.  “Dreamin'” gets everything right; the instrumentation, the …

Lovecraftian Soundtrack: A-Sun Amissa - "The Black Path"

A-Sun Amissa “The Black Path” Ceremony In The Stillness Tremendously emotionally stirring neo-classical/drone/dark jazz from a great band I’ve been enamored with for a while.  A-Sun Amissa is a rock ensemble led by Richard Know, and on this album, includes Richard …

Brave Soul: Sydney Wright - "Time Of Night"

Sydney Wright “Time Of Night” What I love about this song, it is hard to tell where the vocals (human) end and the instrumentation begins.  Wright is tremendous when it comes to using her vocals as an instrument.  Her lyrics …

Heart On Sleeve: Ricky Lewis - "Gauntlet In The Sun"

Ricky Lewis “Gauntlet In The Sun” See You In The Morning The perfect break-up album (or least, it will help you recover).  Ricky Lewis is one of those singers whose songs are really biographical, and though it’s sometimes painful to …

True Otherwordly: Spain - "Maya Of The Summer"

Spain Maya In The Summer Mandala Brush One of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear.  The music is fantastic, very ethereal, definitely more unusual, with these clear vocals that are as much a musical instrument as the backing …

Memphis Soul: Stephen Chopek - "Could Have Been"

Stephen Chopek “Could Have Been” Begin The Glimmer First off, I love the sound Stephen Chopek gets out of his acoustic guitar.  Those clear, ringing tones support the beautiful tenor of Chopek’s plaintive voice.  Having moved to Memphis has allowed …

Apocalyptic Love: Scarves - "Collapse"

Scarves “Collapse” Dinner Dates For The End of Days There is something wonderfully jagged about Scarves.  Their take on love at the end of time is beautiful yet disturbing.  Scarves arefrontperson/founder Niko Stathakopoulos, Joined by Cael Watts (drums), and Nessa Grassing …

Powerful Beauty: Scarlet Sails - "Upside Down"

Scarlet Sails “Upside Down” A new single from Scarlet Sails; exactly what this world needs, and it’s a complete killer.  Russian born singer-songwriter, Olya Viglione and Dresden Dolls drummer, Brian Viglione (also known as a best looking couple in rock), have put out a record …

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