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Argentinian Punk/American Pop: Divino Nino - "Maria"

Divino Nino “Maria” Foam What a great song.  Taking it theme from Argentinian punk and Mexican telenovelas, this band from Chicago via Bogota has everything you need.  Founded by guitarist Camilo Medina and bassist Javier Forero, who met as children …

Ear-Bleeding Rock: All The Saints - "Gold"

All The Saints “Gold” Look Like You’re Going Somewhere I love this band.  From the heart of the “Crimson Tide” country (Alabama, for those not in the know), comes this slab of vinyl-melting, Sonic Youthish rock, loud enough to explode …

Break All The Rules: Soaware - "Puddle"

Soaware “Puddle” Soaware Coming from Italy, Soaware have this uncanny knack of combining progressive Italian rock (think PFM) with the bluster of NIN, and combining them with a post-grunge feeling which actually creates a whole new class of rock: prog-grunge.  …

Landing on all fours - Morrison - "9 Lives"

Morrison “9 Lives” Appetite For Freedom What a beautiful song.  Morrison has a unique voice, that sounds as beautiful in the high reaches as in the lower reaches, and when she slides the note on the word “trouble”, a chill …

Unique Life Stories: Oh, Rose - "25, Alive"

Oh, Rose “25, Alive” While My Father Sleeps Coming from Olympia, WA, Oh, Rose will take you by storm.  Olivia Rose, lead singer, has this tremendous, facilitating voice goes from a whisper to almost a scream, while being backed by …

Kick Ass Emotions: Plaid Dracula - "No Reaction"

Plaid Dracula “No Reaction” What a great band with a tremendous song.  Plaid Dracula is composed of Sam Gelernter (guitar), Ethan Schneider (drums), and Rachel Adler (bass), and these guys kick ass.  From the guitar riffs, to the drums rolls, …

Underground Literally: Catacomb Saints - "Shanghai Grill"

Catacomb Saints “Shanghai Grill” Cruel As The Grave What a beautifully, dark song (how could it not, considering the name of the band?)  Coming from Canada, Catacomb Saints is comprised of Neil Holyoak and Devon Beggs, and their dark sound …

Personal Music: Brett Gleason - "The Strong & The Silent"

Brett Gleason “The Strong & The Silent Brett Gleason is probably the most literate rocker out there.  His lyrics come straight from the heart and his vocals are so heart wrenching.  Listening to Gleason is like hearing your own thoughts …

Americana Harmonies: The End Of America - "Break Away"

The End Of America “Break Away” This trio from Philadelphia just blew me away.  Comprised of James Downes, Trevor Leonard and Brendon Thomas, and possessing the most accurate name in music right now, The End Of America is a great Americana band that …

Romantic Love: James Levy - "What Do I Know"

James Levy “What Do I Know” Somebody I love this song.  Whether it is James Levy’s plaintive baritone, or whether it’s the fact one never knows what exactly the person involved did to Levy, there is a mystery about the …

Love Songs: Sufjan Stevens - "Love Yourself/With My Whole Heart"

Sufjan Stevens “Love Yourself/With My Whole Heart” For Pride, Sufjan Stevens has released to beautiful songs about love with sappiness, world-tiredness, bitterness, or self-pity, but instead, just beautiful love songs.  These are pure pleasure, made just to celebration the beauty …

Worldly Soul: People Club - "Better"

People Club “Better” What a great, soulful band, that type of band that sounds perfect on summer evenings.  People Club is Sarah Martin (lead vocals), Saxon Vines (guitar/vocals), Ray Sonder (bass/vocals), Drew Deal (drums/percussion) and Pete Costello (synthesizer/keys/vocals). Although the …

Suburban Rock: Saint Slumber - "Mantra"

Saint Slumber “Mantra” YOUTH / / / 3 What a great band.  Take a whole lot of attitude, mix in some talent, take in a love of post-grunge bands (remember literate punk?), and you get Saint Slumber.  I love this …

Indonesian Rock: Grow Rich - "Kawan Lama"

Grow Rich “Kawan Lama” Frantic Semantic EP This tremendous rocker from Grow Rich, the one-man band of Abdur Rahim Latada is exactly the music we need for a long hot summer.  Except for the drums, which were done by Arya …

Following The Footsteps of Artaud: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - Ivry

Soundwalk Collective (Ft. Patti Smith) Ivry The Peyote Dance No, this album is not for everyone, but one thing it is most certainly not, is cultural appropriation.  Let’s get that straight from the beginning.  This is a difficult album to …

Dancing For Acceptance: Hallam London - "Run For Your Life (Stop Homophobia)"

Hallam London “Run For Your Life (Stop Homophobia)” What a great song.  Hallam London has done it again, and this time he has an important subject to sing about.  It’s sad that in this day and age, we actually have …

No Longer Broken: Juliana Hatfield - "Broken Doll"

Juliana Hatfield “Broken Doll” Weird Juliana Hatfield is back.  That’s all you really need to know, but I will tell you more.  “Broken Doll” is a song written by someone who has been broken but is no more.  It’s one …

Dream Rock: Mars Motel - "Coming Up For Air"

Mars Motel “Coming Up For Air” Passenger X What a beautiful Dream Rock song, with great harmonies and riffs that won’t end.  What I love about Mars Motel is that, while most Dream Pop music is softer and more ethereal, …

Sadness to Hope: Air Review - "People Say Things Change"

Air Review “People Say Things Change” How We Got By A beautifully sad song, dealing with loss, trying to understand why things happen, and then ‘people say things change’.  Does that really help?  Well, the guys from Air Review, Dragan …

A Soulful Buffet: Dead Beat Horse - "Inglaterra"

Dead Horse Beats “Inglaterra” Inglaterra Swelling harmonics, jazzy intervals, soulful vocals, Dead Horse Beats sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard.  Dead Horse Beats is the project of multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wade.  The music he creates is complex, r&b tinged, progressive, classical, …

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