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Sadness Made Beautiful: Jordan Siwek - "Lover And A Giver"

Jordan Siwek “Lover And A Giver” Sun Inside You What a beautiful voice.  Never has sadness and despair sounded so beautiful.  This must be how the angels sound when they look down on how we are messing up this world.  NYC …

Music Out Of The Normal: Bobey - "Foothills" (Featuring Emily Ritz)

Bobey  “Foothills” (Featuring Emily Ritz) Siblings This is some of the most interesting music I’ve heard for a while.  The song sounds like it’s in a straightforward time signature, but don’t try to count it out:  it’s as complex as …

Pop Music Relevance: Kid Bloom - Prom?

Kid Bloom “Prom?” Lemonhead Kid Bloom has suddenly made Pop Music relevant again.  Sounding like a mix between the best of the Boy Bands with a touch of Spandau Ballet and that sexiness of Al Green, you get a tremendous …

Beauty With A Conscious: Eyes Eat Sun - "Fix It"

Eyes Eat Suns “Fix Me” Eyes Eat Suns is a tremendous alt rock band from North Carolina comprised of Ayisa Adderley and Caige Crampshee.  Adderley’s great vocals combine perfectly with the expert guitar playing of Crampshee; in fact, it is the …

Heart On The Sleeve: Lil Josiey - "Sunset Shawty (w/vito)"

Lil Josiey “Sunset Shawty (w/vito)” Josiah Gomula, singing as Lil Josiey, has created a beautiful, honest song that is perfect for summer/fall days.  Lil Josiey has this great acoustic guitar playing with this beautiful voice that is tinged with emotion …

Rock and Soul: OcnSide - "Taking Me Over"

OcnSide “Taking Me Over” I must admit, OcnSide took me by surprise.  I really wasn’t ready for such a great, melodic, soulful summer song as this.  Maybe it’s the keyboard at the beginning that won me over, then those gorgeous …

Rollicking Good Time: MOLE - "Everybody Must Crawl"

MOLE “Everybody Must Crawl” Danger Island This is one of the most musical and fun group of songs since Magnetic Fields, a complete mix of styles are swallowed up and spit out to form a testament to one of music …

A Rising Star: Matt LeGrand - "12:00 AM"

Matt LeGrand “12:00 AM” Coming from Chicago, Matt LeGrand grew up with a variety of instruments.  Like most kids, he had fun playing around until he realized he was great at singing, songwriting, and playing with those said instruments.  And …

Urban Groove: Here Are The Lions - "Unsatisified"

Here Are The Lions “Unsatisfied” This is great alt, electronica, dance music with a healthy drop of urban groove.  Alternative Rock group (with DNA of electronic and urban music), Here Are The Lions, are releasing their debut album,September 2018. Under the musical …

The Funk Is Back: Thumpasaurus - "Dance Like It's Your Life"

Thumpasaurus “Dance Like It’s Your Life” The Book of Thump Funk is back and better than ever.  Taking their influence from George Clinton/Parliament, Rick James, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, Thumpasaurus has brought the Thump (I mean Funk) to the …

Singing From The Heart: Anthony Starble - "Paperweight"

Anthony Starble “Paperweight” Anthony Starble not only has a beautiful voice, sensitive touch on his piano, and heartwarming lyrics, he also has a story to tell.  Growing up overweight and gay, Starble found his voice (literally) and his love of …

The New Horizon: Sports Coach - "k-town blues"

Sports Coach “k-town blues” Dream Sports This might be the most original artist I have heard for a long time.  Forget everything you have ever heard, because Sports Coach is going to blow your mind wide open.  Sports Coach is the …

Fresh Kick In The Ass: Big Mother Gig - "Obliterate"

Big Mother Gig “Obliterate” Someone said “Rock is dead”.  What crap.  They never heard Big Mother Gig.  Reforming after their break-up in the 90’s after the tragedy at Parkland, FL, BMG brings back that killer 90’s sound (think Dinosaur, Jr.) …

Lush Beauty: Parrot Dream - "Light Goes (In Mines)"

Parrot Dream “Light Goes (In Mines)” Light Goes What a beautiful, shimmering piece of music.  Like looking at multiple reflections in a mirror, Parrot Dream is as colorful and complex as the feathers of a parrot.  Formed by Christina Hansen Appel …

College Rock: Harvey Trisdale - "Baby"

Harvey Trisdale “Baby” All Things Go What a great piece of Ohio music.  I know, they’re mostly in LA now, but they still have that small town feel to them, especially Gambier home of Kenyon College.  Small college towns often …

Sex: Parker Matthews - "Feelin' Right"

Parker Matthews “Feelin’ Right” Wexford native Parker Matthews has released another simmering slab of sex appeal like only he can do.  No doubt, Matthews has one of the sexiest voices out there, and he has all the boys and girls …

How To Rock: No Small Children - "It's All For Love (For Goodness Sake)"

No Small Children It’s All For Love (For Goodness Sake) What Do Kids Say? Three school teachers walk into a bar and plug in the amps.  All of a sudden, great rock pours out of the amps, knocking people down.  …

Dirty Rock: In The Whale - "Highways"

In The Whale “Highways” Dopamine This is a great song from a great band. “Dirty, fun and caked in garage grime, the songs are unconcerned with trends.”-Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune I had to quote that, because it describes the sound …

Guitar Genius: LFZ - "Naturalistic"

LFZ “Naturalistic” Name Plus Force This record is amazing.  LFZ is an ambient, experimental act and the pseudonym of guitarist Sean Smith.  While many ambient acts are mainly synthesizers, Sean Smith’s weapon of choice is the guitar, which he filters through …

Overcome: Kingsbury - "All Gone"

Kingsbury “All Gone” Caroline Kingsbury writes pop songs that are intellectual, yet her melodies are so hummable, you are not going to forget them.  And that voice:  this is a voice made in heaven.  This is the first song that …

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