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Psycho Cabaret: Anton Barbeau - "Berliner Grotesk"

Anton Barbeau “Berliner Grotesk” The most unusual and last true genius left is how Anton Barbeau has been described.  I consider him as if Robyn Hitchcock and Nina Hagen had a child raised on Jacques Brel and Kurt Weill and …

Accessible Oddness: Fig's Vision - "Boy Pressure"

Fig’s Vision “Boy Pressure” Choo Choo Fig’s Vision is an odd band, with a sound that is so unusual, and the video for the song may even be odder.  With a sound that seems to be a hybrid electronica and …

Nostalgia: Have Mercy - "Mattress On The Floor"

Have Mercy “Mattress On The Floor” The Love Life! What an amazing song.  I love the sentiment in this song.  I remember those days.  I just really identify with the whole deepness of this song.  As Have Mercy’s bio states: …

Perfect Blend: The Side Project -  "Everything I Do (feat. Alita Moses, Akie Bermiss, SceinZe)"

The Side Project  “Everything I Do (feat. Alita Moses, Akie Bermiss, SceinZe)” Everything We Do Wow.  Combine Jazz, soul, and rap, and what do you get?  The smooth, sexy sounds of The Side Project.  This is the hippest music I’ve …

Pure Beauty: Carriers - "Make It right"

Carriers “Make It Right” Now Is The Time for Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else Everything about the new single by Carriers cries out to be listened to, from the first stuttered drum beat (amazing drums on this song) to …

Mellow R&B Pop: Gajin Wilk - "Selfish"

Gajin Wilk “Selfish” I love Gajin Wilk’s voice.  It has this resonance that really brings the pain of the song’s narrator out.  Love is often selfish (but is that really love?).  The fact is this is a great pop song …

Tulsa Rock and Roll: The Bourgeois - "Check My Pulse"

The Bourgeois “Check My Pulse” Soldier On The Bourgeois have an new EP out, and it kicks ass.  This is one of my favorite bands.  They just know how to rock.  At times, like in “Check My Pulse”, they have …

Southern Punk: The Weeks - "Comin' Down"

The Weeks “Comin’ Down” Two Moons This punkish quartet with a southern twist (storming in from Mississippi), have one of the greatest punk songs this years.  Staffed by twin Brothers Cyle (lead vocals) and Cain Barnes (Drums), Samuel Williams (guitar, …

Unrequited Love: Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes - "The Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)"

Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes “The Way You Are (ft. Ruby Amanfu)” Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes are Daniel Ellsworth (lead vox, keys), Timon Lance (guitar), and Marshall Skinner (bass).  These never grown-up Peter Pans make great music …

Energy Galore: FYKE - "Antisocial"

FYKE “Antisocial” Disorder FYKE does such a great job combining electronics with pop sensibilities to create a truly unique experience.  Sometimes they even verge towards post metalpop.  This is a great song.  I love their take on love gone wrong …

Power Rock: Swimming With Bears - "Don't Think About It"

Swimming With Bears “Don’t Think About It” Swimming With Bears You want the new, fun, summer-time band?  Well, jump in the musical waters of Swimming With Bears.  With hooks galore, a sense of fun, and a knowledge of what power …

Goodbye Love: Cody Lovaas - "Love No More"

Cody Lovaas “Love No More” Honestly What a beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching song.  Haven’t we all been here?  When Lovaas sings, And I know you can see all of the pain that’s gathered in my eyes when I look at you, …

Life Affirming: Elephant Heart - "Lenguas"

Elephant Heart “Lenguas” Elephant Heart is probably the most original band out there.  The duo of Jason and Victoria Evigan have formed a world music collective to make music designed to connect us all in ways only art can accomplish.  …

Inhabiting Dreams: Saint Slumber - "Sleeptalk"

Saint Slumber “Sleeptalk” YOUTH / / / 3 The second single from YOUTH / / / 3 dropped and what a great single it is.  “MANTRA” was such a great punk tune that it is a surprise how wonderfully Saint Slumber …

Alt Rock At Its Best: Finish Ticket - "Dream Song"

Finish Ticket “Dream Song” I am so excited that Finish Ticket have a new single out.  This band is so great; I saw them open for The Kin a couple of years ago, and they blew me away.  They still …

Heavenly Music: Electric Youth - "The Life"

Electric Youth “The Life” Memory Emotion This beautiful piece of dreampop is some of the best I’ve heard since Mazzy Star.  Electric Youth are vocalist Bronwyn Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Austin Garrick, and Griffin’s voice is this elegant whisper underneath which …

Rock Is Alive: FREEMAN - "Get Me Started"

FREEMAN “Get Me Started” FREE There is something very retro yet current about London-based artist FREEMAN.  His music is delightfully tuneful and, at times, he sounds like he’s challenging Jagger or Bowie, but all the time with this original, timeless …

Pure Pop Romance: Parker Matthews - "Good Enough"

Parker Matthews “Good Enough” Parker Matthews, that sensation from PA, has dropped a new single, “Good Enough”, which will melt the heart of any pop fan out there.  This is what crooning is all about.  Matthews has seriously become one …

Psych-Country-Rock Night Moves - "Strands Align"

Minnesota-based Night Moves’ third album Can You Really Find Me is the album that will define your summer. This psych-country-rock group has come a long way since their debut, Colored Emotions, was released online for free back in 2011. Listening …

Choose The Right Treasure: Dragon Welding - "These Are Dangerous Times"

Dragon Welding “These Are Dangerous Times” These Are Dangerous Times This is such a great song, so representative of these times.  They are indeed dangerous times.  Dragon Welding is the solo moniker of Andrew Golding of the Wolfhounds.  His solo …

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