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Thinking Man's Pop: The Orange Peels - "Stealing Days"

The Orange Peels “Stealing Days” Trepassing There is something totally refreshing about The Orange Peels.  Some have said that they have an ’80’s feel to them.  If it is, it’s that breeziness of The Bangles, but there is something more …

Lost In Darkness: Death By Piano - "Bender"

Death By Piano “Bender” Countdown Death By Piano, the new collaboration from Kalen Lister (Kalen & The Sky Thieves) and Greywolf (Escaper), is full of beautiful surprises (the cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is amazing), but I wanted to focus …

Words of Empowerment: Bonny Doon - "Long Wave"

In the spring of 2017 Bonny Doon decamped to a remote part of Michigan, nesting near the evocatively named Mystic Lake, and spent a week uprooting former approaches and reinventing their sound anew. What came from that is their relaxed, …

Hypnotizing Beauty: Andy Cook - "Swirl"

Andy Cook “Swirl” Modern Man Andy Cook has one of the voices that lolls you into a false security that everything is alright, until you actually listen to the lyrics.  “Swirl” is a powerful song, with stinging lyrics and that …

Wake The Flowers: Cody Noon - "Shadow Mountain"

Cody Noon “Shadow Mountain” Double Dark First off, I love this band.  Their form of distortion, bedroom, DIY, noise pop is unique, and I love the fact that they are an instrumental group willing to play and take you places …

Dark Star Matter: Sur Back - "Valentino"

Sur Back “Valentino” Kitsch II Sur Back is an amazing artist.  I love the way “Valentino” starts with the plucking arpeggios of violins and then goes completely out this world where strange synth sounds and Sur Back’s mesmerizing voice fold …

OCD In Music Form: Aseptic Void - "Schadenfreude"

Aseptic Void “Schadenfreude” Ideazione Di Contrasto This is a great yet very disturbing album.  An album dedicated to a mental phenomenon associated with the fear of losing control and present in OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is bound to be disturbing yet …

Just Music Please: Melting Sun - "Off The Cuff"

Melting Sun “Off The Cuff” Tape No. 1 This is a great, angry punk band from Chicago that explodes with the first guitar riff of their first demo, Tape No.1. That guitar will melt the sun.  No whining about how sad life is, …

Protest: Minor Characters - "Pimps Of Freedom (Whores Of D.C.)"

Minor Characters “Pimps Of Freedom (Whores Of D.C.)” We Can’t Be Wrong I certainly love the new wave of protest coming from the music community.  Every time we have leaders who are whores and thieves, the music community helps us …

Dance Music The Mind: Sea Moya - "New Past"

Sea Moya “New Past” What a great, strange band.  It must be something about the Alps that brings out the weird (remember Trio).  Sea Moya, as they describe themselves, are Tilman Ruetz (Drums), Elias Foerster (Bass) and David Schnitzler (Vocals) using …

Eccentricity Dream Pop: ANMLPLNET - "Fucked By A Cloud"

ANMLPLNET “Fucked By A Cloud” Fall Asleep WOW.  Leah Wellbaum’s voice is the greatest, and this song is amazing, which really is no surprise considering that the band used to be part of Slothrust, one of my favorite bands.  As …

Music To Think AND Party To: The Republic Of Wolves - "Colored Out"

The Republic Of Wolves “Colored Out” shrine This is a killer tune by a killer band.  The Republic of Wolves is Mason Maggio (vocals, guitar), Christian Van Deurs (lead guitar), Billy Duprey (keyboards, vocals), Chris Wall (drums), and Ryan Cullinane (bass).  …

TRUTH: Juiceboxxx - "Freaked Out American Loser (D. Sardy Remix)"

Juiceboxxx “Freaked Out American Loser (D. Sardy Remix)” Freaked Out American Loser I love Juiceboxxx.  Seriously, this guy speaks to all of us, telling us how screwed up this world is.  I just understand him so well.  As Juiceboxxx says: …

Sadness Worthy Of Reed: Vaines - "Nobody Like You"

Vaines “Nobody Like You” This is an extraordinarily dark, layered song about that one who got away, but that trivializes it.  This is about your soul mate, you know you’re meant for each other, and somehow, that mate is gone.  …

Feel The Connection: RIVVRS - "Don't Wanna Know"

RIVVRS “Don’t Wanna Know” Cosmic Dream Some people are just blessed with a great voice and personality.  RIVVRS is one of the view.  A Northern California native now residing in Los Angeles, RIVVRS — née Brandon Zahursky, brings to everything he’s …

Other Worldly: Juliet Quick - "Changeling Part I"

Juliet Quick “Changeling Part I” Changeling EP This is amazing music.  Maybe this is the music that was being played long ago when fairies were common throughout the world, instead of hidden as now.  Remember, Juliet Quick is 24.  Think …

English Punk: Hummer - "Quarter Life Crisis"

Hummer “Quarter Life Crisis” Work. Home. Bed. Hummer, from Warrington, England, are a great punk band.  This is that complex type of punk, melodic and lyrical at the same time, that the Buzzcocks were so good at.  According to Hummer’s …

English Punk: Only Strangers - "Last Time"

Only Strangers “Last Time” Only Strangers What a great punk band.  Coming from Stoke-on-Trent, Only Strangers is comprised of Dec O’Reilly – Guitar, Vocals; Adam Gater – Bass, Vocals; Joe Hawthorne – Guitar; and Paul Beard – Drums.  They kick …

True Punk: The DTEASE - "Slapshot"

The DTEASE “Slapshot” Sonic Attack, Sonic Reducer, Stiv Bator’s dream band.  This is punk, this is music, screw the imitators.  These guys are the real deal.  Taking all the influences and making them fresh and new.

Gender-Bending R&B: MIDDLESPOON - "SomeOne"

MIDDLESPOON “SomeOne” HouseWife MIDDLESPOON have definitely proven that R&B-fused pop dance music is not a dirty word.  In fact, in the hands of masters like MIDDLESPOON, you are going to be yelling for more.  The Austin-based duo is making some …

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