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Darkness and Light: Neko Case - "Curse of the I-5 Corridor" 

Neko Case “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”  Hell-On After five years, Neko Case has released what might be the best album of her career.  This is magnificent, the way Case has these beautiful, light, singable melodies, all the while singing …

Literary Magic: Shaman Elect - "Hugo Of Bath"

Shaman Elect “Hugo Of Bath” Mind The Ether What a great song.  Shaman Elect come on like Renaissance wrapped in modern mystic clothing, making beautiful and expressive music in this day where a good riff is all you need, and …

Compromise? Exit Daze - "Both Sides" Ft. Lissie

Exit Daze “Both Sides” Ft. Lissie “Both Sides” is one of best on how duets should be employed, basically as a form in which both sides of a story can be told at the same time in a way, like …

Something New: Vermillion Road - "Gasoline"

Vermillion Road “Gasoline” Escape EP I have this EP on continually play, it is that great.  They have these great riffs, great chops, and the vocals are amazing.  I’m trying to figure out who they remind me of, but my …

Dance This Mess Around: Yuksek & JD Samson - "Don't Even Try"

Yuksek & JD Samson “Don’t Even Try” Yuksek and JD Samson have teamed together to make a single that is one of the best dance tracks I’ve heard for a long, long time (and I’ve been around).  It is an …

Something New: Glass Famine - "Grumbling Bellies"

Glass Famine “Grumbling Bellies” This is a tremendously catchy and interesting tune: I really love it.  Also, they truly have the most interesting bio ever.  Music style: Heuristic and definitional paradigms.  Hometown: Detroitia.  About:  Churchill’s 3rd fear, also a band. …

Synth Pop: 88 Palms - "Hollywood Son"

88 Palms “Hollywood Son” Love Safari Imagine, if you will, a more adventurous Lana or poppier Mazzy Star.  If you can do so, welcome to 88 Palms, were such sounds actually exist.  Coming from NYC, 88 Palms is the synth pop …

Dichotomy: L.A. Girlfriend - "Possession"

L.A. Girlfriend “Possession” REGINA This is an amazing piece of musical beauty.  Starting with the electronic bagpipes, to L.A. Girlfriend (Sydney Banta)’s captivating vocals, this work has something for everyone.  As her bio states: REGINA is the second EP to a …

The Dream Is Released: Crooked Ghost - "Skeleton House"

Crooked Ghost “Catch Fire” Skeleton House Finally!!!! Crooked Ghost has released their album, Skeleton House, and the whole piece is as great as the teasing the great single, “Sleepwalker/Only Nightmares”, gave us.  This is a great vision of dream punk at its …

Expand Your Mind: Golden Dawn Arkestra - "Lovely Day"

Golden Dawn Arkestra “Lovely Day” Children Of The Sun Talk about a group that defies all attempts at classification, meet Golden Dawn Arkestra.  Their music sounds like Afrobrazilian funk, ancient Mayan music, Mongolian throat music, the folk music of Azerbaijan …

True Love: Le Voyageur - "Stomach"

Le Voyageur “Stomach” Finally Finally is the perfect name for the new album from Le Voyageur.  For example, on “Stomach”, someone has actually described the condition called love.  It makes you sick to your stomach, burn your breakfast, even move …

Pop Perfection: Payson Lewis - "Bad Influence"

Payson Lewis “Bad Influence” Wow, what a voice.  This is the voice of the future.  Payson Lewis is the perfect pop star:  voice, looks, style, talent.  Payson’s remarkable vocals shine on this rollercoaster of a track.  With an infectious hook and chorus, …

Emoviolence: One Bad Lung

One Bad Lung One Bad Lung Formally known as onlynowiseethelight, One Bad Lung has released their first EP, and Christ, it’s great.  Obnoxious, loud, disturbing, it delivers exactly what it promises:  to put danger back into rock n roll.  It revenge, …

Black Forest Noise: YASS - "Finch/Zeroes"

YASS “Finch/Zeroes” What a great split single this is.  YASS is a noise band from southern Germany.  As their bio states: Unique and intense Noise-Rock from this two-piece out of the dark woods of the Black Forest. Markus (TEN VOLT …

Harmonies: Billy & Dolly - "Everything Is Off"

Billy & Dolly “Everything Is Off” Five Suns There is something incredibly familiar yet quite new about Billy & Dolly’s new song, “Everything Is Off”.  San Francisco duo Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez sound like they were lifted from 60’s …

Intellectual Romanticism: Austin Ward - "Bubblegum"

Austin Ward “Bubblegum” Pheromone Austin Ward is amazing.  He has this tremendous voice, and, when you listen to the lyrics, you get to know him intimately, which is important for a great artist.  He is releasing an EP, Phermone.  These are …

Kickass Punk: Stimmerman - "Good Answer"

Stimmerman “Good Answer” Pleasant Vistas In A Somber Place What a great punk album.  Stimmerman (aka Eva Lawitts) kick ass on this album.  The songs are written by Eva Lawitts, on which she plays guitar, bass, and vocals, with drums by …

Modern Protest: Sean Alan - "Refugee Song"

Sean Alan “Refugee Song” The Show Must Go On Sadly, what an appropriate song for today, when countries have decided to ban refugees from a certain country which they are in the process of bombing.  Sean Alan has that Dylanesque …

Personal Music: Christopher Jameson - "I Walked/Harlequin"

Christopher Jameson “I Walked/Harlequin” What a great single.  Christopher Jameson has a great voice and his songwriting ability is tremendous.  I love his guitar playing, his lyrics, and his honesty.  Amazing.  He sounds like Jose Gonzalez (a little), yet he …

Dark Goth: Pilod - "Lion Ego"

Pilod “Lion Ego” Black Swan What a beautifully dark album.  Coming from Belgium, Pilod sounds like a combination of Sufjan Stevens at his saddest with Neutral Milk Hotel at Jeff Magnum’s deepest.  Comprised of Frédéric Baervoets – guitar / vocals, …

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