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Demanding Brilliance: Yonatan Gat - "Cue The Machines"

Yonatan Gat “Cue The Machines” Universalists And now for something completely different.  Yonatan Gat has created a musical experience unlike anything most of you have ever heard.  “The undefinable track opens with an Italo-Spanish choir recorded by Alan Lomax in 1950s …

Nightmares On Track: 964 Pinocchio - "I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary's Sake (Yeah Right))"

964 Pinocchio “I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary’s Sake (Yeah Right))” Maximum Panic Explosion What a great band.  So cool, so noisy, so mysterious.  Who are these people?  Coming from Japan, as the band says; “(we) came right out of the …

Beautiful Honesty: Jason Vitelli - "Pinwheel"

Jason Vitelli “Pinwheel” Head Above Tide Jason Vitelli is a great singer/songwriter in the Elvis Costello/Nick Lowe style, with his own twist (mainly is wonderful voice).  No one today is capable of comparing the troubles of romance with a carwreck, …

Post Punk: Tennis System - "Clearer"

Tennis System “Clearer” P A I N Post punk with real snotty attitude, not fake, that’s what I crave.  And Tennis System satisfies that crave.  This LA post punk/shoegaze band does NOT suffer from what I call the ‘rich boy …

No Wave New Again: DRINKS - "Real Outside"

DRINKS “Real Outside” Hippo Lite Sometimes I get bored, really really bored, then someone like DRINKS comes along and releases a new album.  DRINKS is so much like DNA and Mars from the No Wave period, but updated for the …

Mythology: Vexxed - "Heaven's Away Team"

Vexxed “Heaven’s Away Team” Thank You Soooo Much When you base your first single on the Heaven’s Gate cult, you know that you are definitely something different.  And Vexxed is definitely different.  I love this band.  You cannot describe them …

Dark Alpine Music: MOLLY - "No Soul Will Remember"

MOLLY “No Soul Will Remember” No Soul Will Remember Coming from Insbruck, Austria, MOLLY was formed in the Alps on a cold snowy day when shoegaze was on the rise again.  This is great, dark shoegaze.  Made up of Phillip Dornauer …

The Future: The Incident - "This Song Is Not About A Boy"

The Incident “This Song Is Not About A Boy” This is a great song.  Betsy Again, director of the video, is part of Girls Rock Santa Barbara!, an organization that empowers girls through music. Through music lessons, creative expression, workshops, …

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 …

Noir-Pop: Deidre & The Dark - "Unerasable Love"

Deidre & The Dark “Unerasable Love” Brooklyn-based artist, Deidre Muro has released beautiful yet spooky songs of empowerment with her band The Dark.  This is great music, a combination of Lana del Ray and Nancy Sinatra, with a hint of …

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 …

From The Mouth Of Babes: Gang Of Four - "Ivanka (Things You Can't Have)"

Gang Of Four “Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)” Complicit There is nothing I need to add.  Go4 has just taken quotes from Ivanka Trump and backing it out with a great industrial beat as usual.  This is a great song.  …

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, …

Summer Sounds: Kindo - "Human Convention"

Kindo “Human Convention” Happy However After This is a great band that seriously challenges genre within music.  Are they rock, jazz, lounge, dance, psychedelia, or everything all in one.  Their progressive sound might baffle easy pigeonholing, but their sound is …

Sun Worship: Lonely Benson - "Strawberry Afternoon"

Lonely Benson “Strawberry Afternoon” Lonely Benson What a great performer.  Lonely Benson (aka Daniel Young) has combined the sunny sound of Os Mutantes with the easy-going lounge/swing of Louis Jourdan into of psychedelic expression of the love of summer.  As …

Dance, Dance, Take a Selfie: The Nightowls - "#selfiequeen"

The Nightowls #selfiequeen We Are The Nightowls That great R&B dance band, The Nightowls, has a new single out, and Geez, it is great.  You know those people who go out and spend the night taking selfies?  Well, they got …

Real Life: HARE - "Rolls Along"

HARE “Rolls Along” HARE (formally the Seb Isaac Band), is a great band that deals with subjects we all can relate to.  Especially those relationships that are iffy, maybe you’re just there until the next better thing comes along. HARE is …

Empowerment: Alice Merton - "Last Out"

Alice Merton “Lash Out” German born Alice Merton does it again with her new single, “Lash Out”.  This woman has complete control of everything she does.  I never thought she could top “No Roots”, but “Lash Out” is wonderful.  As …

True Love: The Lay Awakes - "Falling In Love"

The Lay Awakes “Falling In Love” Home Away From Home There is such beautiful love and heartbreak in the music of The Lay Awakes.  Their songs all come from where great music should come from: straight from the heart.  Tackling …

Darkness Personified: Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Baby's In The Void"

Black Moth Super Rainbow “Baby’s In The Void” Panic Blooms And Panic does bloom.  Beware.  In less than a month, TOBACCO and company are going to drop their new album on an unsuspecting world.  This album is raw and beautiful, …

The Voidz - "All Wordz Are Made Up"

The Voidz’ new album Virtue is a commixture of various genres blended together in a somewhat cohesive way, but at times sounding a little messy. However, that does not mean the music that Julian Casablancas (the Strokes) and his bandmates …

Chris Jasper: Let the Lyrics Tell the Story for You

Chris Jasper Member, The Isley Brothers (1973-1983) and Member, Isley-Jasper-Isley (1984-1987) #Love Chris Jasper is a former member of The Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley, and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of The Isley Brothers music and Isley-Jasper-Isley …

Albert Hammond, Jr. Just Released 2018's Best Rock Record

How many rockers have fashion designer, solo rock star, and guitarist in one of the biggest garage rock bands under their belt? Well, Albert Hammond, Jr. is certainly one of those. The Strokes lead and rhythm guitarist and keyboard and …

Chris Jasper: That's One of My Strong Points

Chris Jasper Member, The Isley Brothers (1973-1983) and Member, Isley-Jasper-Isley (1984-1987) #Love Chris Jasper is a former member of The Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley, and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of The Isley Brothers music and Isley-Jasper-Isley …

Dance The Night Away: Millionyoung - "Never Be The Same"

Millionyoung “Never Be The Same” Rare Form Remember what made the dance floors so much fun in the 70’s?  Well, Millionyoung takes us back there.  Throw in a little house, Millionyoung has it all.  Coming from Florida, Millionyoung is Mike Diaz …

Dance, Dammit: Aiden Vargas - "Get Up!"

Aiden Vargas “Get Up!” What a great song, what a great video.  When Aiden Vargas says, ‘this is just the beginning’, he means it.  This is one of the greatest electro-dance song I’ve ever heard.  If you’re not dancing around …

The New Pop Sensation: Parker Matthews - "Hit And Run"

Parker Matthews “Hit And Run” Music fans, meet the new pop sensation.  And he’s a local boy from Wexford, PA, outside of Pittsburgh.  Not only does he have the hooks, the lyrics, the voice (wow, what a voice), he also …

He's Back: EELS - "Bone Dry"

EELS “Bone Dry” The Deconstruction One of my favorite musical entities is back:  YEAH!!!  Mark Oliver Everett (known as E) and a cast of thousands have completed their new album, and what I’ve heard, it is as wonderful as anything …

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