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Synth Music Done Right: Bantamweight - "Breathless"

Bantamweight “Breathless” Fear Let me tell you:  this scrappy duo are certainly no light weights (or bantam at that).  As their bio says: “Drummer Max Kelly and bass player Keith Shacklett perform a balancing act that consists of multiple synthesizers …

Strong Emotions: Dominic Silvani - "Always You"

Dominic Silvani “Always You” The Impatience of a Sinner With a voice mellow as a good aged whisky and lyrics right from heart, Dominic Silvani is going to win you over and have you routing for him to eventually win.  …

Funk: John The Martyr - "Cross The Line"

  John The Martyr “Cross The Line” John The Martyr Do you like your blues funky or your funky blueish?  John The Martyr is the band for you.  Comprised of William Hudson, Kyle Ridley, Dustin DiSalvo, Christopher Hines, Martin Seiler, …

Sadness Revealed: Swervedriver - "Future Ruins"

Swervedriver “Future Ruins” Future Ruins Yeah, Swervedriver has a new album out.  I haven’t been depressed for too long (and I love being depressed), but Swervedriver always does it too me.  They are the best.  Comprised of Adam Franklin- Lead …

Revenge Is Sweet: The Pressure Kids - "Team"

The Pressure Kids “Team” What a great, fun band.  Imagine if Death Cab For Cutie were more fun, like the nerds have taken over.  The Pressure Kids are a great, emo type/post punk/punk pop from Nashville that are just kick …

Dark Queen: Sharon Van Etten - "Comeback Kid"

Sharon Van Etten “Comeback Kid” Remind Me Tomorrow What a powerful presence Sharon Van Etten has.  As one reviewer stated, “1. the old Sharon can’t come to the phone right now and 2. the new Sharon is a dark queen.”  …

Take Off The Costume: Lauren Duski - "Costume Party"

Lauren Duski “Costume Party” Midwestern Girl Lauren Duski has such a great voice.  I love when an artist bears their soul without overproduction, just barenaked honesty.  Originally from Gaylord, Michigan, Duski was on the Voice, finishing runner-up.  With her voice and …

Methyl Ethel and the Drums LIVE in NYC!

The Drums – tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2Ma7mhZ On Brutalism, the fifth LP from The Drums, a lot is different. It is quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band’s ten-year career. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, …

Close Harmonies: Lily & Madeleine - "Just Do It"

Lily & Madeleine “Just Do It” Canterbury Girls Another great song from that sister team, Lily & Madeleine.  Only sisters could harmonize so closely (think Pointer Sisters or the Andrew Sisters).  Lily & Madeleine, from Indianapolis, is actually Lily Jurkiewicz, Madeleine Jurkiewicz, …

Melodic Noise: Me & Munich - "Toxic Wings"

Me & Munich “Toxic Wings” Knives Of The Sun Me & Munich are back with another great song.  Toxic Wing comes off their debut EP, and it is a killer track.  Me & Munich are a Danish duo playing melodic noise rock. …

Psych-Rockers Tambourines "Sunny Side"

‘ Psychedelic Rockers Tambourines pull together a colorful video for their cheerful new psych jam “Sunny Side.” Instantly catchy and effulgent! SOUNDS: Tame Impala, melody’s echo chamber TASTES: cherry pie FEELS: warm

Electronica Pop: I Am A Rocketship - "Face Off"

I Am A Rocketship “Face Off” Mind Graffiti This Swedish-American duo from Atlanta is comprised of Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner.  This electronic duo combines Swedish pop sensibility with a dash of electronic surprise.  Kippner’s voice reminds me of Shirley …

Musical Genius: Alice Phoebe Lou - "Skin Crawl"

Alice Phoebe Lou “Skin Crawl” Paper Castles What a voice.  Alice Phoebe Lou, coming from South Africa but truly finding her voice busking in Berlin, has one of the most interesting guitar styles as well as writing and singing extremely …

Golden Tones: Golden Daze - "Blue Bell"

Golden Daze “Blue Bell” Simpatico This is beautiful music.  The vocal styles are so different because Jacob Loeb and Ben Schwab, who make up Golden Daze, sing in unison, which just adds this immediacy to the music.  Rather than hearing overdubs …

Power Pop: The Stolen (feat. Jake Miller) - "Rooftop"

The Stolen (Feat. Jake Miller) “Rooftop” Rooftop What a great power pop/post punk band.  They have the same immediacy that made 3 Doors Down and Seven Mary Three such potent bands.  “Rooftop” is so great because, having the bands’ friend, …

Distopian Future: ShapeShiftingAliens - "Fade Away"

ShapeShiftingAliens “Fade Away” ShapeShiftingAliens ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Johan Cléve on vocals and Niklas Rundquist, also known as solo artist by the monker Brainshadow. This duo delves the darkest parts of Bowie’s Tin Machine and Trent Reznor and mixes them in an …

The Top 10 Albums of 2018

2018 sees an eclectic group of artists from all genres of music. New and old artists pave the way into the next decade with outstanding albums that have us laughing, dancing, singing, crying,….YAAAASSS! 10. Cher – Dancing Queen 9. Anderson …

Street Cred Power Pop: Half The Animal - "Magic"

Half The Animal “Magic” Automatic America Combine the best of the boy band sound, add a little street cred, and top it off with that Southern California feel and you have Half The Animal.  Comprised of Chase Johnson, Nick Gross, …

Honest Beauty: Haley Heynderickx - "No Face"

Haley Heynderickx “No Face” I Need To Start A Garden Haley Heynderickx not only has an oddly spelled name, which I love, but she has this wonderful voice that can only be compared to Angel Olsen.  She has this beautiful, …

Kiwi Pop Punk: The Beths - "Future Me Hates Me"

The Beths “Future Me Hates Me” Future Me Hates Me What a great, great band/  They have a sound that remind me of Veruca Salt, yet all wrapped up in an independent sound.  Coming from Auckland, New Zealand, this band, …

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