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Slice of Life: Oh Wonder - "Ultralife"

  Oh Wonder “Ultralife” Ultralife There is a refreshing innocence to Oh Wonder that is really catching.  London-based Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West never really wanted to be a “band”, but last year, they were putting songs out one …

Alt Metal Beauty: Seven Day Sleep - "Red Lipstick Murders"

Seven Day Sleep “Red Lipstick Murders” A Home For Disgusting Fairies What a great interesting sound.  Heavy like the best of Marilyn Manson and melodic and strange like the best of My Chemical Romance, Seven Day Sleep are the real …

Protest To Dance To: The Porchistas - "Mister Chump"

The Porchistas “Mister Chump” Axis & Allies Seldom has protest been this much fun.  I know “45” has is an easy target, but The Porchistas have made a great song pointing out all the flaws and evil of “45”.  Coming …

Coldwave: Second Still - "You Two So Alike"

Second Still “You Two So Alike” Second Still I love Coldwave/Post Punk, and Second Still delivers everything that makes the genre so wonderful.  An almost Gothic sense of melody, beautiful vocals with wonderful yelps that add to the intensity, and …

Vancouver Alt-Pop: The Lunas - "Until I'm Dead"

The Lunas “Until I’m Dead” A Curious Life Coming from Vancouver, BC, The Lunas are comprised of James Priestner, Lubo Ivan, Ian Cardona, and Chad Watson.  These guys make very interesting alt-pop music with the totally different voice of frontman James …

Beauty; Passion: vōx - "I Still Care"

vōx “I Still Care” I Was Born vōx is amazing.  Her voice is something completely different.  She seriously looks like Queen Elizabeth I, and she sings and moves with this unworldly beauty that she might be a saint also.  When …

Realism: Conor Oberst - "Salutations"

Conor Oberst “Barbary Coast (Later)” Salutations Conor Oberst is one of my heroes, and it is so wonderful he has not lost his sense of ironic bitterness.  Nobody combines images quite like Oberst.  Take this verse for example: I don’t …

Kings Of Irony: Sparks - "Hippopotamus"

Sparks “Hippopotamus” Hippopotamus My favorite crazy brothers are back with their first solo album in eight years.  After a wonderful collaboration with Franz Ferdinand (FFS), I was afraid that the Mael Brothers would have forgotten how wonderful they are just …

FUN, FUN, FUN: Skaters - "Northern Soul"

Skaters “Northern Soul” ROCK and ROLL Bye Bye One of the best bands EVER.  Skaters have everything: witty lyrics, great visuals, wonderful hooks, a beat that goes forever.  This is summer party music with a twist.  (Remember, I’m the one …

Beach Fossils "Saint Ivy" w/ Merrie Cherry & NYC Artists

Beach Fossils, Saint Ivy, Merrie Cherry, chillwave, alternativeBeach Fossils are back with a new single “Saint Ivy” and a video to accompany. “Saint Ivy” pays homage to the sounds of the Beatles and early 70s rock but with a blend of chillwave to add to the dreamy, …

Goldfrapp Becomes King/Queen Of Electronic with 'Silver Eye'

The sonic landscapes created on Goldfrapp’s 7th studio album in 17 years are simply magnificent and make Silver Eye one of the most ambitious electronic records that we’ve ever heard. The album is awash with organic sounds that pulsate, buzz, …

World Travelers: The Commuters - "Before I Was Born"

The Commuters “Before I Was Born” Another very different band has come forward to turn us on to great music.  The Commuters, consisting of Zeeshan Zaidi (vocals,guitar/keyboard), Uri Djemal (guitar/keyboard), Ben Zwerin (bass), and Paul Amorese (drums), might hail from …

Religion Laid Bare: Father John Misty - "Pure Comedy"

Father John Misty “Pure Comedy” Pure Comedy Father John Misty is an odd musician.  He sounds like Elton John, until you hear what he is singing.  He is a genius.  This time, he takes on religion, and this is a topic …

Music For The Journey: Elli Perry - "Smoking Gun"

Elli Perry “Smoking Gun” Little Thieves Elli Perry has one of those beautiful voices that sounds world weary and wise. She has spent a lifetime traveling in search of inspiration and a place to call home. Finally, she has found a home …

Paean To America: Fast Romantics - Everybody's Trying To Steal Your Heart

Fast Romantics “Everybody’s Trying To Steal Your Heart” American Love Fast Romantics are a Canadian band with an unbelievable sense of harmony.  Hailed as an ‘Artist to watch’ in 2017 (Google Play), Fast Romantics is comprised of Matthew Angus (vocals), …

Utopian Vision: J Motor - "Meet In The Sky"

J Motor “Meet In The Sky” J Motor’s press says “Electronic, Australian musician, J Motor delivers a utopian vision over a hypnotic beat and an uplifting, fizzy soundscape within all the music he makes. Apart from making music, J Motor has strengthened …

Dark Passion: Lolahiko - "Funeral"

Lolahiko “Funeral” The Year We Died But Stayed Alive If there were awards for beautiful darkness, Lolahiko would definitely win.  Coming from Los Angeles, Lolahiko is comprised of Lauren Marie and Ike Kawaguchi.  Lolahiko is a definite love child, the …

Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)!

The XX – I See You The third album by the enigmatic trio’s third album may possibly be there best yet as it incorporates their individual talents and makes it a cohesive and a multi-introspective effort. They cross several genres here …

Genius: Spiral Stairs - "Emoshuns"

Spiral Stairs “Emoshuns” Doris and the Daggers Spiral Stairs (Pavement’s Scott Kannberg) releases his second album, and wow, it has been worth the wait.  Pavement was always one of those archetypal noise bands that were always so full of surprises, …

The Boys Are Back: The Jesus And Mary Chain - "Always Sad"

The Jesus And Mary Chain “Always Sad” Damage and Joy The Reid Brothers are back.  Here is the band that is the bellwether of all the shoegazing, noise pop bands out there. And they have only gotten better.  Luckily, they …

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