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Paranoia: Whispering Sons: "Alone"

Whispering Sons “Alone” Image What a great hard-hitting band.  I love how each song builds from quiet beginnings to noise-shattering exuberance.  “Alone” sounds like it was recorded by paranoids, while the video reflects how, no matter how much you try, …

Politically Charged: Twilight Fields - "Demagogue"

Twilight Fields “Demagogue” Song From The Age Of Ruin What a hard hitting song.  When we keep silent about the abuses of a demagogue, we become that demagogue, and we are just as guilty.  Twilight Fields is a tremendous singer/songwriter.  …

Just Do It: Clark Twain - "Fly High (Like Richard Branson)"

Clark Twain “Fly High (Like Richard Branson)” Life Is Wonderful How many of you have just wanted to say “screw it” and do exactly what you want?  That is the basis of this wonderful song by Clark Twain, dedicated to …

Darker Beauty: Death By Piano - "Countdown"

Death By Piano “Countdown” Death By Piano is back and even darker than before, if that is possible.  “Countdown” is a remarkable song containing what might be my favorite line: “Will the quiet be too loud?” Death By Piano is comprised of singer/keyboardist Kalen …

Hard Indie Rock: The New Pacific - "Yesterday"

The New Pacific “Yesterday” Heavy Towards The Light “Yesterday” by The New Pacific starts off sounding like a song by Blur or another Brit Band, then that primal scream and you know you’re in a completely different territory.  The New …

Strong And Honest: Mad Hawkes - "FACE PNCH"

Mad Hawkes “FACE PNCH” I love Mad Hawkes, even while she scares the shit out of me.  She calls her music “Babe Rock” (ironically, I’d say), mentioning the late Amy Winehouse as an influence.  There is definitely a tie between …

Gothic Creepiness: HOLYGRAM - "A Fraction"

Holygram “A Fraction” Modern Cults German post-rockers HOLYGRAM from Cologne have managed to immerse themselves in the Goth world of Bauhaus without sounding derivative.  The swirling keyboards and dense musical production sends “A Fraction” way to the dark side (in …

Life's No Storybook: Julia Jacklin - "Head Alone"

Julie Jacklin “Head Alone” Crushing Julie Jacklin is releasing her new album in February, and from the singles she’s dropped (“Head Alone” and “Body”), it is going to be a stunner.  Jacklin, from Australia, sounds like she has been around.  …

Great Homage: Foreverinmotion - "Office Love"

Foreverinmotion “Office Love” How Is Your Heart Coming from Chester, VT, Brendon Thomas is a wonderful example of the best of Americana.  Taking a page from my favorite show, “The Office”, Foreverinmotion gives a loving homage to the Pam and …

Texan Alt Prog: Weather King - "Jejune Bug"

Weather King “Jejune Bug” What a great song.  Sounding a little like their Dallas/Fort Worth kindred, Jimmy Eat World, Weather King has something special. The special weapon is the vocals of Maya Cravy, which just beautifully propel the song to …

Evening Music: Alison Sudol - "Escape The Blade"

Alison Sudol “Escape The Blade” Moon There is something twilightish about Alison Sudol.  Her voice is lovely like a red/purple sky at dusk.  This is music for the evening, the most peaceful time of day.  That’s it:  Sudol’s music is …

The Crazies Have Taken Over: The Dandy Warhols - "Be Alright"

The Dandy Warhols “Be Alright” Why You So Crazy The Dandy Warhols dropped a new single, and a new album is coming out in January 2019.  All I can say is, Happy Christmas.  Of course it’s tremendous, it’s poppy (in …

Sci Fi Truth: The Room In The Wood - "Mars (Won't Save Us)"

The Room In The Wood “Mars (Won’t Save Us) The Mars EP What a great sci-fi song that is actually right on the mark.  Mars truly will not save us.  And the reasons are evident in this clever song.  The …

The New New Wave: Moist (feat. Maria Marcus) - "Traces"

Moist feat. vocalist Maria Marcus “Traces” Lavine From Söderhamn, Sweden, Moist is the solo moniker of producer, artist and remixer David Elfström Lilja. The new LP includes 10 tracks with vocals by Maria Marcus, a Swedish multi-platinum songwriter and music producer currently based in …

Cello Punk: Polly Panic - "Losing Farm"

Polly Panic “Losing Form” Losing Form I never thought that I would say the cello-driven rock is superb, buy Polly Panic from Rasputina pulls it off.  Think of “Legs Septet” by PJ Harvey to the nth degree.  This is great …

Alternative Modernity: Con Etiquette - "Et Tu, Brute?"

Con Etiquette “Et Tu, Brute?” The Company We Keep I love this band.  Coming from southern Connecticut, Con Etiquette is the great cross of 90’s alternative with that contemporary post-rock.  They write these tremendously tight, lyric-focused song on a variety …

New Pop Diva: Corina Seas - "Sonic Erasure"

Corina Seas “Sonic Erasure” Disassociated Corina Seas, proud Honduran-American and Floridian, brings many styles into her music, which she tops with this stunning voice that is equally great in the low and high ranges.  With her dance beats and this …

Power Pop Dance: Payson Lewis - "Better Run"

Payson Lewis “Better Run” That dangerously beautiful voice is back again.  Payson Lewis makes the best pop/dance music out there, and “Better Run” is no exception.  Backed with a video that would be scary if it weren’t so funny.  I …

Post Punk Recovery: Reason/Define - "Pointing Fingers"

Reason/Define “Pointing Fingers” What a kick as post-punk, hard rock song with headbanging and moshing, Reason/Define have taken Lita Ford’s ass-kicking a step forward.  Coming from Charlotte, Reason/Define is comprised of lead vocalist Paolina Massaro; bassist and vocalist Caitlin Rutkowski; guitarist …

Funk: Distant Cousins - "Lights On"

Distant Cousins “Lights On” Next Of Kin What a great, funky sound.  This reminds me of bands like Rare Earth and Ides of March.  I love the sound so much.  Coming from LA, Distant Cousins is comprised of Dov Rosenblatt, Duvid …

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