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Punk Passion: Kristeen Young - "Nice"

Kristeen Young “Nice” Live at the Witch’s Tit Oh my Goddess.  Kristeen Young is amazing.  Imagine Diamando Galas, Kate Bush, and Amanda Palmer merged into one frenzied, insane ride.  With a passion that is truly amazing, a technique that kills, …

Punk/Rap Hero: Juiceboxxx - "Freaking Out"

Juiceboxx “Freaking Out” Freaked Out American Loser Juiceboxxx is my favorite rapper.  He is unbelievably cool.  Get this:  Out of my mind but I’m a hell of a guy, I got the PMA, that’s just an FYI / I got …

Bonanza Campout The Festival You Can't Miss This Summer

                          Bonanza Campout is offering an experience that can’t be passed up on this summer. With a lineup that includes Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas this is the …

Romanticism: Cigarettes After Sex - "Each Time You Fall In Love"

Cigarettes After Sex “Each Time You Fall In Love” Cigarettes After Sex This is one of the best bands out there.  So sad, so sexy, think Lana del Rey without the theatrics.  Greg Gonzalez, the band’s frontman/guitarist, had a remarkable …

Heart On The Sleeve: Brett Gleason - "Expiration Date"

Brett Gleason “Expiration Date” Manifest Brett Gleason is a genius and the most in-touch person I have ever heard.  He actually wears his heart on his sleeve.  He is so sensitive yet tough, his voice is amazingly rich with emotion, …

Shimmering Music: Slowdive - "Sugar

Slowdive “Sugar For The Pill” Slowdive Slowdive is back, hallelujah.  After twenty-some years, Slowdive has reformed and released a new album showcasing why they are one of the greatest Shoegaze bands ever.  Comprised of Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar), Rachel Goswell …

Pop Soundtracks: Steph Copeland - "Nadia"

Steph Copeland “Nadia” Public Panic Oftentimes, pop stars try their hands at writing film scores (good example, Danny Elfman), but rarely to film composer go the opposite way and write pure pop wonder.  Such is the case though of Steph Copeland. …

Introspection: HOT MT - "Tranceforming"

HOTT MT “Tranceforming” AU LA-based electronic due Hour Of The Time Majesty Twelve (HOTT MT) has released their new album, AU.  Sounding like St. Etienne met Slowdive and decided to have a child, a very strange, inward-looking child.  I love their …

Narration: PJ Harvey - "I'll Be Waiting"

PJ Harvey “I’ll Be Waiting” AA Side The great Polly Harvey has released some outtakes from her latest project, The Hope Six Demolition Project, her insightful, journalistic records of pain and misery around the globe.  While most of The Hope Six Demolition Project is …

Dark Funk: First Hate - "The One"

First Hate “The One” A Prayer For The Unemployed Invading the States from Copenhagen, First Hate has climbed from the international snake pit to emerge as champions of electronic dance funk/punk.  Sounding like Depeche Mode married the Cure and spit out …

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, …

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