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True Ska/Punk: The Dead President - "Больше, Чем Музыка"

The Dead President “Больше, Чем Музыка” Amazing heavy shit here.  The Dead President could show all those American fake “ska/punk” bands what real ska/punk sounds like.  This is a perfect combination, throwing a little Specials with a lot of Black …

Melodic Melancholy: For My Demons - "Reborn"

For My Demons “Reborn” Closer To The Shade What a great, melancholy, beautiful song with strong melodies.  For My Demons is comprised of Gabriele Palmieri: vocals; Andrea Terzulli: bass; Francesco La Dolcetta : Guitar; and Giovanni Masotti : Drums.  The …

And The Joke's On Them: Brandi Carlile - "The Joke"

Brandi Carlile “The Joke” By The Way, I Forgive You Who knew Sufjan Stevens had a sister?  If he did, it would Brandi Carlile.  I can’t even describe how this song affects me.  Carlile has the most beautiful voice, a …

Garage Rock At Its Best: Fine Line - "Floating"

Fine Lines “Floating” Floating/Stranger Nashville-based Fine Lines is a great garage, alt rock band.  This band is amazing.  “Floating” is a great rocker, while “Stranger”, the flipped side, is a great sludging song worthy of Dinosaur, Jr.  Comprised of Chris Probasco: …

Spanish New Wave: La Niña Rabiosa - "Hace Tiempo"

La Niña Rabiosa  “Hace Tiempo” La Niña Rabiosa What a great band.  This bands just kicks ass.  The band, coming from Spain, has the right stuff; great guitar riffs, wonderful vocals, and the rhythm section that keeps the track moving …

Ambience At Best: Trentemøller - "Take Me Into Your Skin"

Trentemøller “Take Me Into Your Skin” The Last Resort Anders Trentemøller, multi-instrumentalist from Kopenhagen, Region Hovedstaden, Dänemark, is a genius.  His music takes you elsewhere.  His music is always adventuress and heavily, but beautifully orchestrated, like a lush romantic piece by …

Childhood Demons, Adult Demons: Mae Krell - "Monters"

Mae Krell “Monsters” Anabasis Mae Krell has finally released their debut album, and it’s a killer.  We have been teased when they released their first single, “Monster”, and now we have the whole album do realize what a great songwriter …

Subtle Beauty: VLMV - "If Only I"

VLMV “If Only I” Stranded, Not Lost VLMV has this beautiful sound, like a light in the fog, beckoning you to a safe haven away from the troubles of this world.  The duo from London, comprised of Pete Lambrou and …

Kick Ass: Pierce The Veil - "Today I Saw The Whole World"

Pierce The Veil “Today I Saw The Whole World” Misadventures How in the world did I miss this?  What a great band.  I know they have been around, but I missed them.  I am now on their bandwagon.  This song …

Showing The Youngsters How To Rock: Damned - "Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow"

The Damned “Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow” Evil Spirits Remember “New Rose” by The Damned in 1976?  Well, those guys are still around and kick ass more than anyone, seriously.  Where a lot of bands were stuck in the …

Rock Philosophy: King Tuff - "Psycho Star"

King Tuff “Psycho Star” The Other I love King Tuff.  Honestly, he makes the philosophy and thinking about what our place in this world actually is sound fun.  King Tuff (nee Kyle Thomas) has been rocking for awhile, spending some …

Intimate Electronica: Suuns - "Watch You, Watch Me"

Suuns “Watch You, Watch Me” Hold/Still I love Suuns.  They are such an intense, ambient, electronica, undescribably beautiful band that will definitely transfer your mind to some other plain.  From the beginning, Suuns (you pronounce it “soons”, and it translates as …

Hilarious Punk: NO ICE - "We Get High Together"

NO ICE “We Get High Together” Come On Feel The NO ICE What a great tribute to those 60’s classics by The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups, while also having the most hilarious video ever.  NO ICE is Brooklyn born …

Love Song: Sufjan Stevens - "Mystery Of Love"

Sufjan Stevens “Mystery Of Love” Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack This is a beautiful song.  Forget about the movie, concentrate on this song and the other songs Sufjan Stevens contributed to the soundtrack.  They are some of the most …

Punk At Its Best: Bailarines Muertos - "Nobody Comes Tonight"

Bailarines Muertos “Nobody Comes Tonight” My favorite Chilean punk band (heck, my favorite punk band) is back with a vengeance.  “Nobody Comes Tonight” is up there with the best of the Buzzcocks and the Undertones.  This is a great band.  …

Let The Pressure Build: Anna von Hausswolff - "The Truth, The Glow, The Fall"

Anna von Hausswolff “The Truth, The Glow, The Fall” Dead Magic Another amazing song off of Anna von Hausswolff, “The Truth, The Glow, The Fall” takes a while to get going, but when von Hausswolff starts playing the organ, and …

Rock Hard: Courtney Barnett - "Nameless, Faceless"

Courtney Barnett “Nameless, Faceless” Tell Me How You Really Feel Courtney is back, and her new single is wonderful.  Yeah, it’s angry, but unless you’ve had to walk with your keys in your hand, you probably won’t get it.  On …

Love? bülow - "This Is Not A Love Song"

bülow “Not A Love Song” Damaged Vol 1 I love this song.  It just is not what you expect from this sweet-looking girl.  This is the perfect opposite of a love song.  Don’t let bülow’s sweet demeanor fool you.  This young …

Soulful Seduction: Nilüfer Yanya - "Thanks 4 Nothing"

Nilüfer Yanya “Thanks 4 Nothing” Nilüfer Yanya is a tremendous soul chanteuse from London who has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard.  She looks so sweet and innocent, but when she starts to sing, her voice is …

Queer Country: Paisley Fields - "The Door"

Paisley Fields “The Door” Glitter And Sawdust I love Paisley Fields. Paisley Fields are a queer country band, unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected. Though lead singer James Wilson is inspired by country musicians like Dolly Parton …

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