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Demanding Brilliance: Yonatan Gat - "Cue The Machines"

Yonatan Gat “Cue The Machines” Universalists And now for something completely different.  Yonatan Gat has created a musical experience unlike anything most of you have ever heard.  “The undefinable track opens with an Italo-Spanish choir recorded by Alan Lomax in 1950s …

Beautiful Honesty: Jason Vitelli - "Pinwheel"

Jason Vitelli “Pinwheel” Head Above Tide Jason Vitelli is a great singer/songwriter in the Elvis Costello/Nick Lowe style, with his own twist (mainly is wonderful voice).  No one today is capable of comparing the troubles of romance with a carwreck, …

Post Punk: Tennis System - "Clearer"

Tennis System “Clearer” P A I N Post punk with real snotty attitude, not fake, that’s what I crave.  And Tennis System satisfies that crave.  This LA post punk/shoegaze band does NOT suffer from what I call the ‘rich boy …

No Wave New Again: DRINKS - "Real Outside"

DRINKS “Real Outside” Hippo Lite Sometimes I get bored, really really bored, then someone like DRINKS comes along and releases a new album.  DRINKS is so much like DNA and Mars from the No Wave period, but updated for the …

Mythology: Vexxed - "Heaven's Away Team"

Vexxed “Heaven’s Away Team” Thank You Soooo Much When you base your first single on the Heaven’s Gate cult, you know that you are definitely something different.  And Vexxed is definitely different.  I love this band.  You cannot describe them …

Dark Alpine Music: MOLLY - "No Soul Will Remember"

MOLLY “No Soul Will Remember” No Soul Will Remember Coming from Insbruck, Austria, MOLLY was formed in the Alps on a cold snowy day when shoegaze was on the rise again.  This is great, dark shoegaze.  Made up of Phillip Dornauer …

The Future: The Incident - "This Song Is Not About A Boy"

The Incident “This Song Is Not About A Boy” This is a great song.  Betsy Again, director of the video, is part of Girls Rock Santa Barbara!, an organization that empowers girls through music. Through music lessons, creative expression, workshops, …

Noir-Pop: Deidre & The Dark - "Unerasable Love"

Deidre & The Dark “Unerasable Love” Brooklyn-based artist, Deidre Muro has released beautiful yet spooky songs of empowerment with her band The Dark.  This is great music, a combination of Lana del Ray and Nancy Sinatra, with a hint of …

From The Mouth Of Babes: Gang Of Four - "Ivanka (Things You Can't Have)"

Gang Of Four “Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)” Complicit There is nothing I need to add.  Go4 has just taken quotes from Ivanka Trump and backing it out with a great industrial beat as usual.  This is a great song.  …

Empowerment: Alice Merton - "Last Out"

Alice Merton “Lash Out” German born Alice Merton does it again with her new single, “Lash Out”.  This woman has complete control of everything she does.  I never thought she could top “No Roots”, but “Lash Out” is wonderful.  As …

True Love: The Lay Awakes - "Falling In Love"

The Lay Awakes “Falling In Love” Home Away From Home There is such beautiful love and heartbreak in the music of The Lay Awakes.  Their songs all come from where great music should come from: straight from the heart.  Tackling …

Darkness Personified: Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Baby's In The Void"

Black Moth Super Rainbow “Baby’s In The Void” Panic Blooms And Panic does bloom.  Beware.  In less than a month, TOBACCO and company are going to drop their new album on an unsuspecting world.  This album is raw and beautiful, …

The Voidz - "All Wordz Are Made Up"

The Voidz’ new album Virtue is a commixture of various genres blended together in a somewhat cohesive way, but at times sounding a little messy. However, that does not mean the music that Julian Casablancas (the Strokes) and his bandmates …

Albert Hammond, Jr. Just Released 2018's Best Rock Record

How many rockers have fashion designer, solo rock star, and guitarist in one of the biggest garage rock bands under their belt? Well, Albert Hammond, Jr. is certainly one of those. The Strokes lead and rhythm guitarist and keyboard and …

Dance, Dammit: Aiden Vargas - "Get Up!"

Aiden Vargas “Get Up!” What a great song, what a great video.  When Aiden Vargas says, ‘this is just the beginning’, he means it.  This is one of the greatest electro-dance song I’ve ever heard.  If you’re not dancing around …

The New Pop Sensation: Parker Matthews - "Hit And Run"

Parker Matthews “Hit And Run” Music fans, meet the new pop sensation.  And he’s a local boy from Wexford, PA, outside of Pittsburgh.  Not only does he have the hooks, the lyrics, the voice (wow, what a voice), he also …

He's Back: EELS - "Bone Dry"

EELS “Bone Dry” The Deconstruction One of my favorite musical entities is back:  YEAH!!!  Mark Oliver Everett (known as E) and a cast of thousands have completed their new album, and what I’ve heard, it is as wonderful as anything …

Guitar God: Courtney Barnett - "Need A Little Time"

Courtney Barnett “Need A Little Time” Tell Me How You Really Feel I love Courtney Barnett.  I cannot wait for her new album to land.  She has the most original writing style, almost as if she’s talking to you, telling …

Bear Punk: Shaolin Hunks - "The Guy She Saved"

Shaolin Hunks “The Guy She Saved” Dirty Pop This is my new favorite punk band.  These bears from Seattle know how to rock.  Dirty pop is just what you get from this band.  They got it all; riffs, energy, and …

Holy Moly, What A Band: Holy Wave - "Habili"

Holy Wave “Habibi” Adult Fear Well, Adult Fear has finally dropped, and what a great album it is.  There is something refreshing and timeless about this band.  Coming from El Paso, Holy Wave is made up of Kyle Hager, Dustin Zozaya, Julian Ruiz, Joey Cook, …

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