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London Pop: Playing House - "Jelly Legs"

Playing House “Jelly Legs” Jocelyn What a great band.  This art band from England is wonderfully fun.  I would call it Talking Heads meet Scritti Politti.  And Tom Robinson loves them.  What more do you need to know?  The band …

Punk Blues: Shotgun Sawyer - "You Got To Run"

Shotgun Sawyer “You Got To Run” Thunderchief Picture, if you will, if Robin Trower were a punk, or if, out of the blue, Johnny Thunders decided to play blues rock.  You would get Shotgun Sawyer.  Comprised of Brett (The Butcher) …

Punk With A Message: Oh Sees - "Animated Violence"

  Oh Sees “Animated Violence” Orc Oh Sees (having dropped the Thee) are back.  God, these guys rock, and their new album, Orc, is no exception.  It has all those great bass riffs that the Oh Sees are capable of, …

Boys From Brooklyn: Grizzly Bear - "Mourning Sound"

Grizzly Bear “Mourning Sound” Painted Ruins After being teased since early July, Grizzly Bear has dropped their new album, and it is wonderful.  This might be the best album (next to Lorde and TORRES) released this year.  Grizzly Bear has …

Lyrical Truth: NEEDTOBREATHE - "Cages"

NEEDTOBREATHE “Cages” Hard Love NEEDTOBREATHE are an amazingly literate and musical band from Charleston, SC.  Comprised of Bear Rinehart- Guitar, Lead Vocals;  Bo Rinehart- Guitar, BGV’s;  Seth Bolt- Bass, BGV’s; and  Josh Lovelace – Keys, BGV’s, this quartet weaves musical …

Power Pop: Sleeping With Sirens - "Legends"

Sleeping With Sirens “Legends” Gossip So, you’ve been waiting for the next great power pop/punk band to drive away the Green Day blues?  Well, Sleeping With Sirens have all the moves, the riffs, and, most important, the sincerity that makes …

WOW: Lorde - "Perfect Places"

Lorde “Perfect Places” Melodrama Just wow.  Melodrama is the best album dropped so far this year.  And “Perfect Places” is one of Lorde’s best song.  And when she sings, “Where the fuck are perfect places anyway?”, you go wow.  I …

Wandering Around: Alice Merton - "No Roots"

Alice Merton “No Roots” The perfect song for those travelers all over the world, the restless souls who can’t settle down.  Alice Merton understands those feelings.  As she sings:  “I have no roots, but my home was never on the …

Heart On The Sleeve: Brett Gleason - "Alive"

Brett Gleason “Alive” Manifest Not only is Brett Gleason the most romantic singer/songwriter out there who is not afraid to show his heart, he is extremely beautiful.  I love this song.  It is one of the best songs he’s ever …

Lightening Fingers: Molly Tuttle - "Good Enough"

Molly Tuttle “Good Enough” Rise Wow, what uplifting music.  Molly Tuttle is such a joy to watch.  Her fingers just fly over her fret board, her voice is just so happy, and her face positively glows.  On July 26th, the International Bluegrass …

New Jazz: Ms. White - "Full Grown"

Ms. White “Full Grown” Jade What a voice.  Ms. White has that smoky, jazzy voice that makes you dream of those smoky Harlem or Paris nightclubs where you’d see Louie Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Josephine Baker, and the other greats.  The …

Diva With A Fun Side: Selena Gomez - "Bad Liar"

Selena Gomez “Bad Liar” There is something pure genius about Selena Gomez.  She has a wonderful voice, she’s beautiful, and she is a great actress.  I love this song.  Taking the bassline from Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (with permission of …

Tribute to The Delta: Debra Devi - "10 Miles To Clarksdale"

Debra Devi “10 Miles To Clarksdale” Wild Little Girl Debra Devi is so wonderful.  She combines the blues and country so perfectly, her voice is so plaintive and real, and her slide guitar playing is on the same level as …

Sexy But Coy: Ekurtis - "Submarine Man"

Ekurtis “Submarine Man” Part I Former professional ballet dancer, Eric Larson, began recording music as Ekurtis in 2016.  Oftentimes, Ekurtis has worked with his partner, Aaron Berk of Hopper Race, but they decided they worked better as partners than as …

Grunge Revival, Better Than Before: Dinosaur Pile-Up - "Grim Valentine"

Dinosaur Pile-Up “Grim Valentine” Eleven Eleven Coming from Leeds, this heavy trio smashes all your preconceptions of  the Grunge revival by coming across heavier than the originals.  This is what Nirvana should have sounded like.  More like the Deftones, who …

Punk Country: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers - "Nothin' Feels Right But Doin' Wrong"

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers “Nothin’ Feels Right But Doin’ Wrong” Sidelong WOW.  If Janis Joplin had lived, continued the country route, kept her blues roots, and met Lux Interior, this is what would have happened.  This is totally amazing. …

New Zealand Rock: Cairo Knife Fight - "A Six"

Cairo Knife Fight “A Six” Seven What a band.  This duo from New Zealand is so powerful.  Comprised of drummer/vocalist Nick Gaffaney and guitarist George Pajon, Jr., this duo makes more noise, and great noise at that, than most quartets …

Punch In The Gut: So Brown - "United States Of Deprivation"

So Brown “United States Of Deprivation” WOW.  I haven’t heard someone this powerful since I first heard M.I.A.  In fact, So Brown is the LGBTQ equivalent of M.I.A.’s activism.  This is one the of the hardest hitting songs I’ve ever …

The Voice Of The Activist: Kashish - "Cycles"

Kashish “Cycles” Stronger Together Kashish is a tremendous R&B singer/songwriter/activist from Philadelphia that has one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard, and she is not afraid to speak up for what she believes, even if it could hurt her …

Beautiful Break-up: Brad Byrd - "1000 Pink Balloons"

Brad Byrd “1000 Pink Balloons” Highest Mountains You know how sometimes a video just adds so much to a song?  That’s what it’s like with Brad Byrd’s “1000 Pink Balloons”.  The song itself is about heartbreak and recovering from such, …

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