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The Best In Chanson: Camille - "Fontaine de lait"

Camille “Fountaine de Lait OUI The incomparable, unique Camille finally has put out a new album for our pleasure.  The queen of French Chanson, the voice of notes only dogs can hear, one of the most interesting people not just …

Dark Rock: Alexa Rock - "Empty Drinks"

Alexa Dark “Empty Drinks” Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts If anyone deserves the name last name dark, it is Alexa Dark.  This singer/songwriter/guitarist has dark lyrics combined with a dark sound and dark, smoky vocals who can still kick those high notes …

Pride On Your Sleeve: Palehound - "If You Met Her"

Palehound “If You Met Her” A Place I’ll Always Go Palehound is back with a great song and album.  I love this band, led by Ellen Kempner, with drummer Jesse Weiss (Spook The Herd), and new bassist Larz Brogan.  This …

Hipster: Arcade Fire - " Everything Now"

Arcade Fire “Everything Now” Everything Now YEAH!!!!!  The number one hipster band in the world is finally going to release their follow-up to Reflector.  I, for one, am extremely happy.  I have been a fan of Arcade Fire for years now. …

New Wave Today: Young Guv - "Traumatic"

Young Guv “Traumatic” Traumatic 7″ What a great sound.  Ben Cook is, among many other things, the very industrious Young Guv.  From acting to writing/producing to playing guitar and screaming in hardcore bands, Guv has done it all and is …

Fragile Strength: Tigers Jaw - "June"

Tigers Jaw “June” slip What a great shoegaze band this is.  This is one band I can’t stop listening to.  They get into your head somehow, and in an especially good way.  Perfect for summer evenings (evening and dawn are …

Sultry Sex: Lana Del Rey - "Lust For Life"

Lana Del Rey “Lust For Life” (ft. The Weeknd) No surprise, but Lana has done it again.  She is the sexiest bad girl out there.  “Lust For Life” is one of her best tunes, almost another “Body Electric”.  Her duet …

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 …

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