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Badass Rock N Roll: Code Red Riot - "Living Low"

Code Red Riot “Living Low” Mask Wow, Code Red Riot just kicked my ass across the room.  The very first note will let you know that these guys are serious badasses.  Comprised of Vocals: Corky G @corkyg; Guitar: Taz @tazazure; and Bass: …

Crooked View: Rare Americans - "Balmoral Hotel"

Rare Americans “Balmoral Hotel” What an unbelievable band.  Everything about Rare Americans is, well, RARE.  They sound like no one.  Let me quote their bio, because it might explain their sound: Not crooked in the sense we’re criminals, in fact …

Playful Obsession?: Levy and The Oaks - "Obsessive Love"

Levy And The Oaks “Obsessive Love” Sound Of The City What a great catchy song about obsession.  Coming from Asbury Park (yes, it’s the water), Levy and The Oaks is made up of LEVY OKUN// lead vocals, guitar, piano; LOU PANICO// vocals, …

Soulful Sensitivity: Meshell Ndeceocello - "Sensitivity"

Meshell Ndegeocello “Sensitivity” Ventriloquism Always one of my favorite musicians, Meshell Ndegeocello has one of the best and most sensitive songs of 2018.  As Ndegeocello says about her new album: This album was recorded in Los Angeles with the familiar …

Beautiful Pop: Cathedrals - "Behave"

Cathedrals “Behave” Cathedrals This is what modern pop should be sounding like:  beautiful honest vocals (no tricks) with great riffs and crystal clear productions; a song instantly memorable and radio friendly.  With Cathedrals, you get the whole package.  Coming from …

True Goth: Bela Goosy - "Among Lunatics"

Bela Goosy “Among Lunatics” Welcome To The Kafka’s House If you love Goth music, the real deal, not the fake “Goth Lite”, listen to Bela Goosy.  He is from France, and the music he makes his definitely creepy and beautiful, …

Art Grunge: Slothrust - "Peach"

Slothrust “Peach” The Pact As my loyal readers should have guess by now, Slothrust is one of my all-time favorite bands.  They have another album coming out in September, and seriously, that made my day.  As their bio says: Slothrust is …

Political Dance: Them Are Us Too - "Floor"

Them Are Us Too “Floor” Amends Coming from SF, Them Are Us Too are definitely one of the most interesting bands out now.  Made up by kennedy ashlyn and cash askew, Them Are Us Too would not be out of place sound-wise …

Great Ska: The Interrupters - "She's Kerosene"

The Interrupters “She’s Kerosene” Fight The Good Fight The Interrupters are old school ska (2 Tone, Selector, The Specials, The English Beat) and not a group of poseurs.  This band has it all.  Comprised of Aimee Interrupter: Vocals, Kevin Bivona: Guitar, Justin Bivona: …

The Wonders Of Summer: Smokescreens - "Waiting For Summer"

Smokescreens “Waiting For Summer” Used To Yesterday What a great paean to summer.  This song even makes me (Mr. Cold) love summer.  With its jingly pop vocals and handclaps, Smokescreens remind me of The Church, with that beautiful Byrds-like 12 …

Balance Of Tension and Beauty: Jane In Space - "Breaking Glass"

Jane In Space “Breaking Glass” Gorerunner Residing in that dark place between Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, Jane In Space use their music to create an atmosphere of claustrophobia and agoraphobia at the same time.  Coming from Brooklyn, Jane …

Power Pop Alive: The Rareflowers - "New Generation"

The Rareflowers “New Generation” The Rareflowers Power pop is back with a vengeance, and The Rareflowers, from New Brunswick, NJ, are the designated torchbearers.  Comprised of brothers Jimmy (guitar, lead vox) and Kane Maraday (bass, vox) and joined by Aaron Gollubier …

True Vamipirism: Lana Blac - "I'll Suck You In"

Lana Blac “Suck You In” Can there be anything more fun (and terrifying) than vampirism, with all its sexual tension and the whole idea the play of dominance and submission?  Of course not, which is why so much has been …

Feral Beauty: Wolf Alice - "Space & Time"

Wolf Alice “Space & Time” Visions Of A Life “Space & Time” is the new single by UK band, Wolf Alice, a band that describes itself as “the love child of folk and grunge”, which is really a good description …

UK Anger: Shame - "Concrete"

Shame “Concrete” Songs Of Praise What do you get when you combine The Fall and Gang Of Four?  You get Shame, one of the greatest and angriest bands to come out of the UK.  This band (how did I miss …

Punk Rock: Palberta - "Roach Goin' Down"

Palberta “Roach Goin’ Down” Roach Goin’ Down What a great punk band.  I love Palberta’s whole style.  It is so DIY, it is just so great.  In fact, I can hear the Slits loving this song.  Ari Upp and Palmolive …

Mean Pop: gobbinjr - "fake bitch"

gobbinjr “fake bitch” ocala wick What a great song.  gobbinjr is a fresh face that says exactly what you want to say, but (to quote AC/DC) you ain’t got the guts.  gobbinjr is comprised of recording: Emma Witmer; current live …

Jesus Punk: Motel Jesus - "Who Do You Say I Am?"

Motel Jesus “Who Do You Say I Am?” Jesus punk, you say what?  It’s true.  Motel Jesus play Jesus Punk, and they do a great job at it.  Is it any surprise that there is a punk band dedicated to …

Music As Therapy: Decreek - "Fool"

Decreek “Fools” My Story Decreek is one of the new rockers that are just turning the music scene on its head.  Coming from Israel where he suffered from PTSD from military service, he moved to the US and delved into …

Cool Summer Music: Soccer Mommy - "Cool"

Soccer Mommy “Cool” Clean This is the stoner song that I’ve been waiting for.  Sophie Allison who is Soccer Mommy writes great songs with wonderful hooks and those lyrics that are, as Allison describes them, “chill but kinda sad” bedroom-pop jams.  …

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