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Gothic Creepiness: HOLYGRAM - "A Fraction"

Holygram “A Fraction” Modern Cults German post-rockers HOLYGRAM from Cologne have managed to immerse themselves in the Goth world of Bauhaus without sounding derivative.  The swirling keyboards and dense musical production sends “A Fraction” way to the dark side (in …

Life's No Storybook: Julia Jacklin - "Head Alone"

Julie Jacklin “Head Alone” Crushing Julie Jacklin is releasing her new album in February, and from the singles she’s dropped (“Head Alone” and “Body”), it is going to be a stunner.  Jacklin, from Australia, sounds like she has been around.  …

Great Homage: Foreverinmotion - "Office Love"

Foreverinmotion “Office Love” How Is Your Heart Coming from Chester, VT, Brendon Thomas is a wonderful example of the best of Americana.  Taking a page from my favorite show, “The Office”, Foreverinmotion gives a loving homage to the Pam and …

Texan Alt Prog: Weather King - "Jejune Bug"

Weather King “Jejune Bug” What a great song.  Sounding a little like their Dallas/Fort Worth kindred, Jimmy Eat World, Weather King has something special. The special weapon is the vocals of Maya Cravy, which just beautifully propel the song to …

Evening Music: Alison Sudol - "Escape The Blade"

Alison Sudol “Escape The Blade” Moon There is something twilightish about Alison Sudol.  Her voice is lovely like a red/purple sky at dusk.  This is music for the evening, the most peaceful time of day.  That’s it:  Sudol’s music is …

The Crazies Have Taken Over: The Dandy Warhols - "Be Alright"

The Dandy Warhols “Be Alright” Why You So Crazy The Dandy Warhols dropped a new single, and a new album is coming out in January 2019.  All I can say is, Happy Christmas.  Of course it’s tremendous, it’s poppy (in …

Sci Fi Truth: The Room In The Wood - "Mars (Won't Save Us)"

The Room In The Wood “Mars (Won’t Save Us) The Mars EP What a great sci-fi song that is actually right on the mark.  Mars truly will not save us.  And the reasons are evident in this clever song.  The …

The New New Wave: Moist (feat. Maria Marcus) - "Traces"

Moist feat. vocalist Maria Marcus “Traces” Lavine From Söderhamn, Sweden, Moist is the solo moniker of producer, artist and remixer David Elfström Lilja. The new LP includes 10 tracks with vocals by Maria Marcus, a Swedish multi-platinum songwriter and music producer currently based in …

Cello Punk: Polly Panic - "Losing Farm"

Polly Panic “Losing Form” Losing Form I never thought that I would say the cello-driven rock is superb, buy Polly Panic from Rasputina pulls it off.  Think of “Legs Septet” by PJ Harvey to the nth degree.  This is great …

Alternative Modernity: Con Etiquette - "Et Tu, Brute?"

Con Etiquette “Et Tu, Brute?” The Company We Keep I love this band.  Coming from southern Connecticut, Con Etiquette is the great cross of 90’s alternative with that contemporary post-rock.  They write these tremendously tight, lyric-focused song on a variety …

New Pop Diva: Corina Seas - "Sonic Erasure"

Corina Seas “Sonic Erasure” Disassociated Corina Seas, proud Honduran-American and Floridian, brings many styles into her music, which she tops with this stunning voice that is equally great in the low and high ranges.  With her dance beats and this …

Power Pop Dance: Payson Lewis - "Better Run"

Payson Lewis “Better Run” That dangerously beautiful voice is back again.  Payson Lewis makes the best pop/dance music out there, and “Better Run” is no exception.  Backed with a video that would be scary if it weren’t so funny.  I …

Post Punk Recovery: Reason/Define - "Pointing Fingers"

Reason/Define “Pointing Fingers” What a kick as post-punk, hard rock song with headbanging and moshing, Reason/Define have taken Lita Ford’s ass-kicking a step forward.  Coming from Charlotte, Reason/Define is comprised of lead vocalist Paolina Massaro; bassist and vocalist Caitlin Rutkowski; guitarist …

Funk: Distant Cousins - "Lights On"

Distant Cousins “Lights On” Next Of Kin What a great, funky sound.  This reminds me of bands like Rare Earth and Ides of March.  I love the sound so much.  Coming from LA, Distant Cousins is comprised of Dov Rosenblatt, Duvid …

Rock Protest: Veronica May - "Rise"

Veronica May “Rise” To say that Veronica May is passionate about rights for all is like saying the Mississippi River is a stream.  May is amazing with the lyrics of her song “Rise”.  I admit that sometimes I have felt …

Dark Dance: Nikki Oniyome - "Dance"

Nikki Oniyome “Dance” Sui/Mizu Nikki Oniyome has this unbelievably dark and sexy voice, making even this nu-dance song more than just dance, but more a midnight ceremony.  As her bio states: Nikki Oniyome 鬼嫁日記 is Scandinavian indietronica music project with …

Beautiful Dark Pop: Crimson Apple - "Can't Get Out Of Bed"

Crimson Apple “Can’t Get Out Of Bed” Amazingly poppy song, which, if you listen closely, is actually a dark indictment of a culture that thinks that pills and diet can help depression without reaching to the core of the problems.  …

Super Honesty: Briston Maroney - "Under My Skin"

Briston Maroney “Under My Skin” Carnival Briston Maroney is one of those super-honest singer/songwriters that have taken notes from the Neil Young songbook but have gone way beyond that to create beautiful music.  Living in Nashville, he drenches his music …

Beautiful Irony: Lil Peep - "Life Is Beautiful"

Lil Peep “Life Is Beautiful” Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 2 Released after the tragic death of Lil Peep, this song demonstrates why we all are were in shock and mourning.  This is a beautifully introspective song that rings …

Funky Soul: Jak Lizard - "Quality Of Life"

Jak Lizard “Quality Of Life” Shine To Rise What a voice.  Jak Lizard reminds me of the soulful side of Van Morrison.  The funky backbeat and the great musicians backing up Lizard reminds me also of the wonder of Leon …

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