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Queer Country: Paisley Fields - "The Door"

Paisley Fields “The Door” Glitter And Sawdust I love Paisley Fields. Paisley Fields are a queer country band, unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected. Though lead singer James Wilson is inspired by country musicians like Dolly Parton …

AI Rules? Shanghai Restoration Project - "Alpha Go"

Shanghai Restoration Project “Alpha Go” R.U.R. The Shanghai Restoration Project is the duo of Brooklyn natives Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan.  Through their inventive electronic dance music, they delve into the same mysteries of Artificial Intellegence (AI) as Kraftwork did, but …

Killer Plague: Year Of The Locust - "Rise Up/Sunrise"

Year Of The Locust “Rise Up/Sunrise” Rock, Sex, God, Machine Talk about a punch to the solar plexus!!! Year Of The Locust is one of the bands that will kick your ass out of your winter complacency.  With riffs and …

The Best: Depeche Mode - "Cover Me"

Depeche Mode “Cover Me” Spirit Has Depeche Mode sold their soul to someone?  Their music never ages, yet it is in constant flux.  Their new single, “Cover Me”, is one of the best tracks I’ve ever heard from them or …

Melodic Yet Powerful Protest: U.S. Girls - "Bosebud"

U.S. Girls “Rosebud” In A Poem Unlimited U.S. Girls is American-born, Meg Remy’s musical moniker.   The Toronto-based, multi-instrumentalist loves for her music to be an example fiercely independent, modern brand of art-based, American feminism.  She deals with such sensitive subjects …

My Favorite: The Prids - "Lie Here"

The Prids “Lie Here” Do I Look Like I’m In Love? I’m telling you again: THE PRIDS ARE THE BAND.  Get their album.  Come on, I’ve told you before.  The video for “Lie There” is just perfect for their music; …

Brits Rock: Free Galaxy - "Everlasting"

Free Galaxy “Everlasting” Coming out of Kenilworth, UK, Free Galaxy proves that those Brits understand Power Punk better than anybody else.  This is a great single, filled with great riffs and wonderful vocals.  (I am a sucker for harmonies).  Sounding …

SEE: MGMT - "Me And Michael"

MGMT released “Me & Michael” accompanied by a narrative based music video directed by Joey Frank and Randy Lee Maitland. The video tells the story of MGMT being moved to steal a song written by Filipino band Truefaith, a theft …

Chilean Killer Punk: Bailarines Muertos - "Sinestesia"

  Bailarines Muertos “Sinestesia” My favorite Chilean punk band, Bailarines Muertos (Dead Dancers), have a new killer single out.  These guys, coming from Santiago, have really capture some killer punk.  Combining the Ramones and The Stranglers with this wild South …

Soundtrack For Teen Angst: LOYALS - "Hold On"

LOYALS “Hold On” LOYALS Revisiting the past (early 2000’s), hearing music the way we thought it sounded back then, LOYALS are actually better than the Indie Pop bands of the early turn of the century.  Of course there are your …

Post Goth: VOWWS - "Esseff"

VOWWS “Esseff” Under The World A strange, creepy in a beautiful sense, post Goth duo from Australia, VOWWS adds these wonderful guitar riffs and vocals above the almost Bondian soundtrack.  Composed of MATT and RIZZ, VOWWS draw upon influences as …

Traveling In Music: Panteon - "January Keeper"

Panteon “January Keeper” Travel Log 1 There is something beautifully delicate yet strong about Panteon’s voice, as if, under the layer of soft velvet is barbed wire.  Panteon is German-born, Brooklyn dwelling Yvonne Ambrée, and she is in complete control of …

The Lost Innocent: Felix and The Future - "Karen"

Felix And The Future “Karen” Holy Hands Vol. 2 Wow, not since Bowie’s Ziggy has an alien made such a great impact on the music scene. The album, Holy Hands Vol 2, blends primitive, tribal images and sounds with futuristic space explorations …

Dream Punk At Its Finest: Crooked Ghost - "Sleepwalker/Only Nightmares"

Crooked Ghost “Sleepwalker/Only Nightmares” Skeleton House Wow, what a great single.  This is such a great dream punk band coming from Asheville, NC (the greatest place in NC).  Comprised of Ray Clark: voices, guitar, synth. Chris Saldin: bass. Jon Wyatt: drums, …

SEE: Fever Ray - "Wanna Sip"

Karin Dreijer aka Fever Ray returns with yet another tantalizing and sexually-focused music video for “Wanna Sip” that gives a new meaning to food porn. Dreijer dons the same makeup and a similar costume to the one we saw in …

Good Ole Country: Jeff Hyde - "Henry Ford"

Jeff Hyde “Henry Ford” Norman Rockwell World Jeff Hyde has that perfect country voice; gruff but melodic and honest-sounding.  This is a great song.  What a tremendous artist.  Hyde has this wonder writing style.  In fact, he has written so …

Great Swedish Songwriter: José González - "What Will" (with The Brite Lites)

José González “What Will” (with The Brite Lites) José González & The Brite Lites At Svenska Grammofonstudion He’s back, and he’s better than ever.  There is no one who sounds like Sweden’s José González.  One, he picks a guitar so quickly …

The Supergroup: MIEN - "Black Habit"

MIEN “Black Habit” MIEN What a great superband.  In rock history, oftentimes members from other disparate bands have formed a new band, but often the egos don’t match (think The Traveling Wilburys or Blind Faith).  But MIEN seems to have …

Dark Goth Queen: Anna von Hausswolff - "The Mysterious Vanishing Of Electra"

Anna von Hausswolff ‘The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra’ Dead Magic She’s back, that beautiful Swedish Dark Goth goddess.  On her new single, she sounds like a cross between PJ Harvey and Diamonda Galas, especially wins she swoops up to those …

Real Rock: The Buttertones - "Matadors"

The Buttertones “Matador” Gravedigging From the first note, you know you’re listening to genius.  Sometimes the Buttertones sound like The Breeders, but then that sax comes in and the lead vocalists hits some notes that are amazing high.  As their …

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