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Confidence: Monte Mader - "Skydiving"

Monte Mader “Skydive” Skydive Dedicated to her father, who recently died, Monte Mader’s “Skydive” is a burst of optimism and the fact that fearing heights or not should never be a reason for not trying your best.  That makes the …

No Denying The Creds: Liars - "Cred Woes"

Liars “Cred Woes” TFCF If there is a band that need not fear about the “cred”, it’s Liars.  These guys are one of the greatest No Wave/Post-Punk bands out there.  They are always pushing the envelope.  No one knows for …

Pop Music For All Seasons: Midnight Beach - "No"

Midnight Beach “No” Midnight Beach What a great pop duo.  Coming out of Clearwater, Florida, Midnight Beach is made up of Steve Alex and Vovi Vu.  They met at a beach bar in 2014, started talking music, and something that just clicked.  This …

Surreal Dance: CAPYAC - "Bubblegum"

CAPYAC Bubblegum Want to hear what Deee-Light would sound like if they lived on the Moon and went completely nuts.  They would sound like CAPYAC.  What an interesting band.  When talking about the video the band says, “”Bubblegum” started out …

Dark Glass: Glass Mannequins - "Dark Matter"

Glass Mannequins “Dark Matter” March of the Mannequins Glass is what I hear when I hear Glass Mannequins, that smoothness, that slow flowing ever changing beauty of old glass windows, the reflection glass causes, the chance that the beauty might …

Electronic R&B: The Vare - "Spot Dark"

The Vare “Spot Dark” Here you go:  an electronic duo that is so different, in a great way, that they are really hard to define.  Are they R&B (there is a slight George Michael to the vocals), are they indie, …

Love Poem To New York: Cotillon - "Black Sea"

Cotillon “Black Sea” The Afternoons What a strange mix of slightly wistful and off-key vocals with beautiful, pop-infused music, whirling around creating this picture of daily life just being led.  The video, directed by Brian Lee Hughes, has Cotillon hanging …

The New Voice: Baby Dayliner - "The Triumph of Sarah's Past"

Baby Dayline “The Triumph of Sarah’s Past” You Push I’ll Go This band somehow reminds me of The Call.  It must be the deep, powerful vocals.  Baby Dayliner is known as an “artists’ artist”.  It is the vocals that make …

Authentic Bluegrass: Wild Ponies - "Pretty Bird"

Wild Ponies “Pretty Bird” Galax Named after the beautiful town in Virginia, Galax by Wild Ponies is perfect bluegrass.  This album is a beautiful mix of old and new bluegrass, traditional and modern.  Look at the guest list on this record:  Snake …

Architectural Music: Humble Fire - "Taliesin"

Humble Fire “Taliesin” Builder Architecture per music.  Humble Fire has built a record with tunes that are substantial like buildings.  For example, their song, “Taliesin”, sounds like what Frank Lloyd Wright’s building would sound like if they could sing.  Coming …

From Sorrow Comes Joy: The Tambo Rays - "Yes and No"

The Tambo Rays “Yes and No” Recharge Have you missed poppy/punky new wave like the Go-Go’s or even Le Tigre, with the strong female lead and summery, dance rhythms?  Never fear: The Tambo Rays are here.  Based in Oakland, the …

Horror Sound Track: Super Snake - "Lavish Sum Of Dread"

Super Snake “Lavish Sum Of Dread” Leap Of Love It’s so wonderful that there is still room left for great garage/doom/metal.  In fact, if you need the soundtrack to your next true horror movie, choose Super Snake.  They know how …

Nightmares: VYCES - "Nocturnal"

VYCES “Nocturnal” (featuring Carla Harvey) Angels Sweet nightmares are made of these.  This is one of the most powerful songs I’ve heard in a long time, and also one of the Frickin scariest, with the tree veins erupting on the …

Leave But Can't Leave: Grace Blue - "Our Eyes"

  Grace Blue “Our Eyes” Grace Blue It’s rare when a song is as beautifully produced and performed as the video is this day and age of video supremacy, but “Our Eyes” even outshines the beautiful video.  Grace Blue is …

The Ultimate Singles Band: Fort Atlantic - "Just Hold On"

Fort Atlantic “Just Hold On” Shadow Shaker Vol 1 What a great band.  This poppy blend of light and dark has that 90’s sound updated to the 10’s.  Think of The Smithereens.  They seem to be the best band to …

The Last Of The Best: Die Antwoord - "Love Drug"

Die Antwoord “Love Drug” The Book of Zef The fifth (and supposedly final) album by the greatest band in the world is coming out this fall.  Die Antwoord, comprised of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser(stylized as ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER), and producer God …

Psychedelia Pop: Hollow Everdaze - "Cartoons"

Hollow Everdaze “Cartoons” Cartoons Hollow Everdaze, outstanding musicians from Down Under (Melbourne to be exact), are releasing their album on June 23.  This band is so wonderful in a psychedelic pop way, very reminiscent of The Church, but updated into …

Music For The Gods: Keep Shelly In Athens - "Leave In Silence"

Keep Shelly In Athens “Leave In Silence” Philokalia Greece’s best ambient/electronica band is releasing a new album, and it certainly is some of the most beautiful music ever.  Made up of RΠЯ and Jessica Bell and based in Athens, of …

Great Dance: Fujiya & Miyagi - "Impossible Objects Of Desire"

Fujiya & Miyagi “Impossible Objects Of Desire” Fujiya & Miyagi Coming from Brighton, UK, Fujiya & Miyagi is comprised of David Best // guitars, lead vocals; Steve Lewis // synthesisers, beats, programming, backing vocals; Ed Chivers // drums; and Ben Adamo // bass, backing …

True Punk: Fruit & Flowers - "Subway Surfer"

Fruit & Flowers “Subway Surfer” Drug Tax You like your punk with great harmonies, guitar and bass riffs divine, and a back-beat that reminds you of Nick Knox and never stops?  Meet Fruit & Flowers, one of the saviors of …

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