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Classical Blue Grass: Hawktail - "Unless"

Hawktail “Unless” Unless There is literally nothing that sounds like Hawktail (formerly Haas Kowert Tice).  These musicians extraordinaire are comprised of Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass), Jordan Tice (guitar), and Dominick Leslie (mandolin).  They have created a sound that is …

True Nirvana: Circle Creek - "Anger"

Circle Creek “Anger” These guys from Graz, Austria, kick ass in that great Stoner way.  Consisting of Chris Zirkelbach / lead guit + voc; Didier Zirkelbach / rhytm guit + voc; Gorge / bass; and Bernhard Wolf / drums, these guys just have it …

Fun Times: Swimming With Bears - "French Girls"

Swimming With Bears “French Girls” This is the type of single that the indie scene used to be known for:  catchy, riff ridden, great vocals, and, most importantly, a sense of fun.  Indie used to be fun.  Swimming With Bears …

Beauty From The Hudson: Greg Jacquin -"Floating"

Greg Jacquin “Floating” Hudson River This man is amazing.  When “Floating” begins, those plucked notes draw you in.  But seriously, you are still not expecting such beauty as Greg Jacquin is capable is.  One, his style is not like anyone …

Synth Pop: Saint Marilyn - "Standard"

Saint Marilyn “Standard” Tangle The new single from Saint Marilyn is everything that could be hoped for:  beautiful, breathy vocals, wonderful synthesizer work, and a beat just enough to keep everything moving without overpowering everything.  Saint Marilyn never overproduces their …

Back With A Vengeance: Belly - "Suffer The Fools"

Belly “Suffer The Fools” Dove Tanya Donelly was the voice of the ’90’s and she is now the voice of the ’10’s.  I love her so much.  Her voice is so clear and wonderful, and her gift of melody and …

Amazing: Courtney Barnett - "City Looks Pretty"

Courtney Barnett “City Looks Pretty” Tell Me How You Really Feel To say I believe Courtney Barnett is one of the greatest performers alive is to say the Mona Lisa is a pretty picture.  Barnett has a style unlike anyone …

Encouraging Words: Florence+ The Machine - "Hunger"

Florence + The Machine “Hunger” High As Hope I love Florence; her voice, her style, her message of hope;  and “Hunger” is as great as any of music.  I love the fact that there is almost an under-production to this …

Poetry And Music: Chris Blacker - "From Thread To Thread"

Chris Blacker “From Thread To Thread” If you love literate, beautiful singer/songwriter music, you will adore Chris Blacker.  Blacker has a voice that could melt a Yeti’s frozen heart, and his lyrics are simply beautiful without ever falling short of …

Killer Band: Stitched Up Heart - "Monster"

Stitched Up Heart “Monster” Never Alone Imagine the voice of Shirley Manson wailing over some of the heaviest grooves ever.  If you can, you’ve got Stitched Up Heart.  These guys are super killer.  The group was founded in 2010 by vocalist …

Heavy Metal at Its Best: New Years Day - "Kill Or Be Killed"

New Years Day “Kill Or Be Killed” Diary Of A Creep This is what heavy metal should sound like: killer vocals, killer riffs, killer beats, “Kill Or Be Killed”.  New Years Day has been around since 2007, and their repertoire …

Great Ending: Frog Eyes - "Idea Man"

Frog Eyes “Idea Man” Violet Psalms Frog Eyes, Vancouver’s answer to Robyn Hitchcock, have decided that Violet Psalms will be the end of a great, 19-year career that has created some of the best music ever.  Comprised of Carey Mercer, Melanie Campbell, …

Heart Of New York: London Plane - "Roxanne"

London Plane “Roxanne” New York Howl This is a great mix of past and future.  Harking back to the great music of the 80’s with that futuristic production, London Plane have succeeded in balancing between the two eras, bringing something …

Without Category: Joan of Arc - "Truck"

Joan Of Arc “Truck” 1984 Coming from the wilds of Chicago (and it is a wild town, I love it), come Joan of Arc.  Being around since 1996, they have honed a sound unlike any other.  They have always said …

Demanding Brilliance: Yonatan Gat - "Cue The Machines"

Yonatan Gat “Cue The Machines” Universalists And now for something completely different.  Yonatan Gat has created a musical experience unlike anything most of you have ever heard.  “The undefinable track opens with an Italo-Spanish choir recorded by Alan Lomax in 1950s …

Beautiful Honesty: Jason Vitelli - "Pinwheel"

Jason Vitelli “Pinwheel” Head Above Tide Jason Vitelli is a great singer/songwriter in the Elvis Costello/Nick Lowe style, with his own twist (mainly is wonderful voice).  No one today is capable of comparing the troubles of romance with a carwreck, …

Post Punk: Tennis System - "Clearer"

Tennis System “Clearer” P A I N Post punk with real snotty attitude, not fake, that’s what I crave.  And Tennis System satisfies that crave.  This LA post punk/shoegaze band does NOT suffer from what I call the ‘rich boy …

No Wave New Again: DRINKS - "Real Outside"

DRINKS “Real Outside” Hippo Lite Sometimes I get bored, really really bored, then someone like DRINKS comes along and releases a new album.  DRINKS is so much like DNA and Mars from the No Wave period, but updated for the …

Mythology: Vexxed - "Heaven's Away Team"

Vexxed “Heaven’s Away Team” Thank You Soooo Much When you base your first single on the Heaven’s Gate cult, you know that you are definitely something different.  And Vexxed is definitely different.  I love this band.  You cannot describe them …

Dark Alpine Music: MOLLY - "No Soul Will Remember"

MOLLY “No Soul Will Remember” No Soul Will Remember Coming from Insbruck, Austria, MOLLY was formed in the Alps on a cold snowy day when shoegaze was on the rise again.  This is great, dark shoegaze.  Made up of Phillip Dornauer …

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