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Deafheaven - "The Gnashing"

Deafheaven – “The Gnashing” “The Gnashing” is a great example of Deafheaven’s journey to make the best shoegaze album for this year.  The beautiful hazing mix of instrumentation with the vocals floating into the atmosphere makes this song exciting and …

Liars - "Big Appetite"

Liars – “Big Appetite” One of my heroes, Angus Andrew, has gathered a group of collaborators, avant-garde jazz drummer Laurence Pike, multi-instrumentalist Cameron Deyell, and lyricist Mary Pearson Andrew, to create the new Liars album. As Andrew states: “For the …

God Hates Unicorns - "Chipped Ma'am"

God Hates Unicorns – “Chipped Ma’am” The ultimate in what the band refers to as ‘dick rock’, God Hates Unicorns is a perfect example of Pittsburgh rock n roll; irreverent, loud, obnoxious, hilarious, and damned perfect punk/hard rock band.  (Chipped …

Rowan - "One of These Days"

Rowan – “One Of These Days” The Cork-based indie band, Rowan, hit you in the gut with their song, “One Of These Days”.  The gritty, black and white video captures perfectly the punch of the lyrics.  Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dylan …

Lorde - "Stoned At The Nail Salon"

Lorde – “Stoned At The Nail Salon” I’m so glad to hear that Lorde has not lost her touch.  “Stoned At The Nail Salon” (maybe the most Lana sounding title ever) is a tremendous song.  Lorde’s voice has never been …

Pip Blom - "Keep It Together" - Welcome Break

Pip Blom – “Keep It Together” – Welcome Break Pip Blom is a tremendous indie band from the Netherlands.  Comprised of singer-guitarist Pip Blom and her younger brother Tender Blom (also guitar, backup vocalist), along with drummer Gini Cameron, and bassist …

Deerhoof - "Department of Corrections" - Actually, You Can

Deerhoof – “Department of Corrections” – Actually, You Can Deerhoof, one of my favorite bands, has a new album coming out in October.  Before that debut, they have dropped the sing, “Department of Corrections”.  According to their bio: “‘Department of Corrections’ …

The Umbrellas - "Near You"

The Umbrellas – “Near You” Ever hear a song that you swear you’ve heard before, but there is also something new about it.  The Umbrellas, from the San Francisco area, bring that sound of the Paisley Underground with a hint …

School of X - "Feel Of It"

School of X is the moniker of Copenhagen-based artist Rasmus Littauer. On this great song, Littauer is joined by Mikkel Baltser Dørig, Mads Nørgaard, and Simon Littauer.  I love the way the instrumentation backs up Littauer’s vocals.  The real surprise …

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir - "There Is No Spring"

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir – “There Is No Sping” Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (DBGC) is this great skate punk band from Daegu, South Korea.  They formed in 2012 over their love of music, skating, and drinking, hence the …

Weather Cape - "Alice"

Cape Weather – “Alice” Cape Weather, from LA, is a collaboration between Natalie Smith and Eric Jackowitz that just has this beauty to it.  The fuzzy guitar and elegant, simple piano lift Smith’s voice to this point of no return.  …

Kekko - "Dreaming Life"

Kekko – “Dreaming Life” Kekko are the husband-wife duo of Tim Kek and Cherie Ko from Singapore. Kek writes and performs all the instrumentation while Ko is in charge of lyrics and vocals.  Together they have put together a sound …

Autoyatch - "All Inclusive"

Autoyatch – “All Inclusive” Autoyatch, a band from Oslo, Norway, has this great sound.  According to their bio: Autoyacht is engaged in providing mid-tempo grooves and guitar licks reminiscent of sunsets and palm trees. This is true.  Autoyatch is mellow …

SUUNS - "Witness Protection" - The Witness

SUUNS – “Witness Protection” – The Witness SUUNS was formed in Montreal with vocalist and guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist and bassist Joe Yarmush got together to make some beats which quickly evolved into a few songs. The duo was soon …

DOROTHY - "What's Coming To Me"

DOROTHY – “What’s Coming To Me” DOROTHY is a hard rock/goth band from LA consisting of vocalist Dorothy Martin, drummer Jason Ganberg, guitarists Devon Pangle and Eli Wulfmeier, and bassist Eliot Lorango. Martin has this great voice that reminds me …

LUMP - "we cannot resist"

LUMP – “we cannot resist”   LUMP, the collaboration of Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay, is a joyous rock n roll romp.  Marling has always been one of my favorite lyricists, often displaying maturity way beyond her years.  On “we …

TORRES - "Hug From A Dinosaur" - Thirstier

TORRES – “Hug From A Dinosaur” – Thirstier TORRES has come out with an absolutely tremendous album.  Where her last albums were quiet and intense, Thirstier is more of a rocker, like her live performances.  The guitars take a front …

Soccer Mommy - "rom com 2004"

Soccer Mommy – “rom com 2004”     Soccer Mommy has released a new single and video.  As usual, what seems at first a simple alt indie sounding song, goes south (in a good way) very quickly.  The music stops …

Courtney Barnett - "Rae Street" - Things Take Time, Take Time

Courtney Barnett – “Rae Street” – Things Take Time, Take Time Courtney has a new album coming out, and, if the single, “Rae Street”, is any indication, she is back to writing her life’s experience in the first person.  I …

BRIDEAR - "Bloody Bride"

BRIDEAR – “Bloody Bride” Rocking hard from Fukuoka, Japan, BRIDEAR consists of Kimi(v), Misaki(G), Ayumi(G), Haru(B), and Natsumi(D).  These women play frickin heavy metal.  There is no holding back with them.  They can definitely handle themselves in the (unfortunately) mostly …

Naz's & The Eyes - "Turn Off The Light"

Naz’s & The Eyes – “Turn Off The Light” Coming from Malaysia, Naz’s & The Eyes are a pop punk band that tackles that centuries long problem: adolescent love.  But it has been a while that the music has been …

ST89 - "I'm Tired Of Love Song"

ST89 – “I’m Tired Of Love Song” ST89 is a power punk band from Thailand is form last year and is kicking complete ass.  “I’m Tired Of Love Song” is the second song from the band’s upcoming album, and it …

Lorkin O'Reilly - "Still You" - Marriage Material

Lorkin O’Reilly – “Still You” – Marriage Material Scottish born Lorkin O’Reilly has written the perfect break-up song.  Everybody wants you to move on, but you’re still in love with your former lover.  O’Reilly has this intimate voice, one of those …

Eden James - "Stranger" - All The Good Blank Are Taken

Eden James – “Stranger” – All The Good Blank Are Taken I have finally heard the male equivalent of Bonnie Raitt.  Australian-born, NYC based Eden James sings that great blues rocks like no other.  This is the type of song you …

Occurrence - "I Have So Much Love To Give"

Occurrence – “I Have So Much Love To Give” Count us as music listeners lucky. I Have So Much Love To Give was the album that wasn’t supposed to be able to happen.  According to the band’s bio: Everyone in Occurrence …

Angel Olsen - "Gloria" - Aisles

Angel Olsen – “Gloria” – Aisles Angel Olsen has the greatest voice, and in Laura Branigan’s 80s hit, “Gloria”, she demonstrates that voice.  She actually makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, especially when she hits the …

Alanis Morissette - "Rest" - Rest

Alanis Morissette – “Rest” – Rest Yes, Alanis Morissette is back with another great song, a song she wrote for #MentalHealthAction Day… “I’m sharing a song entitled “Rest” written specifically about those of us who struggle with depression and anxiety, isolation, …

Jose Gonzalez - "Head On" - Local Valley

Jose Gonzalez – “Head On” – Local Valley Jose Gonzalez, that enigmatic singer/songwriter from Sweden, is back with a new album after many years, and it is so beautiful in that laid-back Gonzalez way.  The guitar is quietly understated yet intricate, …

Paula Cole - "Wayfaring Stranger" - American Quilt

Paula Cole – “Wayfaring Stranger” – American Quilt Paula Cole is back with a vengeance.  This time, she has decided to sing American standards, which serve as perfect songs for her perfect instrument, her voice. “Wayfaring Stranger” (traditional) is produced and …

Car Seat Headrest - "Golden Years" - MADLO: Influences

Car Seat Headrest – “Golden Years” – MADLO: Influences One of my bands has release a series of cover songs that, while staying true to the original, bring their lo-fi strategy of music to the heart and make the song their …

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