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Direct Divide’s ‘Abduction’ Highlights U.S. Tour

Direct Divide is out on an extensive U.S. tour and their latest single “Abduction” is an excellent example of their unique classical-driven modern sound. Orchestral cinema rock blasting from stacks of Peaveys as a violin peels through the night? You bet. This is why Direct Divide has been picking up speed and grabbing fans all […]

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Dimestore Prophets ‘Be Yourself’ Is the Best Advice

Who doesn’t like to feel good? So if you’re down to feel good right now, I recommend Dimestore Prophet’s latest record Be Yourself. Dimestore Prophets are a three piece – Ray Glover, John Wilson and Eric Groff – hails from Washington, D.C., a place that has been producing good underground music for decades. Thanks to […]

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The Society Island’s ‘The Big Sleep’ Is The REM You Need

Boris Rogowski’s The Society Islands has a new project and it’s a dreamy delight. The Big Sleep reflects Rogowski’s philosophy that influences can and do come from anywhere. Music is a flowing space where genres are welcomed to jump in at any given point along the shore. The Society Islands jump into that flow with The […]

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Tomás Doncker and Yusef Komunyakaa Drop ‘Big City Blues’ On Us

There’s nothing more Big Apple than Tomás Doncker and there’s no one more musically poetic and in tune with New York City than Yusef Komunyakaa. When these two come together, you can expect big city fireworks seen from a great distance. Doncker’s Big Apple Blues paints the city skyline with Donckers beautiful notes and Pulitzer Prize–Winning […]

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Leslie Jones, Though [UPDATE!]

Lisa Waugh *It seems as though Lorne Michaels heard our plea – see below – and has made Leslie Jones a season regular. Smart move, Lorne. Read all about it here. I’ve seen Leslie Jones exactly three times on SNL and she has blown me away every time. She got flak for her slave draft […]

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Darrin James Band Drops the Bomb With Two New Tracks

If you like your messages with an Afrobeat, you’re going to thoroughly enjoy Darrin James Band’s  latest singles, “Bomb’s Away” and “Covert Mission Anthem.” James gets right to it, calling out the government for picking the lowest of roads from Hiroshima to un-maned drones. He derides the government for its brutal force all the while employing […]

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The Oxford Coma Offers Up a Serious Dose of ‘Morphine’

The Oxford Coma not only has one of the funniest names I’ve heard in a while, they are ball-throbbingly bold. We’ve been needing raw whimsy in the music world. The Oxford Coma’s upcoming record Morphine to be released in December is nothing short of scarily and noisily gritty and real. And in an accessible way. The tracks that […]

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Joshua Worden’s ‘Into Fog’ Is Clearly Boundless

by Lisa Waugh Joshua Worden’s latest record Into Fog makes me proud to be a Southerner. Although Worden’s record is not what non-Southerners would expect. The album has a wide reach and is another example of how music there has evolved beyond the tent poles of country, rockabilly, Southern rock, pop and hip hop. Worden’s music isn’t […]

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‘Transparent’ Is The TV Family Comedy Gentiles Will Love

by Lisa Waugh  *Don’t read unless you’ve seen the entire series now available on Amazon Prime streaming. Transparent is the family I wish I had. With the transitioning male-to-female father, the mariticide-planning mother, the three selfish/brilliant/confused/annoying/awesome grown children and the LA backdrop of cultured Jewish family dysfunction, I’d have family dinner with these guys and crack […]

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Manilow’s ‘Cease and Desist’ is Smart Punk

by Lisa Waugh As a former punk disciple, Manilow had me at their band name. To kick off the first track of their new EP Cease and Desist, “Missing” hits the right spot and elegantly smashes the mood to gooshy, delicious pieces. Manilow’s record is a nice thrash indeed. The London band is propelling a mix […]

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