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Mystic Pete’s BassPop

By Lisa Waugh If you like cinematic EDM music with a badass beat and subliminal spiritual messages, Mystic Pete should most definitely be in your rotation. Humor, intelligence, and a spiritual bent make Mystic Pete one of the most unique artists coming out of LA. And BassPop is something entirely new for your music collection. […]

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Ban Hatton’s Walls

By Rhin Howard A road album, an inward journey record, Ban Hatton’s folk Americana record Walls is about movement in any sense of the word. The young artist has discovered an old voice within himself. His music feels war protest era. The themes regard the wars that rage within ourselves. Walls is thoughtful, heartfelt, and […]

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ Go By Myself

Billy Roberts is trying real hard to be a good shepherd. He and the Rough Riders channel their growing frustration and anger in their latest unapologetic record Go By Myself. Described as “dark Australian country rock,” Roberts’s writing in blunt and to the point. He is not one to take the easy path, and his […]

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Nemo James’ The Minstrel

For most of this life, Nemo James played for everyone else, and now he plays for himself. James, who had a successful music guitar supporting artists such as Tom Jones, Petula Clark, and Cliff Richard, has stepped back into the studio to produce a highly personal record. The 17 tracks on The Minstrel that could […]

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Raelism’s Back to the Battlefield

By Antiem Boyd There’s something much more cerebral about the latest Raelism (Max Rael) project. Back to the Battlefield is very much a soundtrack of the electronic and industrial kind. Some tracks are ethereal, others upbeat and hopeful, one track (“They’re All Dead Now”) is a kind of evil circus demented clown entrance theme. Back to the […]

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Williamson’s Backesto Park

By Lisa Waugh There’s a lot to enjoy and bathe the brain in on Williamson’s Backesto Park, the artist’s homage and shout out to his San Jose neighborhood.The 14 track project is result of two years in the studio. Electronic, cinematic, and very much a hypnotic record (Williamson’s fifth), Backesto Park offers up something new […]

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Galen James and Compendium’s Big Blue Mixtape

By Antiem Boyd Galen James and his band Compendium’s Big Blue Mixtape is a sexy beast of an album, jam packed with lots of ebb and flow of many tempos and layers. There’s a lot to like. The record spans across several genres, all made with analog love. From the first track to the 20th, […]

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The Sunless Sea’s Debut No Ghosts

By Lisa Waugh Witte Crosby as The Sunless Sea is doing the modern pop genre right. His debut EP No Ghosts has an art house edge with nice striations of hip hop and a kind of industrial folk. The effect is both playful and ponderous. We can do both, ya know! The Sunless Sea drives […]

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viseMènn’s Dream Single Begging You Please

By Antiem Boyd The dream rock genre was created for bands like viseMènn. Their latest single “Begging You Please” has all that you desire in a moody, ambient rock tune. It’s full of gossamer chords and longing like only this Norwegian band can. The tune feels like the deep woods where it was recorded. An […]

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Mleo: Ridiculous

By R.B. Sloane One listen to this young and fresh band Mleo and you get it pretty quickly. This is a California band, parts San Francisco and Los Angeles. There’s a theatrical vibe on their previous projects with an Incubus undercurrent in the guitar work. There are also times when it feels like someone got […]

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Jas Patrick’s Inky Ovine, a Study In Music Independence

By Stephen Chow Jas Patrick is the old rodeo poster for the modern day indie artist. Wishing to focus on pure music creation, Patrick built a recording studio in his spare bedroom in Nashville, piece by piece. He and engineer Brad Bass embedded themselves in the home studio and the end results are pretty fucking […]

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Lozk Non Language Meaningless Words Speaks Volumes

By Lisa Waugh While you were away, Leonardo Suárez Jiménez aka Lozk was out there furrowing new soil of electronic and experimental music. Someone has to lay down some new enroads. And the visual artist is just the one to do it. After just a few tracks, you’ll understand why Meaningless Words is a must […]

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Louise Aubrie’s Late 44 Is a Trip

By Rhin Howard The unique voice of Louise Aubrie is back with Late 44 and she’s accompanied by some incredibly talented people you may know. The record features Tom Edwards (Adam Ant), Joe Holweger, David Ruffy (The Ruts, Adam Ant, Dexy’s Midnight Runners) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey, The Polecats). It is produced by James Knight […]

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Gideon King & City Blog, New York’s Finest

By Antiem Boyd What happens when you bring together an artist who helped shaped the sound of Steely Dan with other artists who have played with Daft Punk, Herbie Hancock, the Saturday Night Live band, and John Scofield? Gideon King & City Blog happen. Gideon King & City Blog have created a masterful blend of […]

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Ben Lorentzen, America in Three Acts

By Antiem Boyd Ben Lorentzen is after you having an experience with his latest record America. The self-labeled ”Acoustic Pop Noir” artist is highly skilled at telling stories. Every track on his latest record America is its own little movie, complete with three acts for each song, all gorgeously rendered. The first tendency is to […]

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