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By Nick Loundry Jay Clark had a vision and pursued it. Inspired by his brother’s determination to make a film career happen, Clark set his sights on music. He’s hammered at the dream for a chunk of years now. Not too long but long enough to launch his own brand of Southern rock by way […]

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Edward & Graham “Menomonee Road”

By Jeremo Lands I like this quote from Johnny Edward, one-half of Edward & Graham: “These are songs for the person who doesn’t want to admit they like country and for the country fan that needs something fresh and exciting.” I know a lot of those people. I’m one of them. Out in public, I’m […]

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Niq Reefman: A Selection of Musical Tales

By Stephen Chow Ah, the magic of Niq Reefman who, I’m convinced, is human weed. Can you smoke Frank Zappa if he came back from to the dead to join the surviving members of Monty Python? I’m sure someone somewhere could make that happen. Reefman’s latest record is madcapped, intelligent, hilarious, and weirdly beautiful. There’s […]

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Ivan Beecroft: “Believe”

By Iain Slainey Ivan Beecroft has lived quite the life. The former steel worker always played music. First, to escaped the unsafe conditions at work. To escape the bullshit. Then, to let out the demons and let in the angels when death took his father and life got twisted and harder. Beecroft was hospitalized after […]

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Eddy Yang: “Split the Night”

By Stephen Chow I’ll hand it to young blood Eddy Yang, he’s flinging himself out there. That’s brave and it’s more than a lot of people do. What is it they say, “Showing up is 80% of life.” Yang’s single “Split the Night” is a bit on the raw side but I like this kid’s […]

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Camille Peruto: From the Sea to the Sky

By Stephen Chow To say Camille Peruto is immensely talented is an understatement. Once you hear any one of her songs, it’s hard to accurately describe. I’ll try. Music radiates from Peruto’s pores it seems like. She’s also surrounded herself with equally talented musicians and music makers, creating a knockout of a record. From the […]

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Eric Frisch: Music Under Sea

By Lisa Waugh I hope Eric Frisch doesn’t mind if I enjoy his music, in part, because his vocals are giving me the Michael Stipe feels. Frisch’s new record Music Under Sea stands on its own, but that added bonus of R.E.M.ness is totally welcomed. Frisch drew upon another era (the ’60s), explaining the gorgeous retro […]

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King Ropes: Dirt

By Lisa Waugh Witty, raw, honest and excellently made, King Rope’s latest record Dirt is a knock out. You can feel the dust blow up from the desert. The gentle jangle of truck keys, boots on gravel, a coffin being lowered into the ground with ropes, and all of the cinematic things the mind can […]

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Marty McKay: New York City Dreams

By Antiem Boyd Are you ready for some rock banging out of New York by way of Zurich? Marty McKay puts his own spin on alt rock and seems to be having a blast on his new record New York City Dreams. He also puts a lot of himself into the tracks. All the ups […]

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J-Anthony: “It’s Official”

By Stephen Chow J-Anthony offers up a refreshing take on telling the world about your new boo. He’s not messing with any Facebook announcement. J-Anthony straight up wrote an anthem and made a music video telling the world, “It’s Official.” The single is from the Lenny Kravitz and Bruno Mars zip code. It’s got bounce […]

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IVANNA: Leaving Town

By Stephen Chow Hailing from Sweden, IVANNA offers up its unique brand of atmospheric pop in the vein of The Cure and all the other great things about ‘80s and ‘90s pop reborn. Their latest is Leaving Town, a record chock full of introspection and gut wrenching emotions. But you can ignore that and just […]

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April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

By Lisa Waugh Good hearted with a biting wit, April Martin’s steadily-paced In the Blink of a Life hits all the high and low notes of a life well lived. Whether she’s singing about love or death, Martin keeps her sense of self and humor in tact, never giving into cynicism, but definitely winking at […]

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Michael Van and The Movers: A Little More Country

By Alex Marks There’s something raw and pure about Michael Van and The Movers. The band communicates heartbreak, irreverence, and inebriated good times with a fierce passion on their latest A Little More Country. Michael Van has wisely surrounded himself with experienced pickers and music makers. Pete Ahonen, Alan Bond, Larry Lawson, and Bob Skye, […]

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Danophone: Rerun

By Antiem Boyd Danish science journalist Carsten Nielsen needed an outlet for his musical side and Danophone is that voice. His record Rerun captures the habit of repeating mistakes. Possibly this is a therapeutic record to listen to as one prepares to purge some demons, habits, or to declutter, emotionally or literally. Or Rerun is perfectly […]

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Countless Thousands: You’re Goddamn Right

By Stephen Chow Countless Thousands’s You’re Goddamn Right is pure nerd theatre rock. The four-piece pooled their show choir, cosplay, Civil War reenacting, jazz licks, and rockabilly magic into one pot and voila, a ripping record. Each track is sharp, edgy, and catchy as hell. Danger Van Gorder may be throwing out funny lyric frisbees, […]

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Christina Rubino: Godspeed & Guns

By Stephanie Towne What if Thelma and Louise went on a full blown killing spree, gleefully dispatching their victims? Hey, I’d watch an entire feature film of that. Good news. Christina Rubino’s highly entertaining “Godspeed & Guns” has done that for you. The video, directed by Frankie Nasso, is a wild ride through Rubino’s wicked […]

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Fallen Asunder

By Lisa Waugh Childhood friends and bandmates Ryan Batturs and Josh Weaver hammer out the word “sympatico” on their self-titled record, Fallen Asunder. When you’ve spent that kind of time together, your efforts together will be forged in fire. A white hot metal fire. There’s something big sky about their project. Large looming tracks with […]

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Charity Ekeke: She

By Stephanie Towne If I’ve learned anything from the women in my life, it’s that they are made of steel and to misunderstand them is to miss the point of this life. Listening to Charity Ekeke’s She reminded me of that. The album is brimming with wit, wisdom, and truth. Ekeke lets in the air […]

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Electra Day: Quiet Hours

By Antiem Boyd If you’re in serious need of some deep inner traveling, Electra Day’s latest project Quiet Hours is here just in time. As you take in the soothing and contemplative tracks of the record, here’s a little bit about the artist. The face and voice behind Electra Day is Julia Hampton. The name […]

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Rahm: Between the Lines

By DG Barrow Rahm is a passionate and talented artist who gives from the very depths of his soul with each track on his latest EP Between the Lines. Rahm’s drive is an epic nearly operatic reach for meaning and connection, bravely scooping out pieces of himself for the listener’s inspection. It’s actually a pleasant […]

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