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Sarah Schonert: My Unwinding State

By Rhin Howard Sarah Schonert is not afraid of taking a bold stance in her music, to challenge listeners as so many established artists have. On her fourth record My Unwinding State, Schonert wades into the deep with piano, spoken word, and a melodic discord. The album is direct and unblinking. Schonert layers electronic with synth […]

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Zonnis: Rise of the Sheep

By Lisa Waugh Zonnis’s Rise of the Sheep is a hugely entertaining blend of blues, reggae, roots, rockabilly, folk, and hilarity. Between Andrea Zonnis’s technical training and Adam’s wit, the duo is infectious. The record is smile-inducing. The couple-to-be performed together for the first time on New Year’s Eve in 2009. They married in 2010 […]

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Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders

By Steph Cunningham Eric Anders’s compilation Big World Abide draws from four of his works and the result is a time travel through the artist’s state of mind and collaboration throughout the years. The tracks he and his producers have chosen from Tethered to the Ground, Remains in Me, More Regrets, and Not At One demonstrate […]

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Digit + Stas: Violet

By Gordon Benifli Amy Winehouse, Adele, Annie Lennox, and Grace Slick had a baby. Nastasia Avrutin. Arresting, haunting, and bold as hell, Avrutin’s solo project Digit + Stas and her new EP Violet is a whirling cyclone spinning off into myriad dust devils of emotions and conjurings. Avrutin has lived all over – St. Petersburg, […]

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SakkieFTW Experiment 1.3.2

By Stephen Chow Epic. Bombastic. Crack. Pussy On the Chainwax. This EP Experiment 1.3.2 ran away with my mind for a little bit. Just really fucking stellar. Forget the acid, after running this thing through my brain a couple of times, I could get high on myself. You know how I like to ride the […]

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Night Marcher Modern Maze

By Jasper Bankhead Rob Reinfurt’s latest project Night Marcher is an homage of sorts to a track from a Medeski, Martin, and Wood record as well as to the band’s spirit in music making. Reinfurt credits them with setting his mind ablaze and lighting the fire of his musical ambitions. To prove that, Reinfurt’s new […]

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3Bubble & J.Gray Live from the Pentagon

By Carl Sampson You know how you grind for someone else’s dreams and money, getting very little in return? You’re always in sleep debt, credit card debt, and haven’t seen your kids in days? 3Bubble, Cleon Solomon III, experienced that, I’m guessing. He burned and churned at the “Studio,” crafting songs with musical partner J. […]

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Grant Lyle Nu

By Stephen Chow You need some Grant Lyle in your life. Packed with soul, the icon is back with Nu. There’s no mistaking Lyle’s bluesy rock imprint. Classic. He may sound broken-hearted at times on tracks such as “Take It Back,” but he’s going to be just fine. “Give It Time” Lyle reminds us. The […]

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Tod Hughes Time Slow Down

By Lisa Waugh Tod Hughes pours himself into his music, telling it like it is to a memorable melody. His latest record Time Slow Down is filled with life lessons and musings that bounce along with vibrant energy. Hughes’s approach to making music is about providing a good time for the audience and for the […]

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Bitter’s Kiss Love Won’t Make You Cry

By Red Parker Chloe Baker aka Bitter’s Kiss is having a well-deserved rocket ride after releasing her EP Love Won’t Make You Cry. Taking in Baker’s music is line mainlining sunshine. And it’s good to be here at the beginning of such a promising career. There’s no doubt that Baker, along with her father Michael […]

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The AfterAffects’ RushHour

By Stephen Chow The AfterAffects’ RushHour got me like… damn. It’s a monster epic EP, crushing all of the other tracks in my iTunes like Godzilla. There’s so much good shit coming out of these two guys, it’s the best thing ever. As The AfterAffects, Alan Montgomery and Ricky Kyle are described as “Scottish electro/house/funk […]

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Post Death Soundtrack’s The Unlearning Curve

By Stephen Chow This band had me at “Canadian trip hop/psychedelic rock trio.” As a former record store loiterer, I would have made a beeline for that bin in a heartbreak. Post Death Soundtrack not only has one of the coolest names, they and their new EP The Unlearning Curve are chock full of moody brilliance. […]

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Charlie Funk’s Give Me a Groove

By Stephen Chow It’s time for a little time travel. Charlie Funk (Charles Maynard) could very well be Doctor Funk and his T.A.R.D.I.S. is his new EP Give Me a Groove. You’re back in the ‘70s while standing right here in the aughts. From the title track to the last “Sexy Cutie (Touchy Feely Remix),” […]

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Alexandra’s “Criminal”

By Mathew Tieke Alexandra Murat discovered some of the best music on the planet in her small town of Armidale in New South Wales, Australia where the radio played a few top hits on repeat. Her parents were on it. They exposed their daughter to Fleetwood Mac, INXS, AC/DC, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Peter Frampton, Pink […]

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The Magic Lightning Boys – Stealin’ Thunder

By Lisa Waugh The Magic Lightning Boys are proof that there’s always room for blues rock. The only rule, you can’t suck. It’s a tricky genre that doesn’t suffer fools well. Surprisingly, these guys didn’t just roll up out of the bayou, Mississippi, or Muscle Shoals. They hail from Cincinnati and Stealin’ Thunder will take […]

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Port of Est. Onyx Moon

By Lisa Waugh Hannah Tarkinson’s vocals are uncanny on the track “Lupine” from Port of Est.’s new record Onyx Moon. Tarkinson is channeling Bjork, if Bjork rolled out Portland, Maine. But wait, Tarkinson is not done, there’s some Kate Bush in the track “Transparent.” Onyx Moon is a brand new record that is superbly vintage. […]

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Ronjo V Ronjoism

By Stephen Chow Probably my new favorite sound is coming from this band. It’s hard to describe Ronjo V’s thing but it should be trademarked. It’s melodic, but there’re teeth to it. The echo in the tracks feels like a little like Arctic Monkeys. The harder tracks ping a little bit like hard to place […]

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The Lost Poets Insubordia PT II

By Antiem Boyd This one of our favorite bands around here. The Lost Poets are dark, dramatic, making Part II of Insubordia is an excellent listen. Beautifully executed, there are shades of metal, deep echoes of a film score, and mysterious, almost tribal elements to some tracks such as “Beyond Redemption.” “1000 Mph” sounds like a […]

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FLAUNT Rave Noir

By Stephen Chow Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito created FLAUNT to experiment with different approaches to music making. On their new project Rave Noir, the band sought to create a new, yet old, storytelling experience. “We wanted to make an album that was reminiscent to some extent of what radio used to sound like… Where […]

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Well, Hello, Mimi LaRue

By Lisa Waugh I don’t know if Mimi LaRue is ready to break into the music business or my house but I like what she’s doing. Comedy + country + rap + pop culture shaming = this girl. Hey, it worked for Rachel Bloom. LaRue’s series of music videos and tracks reveal just how deadly serious […]

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