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Paul Maged: Light Years Away

By Stephen Chow Paul Maged’s Light Years Away comes raging out of the gate with the artist’s take on political correctness on “PC Police.” No matter your stance on that topic, the track is fucking catchy as hell. Maged is your punk rock Billy Joel. Or Joel after he was dropped off from a night […]

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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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One Track Minds: A Price to Be Paid

By Lisa Waugh There’s alchemy at play here as One Track Minds forges sounds, noise, and genres, blending them back onto themselves in their latest work, A Price to Be Paid. There’s pop, a strident metallish rockabilly, and the echoey international ballad punk strum of the late ’70s/early ‘80s. There’s more than that. The album […]

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The smallest Creature: “Reboot”

By Antiem Boyd If “Reboot” is any indication, the upcoming record from The smallest Creature will do quite well. The single is ethereal and reflects the power of the band. The echoey treatment isn’t overplayed, giving the track a dream-like quality. The production is on point as well. I was privy to three more tracks […]

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Jane in Space: Feel It Alive

By Stephen Chow I’m into it. The name of the band. Every track of Feel It Alive. I’m one of those people who loves ‘90s music. And Jane in Space serves it up very well on this record. It’s more than an homage. There’s a definite electronic edge of the now. We’re here and now […]

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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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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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Robert Nix’s Once in a Blue Moon

By Stephen Chow Robert Nix marches to his own beat, I’ll give him that. He’s a one-man rock opera. And on Once in a Blue Moon, he appears to be having an open conversation with himself, with a little help from his inner Michael McKean in character as David St. Hubbins. Although St. Hubbins would […]

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Opium Denn’s Demarkation

By Lisa Waugh Rarely do you find a record with a warning label for operating heavy machinery or driving a car, but here you go. Opium Denn’s goal on Demarkation is to relax the mind, and possibly knock something profound loose in there, possibly unfold that layers of us. Using HEV, Health-Science Enhanced Vibrations, Opium […]

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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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Violet Night’s I Hope You’re Well

By Lisa Waugh Violet Night’s I Hope You’re Well is full of heart and soul. And that is meant in a sincere way far from corny. You’re meant to feel something, not simply skate above it. The EP’s four powerful tracks also demonstrate simplicity gets your everywhere. Strong songwriting, engaging performance, and then clean production… […]

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A Must Listen: Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week In Paradise

By Lisa Waugh Elessar Thiessen isn’t kidding around even though he appears to be a gentle soul. His music packs a wonderful punch. “Another Love Song” is a rainy love song. It’s a gorgeous rainy love song to boot. It’s a terrific track on Thiessen’s new album A Rainy Week in Paradise. Thiessen sounds like […]

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A Tour Inside Ransom Scenery’s ‘Ear to Ear’

Ransom Scenery: Ear to Ear By Lisa Waugh Very Bjork-like and pure dreamy surrealism, Ransom Scenery’s latest record Ear to Ear is certainly a step into its own space. Very much into dream rock and avant garde around here but this album escapes even that classification. The seeming lack of boundaries belies the irony in […]

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Trip the Light Fantastic With Rooftop Runners

Lisa Waugh Martha Graham and Napoleon Dynamite. That’s how I’d describe the self-choreographed music video for the song “Energize”  by electronic/pop duo, Rooftop Runners. I don’t mean that as a slight. These two brothers move with the grace of ballet dancers (syncopation is captured in slo mo) and then there’s a kind of crumpling puppet […]

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