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Max Fite: Shake It On Down

By Lisa Waugh There’s an easiness to Max Fite’s music. There’s also some steel and grit. The indie rock artist’s latest Shake It On Down rings of Tom Petty, The Killers, and a peck of Sting across the six tracks. There’s a quiet confidence to Fite which is possible when you’re this good looking, but […]

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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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Guy Grogan’s Dynamite Bouquet

By Rhin Howard There’s a certain “fuck off!” in Guy Grogan’s music, and this makes his music like no other. His creeping genius stems from a certain self-awareness and the close-up magic of making every aspect of a record. Plus, Grogan dives deeper within himself with each new release. The record feels person and it’s astonishingly […]

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Joseph Sant’s Sea White Salt

By Stephen Chow Joseph Sant is in a mood. A languid dream pop mood. His record Sea White Salt has a spellbinding effect that will lull and lure you into a new state of mind. There’s also an important theme behind the tracks on the EP. Sant, a Seattle transplant to New York, was influenced […]

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Qualia’s New EP Triptych

By Antiem Boyd Qualia has the swagger of destiny running throughout all three tracks. Each song on Triptych has an edgy airiness with an overall buoyancy. It’s a full experience headed up by Michael Hazani and expertly carried off by Shawn Crowder and Pier Luigi Salami. Triptych’s journey is a three part act filled with […]

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Enjoy the Harvest of Robot Garden

By Stephen Chow Robot Garden’s self-titled album sounds like a lunar western film score and a record that Quentin Tarrantino would listen to on the way to set. Decidedly pop rock, Franz Ferdinandzy, and a bit The Strokesy, Robot Garden seem to be deadly serious about landing square in the middle of space indie rock. […]

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Michael Cullen’s True Believer

By Antiem Boyd Michael Cullen has become an indie pop, punk godfather, edgier with time. Afraid of nothing. That’s what makes Cullen a True Believer and his record worth a listen. His music is not fearless so much as full of expectation. You can’t be too afraid when you know what real pain is. He’s […]

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Grumsling, Something Strange This Way Comes

Grumsling: Full Coverage Grumsling: A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea By Stephen Chow July 8, 2015 Straight out of Oakland, a quartet called Grumsling comes. The goal of their two new EPs is to reveal the mystery behind the character Grumsling. So after a few listens, you’re asked to tune in a little […]

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The Secret to Indie Artists Matthew Santos’ Success

by Lisa Waugh Matthew Santos: Into The Further Two time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos is just at the surface and ready to break. That’s certainly the feeling I get when listening to his latest record Into The Further. Santos has tapped into that universal appeal of a singer/songwriter that spans from orchestral brilliance to modern […]

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‘Burden’s Landing’ Is An Easy Feat for Winchester Revival

Winchester Revival’s EP Burden’s Landing is a superior effort. This hardworking Oakland band has pooled their influences to create a record that appeals to both indie and commercial music fans. Vividly written, well crafted and produced, Burden’s Landing is what making music is all about. There’s a fine balance between several genres with an astute […]

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Lovesucker Is Doing It For Themselves

“‘Indie Funk and Gypsy Soul’ actually have a true meaning or a power source. That is who we are and what we do. Simple as that. There are no examples for those terms because there is no one out there doing this sound, this is OUR sound.” – Zolton Von Bury of Lovesucker I love […]

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