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Sam Levin: Frame of Mind

By Stephen Chow Sam Levin was born to make music, seems like. And he’s already got a bio made for the music business. As a wee lad, Levin was steeped in all the greatest in folk, pop, and rock. He picked up a Fender Mini-Strat when he was five. Performed his first open mic at […]

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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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Space Cadets

By Stephen Chow Space Cadet’s self-titled album is solid. It’s breezy, hard edged, silly, real (well, real for three young white dudes), and very well crafted. Zachary Wexelman’s vocals made me a believer from note one. Dan Creed and John Cocco help shape the hip-hop, pop, and R&B project. On one hand, Space Cadets are […]

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Flight Feathers: Days Like These

By Lisa Waugh Babi Pal’s project Flight Feathers was created in his garage. He’s proud of that and he should be. Like many successful things created in garages, his latest record Days Like These is a fine testament to that American spirit. Pal’s music is rife with life lessons learned but is never burdened with […]

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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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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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moduS ponY’s Dandelion Isle is here to entertaiN yoU

by R.B. Sloane   moduS ponY’s latest retro atmospheric spoken word of wonder is Dandelion Isle. There’s no easy description of moduS ponY’s music besides those words or maybe it’s more fitting to say that they sound like if Salvador Dali had a band. There’s molten flower power, a lava of words, subterranean guilt and […]

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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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Why We All Need Charity

By Antiem Boyd Charity Ward is a powerhouse for a few reasons. She is made of beautiful music and messages and her latest EP Yellow is proof. A soulful messenger who knows how to draw people in from the back row. She makes simple songs anthems. Big songs personal. It’s no trick of the voice. […]

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Slim Loris Are Back and Full of ‘Love and Fear’

by Lisa Waugh Slim Loris: Love and Fear The evolution of Slim Loris has been a satisfying journey. Their latest and third record, Love and Fear, puts the Stockholm-based band on an interesting high road. They sound commercial. They sound new. And hopefully, Slim Loris are learning that maybe they don’t need an edge to […]

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Rock Masters Band Drops a Double Dose of Helsinki

by Stephen Chow Rock Masters Band: “Hit the City” and “Diamonds” I’m here to tell you, Finland has it going on when it comes to music. If you’re not tapping into that source to beef up your record bin with bands like Rock Master Band, you are just aren’t down with what’s hot and Finnish. […]

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The Force Behind Gretchen’s Wheel

by Lisa Waugh Gretchen’s Wheel: Fragile State Gretchen’s Wheel’s Fragile State is a strong record for Lindsay Murray. Sure, the songs are full of longing and scar tissue but there’s something beautiful about the way Murray portrays hurt and healing. Murray’s ‘80s/‘90s musical vibe combined with Murray’s own brand of storytelling alongside Ken Stringfellow’s production […]

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How a Tuna Sandwich Inspired a Song for The New Investors

by R.B. Sloane The New Investors “Atún” from digital The New Investors are a fresh blast from Denmark, bringing new fans their special brand of psychedelic surf and cocktail soundtrack, full of big sky, big water and an ocean of talent. The single “Atún” gives a hint at what The New Investor’s record digital is […]

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Big Time Love for The Workers ‘Totem’

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a rock opera but The Workers certainly conjured up images of Tommy with their latest EP Totem. Lead by Dan Greenwald, Totem is a collection of deliciously odd melodies. The Workers bill themselves at The Talking Heads meets Frank Zappa but I think Totem is even more […]

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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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