Posts byScott Carlito

‘You Said Something’ To Alberta & The Dead Eyes

Alberta & the Dead Eyes’ new album You Said Something breaks new ground for songwriter Dave Boone’s brainchild. It is much more of a band affair than the Dead Eyes’ past material. Boone recently drafted lap steel player and percussionist Ashlan Ounanian into the fold and broadening the band’s instrumental palette explores colors hitherto unknown for his
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Meet Parker Longbough ‘Off Front Street’

Parker Longbough opens his new album Off Front Street with an abrasive blast of rock guitar. “Off Front Street,” the album’s title song, doesn’t follow a single path, however, as he alternates between those distorted six-string firestorms and nervy fill-focused verses. The song’s brisk heartbeat mixes it up with occasional accents on the pulse and the drums
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Kevin Durr Provides Us With A ‘Sanctuary’

Never mind the genre – great music is great music. In the new album, Sanctuary, Chicago’s Kevin Durr cultivates a righteous blend of harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics. Capturing the listener’s whim with simple grooves and elongated orchestrations, it’s hard to box-in Durr’s sound. And you shouldn’t. The way the songs move on Sanctuary is that it’s
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Hasten Mercy Drops “These Things”

A lot of folks have been talking about the debut EP from Hasten Mercy lately, and from where I sit, the tracklist’s crown jewel just might be the song “These Things,” which received a music video in support of its release just this past September. While all three of the tracks included in the disc
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Nané Releases New Single “Seventeen”

Alternative rock used to mean something in that it was the outsider’s alternative to the mainstream mundanities all too common in rock n’ roll at the highest level of the industry, but in 2021, the term refers almost exclusively to the post-90s, punk-influenced sounds of non-throwback artists dominating college radio. It isn’t often that I
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Chris Beer Shows He’s “Nothing Like” You

With a heavy bass, an organic percussive thrust, and layered vocals that beckon us closer with their honest statements, “Nothing Like” by Chris Beer has instrumental charms that go well above the status quo in modern alternative pop. There’s something really decadent about this song that transcends the minimalistic structure of the lyrics and melodies
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Ethan Gold Is Looking For “Pretty Girls”

Skewing conventionality with experimental themes isn’t exactly a new concept in pop music, but for some reason, Ethan Gold is able to make it feel like an entirely fresh formula for making inspired indie-pop in songs like his new single “Pretty Girls.” Flanked with a passive chamber-pop aesthetic that haunts the harmonies whilst nudging neo-psychedelic
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Go “Crazy” for Juliana Hale

“Crazy” from Juliana Hale will have your head spinning. This earworm, which features rapper Derek Minor, is a tightly-wound pop/R&B hit from start-to-finish. Hale’s commanding voice, emotive enough to feel as though this listener is just as rousing as she is, echoes the same female empowerment as what we’re hearing from artists like Pink, Christina
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Travis Cole Says It’s “You And Me”

Independent musician and songwriter Travis Cole’s new single “You and Me” is one of the year’s best pop singles. The balance is changing, Cole has worked hard in the past, placing other artists in a position to succeed but, after relocating to Colorado from Texas, Cole’s focus increasingly turned towards writing, recording, and releasing his
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IBG Interview: Pink Honey Moan

IBG Interview with Pink Honey Moan Hi Jared, to start off, what drives you to create music? Hello! Great question! I think one of my favorite things in the world is when I finally solve “the song puzzle”. Meaning, I’ve written, and rewrote, and edited, and poked, and prodded until the music and melody feel
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Bruce Sudano Takes You “In Shadowland”

There are a lot of different ways to make a song cerebral and even a little mind-bending, and rather than taking a traditionally psychedelic route with the cultivation of his new single “In Shadowland,” Bruce Sudano wanted to be a little more thoughtful – and perhaps twice as provocative with his results – as the
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Neil Nathan Proves He’s Got It “All Together”

Acoustic guitars rarely have the same roar that their electric counterparts do, but in his new single “All Together,” singer/songwriter Neil Nathan manages to afford his strings the same epic presence we’d expect from an all-out rock performance. Nathan has a folkier concept in mind for this piece, which sees his voice producing a cornerstone
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daFinchi And Janay Saxon Share “Seeds”

A lot of crossover hip-hop doesn’t hold up quite as well from an exclusively instrumental perspective as it does a complete, lyrics-adorned piece, but this just can’t be said of the new single “Seeds” by daFinchi and Janay Saxon. Here, the retro samples and distant, swirling vocal harmonies surround us and reinforce insular sonic qualities
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Darro “Runs On Guilt”

Guilt, shame, embarrassment: is there any greater fodder for getting into uncomfortable obligations than these emotions? In his new single and grizzly music video “Runs on Guilt,” rock singer/songwriter Darro makes a case that there aren’t, and to me, his is quite the convincing argument. Between the visible cringe of our protagonist in the video
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Roger Jeager Says “It’s My Time”

Roger Jaeger isn’t just sitting on a stool playing guitar, crooning into the camera as so many post-hipster singer/songwriters have been in the insurgent wave of pandemic-era folk/rock we’ve been hearing around the west in the past two years – he’s commanding an entire band of numerous players in the music video for his song
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Summer Rain “Hold Her Hand”

Heavy guitar rock is all the more noticeable these days, and in Summer Rain’s “Hold Her Hand,” electric six-string charm takes center stage in a way it hasn’t on the mainstream level in years. Summer Rain admittedly tackles the harmony we hear in their opening verses with a retro stylization that brings to mind some
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America’s Sweethearts Bask In “Sugar Sugar Summertime”

“Sugar Sugar Summertime” is the infectious pop rock single from New Jersey duo, America’s Sweethearts. Made up of kindred spirits, Valerie German and Anastasia Kinsella, listeners will find it too easy to fall for their charming harmonies. Complete with a music video capturing the appeal of Jersey City, “Sugar Sugar Summertime” douses the listener with
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Greg Hoy Rides “Highway 101”

Greg Hoy is an old school rocker who happens to have the heart of a singer/songwriter, and in his laid-back new single and music video “Highway 101,” the first cut off of Cacophony 2, his melodic abilities take center stage for one of his best studio showings thus far. Although devoid of an urgent tempo, a
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Eddie Cohen Unleashes The “Animals” With New Remix

Fragmented images accompanied by a solid soundtrack and a thoroughly cohesive poetic narrative to be shared – so goes the brilliant contrast you’ll encounter when taking a look at the new music video for Eddie Cohn’s “Animals” remix this September. Indeed, it goes without saying that Cohn’s magnificent compositional wit was bound to be the
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Lords And Liars Release “Killdozer”

While the insularities of indie songcraft are enjoying an increased presence on the FM dial lately, the isolated feel of the new music video for metal outfit Lords and Liars’ “Killdozer” is different from any other I’ve encountered this year. We’re trapped inside a dark, dismal environment reinforced by the backdrop and implied evils on
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The Transonics Change The ‘Tides’

Utilizing melodic noise to illustrate both emotion and understated virtuosities of the most surreal quality, The Transonics are on a mission to embody lunar tonal lust like no band has for the better part of the last twenty years in their new EP Tides, currently out everywhere indie rock is sold and streamed this summer. Featuring
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Brace Yourself For Wave 21

Wave 21 have been doing some amazing things since their initial formation north of the Canadian-American border, but in their new album Brace Yourself, their focus turns toward channeling shades of a Bakersfield sound abandoned by many of their contemporaries. Right off the bat in “My Latest Song for You,” it becomes pretty obvious that this group wasn’t
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Stephen Chopek Gives You ‘Dweller’

Perhaps the greatest irony in being a conceptual songwriter is that eventually you’re bound to experiment so much that you wind up closer to where you started than anywhere else. It’s fitting that Stephen Chopek’s latest record in Dweller would feature such a retrospective feel for a couple of reasons, the most prominent of which being that
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Neil Nathan Says “You’re My Lady”

Throwbacks don’t have to be saccharine in nature, and singer/songwriter Neil Nathan is out to prove as much with the release of his new single “You’re My Lady” this summer. Although stylized in a familiar manner that instantly brings to mind the retro sounds of 70’s folk-rock, there’s a straightforwardness to Nathan’s verses and the
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“Spotify Your Life” With Pre-Sexual Activities

Like dropping the needle on the other side of the record, we switch gears from a hypnosis-inducing haze to a consistent, guitar-powered groove in the second half of Pre-Sexual Activities’ “Spotify Your Life” that immediately changes the trajectory of its narrative in a surprising and rousing way. In a song like this one, there’s really
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Spider Rockets “Rip Your Heart Out”

There isn’t anything in this life quite like heartbreak, and in Spider Rockets’ breakup-lamenting “Rip Your Heart Out,” ruing past lovers isn’t exactly the narrative at hand. This is a track about the most vicious kind of pain transference around, and if its cutting lyrics don’t paint a clear enough picture for you, its anime-style
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Omar Veluz Asks “Do You Really Wanna”

Club music doesn’t have to be bright, and in his new single “Do You Really Wanna,” Omar Veluz inarguably drops a dancefloor jam that is as dark as a Saturday night can get in 2021. Written for a horror movie but boasting too much originality to stand as a soundtrack piece exclusively, “Do You Really
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GelaX Shares “Voodoo” Tricks

Perhaps as intense and captivating an agent of evocation as any of the verses are, there’s a magnetizing quality to the beat in GelaX’s “Voodoo” that immediately draws us closer when listening to the first half of the song and holds our attention for the duration of the second. It’s excessively aggressive and far too
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RockLee Says “It’s A Feeling”

RockLee has been doing some interesting work in the Canadian underground for a few years now, but in his new single with Mel Pacifico and Uness – titled “It’s a Feeling” – I think he reveals a more complex side to his compositional personality than some will be ready to fully understand. Much of his
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This is ‘Where We Meet’ CLOUDLAND

In “St. Elmo,” one of the more evocative tunes on the debut album Where We Meet by CLOUDLAND, a classic rock rhythm gets new life in a post-hipster world free of the bloated self-righteousness frequently found in similar singles out this year. The dreaminess of the song’s harmonies winds up being a progressive feature you’ll hear throughout Where
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Interview: Hannah Judson

Welcome Hannah Judson! Let’s jump right in, tell us about your story – how you got started in music and more about it. You are a phenomenal guitar player! How long have you been playing guitar? I had music lessons – violin, clarinet, piano and harpsichord – all through grade school and high school. But really,
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Izzy Outerspace “Throw Me Into The Pool”

Good indie rock knows none of the limits its commercialized counterpart does, and it’s impossible for any critic to deny as much when listening to a song like Izzy Outerspace’s “Throw Me into the Pool.” In this single and its music video, Izzy Outerspace delicately straddles the line between psychedelic pop and a punkish variety
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Tod Lippy Releases ”Yearbook”

When you come to music following releasing a wide array of other pieces of art within the same general sphere, your songs have to do a decent amount of heavy lifting or there’s the risk of pulling your legacy apart little by little. For Tod Lippy, he had built a concrete portfolio over his career
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Cheryl B. Engelhardt’s “Circlet of Pisces”

In the initial moments of Cheryl B. Engelhardt’s “Circlet of Pisces,” there is neither shape nor sonic continuity for us to cling to, but the fragmented melodic ribbonry is still striking enough to draw us near. There’s nothing to come between the raw emotional matter forming an aural tapestry and the audience for whom it
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So Far So Good For Greye

Conformity and good rock music don’t combine very well, and it should come as no surprise to anyone who devotes their time to the latter that acts like Greye are rejecting the very notion of incorporating anything rooted in mindless conventionality into their music. They’ve got too much of a story to tell, too much
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Hard Nips Drops “Master Cat”

They work in a familiar vein spiked with unexpected flavors and have carved out a reputation as one of the liveliest punk-rock influenced acts working today. Hard Nips first formed in 2009 when the four women decided to quit talking and transform their passion for music into writing their own songs. They have two full-length
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OIM Records Release ‘Shared Secrets: Wave’

Forming out of distant melodies somehow coming into transcendent unity, “Alfaskeid 21” from Mighty Bear is both fragile and ominous all at once, protruding through the speakers with immense physicality and yet feeling as though it could collapse under the weight of a soft wind. This type of duality isn’t typical of the mainstream pop
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Sam Green And His Time Machine

Sam Green and the Time Machine’s first two albums on Spotify, 2013’s Players All Are We and its follow-up For the Good of All boast many outstanding songs. He depicts everyday lives with pleasing economy during songs such as “I Work”. Light percussion, flute, and acoustic guitar lead the musical way but Green sprinkles other colors into the mix.
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