Posts byScott Carlito

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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PIERA Is “Unraveling” In New Single

Integrating influences from darkwave, psychedelia, post-punk, aesthetical indulgence, modern surrealism, synthpop, and anti-corporate alternative rock into a single style might sound, to some at least, like an overly complex task that could wind up being overwhelming to the casual listener – however, if you listen to the music of PIERA right now, you might have
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10-19 & The Number Men Take You To “July 10th”

Equal parts alternative hip-hop, subtle trip-hop, suggestive synthpop, and indie rock at its moodiest, “July 10th” unfolds like a layered cocktail of melodicism and poetic creativity, revealing to us 10-19 & The Number Men and the sound they call their own. Theirs is a rebellious take on rhythm and harmony, but in comparison to what
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“El Camino” By Pennan Brae

Formulaic songcraft is too often criticized for its simplicity; truth be told, this technique can produce a lot of magic when it’s appropriated in the way Pennan Brae has in his new single “El Camino.” Instead of trying to wow us with experimentalism so far outside the mainstream most would be left wondering what it
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Get In “Trouble” With Jane N’ The Jungle

Guitar parts don’t have to be blistering to move us, but when they are, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore the righteous sizzle they can produce when under the command of skilled musicians. Jane n’ the Jungle take distorted melodies and raging riffs very seriously, and if you have doubts about this, you need to hear
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Pistols At Dawn Hear “Voices”

Atlanta based 5 Piece band, Pistols At Dawn, are a blend of Alt Rock, Metal, and Modern Rock stylings. They consist of, Adam Jaffe on Drums, Tommy Richardson on Guitar, Devin White on Guitar, Billy Sullivan on Bass, and former Rockstar Supernova finalist, Chris Pierson on Lead Vocals. The band’s original Guitarist, Mike Buffa, tragically
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Dova Lewis Is A “Dreamer”

In the first shot of the music video for Dova Lewis’, “Dreamer,” we see a wooded area, with a luminescent figure, center framed. It’s a brief shot, and we quickly move to Lewis, herself, who is mildly obscured in a variety of effects.  Later on in the video, we see the same figure from the
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Raquel Kiaraa Drops “Dear Jesus”

“Dear Jesus” is the latest single from singer/songwriter and pianist Raquel Kiaraa after the release earlier this year of her single “Love to the Moon”. Where that one was a nice throwback groove, this time she’s traded the more upbeat energy for something quieter initially but is hiding so much raw honesty, it’s sure to
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Sin For Saints Sings “Sad Songs”

A new generation of punks are intent on redefining what emo and alternative rock can mean and consist of in 2021. Among those I’ve personally had the chance to review in the last couple of months, Sin for Saints are definitely among the more intriguing bands in this movement worth taking a second look at.
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The Dead Daisies Are “Chosen And Justified”

The Dead Daisies are really hitting their stride this spring, and it doesn’t take much more than a single look at their new video for “Chosen and Justified” to understand what I’m talking about. If you haven’t already been keeping up with this supergroup, you’ve been missing a lot of searing tonal action out of
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“Here Comes The Light” With Greg Hoy

The last couple of studio cuts from Greg Hoy to be released as singles have felt like stepping stones luring us away from the synthetic sounds of contemporary rock towards something a bit more retro. There’s been a hint of psychedelia here, a bit of garage rock there, but all of it stylized as to
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John Reilly Drops “La La La (Bulletproof)”

In his enthralling new single “La La La (Bulletproof),” rock singer/songwriter John Reilly declares “All we need is a telephone / Satellite beaming me to your home / Ah, we used to call it rock n’ roll / It’s the only language we all know” with such panache it’s difficult to disagree with his words.
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Alex Lopez Is ‘Rising Up’

New album out from Alex Lopez titled Rising Up Alex Lopez’s Rising Up is about a lot of things. Sure, it’s about having a good time, but it’s also about never allowing life to break you down, it’s about remaining undefeated even in the darkest of moments. The “narrators” behind the album’s eleven tracks have known hard
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Travis Atria Impresses With Moonbrain

Travis Atria’s new namesake solo project has produced one of 2021’s best indie releases. It isn’t an unmitigated success, few if any artistic works are, but its flaws are so insignificant when compared to its merits that it is difficult to judge the collection as anything but a resounding triumph. These songs have style for
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Departure Lounge Drop Transmeridian

Departure Lounge is described as four friends from different musical backgrounds who formed a band to write music that would hopefully, “soothe the troubled soul.” They cite influences such as Lou Reed, Nick Drake, and Talk Talk. Originally formed in 1998, and disbanding in 2002, Departure Lounge released 3 albums, during that period. After a
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Bobby Dove Is A “Hopeless Romantic”

Constructed in the familiar style of Danial Johnston but not quite featuring the same level of mad innocence, the visuals in the video for “Hopeless Romantic” by Bobby Dove put a stamp on the narrative of the track itself that I would call quite revealing about the intentions of its composer. Eclectic in nature and
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Daglio Drops “La Puerta Oculta”

Mad science and an urgency to unite the fearlessly chill with an animated sonic vitality few rock artists are utilizing properly in 2021 combine to make one heck of a cinematic treat in the music video for Daglio’s “La Puerta Oculta” this March, and if you haven’t already given it a peek, I’d recommend doing
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New AV Super Sunshine Is “Super Cool”

Professional level Cosmic bands of fuzzy melodicism and a smoky lead vocal aren’t the only alluring features you’re going to find in the new single “Super Cool” from well-known indie superstar AV Super Sunshine, but instead the two primary points of focus a number of zany features will bounce between. Though not synthesized per-say, there’s
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Heilung’s “Norupo”

There is perhaps nothing in this world as universally relatable, pure and divine as music, and in the new video for Heilung’s “Norupo,” we’re taken to the foundations of the medium as they came together for northern Europeans hundreds and hundreds of years ago. While not a religious document per say, there’s no getting past
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Eucalyption Won’t Keep You “Waiting”

In the tradition of the SST acts that came before their time, Eucalyption are carrying on the legacy of blue collar punk rock by piling into the van and jamming out DIY style in their new music video for the single “Waiting,” and for a connoisseur of alternative beats, it’s about as hearty and honest
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Project213 Drops “Bleed With Who?”

Solo projects are setting a new standard in American rock music right now, and a newfound culture of isolationism in the past year is perhaps the biggest reason why. Independent in every possible way, there’s something relatable about the sophistication a solo player like Jared Hallock can accomplish under the moniker of Project213, whose new
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Billy D Rice Debuts “The One I Love”

Compositional integrity isn’t all that hard to find among modern singer/songwriters; in fact, the wit and wisdom a lot of the young players in and out of both country and pop the same is raising an eyebrow or two among fans and critics alike in the last few years. It’s easy to understand what all
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Greg Hoy Drops New Single/Video

In the music video for the sterling new single from Greg Hoy, “Cacophony,” cinematic references collide with the lashings of a truly one of a kind songwriter for what could be the most revealing work he’s released thus far, but make no mistake about it – I don’t think it represents his artistic peak by
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Phantom Wave Release Debut LP

Flooding the speakers in a deluge of harmonies in “Valhalla.” Quietly stabbing away at the frail bones of silence in “High Dive” with a melodic pulsation as rich as a tropical sunset. Pushing us the edge of our seats with psychedelic subtleties more aligned with Bob Mould than Jerry Garcia in “Recursive” while sticking to
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Raquel Kiaraa Shows You “Love To The Moon”

Insularity might be the best element of quarantine-era pop, and not just because of how it creates more intimacy between artists and their listeners. There’s something comforting about total self-awareness in western lyrics that has always sold well with audiences for decades. Raquel Kiaraa is entering the spotlight at arguably one of the most unpredictable
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Dici Delivers Via Red Hot Debut

Pitting the bassline against the percussion. Putting the vocal right in the middle of the madness that ensues. Leaving a rapper with only his wits to defend against the sonic assault. Complementing a hook with brutishness over a blushing pop accent. There are benefits to employing a suffocating master mix like that which you’ll find
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The Deathray Davies Return With New Album

Dallas, TX The Deathray Davies have graced us with their presence this rocky start to 2021 with their latest hopefully hit album Time Well Wasted! Beginning strong with the welcoming if not slightly disorienting “Tapping On the X-Ray” with sounds like you’re almost having your body, well at least your ears scanned before a Rockin guitar and punky
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Get The “Wholething” with HEwas & Afroman

The new single from HEwas & Afroman, “Wholething” is an killer, dissonant mixture of old-school 90s West Coast R&B (think Luniz’s ‘I Got 5 On It’) with the more uncanny, irreverent kind of rap artists are experimenting with today, ranging from anything such as LMFAO to Juice Wrld. The song’s musical and lyrical roots also
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&Friends “Let It Be”

Timeless songs are not a cliché. Somewhere tonight someone with an acoustic guitar is playing “Barbara Allen”, a centuries old folk song. Or, citing someone from the comparatively more recent hazy past, another guitar player strums the chords to Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More”. The Beatles’ piano and vocal driven classic “Let
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Take “The Pledge” With Elsewhere

The ringside witnesses to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease will appreciate the empathy, noble intentions, and sincerity rife throughout the new single from Elsewhere, “The Pledge.” The Boston-based band is an indie mainstay with a bevy of past releases and their long-standing chemistry has fueled their international notoriety. You can hear their experience from first
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Christopher Hill Wants To ‘Keep America All Better Again’

2020 has certainly provided enough subject matter to fill an entire album. Artists, much like the turbulent sixties, are creating songs that mirror the civil unrest, pandemic and unstable political climate. One such artist is Christopher Hill (pronouns they/them). Hill’s new album Keep America All Better Again (KAABA) boldly conveys an audacious pallet that unfolds, spilling
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Paul Jacks Releases The ‘Black Jackal’

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward with your life and career, and I think this is true of the aesthetical direction Paul Jacks has decided to take with his new album Black Jackal, currently out and available everywhere indie pop/rock is sold and streamed. Rather than trying to be daringly futuristic with untried
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Guitar Virtuoso Darren Michael Boyd Releases New LP

Pain, yes. But maybe…beautiful pain? Such are the ruminations that come to mind as a listener, hearing Darren Michael Boyd’s sophomore album Wonders Of The Invisible World – preferably at three o’clock exactly on a dark and stormy night. The album begs a setting fitting its chameleonic, three-act musical structure. In a way that’s significantly
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Listen to David Arn’s “Traveler Tales”

Virginia’s David Arn is a prolific songwriter – his Americana and soft rock songs in his newest collection, Traveler Tales, are 14 selections strong. You wouldn’t know it, for at first it sounds like you’re dipping your toes into a modest singer/songwriter selling his voice and song for a momentary reaction. Soon, the sonic experience
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‘Three’ Times the Charm with Nathaniel Bellows

Acclaimed writer and poet Nathaniel Bellows is easily one of the best writers of his generation; his work distinguished enough to have appeared in the Paris Review and The Best American Short Stories compilation. Therefore it should be no surprise that his songwriting abilities match to boot, his third effort as a musician – an
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Billy Jeter Shares “Sins Of Me”

Billy Jeter – “Sins Of Me” from the upcoming 2021 album Shineye Landing, is a spiritually enlightening rush of not only Country, Folk and Rock, but Jeter is also rooted in the blues, so it wouldn’t be right to avoid the genre to help describe the artist and this song has a slide guitar solo
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Newspoke Shares “Python Petroleum”

It’s hard to believe anyone can remain anonymous in the year 2020, but one band that can continue to do so is the folk/rock duo Newspoke. The band’s new single “Python Petroleum (or Must Be Tough to Carve up the Resolute Desk Into Firewood and Other Forms of Combustibles)” is an obvious dig towards the
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