Posts byScott Carlito

Luis Mojica Tells Us ‘How a Stranger Is Made’

In a gentle caress, a piano ushers us into the glow of “Invoked,” its keys intimately introducing us to the instrumental framework of what will become one of the more memorable tracks on How a Stranger Is Made, the latest release from New Yorker Luis Mojica. This song features a brittle but breathtaking vocal harmony framed
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Silvermouse Brings The Craziness To ‘Earthadelik’

Though it is almost entirely synthetic in nature and design, there’s nothing inorganic about the chills that the harmony in “Little Ratty,” one of the ten songs found on Silvermouse’s Earthadelik LP, induces whenever listeners decide to give it a spin. In this track, as well as in the guitar-laden “Dream Valley,” surreal “Spores in My Dermis”
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White Owl Red Shines In “Afterglow”

In the misty shadow of a vibrant twang, “I Walk the Line (For You)” begins to unfold before us in what first feels like slow-motion, only to find its gallop less than thirty seconds into it’s roughly five-minute running time. The chills this track induces on the spot are admittedly just as memorable as those
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Kodacrome Expands Minds With ‘The Banff Sessions’

Piano keys, a supple vocal, a mild percussive accent, faint strings, synths and bellowing melodic underpinnings guide us into the strangely hypnotic harmony of “Catherine,” one of the five songs occupying the tracklist of Kodacrome’s new album, The Banff Sessions, but the deeper we get into the composition, the more it begins to feel as though
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Greg Hoy & The Boys Are Back!

Greg Hoy & The Boys are back this season with a new video for their single “Green,” and despite steering clear of self-indulgences that would have dated their sound to another era in the history of rock n’ roll, they nevertheless manage to turn in a celebration of alternative rock’s best excesses here (as few
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Lila Blue Releases New Single “Half Of It”

Soft and supple piano keys are gently caressed by an equally approachable vocal from rising star Lila Blue in her new single “Half of It,” the harmony they create together hypnotizing anyone that comes in contact with it on the spot. Blue isn’t holding anything back from us in her biting lyrical attack, nor the
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Katmaz Wants to Be ‘Alone With Me’

Adorned with bubbly beats and a vocal harmony that is as smooth as silk in all the right spots, Katmaz’s “Alone (With Me),” both in its single and music video formats, is a tough article to put down once listeners have come into contact with its sharp hooks, and I highly doubt I’m the only
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Rockie Brown “Soul Sister Retribution”

In the all-new single and music video “Soul Sister Retribution,” pop-rapper Rockie Brown establishes herself as a powerhouse vocalist who can rhyme with as much zeal as any of the big boys can, and audiences are rightly taking note. Brown’s last release, Mad World, was built on the foundation of angst-ridden confessions, robust beats and swarthy
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The Imaginaries Release New Christmas Single

It’s never easy to make an original Christmas song a successful single (and, for that matter, vice versa), but for The Imaginaries’ Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, it comes as second nature in the all-new single and music video “First Thing on My Christmas List.” In the video for “First Thing on My Christmas List,”
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Jupiter in Velvet Celebrates ‘Anthems 2 Love’

You aren’t going to find the cheap tricks that are becoming far too common in American pop/rock in the new Jupiter in Velvet record Anthems 2 Love; instead, you’re going to find quality rhythm, rambunctious rhyme, and a whole lot of textured instrumentation to be dissected over and over again. From almost every angle, Anthems 2 Love’s
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Carmine Appice teams up with Brian May for “Guitar Zeus”

Those who know anything about vintage rock already know Carmine Appice, the drummer whose work with Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck and scores of other legendary players has changed the way many beat-makers go about their business in the last half-century. In the leadoff single from his recently rereleased LP Guitar Zeus, “Nobody Knew” (featuring Queen’s Brian May
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The Unbroken Puts On The ‘Human Crown’

Thick. Sludgy. Murky. Angst-ridden. These are all words that come to mind when trying to summarize the basslines that dominate in songs like “I Never Forget,” “Nothing Left to Sell,” “Suffering in Silence,” “Stuck in Your Way” and the title track of The Unbroken’s Human Crown, which was released this past May to the adulation of
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The Bobbleheads Turn Heads With “Joey”

Thick, muscly and full of a raucous adrenaline that is muted by the adjacent elements in the track, the guitar parts are easily the most ear-catching and well-produced component of the new single and music video from The Bobbleheads, “Joey.” Following a brief introduction in the video, they come pouring out of the speakers with
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In The Next Life Shows Impressive Grind

There are a lot of elements comprising the primordial charm in In the Next Life’s 4FriendsInARoomWithAGun, but chief among them all has got to be the grinding guitars, which I would deem the bread and butter of this teaser EP from the acclaimed alt-rock syndicate. Whether they’re crushing us to dust in “Living in the Moment,”
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The Criticals Inspire With “Mimosa Hygiene” (EP)

This is intelligent and physical rock music with purpose and distinction. The Criticals aren’t among the Greta Van Fleets of the world indulging considerable talents for mimicry in hopes of scoring a pot full of money before fading into obscurity. They boast a signature sound and songwriting style already a little over a year after
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Tummyache Here To Brighten Your ‘Humpday’

Soren Bryce’s Tummyache project owes a number of musical debts, to be sure, but it is pretty nifty none of them are readily identifiable. Moreover, despite the project’s alternative rock pedigree, they aren’t even exclusively within the wheelhouse of guitar-centric songwriting. She has an outstanding voice capable of inhabiting many styles, but she proves repeatedly
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“Ease Up” With Jay Elle’s Latest Release

Jay Elle’s new EP release Ease Up is a six song affirmation of the talents first exhibited on his 2016 release Rising Tide. Elle’s unique synthesis of pop country, country, pop, and singer/songwriter material has an idiosyncratic slant setting it apart from many other efforts. The EP never follows a single path – Elle does more than work
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Gold Light Takes Us From A To ‘Zepher’

“Cannon Street” is as impressive as an opener as you can hope for. The first song on Gold Light’s fourth studio release opens Joe Chang’s latest round of songwriting with cinematic flair as it takes a wide scope view of an entire milieu and exhibits the same discerning feel and eye for detail we value
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Daniel Coloprisco Gets Cool on “Winter’s Song”

The piano purrs with a melancholic tonality unlike any other you’re going to hear this season in “A Touch of a Feeling,” the second of the two songs comprising Daniel Coloprisco’s new EP Winter’s Song, which was released earlier this year to a warm reception from critics and fans alike. In this composition and the title track, Coloprisco uses
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Down the Lees Clean Your “Antiseptic Heart”

The players in Down the Lees stand before an empty venue, their music filling its darkened seats with a presence just as strong as any packed-stadium that has suddenly fallen silent. Their melody is swaggering, but their rhythm is pendulous and tension-building. In the video for “Antiseptic Heart,” we’re invited to sit amongst the unoccupied
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The Lost Millions Drop EP

In Novellas Dantes, The Lost Millions throw throbbing basslines, crunchy riffs, angular time signatures, garage rocking grooves and psychedelic melodies into a sonic blender that produces one of the more expressive indie records of the season, and I’m not the first to say so. From the fog of “Wisdom of the Mad Priest” to the glare
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Sayed Sabrina is No ‘Goodie Two Shoes’

Sayed Sabrina hits a left-field home run on the new single “Goodie Two Shoes,” because it’s made from a hit winning formula of the past done with a modern twist. Myself not being familiar with any of her work, had to do some research and suddenly I’m watching her open for the Temptations and other
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TJ Doyle Releases Ancient Wind

TJ Doyle made his debut in 2009 with the release One True Thing and, in the intervening decade, has established himself as one of the most idiosyncratic voices working in popular music today. Doyle is the rare musical artist who couples genuine musicality with an often socially conscious message; artists, all too frequently, focus the bulk of
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Microcosms Release New EP

Someone You Know is the latest EP from the trio alternative rockers, Microcosms. According to the band’s bio, lead singer and guitarist, Andrew Tschiltsch describes the band as “making music to question your beliefs.” A bold statement no doubt. And, with two strong tracks from Someone You Know, this band might have the goods to back such
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Scoville Unit Walks Us Down The ‘Sidewalk’

It’s hard if not impossible to deny the pure pop rock genius of Scoville Unit’s “Sidewalk”. The first single from their self-titled release hits on all of the hallmarks for this sort of music and has a familiar yet distinctive lyrical and musical voice that sticks with you even after a single hearing. Gandhar Savur’s
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Charley Young Asks Us To “Hold The Moon”

New York’s EDM and Sythpop music scene is vibrant with lots of great talent and Charley Young (originally from San Diego), is one with a single track out, “Hold The Moon,” which comes in two mixed forms. This smoking hot artist gets around with her singles but this new one is particularly extraordinary and stands
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Diesel Park West Makes A De Facto Statement

Diesel Park West makes a de facto statement of purpose beginning their ninth studio release Let It Melt with its title song. The sinewy rock muscle they flex with this rough and tumble guitar driven opener sets a confident tone for everything that follows; the UK four piece band comes across as a band with a fixed
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Matthew Squires Shows You His “Visions Of America”

Menacing melodies float around us as the slow-churning string play of “Fire Song” fills the air with an ominousness that, although muted by the shadow of the rollicking beat, plays an understated role in the moodiness of “Perfect Eye” as well. “Silence, Now!” aches like a long-forgotten Paul Westerberg ballad refashioned in millennial blue, while
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Owls and Lions – ‘God Bless You & Protect You’

The New Jersey headquartered folk duo Owls and Lions don’t ply their trade via their releases alone. They command a sizable following thanks to their frequent appearances at weddings and other pivotal moments in individual’s lives – they are unique in their ability to both entertain and elevate audiences with the power of their musical
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“Pale Blue Dot” by The NaveBlues

Norway’s The NaveBlues deliver their most eccentric release to date in the video for their new song “Pale Blue Dot,” but longtime fans needn’t fear that the group is departing from their signature sound – if anything, they’ve refined it rather brilliantly in this latest studio cut. Sharply directed and as original as they come,
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Kodiak Will Not Be “Alone” For Long

Kodiak’s second single from their impending debut album release, “Alone”, solidifies their standing as one of the most promising hard rock bands to emerge on the scene in many years. These four New Jersey kids with dreams of hard rock stardom sound polished in unexpected ways; they do not come off, even with a single
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Onlap brings the rock on “Miracle”

An impassioned whisper greets us as Onlap lay into the devastating riff-rock of their latest single, “Miracle,” but the statement that the acclaimed French band are trying to get across to their listeners in this brand new track is anything but muted. With brutish guitars, a rigid bassline and drums that crash down on us
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