Posts byMatthew Rowe

Sp8ce Owl “Voices In My Head”

2022 hasn’t been the best all-around year for indie pop, but there’s no disputing that the new single from Sp8ce Owl, “Voices In My Head” is a diamond in the rough. Made up of a gorgeous duet between the instruments and a wordless vocal harmony, as well as a flood of dreamlike melodies as sexy
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“Top Priority” by Gbeke

Isolated within the frames we see on the screen, taking us through the day and night with a carefully-arranged whisper of the most melodic variety I’ve heard in her scene recently, Gbeke is approachable almost to a fault in the music video for her new single “Top Priority,” which is currently out and raising plenty
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“I’m Slipping” by Ryan Smith

When most people hear the phrase ‘I’m Slipping,’ the first thing they usually think of is angst as it’s been stylized by the trending jaded mood that seems to have replaced the goth and emo aesthetics of yore. Ironically, the new single from Ryan Smith, simply titled “I’m Slipping,” couldn’t be any different from such
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Colony House’s Hot New Single “Cannonballers”

As responsible for the cultivation of a mood as any of the adjacent lyrics are, the main riff in Colony House’s hot new single “Cannonballers” is an intricate part of the cocktail these rockers are shaking up for fans this October. “Cannonballers” isn’t steeped in bass-heavy indulgences, but were it not outfitted with a staggered
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“My Dying Spirit” by Greyson Chance

Strutting into focus with a swaggering beat that works its magic on the audience as quickly as it takes a match to ignite, “My Dying Spirit” comes on strong and keeps at us for the whole of its nearly five-minute running time. In this new single from American pop singer Greyson Chance, flashy hooks and
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Jason Walker Drops New Single/Video

Slowly but steadily clawing its way out of the silence, a shimmering melody greets us as we start our journey into the mad world of “Dance a Little,” the new single from Jason Walker. The instrumentation is dark and neon but crystal-clear in tone; in other words, there’s no mistaking its striking harmonization with the
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“Tug Of War” by Joe Bermudez and Dana McKeon

Though not as attractive as the heavier instrumental parts in the song are, the synthetic shards of melodicism that comes skating through the backdrop of Joe Bermudez and Dana McKeon’s “Tug Of War” is an irreplaceable cornerstone of the track’s harmony. As integral to the development of the hook as any of the other components
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“Face Your Fear” by The Dead Daisies

Trapped in a box that doesn’t make sense, searching for a way out, and simply desperate for any escape after a certain length of time – when it comes to feeling the ensuing darkness of the FM dial, there are moments in which any sort of satisfaction of freedom from the very thought, are impossible
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“Aruba” by Done Wright

Ominously drifting into focus, there isn’t much time between the introduction of the melody in “Aruba” and the arrival of its venomous verses from Done Wright, but in these brief moments, we’re given special access into a world of darkness that will become all too difficult to escape in the next three minutes. In both
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“Wild” by Baba Jenkins

The last few years haven’t exactly been exciting for a lot of alternative music fans, but that narrative is changing thanks to the efforts of independent artists like Baba Jenkins, whose new single “Wild” is making a big impact at home and abroad this October. Jenkins doesn’t let the barriers between his scene and the
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biGDream Drops New Single “Everybody’s High.”

Burning passion. Raucous, noisy tones turned into melodicism. The quiet moments that come right before a storm of rock energy invades the speakers ever so smoothly. These are scenes from the frontlines of a revolution and they’re also some of the more compelling vibes included in the music video for biGDream’s new single “Everybody’s High.”
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Bryn Ryan VanDyke Releases “Go Long”

It’s generally thought that soft pop is better off on the simpler side than it ever is an elaborate sonic construct, but Bryn Ryan VanDyke is an artist who seems to want to challenge this narrative with every verse she sings. Her new single, “Go Long,” neither tethers itself to the aesthetical foundations of melodic
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Cleo Alexandra Shows Us “Dream Fever”

There’s been a lot of interesting work coming out of the American underground for the better part of the last year, but in her new single titled “Dream Fever,” singer Cleo Alexandra reveals a more complex side to her compositional personality than some will be ready to fully understand. Much of her melody-first attitude is
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Jazz From the Valley’s “Shake That”

Rolling out of the silence on the back of a steady groove that doesn’t give up on us for anything, Jazz From the Valley’s “Shake That” isn’t the most explosive track or music video in the rap universe at the moment, but it wasn’t designed to be. In this performance we will find Jazz From
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“Soft Place to Fall” by Dulcie Taylor

While it would be foolish to think they’re the only element of sincere expression in the new single “Soft Place to Fall” by Dulcie Taylor, the string arrangement in the song is perhaps reason enough to give it a close listen this season (alongside its companion video). Creating the right kind of backdrop for a
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Intruder 424 Release “Make It Out Alive”

It doesn’t get any more organic than watching musicians come together in perfect harmony on screen, and although they’re not in the same room for the “Make It Out Alive” video, the players who make Intruder 424’s latest single come to life show us just how unforced the magic they produce is in this all-new
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Ventresca Drops New Single/Video “Sinner”

Through the words Ventresca sings in the new single ”Sinner,” her sentiments and the linguistics through which they are being presented to the audience almost unmistakably channel the feel of an isolation-era world waiting to come to life once more. The insularity of the harmony through which Ventresca delivers them only makes the feeling more
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Timothy Isaiah Drops “Ropes”

An iconic artist is always getting better with each piece of material they produce, and as a critic, I’m reminded of this immediately when watching the music video for Timothy Isaiah’s “Ropes.” Released just recently to quite positive reviews from the press, “Ropes” invites us into a dreamy world that blends somewhat familiar elements of
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“Moves” is the new single by Locations

In their new single, titled “Moves,” Locations delivers what just might be their strangest and most aesthetically revealing performance to see widespread release yet. Unashamedly steeped in the hybrid stylings of a bizarre post-Killers approach to melodicism, “Moves” almost feels like a song that never quite takes off in the way it initially sounds like
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Messer Share Empowering New Single “Unfvckwitable”

Modern Rock powerhouse Messer are sharing their empowering new single “Unfvckwitable“, the follow-up to their Top 40 Active Rock song “Hope In This World“.  Known for their catchy hooks and high energy live performances, they continue to build their career as a truly independent Rock band. The band says “Unfvckwitable” is a state of being. It’s the conscious
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Sick Puppies cover “Ready Steady Go” with ESPN

Global Rock band Sick Puppies are collaborating with ESPN/ESPN+ to launch their new single “Ready Steady Go”, a cover of the Paul Oakenfold hit song. The music will be used in National Hockey League (NHL) on ESPN promos on all their platforms through the end of 2022. The intense, driving version of “Ready Steady Go”
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Mumex Duo Release “Heat the Silent”

Equally elegant and well-controlled, the arrangement that graces the instrumental components in the song “Heat the Silent” stands out as one of the finer elements to behold in the new album of the same name by Mumex Duo, but it’s hardly the lone gem in this treasure chest. Using melodies as their guide, Mumex Duo
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Jen Fodor’s “Love Struck Baby”

Like the first few notes we hear before a deluge of audiological lust that comes roaring out of the ethers at the start of a grand symphony, the opening bars of Jen Fodor’s “Love Struck Baby” are as telling as they are deftly erotic and evocative. We’re instantly drawn in with the instrumental introduction that
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The Sound of Monday Releases “Hey Inconsiderate!”

Whether you read it as political subtext or unrepentant emotional pining, the lyrics that run so fluidly through the pulsating center of The Sound of Monday’s new single and video “Hey, Inconsiderate!” slash through the tight squeeze that the guitars surrounding them create in the track and evoke images within our minds that are unique
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Bill Crews and the Crews Cartel Release New Music

An exquisite lead vocal is interwoven into a melody the strings are conjuring up just to the left of a harmonious flashpoint. It’s supple but directive, exposed but still guarded enough to get us to come just a little closer to our speakers. This voice belongs to none other than Bill Crews, the swaying instrumentation
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Hoffman Drops New Single

Amongst the firm guitars that come alive in the intro to Hoffman’s new single “Reflection,” a rich vocal track from Hoffman himself penetrates the opulent wall of sound with a cutting lyricism that is imagistic and begging for us to embrace its dreamlike poetry. The guitars are there to comfort him – if anything, they’re
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“Stay” by Shawn Cook

In “Stay,” the new single from Shawn Cook, the critically acclaimed rapper bangs out a sporty fall hip-hop jam of the most erudite variety. Here, the instrumentation is as important as the cadence of our vocalist’s collective flow, and though the spotlight is always focused on his elegant lyrical lashings, the mix favors the depth
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Dude Reppin Knowhere Drops “Sneaky Style”

Firm and brimming with an exquisite swagger, we find the velvet-toned lashings of a synth in the center of the spotlight beside Dude Reppin Knowhere in his new single, “Sneaky Style,” which is out now alongside a chic and sexy video for the track starring its star rapper There’s nothing conventional about DRK’s music, but
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“We’re All Gonna Die” by AJ Smith

In a slew of memorable beats, AJ Smith begs the question; how long do we really have to live this life to the fullest in this, his new single, “We’re All Gonna Die.” The question isn’t as simple as it sounds; for Smith is backed into a corner right now, facing down boredom that just
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Count Pariah Drops New Single

Anyone who suggests that rock n’ roll is somehow dead or no longer relevant to popular interests in 2022 really isn’t keeping up with the pace of the underground, as there’s unquestionably more love for rock now than there has been in the last generation – largely because of the underground. Acts like Count Pariah
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“White Rabbit” by Mitch and Millie

Pop musicians really don’t need a lot of frills to sound cerebral, and I like that psychedelic players Mitch & Millie are seemingly making a point of telling us that in their cover of “White Rabbit” this September. As much as I tend to loathe cover songs, especially those of tracks that are as legendary
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Flau’jae “I Can’t Break”

It’s hard to make indulgence work in contemporary hip-hop for a lot of different reasons, but the most prominent among them has got to be the interest in minimalist themes right now. People seem to crave a cut and dry beat far more than they do anything saturated in melodic excess, but on occasion, there
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Deige Releases A “Letter to My Past”

There’s been a lot of debate over whether or not you can embody emo elements in a straightforward rap single lately, but here to settle things once and for all this season is rapper Deige, whose new single “Letter to My Past” has much of the hard-hitting elements of traditional hip-hop mixed with componentry more
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“Imma Let You Go” by Hakeem Prime

You don’t have to break the bank to make an enigmatic music video in hip-hop, and one could even make the argument that something made on the DIY end of the spectrum embodies much more of the genre’s core aesthetic than anything overstated financially would. Through this lens, what Hakeem Prime has to offer in
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“You Got Me” by Sicily Jordan

There’s a lot to be said about the new single “You Got Me” from rising independent pop player Sicily Jordan this fall, but the most endearing element of the track is undeniably its beat. Where a lot of singers who have the kind of range this artist does would have chosen to go with something
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“Wake Up” from Maffmatix

The fast pace of the music is enough to give us a pretty good indication as to the kind of adrenaline-pumping performance we’re in for in the new single “Wake Up” from Maffmatix, but as the track presses on, it becomes clear that brute force and intense physicality aren’t the only reasons this song might
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AztroGrizz Drops New Single

Hip-hop’s best angle has always come from collaborative chemistry, and as much as I respect the spirit of an independent release, there’s something even more to be said about what groups like AztroGrizz are doing for alternative rap right now. Where some would be content to follow the parameters of present-day trends, AztroGrizz is experimenting
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“Boys in Jersey” by Kjersti Long

To be delicate and formidable at the same time takes a lot more than skill – one could even argue that it is a rare talent cultivated only through a personal love of music that is well above the status quo in pop music today. Kjersti Long is one of these special players who can
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“My First Love” by Waterofelegance

The Kansas City music scene has always been among the more underrated in all of the country, but Waterofelegance is looking to change that a lot sooner than later, and her new single and music video “My First Love” is evidence supporting as much. Waterofelegance has quite a moniker, but it doesn’t come off as
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Christina Morgan-Diaz Says “You Are”

There’s been a lot of interesting CCM coming out of the underground over the past summer, but as far as talented singers are concerned, I don’t know that the genre has many players on the indie level that can stand up to the potency of one Christina Morgan-Diaz this September. Morgan-Diaz’s new single “You Are”
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“You Did This” by Hannah Gold

Pop singers don’t have to be dainty or careful with their words if they don’t want to, despite what the popular media narrative might have some listeners believing in 2022, and Hannah Gold is out to prove as much with the release of her new single “You Did This” this September. Rather than giving us
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Star2 Says “Go!”

Too many artists coming up the ladder in hip-hop and R&B are leaning on big basslines when it comes to establishing a groove in a track, but Star2 isn’t among this unfortunate group of his peers. Contrarily, in his latest single with HoodTrophy Bino, “GO!,” he’s putting up a beat that is percussive and based
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Heilung Releases “Anoana”

A relative lack of excess can be pretty noticeable in modern music, no matter what genre you happen to be referencing, and thus, when an act like Heilung comes around with “Anoana,” it makes a lot of noise in the underground. Although I’m as much a fan of the insular qualities in indie rock and
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Sean Della Croce Releases “Rebecca Henry”

With so many growing political narratives in the folk genre, as it was generations ago, a hint of personable poeticisms can go a lot further than one might expect. Enter Sean Della Croce, whose new single “Rebecca Henry” is getting a lot of traction in the underground at the moment, and it’s largely because of
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Neon Dreams Says “It’s All Good”

A blushing bassline hints at what lies ahead in the opening bars of the new single “It’s All Good” from Neon Dreams, but if you think this is exclusively what defines the framework of the act’s new release, you’re in for quite a surprise this September. Neon Dreams has been one of the more talked
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Little Hurt Releases New Single “Cooler If U Did”

2022 has been a busy year so far for Alt-Pop artist Little Hurt (Colin Dieden, Ex-The Mowglis) with touring ramping up again.  He continues to explore the edges of Alt-Pop & Alternative Rock with new single “Cooler If U Did”, due to be released on Friday, 9/16. The song features a tight groove and a soaring atmospheric chorus that
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Pistols At Dawn’s “The Truth”

Pistols at Dawn’s “The Truth” is the latest release from this band and is a new beginning for them.  Vocalist Cris Hodges joins an established three-piece who’ve already carved out a reputation as one of the rock genre’s most promising modern acts. The unit writes, records, and performs knockout modern hard rock with a pop-influenced spring
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Greg Hoy & The Boys’ “Carry Me Back Home”

Greg Hoy & The Boys’ “Carry Me Back Home” comes from a long line of such songs over the course of popular music history. You’ve heard them in every genre. There are aspects of this song, however, that set it apart from that long history, though individual listeners will be left to their own devices
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