Posts byScott Carlito

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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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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