Posts byScott Carlito

Sharon Hendrix Says “Hold Me Tight”

A jazzy swing precludes the sultry melodic action soon to come pouring out of our speakers in the new single from Sharon Hendrix, “Hold Me Tight,” but while the beat in this track and its eroticized video is enough to draw us into the music, it’s not the sole source of catharsis in this mix
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Millionz of Bar$ Shares “Her Favorite”

Fusing together aesthetics from both the past and the present isn’t always an easy task, but one would never be able to guess as much just by listening to the new single “Her Favorite” by Millionz of Bar$. “Her Favorite” has a very new school lyrical presence executed by Millionz of Bar$ himself, but while
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Star2 Shows You “Real Life”

Hip-hop as a culture and an aesthetic is so much grander than the lyrical exchanges the music was built on so many years ago, and I think this is something on Star2’s mind right now. His new single with Lil Poppa, “Real Life,” punctures a hole in the partition between indie pop, hip-hop, trap, and
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Andrea Plamondon Shares “Only Eden”

Among the beautiful pastureland of the American southwest, we find Andrea Plamondon searching for something in the music video for her new single “Only Eden,” a slice of paradise surrounding her everywhere she turns. While Plamondon’s cerebral concept for this video is rather highbrow, the music itself is anything but inaccessible; frankly, I think it’s
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Page Sevii Shares “Cheat Codes”

Boldly melodic but still capable of slinging a verse like nobody’s business, Page Sevii’s voice is a good medium between soulful crooning and sleek rapping in the new single “Cheat Codes,” but his golden pipes aren’t the lone reason to give this song a shot this January. Rocking a light beat with little synthetic backing,
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Principe Valiente’s Latest Single Is As Precious As “Porcelain”

Although hardly a psychedelic number, there’s undeniably something rather mind-bending about the melodic trappings of Principe Valiente’s new single “Porcelain” that is immediately inescapable. From the circular nature of the beat to the consistent chokehold applied from a crushing bassline, “Porcelain” has a way of hypnotizing the audience and drawing us away from reality, if
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The Dirty Moogs Share “Hot Moms”

Humility can translate into profound songwriting sometimes, and if you’re not quite clear what I’m talking about, I recommend listening to the new single from The Dirty Moogs, “Hot Moms,” and checking out its music video as well. While “Hot Moms” has a lot in common with the wit and unyielding liberal aesthetic of a
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JidScan Is “On Fire Tonight”

Much like the bright likes of New York City, especially in the surreal fashion they’re depicted at the start of JidScan’s new music video, melodies come alive and bleed into one another effortlessly in “On Fire Tonight.” Though there’s a lot to behold within the video for the single, as well as the song itself,
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The Veer Union Drop A “Monster” Single

When the forces of punk, metal and straight-up rock n’ roll are converging under the command of detail-oriented players, incredible things start to happen. For example, simple riffs become mountain-born mudslides, angst-ridden vocals turn into cathartic barking, and pop songs so removed from the heavier end of music that they serve as the antithesis of
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Dre’Co Is Going “Way Up”

In hip-hop, there’s not much within a song that is as important as rhythm is, but Dre’Co is more than aware of this. His latest single, the cerebral “Way Up,” is a track structured around – and atop – its circular rhythm, throwing us in one direction as much as it does the other, with
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Parcels Prove They Should Be “Famous”

While critics who favor the minimalist movement coming out of the American and Canadian undergrounds might disagree with me, I personally think that indulgence has a place to be kept within modern indie pop, and I get the feeling that Parcels agree with me after listening to their new single “Famous.” Although conceptually rather simple,
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Hype Builds Around Vikki Sota

Coming through the indie channels is no joke – just in trying to get someone to notice your first couple of tracks, it’s easy to spend the same amount of time that another artist would score a chart-topping single with the help of a mainstream bankroller. If you’ve got the kind of endurance it takes
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Eric Colville Takes Us To “Philadelphia”

When Eric Colville is belting out a line in his new song “Remember to Forget,” one of the twelve intriguing entries in his album Philadelphia, there’s just nothing coming between artist and audience. While he’s got an amazing voice on his own, Colville sounds much more complete as an artist when he’s got a brilliant folk/rock
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DigDog Drops ‘Homeless Theatre’

DigDog’s new full-length album Homeless Theatre is the Florida based trio’s first release in some time and clears the decks for their future. The three members worked hard during the darkest months of the pandemic trying out new ideas, writing material, and then rewriting that material before settling on a vision for the band’s future. DigDog doesn’t
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God Of Love Suggest You “Do Your Worst”

God of Love drop new album Do Your Worst Like a glimpse from beneath hangover-heavy eyelids, “Dallas Skyline” teases us with the promise of something beautiful on the other end of darkness if only we’re strong enough to seek it out. The same can be said for the structurally conflicted “Fingers Crossed” as well. Truth
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BD Gottfried Shares ‘Onion Doves’

Dirty synths, creeping melodies, and pulsating rhythms await in the dozen and one songs you’ll hear in the new record Onion Doves from BD Gottfried, but if you’re expecting a throwback to the post-punk grittiness of the 1980s in this all-new listening experience, you’re going to be a little disappointed. Rather than following the trend of his
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‘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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