Posts byScott Carlito

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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The Promised Let us Know ‘We Could Be In Love’

A serenade as sweet as honey. A galloping string-driven groove. Packing more swing than almost any country song I’ve heard lately has, The Promised make their worldwide debut in “We Could Be In Love,” and amidst the stampeding rhythm that they discharge so effortlessly, they introduce listeners to a strain of Canadian country that is
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Ooberfuse Hears You “Call My Name”

The first few shots of Ooberfuse’s music video for “Call My Name” are pieced together seamlessly, with one scene flowing into the next like some sort of summer daydream. One moment we’re standing on a street corner taking in the sights of a foreign land, the next we’re watching Ooberfuse set up their equipment in
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King Ropes Gives Us ‘Gravity and Friction’

Jagged riffage. Ominous basslines. Searing vocals that harmonize with even the darkest of instrumental melodies. These three elements don’t have much in common with each other on the surface, but within the eight songs that listeners will hear on King Ropes’ new record Gravity and Friction, they become quintessential components in a viciously addictive alternative rock
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Good Service Always Starts With A “Please”

Shimmering guitar chords wash over us in “Pocket Calendars.” Decadent vocal noise does something similar in “Ira, Lila.” “Summer Muses” is a bit more conventional in its rollicking rhythm, but alongside “MaPaw,” it’s one of the only times that a word like conventional applies to Please, the debut album from one Good Service, a Portland, ME-based
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Biglemoi Takes On Summer on ‘Permanent Vacation’

New Orleans indie rockers Biglemoi return this summer with their most well-rounded set of songs to date in the aptly-titled Permanent Vacation, a five-song, twenty two-minute extended play with a distinctly summer feel to its tracklist. Permanent Vacation’s exotic title track, crushing psychedelic rock tune “Decipher” and record-opener “Joyride” are three of the heaviest, and most original,
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Jaco (Jake Waitzman) Is Sure That ‘You Know’

To say that 2019 has been an interesting year for American indie rock would be putting it quite mildly. A lot of surreal, somewhat unfinished ideas and concepts have been coming to fruition for established acts, while newly solo artists like Jaco (more commonly known as Jake Waitzman in his local Magic City scene) have
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AV Super Sunshine asks ‘Are You Happy?’

Culled from their latest album release Candyland Vol. 1, AV Super Sunshine’s latest single “Are You Happy?” offers listeners the same joys abundant with their best material – modern production values, melodic strengths, and a fearless synthesis of rock and electronic music in a single package. There are three distinct mixes for the song – a
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Holy Beach ‘All That Matters Is This Matter’

Metal fans, rejoice. Hard rock devotees will enjoy the new record by Holy Beach, All That Matters Is This Matter as well, but there’s little question in my mind after a few listens to this release that Holy Beach are a dyed in the wool metal act. Songwriter and vocalist John Lally proves capable of transitioning from
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Wild Wing Welcomes Us To The ‘New Future’

A dirge of a bassline flanked with an optimistically melodic guitar picking. Atonal white noise adorned with a countrified twang that seems to ripple into infinity. Acrylic percussive beats that come sliding into an almost free jazz groove and 60’s-style vocal harmonies. Gritty feedback. Effervescent string patterns. Elegant verses sewn straight into the atmospheric backdrop
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Dane Maxwell Tells Us Exactly “Where I’m Seen”

When Dane Maxwell rips into the opening verse of his all-new single “Where I’m Seen,” anyone within earshot can instantly feel the emotion in his vocal. Though separated by stereo speakers, the muscular master mix makes it sound as if he’s sitting before us in an intimate, close-quarters performance. He digs into the painfully conscious
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W.C. Beck Takes Us On His ‘First Flight’

First Flight by WC Beck benefits from a production quality that is beyond physical in nature, but for as much as there is to be said about the bells and whistles that the master mix features, the compositions themselves deserve the lion’s share of the praise here. Beck’s conservative style of attack in “The Long
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Oliver Ray Takes Us ‘Out Passed Nowhere’

In Out Passed Nowhere, the debut solo offering from Oliver Ray, listeners are invited to explore one of the most experimental tracklists of the summer in what essentially amounts to a sonic patchwork that is as diverse as the American landscape serving as its main inspiration. From the moment that the grim melody of lead
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Derek Davis Sings Us His ‘Resonator Blues’

The fiery slide guitar licks and unfettered rhythm section playing driving the train on Resonator Blues’ title song makes it clear Derek Davis’ third solo release is his strongest yet. Guitarist and songwriter in the longstanding hard rock band Babylon A.D., Davis began recording solo albums of his own a few years ago and this release is
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Lauren Crosby Demands ‘Take Me to the Water’

Groove-laden percussion pulses with a vivacious beat in “Why Are You So Blue?.” The plaintive harmony of a golden-piped girl and her faithful acoustic guitar spike the verses of “I Work, I Work, I Work” with intimacy. “Dead River Road” bleeds melancholy in its stoic melodies. “Madison, Maine” will transport you from whatever patch of
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Jas Frank & the Intoits Are Not ‘So Far Away’

With the robotic consistency of a metronome, black and white percussive beats come marching into focus with a rich subtlety that will be mirrored in the fluttering fretwork that joins it only moments later. The strings are playful and full of moxie, but they’re subdued by the simplistic master mix that they’re filtered through, leaving
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Indie rockers Safe as Houses stop being safe

Indie rockers Safe as Houses are getting experimental in all the right ways in their new single, “Lucky Lucky,” which arrives in the heart of a spring season that was, thus far, missing a track of its surreal, multidimensional nature. Safe as Houses have been circling the outside of the mainstream for a hot minute
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Gold Light and Snakemusk Make Americana Great Again

In their debut pairing, Gold Light and Snakemusk take on the difficult task of making Americana great again, and in the nine boldly experimental tracks of Shadows In The Shallows, these two indie stalwarts come pretty close to hitting the mark. The ballad “Heart of Black” sees them dabbling with ethereal harmonies, the likes of
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Victor Pedro Says “Call Me I Need Ya”

“Call Me I Need Ya” (Clean Mix) is the latest single from South African based and Nigerian born R&B/Afrobeat singer/songwriter Victor Pedro. It continues his inexorable rise to prominence in one of the most competitive musical niches in the modern scene today. The musical arrangement has a nuanced level of emotion uncommon to songs in
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Across the Board Introduces The ‘Wild Ones’

Trembling electric guitar strings modulate between the right and left speakers as “Alpha Wolf,” one of the eight songs to behold on Across the Board’s Wild Ones, takes shape. The vocal track soars into the night sky against a meteor shower of melodic riffage in the foreground, but try as they might, the guitars aren’t able
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The Cleveland Rocks Compilation Is Back

Steve Popovich Jr. is keeping his late father’s legacy strong and present in the public eye with the reopening of Cleveland International Records and the reissue of the label’s star compilation LP Cleveland Rocks, due out this April. Featuring hits from The Rovers, Meat Loaf, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hopple, Ellen Foley and many more, Cleveland
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Canadian powerhouse The Respectables are back!

Canadian powerhouse The Respectables are back and sounding better than ever in their awesome new album The Power of Rock ‘N’ Roll. It is best described as a brute tour de force stylized with moments of earnest acoustic balladry that will leave you begging for more. Right from the start of the record, we’re on
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NoTrace feat. Glenn Travis “Vibrations” single

Well before NoTrace starts delivering his unapologetic lyrics in the new single “Vibrations,” there’s an energy that anyone who is within the song’s vibrant reach is incapable of escaping. It’s born of the cutting musical arrangement that forges a foundation on which NoTrace and his collaborative partner Glenn Travis will color with searing words that
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Francine Honey releases 3rd album ‘To Be Continued’

“Snowflakes on My Eyelashes” is a memorable way to begin Francine Honey’s third album To Be Continued… and lives up to its early promise. The Ontario based singer/songwriter proves first song in that her art exists in a place far removed from the concerns of mainstream country radio. This is material with a distinctly Americana slant, despite
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Matt Shapiro Is Set To ‘Fade In’ To Your Heart

Synthesized melodies never felt as organic as they do in Fade In, the latest EP from burgeoning indie rocker Matt Shapiro. The New York City-based artist pulls out all the stops in this new record and executes some seriously sophisticated grooves that will burn their rigidity into your brain even after the most cursory of listens.
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